“Lil Red”

Essentially, the prototype has the same components as the latter models, save the a few design changes and upgrades (more on that later). “Lil Red”, as I’ve dubbed the first QSC2, uses a 30 plus year old Conley 327 nitro V8. These engines are amazingly tough and darn near bullet proof if properly maintained. The first test stand run was finally ready to go and everything worked as planned until the extremely hot water flowed through the old and brittle plastic water pump. It deformed the housing, creating a leak and cut the test short.

If I stopped every time this project went sideways it would have never gotten off the ground. I got a flat “No” for years just trying to buy the body! The subsequent test below went much better.

The Collection

This is one in a collection of highly detailed, quarter scale C2 radio controlled models which has taken a little over 5 years to build. That was after the 5 years it took to get the owner of the body to agree to sell it to me. My goal for this site is to document the build of this particular model and others in the collection.¬† The models were constructed in sets consisting of a chassis, hand laid fiberglass body, and mated floor pan (each body’s thickness is a little different hence each floor pan must be trimmed to match). Each car has over 300 bolts and screws, 200+ custom milled parts, 180 printed parts, two wiring harnesses, 100 plus off the shelf parts and a good bit of 3M automotive epoxy. They sport functional V8 nitro methane engines, both Conley¬† (327 or 427) and cloned Conley 327 engines. Check back for updates.


Each body is hand laid by a guy with over 40 years experience in fiberglass. When people say “I gotta guy.”, and are talking about fiberglass, THIS is the guy. Part of the beauty of this model is that the actual car’s body is fiberglass. (The Corvette was made from fiberglass, because metal was still rare after WW2 rationing.) These bodies could of course be 3D printed, but the artistist expression in automotive design is hand done in clay modeling. Many auto designers say the clay allows them to spot flaws in the digital renderings. Auto body repair personnel use a keen eye and touch to do the same, especially when working with fiberglass. The lines on the C2 must be deserving of the attention, after all, “they don’t write songs about Volvos.”.