Building Tips: Remove Flashing From Parts

Building Tip - Remove Flashing

Beginner’s Guide to RC – Building Tips

When building your kit, you will, at some point, need to remove plastic parts from their ‘trees’. There are many ways to do this, but the preferred way is to carefully cut the parts off with a sharp pair of sidecutters (or scissors).

Once removed, you may see a little bit of plastic left over. This is known as flashing. This ‘gate’ (the technical term for where the plastic flows into the part) needs to be trimmed completely off. Failure to do so could hinder the movement of some of your parts.

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of ‘cleaning’ off all of your parts when building a kit. This will help minimize any handling problems your car might have.

About Tony Phalen

Tony Phalen - As an avid RC enthusiast, Tony has been building, bashing and racing RC Cars for over 25 years. He has raced everything from 1:18th scale trucks to 1:5 scale motorcycles and everything in-between. He's also worked on both sides of the industry fence; working at and with many major manufacturers (as well as being a sponsored driver) to working for a high-profile industry magazine. During this time he has learned many tricks, tips and techniques and has transferred that knowledge to CompetitionX - the most informative RC website on the internet! More articles by Tony Phalen

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