RC crawler courses are mostly created outdoors; however, it’s difficult to race outside when the weather doesn’t allow it. With an indoor crawler course, even the weather won’t stop you from doing what you love!
For this reason, I have compiled a list of the best indoor crawler course ideas, and they are as follows:
Create Hurdles Using Furniture
Creating obstacles will be one of the easiest tasks for your indoor crawler course project. You can use furniture that’s no longer utilized at home, like a lawn chair or shoe rack. Also, use cartons, books, legos, or other suitable objects to establish a challenging course.
The key aspect of developing an indoor crawler course is establishing one as fun and challenging as the one outdoors. And while this sounds easy, finding steady and heavy items that will remain in position is not easy.
When you find the right “obstacles,” here’s an idea of how to position them:
- Position a foldable table upside down. Don’t undo the legs
- Create a slalom course with the chairs
- Position a few seat cushions as part of the course
Use other Items in the House
While we’ve set up the basics, we’re not yet done. Besides furniture, you can use many other items to establish your indoor crawler course.
For instance, utilize towels and blankets to develop hurdles and bumps for your rock crawler. Again, you can use buckets, cartons, or baskets as hurdles.
Get Creative with Painter’s Tape
Another excellent way to create an indoor course is to use painter’s tape. It will come in handy in marking different sections of your house. Next, establish hurdles within the marked areas. Once you’re finished creating the obstacles, remove the tape.
Buy a Few Rock Crawler Racing Accessories
We’re not yet finished; it’s now time to visit your local shop and purchase a few accessories for your indoor course. For instance, you can buy logs, crawling rocks, ledge kits, ramps, and other accessories to help establish an aptly challenging and fun course.
Boulders & Rocks
You should add boulders and rocks to make your course look and feel more real. You can buy them at your local hobby shop or collect them outside.
Huge-sized boulders and small rocks will come in handy. Position them throughout your course to make a more exciting and realistic course. That said, ensure they’re clean before using them to avoid leaving dirt in your home.
All the same, there is one issue with utilizing heavy objects on your indoor course; it impacts your course’s portability. Thus, if you must use boulders and rocks, creating your course in a permanent section, like the garage, would be best.
Creating the Enclosure
For those looking to keep their course contained, you must create an enclosure. Gather your PVC pipe, painter’s tape, cardboard, and PVC sheets for this.
Put up a simple fence around the course, and affix reliable material to the edges.
Trigger the artist in you and get creative with recyclable items. These materials can include plastic bottles, old newspapers, and so on to create the trail or hurdles. This can be a good way to add a touch of creativity and variety to your course.
If you’re going to utilize Styrofoam, it will help if you use a hot glue gun to attach it firmly to the cardboard.
I prefer cartons for creating hurdles because all I have to do is cut and organize them in whichever way I like. You can also make use of artificial flowers to establish a realistic appearance.
Hot Glue Gun
It would help if you used a hot glue gun to establish temporary hurdles throughout your course. It is handy for affixing logs, rocks, and other items to the floor. Make a stand by positioning cartons of various sizes and attaching them with the glue.
Use the hot glue gun to join small items like leaves, pebbles, and sticks on plywood for the terrain. You can position the plywood on the route when the glue dries up.
You can cover the wooden platforms using plaster sheets for a more natural appearance. So, once you create a platform, wet the plaster sheets, and position them over the plywood or cardboard hurdles.
Again, you can utilize the plaster sheets to make tunnels in your indoor course. Wet them, position them over the plywood or cardboard tube, and give them time to dry. Next, make a hole huge enough for your rock crawler to race through.
Again, you can wet the sheets, and when they are dry, pour some glue, gravel, or sand on them for additional traction to make the trail more exciting and challenging.
Sandy & Rocky Terrain
Usually, roads feature boulders and slopes and sand at the top. You can copy this on your indoor crawler course using different materials to make hurdles.
For best results, ensure the rocky surfaces are smooth. For instance, you can use cardboard or plywood and pour gravel or sand on it. This makes the slopes tougher.
Branches & Logs
Using branches and logs is an excellent way of adding a realistic touch to your indoor course. You can collect this outside or purchase them in a hobby store. All you need is to position them around the course.
Spray Gun Paints
Lastly, you’ll make different colored patterns using spray gun paints. It’s always a good idea to make the course attractive and real. For instance, use blue and white for the sky, gray for the boulders and rocks, and green paint for the grass. You can purchase spray gun paints from your local hardware.
I hope the ideas here were handy for your indoor crawler course-building process.
When you gather all the necessary materials and accessories, begin building your desired course. The most important thing is to create a usable course and have fun doing it. You should also tap into the artist within and design something unique.
Besides, you can continue adding to your course even after you’re done making it. The process doesn’t have to be a one-time thing; continue adding other items according to the results you’re looking for.