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“In this issue you will fit the fuel tank bottom plate and battery box lid to the chassis by following these step-by-step instructions.”




Materials: Everything in this issue is plastic.


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As I have done before for all exposed frame components, I painted both parts in this issue with Tamiya Fine Surface Primer in Light Grey. I also painted the screw heads with Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey acrylic paint:

The Fuel Tank Bottom Plate

Step 1

Fit the Fuel Tank Bottom Plate over the Fuel Tank under the car, aligning the six screws holes (it should sit flush to the front chassis):

Step 2

Secure these front holes with four (4) BM screws.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Step 3

Secure these rear holes with two (2) LM screws:

The Battery Box Lid

Steps 4-5

Insert the two tabs of the Battery Box Cover into the matching gaps and snap the cover closed.

After painting these parts, the cover did not fit very well. I needed to sand down the edges of the cover to make it fit:


Painting these parts took much longer than the issue itself. Just a few screws and a clip-in cover this time.

Next Up

 Issue 34 – Frame: Trunk Base, Washer Tank

5 thoughts on “ISSUE 33”

  1. If you go with power mod and don’t install battery pack how does battery cover stay in place?

    1. A few things to check is the power wiring, especially where it connects to the Battery Box. Another is to verify the polarity is correct. Also, check for any corrosion in the Battery Box.

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