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    July, 2012
Drag Chute
Posted by TG97 on Monday, December 10, 2018 4:46 PM

How can I make a realistic looking full canopy opened drag chute that will stand up behind a drag car model? Or where can I purchase such a thing? Everything out there in kits are cross-form type 'chutes.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, December 10, 2018 5:20 PM

Not exactly sure what a "full canopy drag chute" looks like.  However I would suggest looking around the house to find something that may look similar, as an example the bottom of some 2 litre drink bottles are concave.  Cut that bottom off and drape with some really thin (usually the cheap ones) paper towels or maybe a Kleenex that have been soaked in a 50/50 mixture of white glue and water.  Let it dry for a few days, carefully remove the paper, rig and paint it to your satisfaction.  Hope this helps in some way. 

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Posted by nick63 on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:42 PM

These are the kind of "tips" that make this hobby fun and resourceful. I once read a tip about making safety netting for the drivers window in Nascar models from the netting inside mens swim trunks. One pair from the thrift store and enough material to do probably 25 cars or mare and it looks real.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:19 AM

nick63
making safety netting for the drivers window in Nascar models

  Another ample supply are the nylon mesh puffs used in the shower.  They can be purchased at Wal Mart usually for less than $2 and one will make hundreds of window nets, plus they come in a variety of colors.  They can also be stretched to resemble wire screening for a grille mud guard.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Posted by nick63 on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 2:26 PM

Great tip on another source for window netting and mud guard. I remember using a straight pin with a white or black ball on the end for a gear shift when I was 14. That was 60 years ago before forums, shows or magazines. LOL We have come a long way. Still using those pins !

  • Member since
    December, 2011
Posted by vintagegarage on Saturday, December 22, 2018 4:25 PM

i do know there is some models with plastic shoots, but my opinion is I made some out of light fabric and airbrushed the lettering into it. my last model was made with them being deployed but not open. I suspended them with fine music wire as one of the teathers.

 

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