Remote-Control STATION WAGON (Aug, 1949)

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Remote-Control STATION WAGON

A 7-1/2 inch scale model of the Jeep Station Wagon. Powered with a miniature electric motor, you can “drive” it yourself.

By Douglas Roffe

A flick of the switch, the lights go on and this realistic little station wagon starts to roll! A flick of the switch and it’ll back up! A twist of the wrist and you can steer it to the left or the right!

Powered with a miniature electric motor driven by batteries housed in a flashlight case, this remote control model car is as agile as the real Jeep Station Wagon after which it was patterned. Actually, the control system is very simple. One end of a flexible cable is connected to the steering mechanism on the car while the other end is attached to the flashlight case. By twisting the case the front wheels can be turned. Two wires extending from the batteries in the case are taped to the flexible cable and are connected to the electric motor which drives one rear wheel of the car.

The project itself is very easy to build and, once complete, will provide many hours of entertainment.

The car is built in two sections, the chassis and the body. The chassis is cut from 3/16 in. medium sheet balsa to the dimensions shown in Fig. 2. Cut out the sections as indicated and attach the front and rear wheel axles. The front steering unit is built up from the large size paper clips. Follow the Fig. 3 diagrams and keep the play as little as possible. The wheels and other supplies can be purchased at most any hobby shop.

After the motor is mounted proceed with the body. Using the side and front view outlines in Fig. 1, build up each side, the top. the front and rear and assemble as shown in Fig. 3. You will note stiff cardboard was recommended for some of the parts but 1/32 in. sheet balsa can be substituted.

The battery container is a standard two-cell flashlight with the bulb and glass removed and a special single-pole-double-throw switch installed. Thus, by flicking the switch forward the car will run forward; by flicking the switch backward the car will reverse itself. Your local radio repair man should have a switch of this type available and, if needed, he can make the necessary hook-up. The flexible cable, which is a speedometer cable, can be obtained from any automobile parts supply house. Connect the cable to the car and flashlight holder in the manner shown and run enameled wire from the batteries along the cable to the motor in the car. Tape the wires to the cable at 6-in. intervals.

The paint job is up to you. The original model was painted dark red or brown for the top, hood and fenders; bright yellow for the body trim and a deeper yellow for the body panels. Before applying the finish coat brush on a coat of wood filler, sand with paper and then add another coat of filler. This will fill the balsa pores and pave the way for a metal-like professional surface. Colored model airplane dope obtained from your local hobby shop is ideal. Once complete you’ll find your model not only looks like the real thing, but with you “driving,” it handles equally well!

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