What if RC cars, but gingerbread?
awesomeaustinv last edited by
A lot of people like to build gingerbread houses during the holiday season. A few people even build gingerbread cars. But have you ever wondered if they could be made remote controlled?
I think this would be an interesting challenge. Obviously some parts like the batteries, electronics, and suspension would have to be regular off-the-shelf RC components, but I think the body and chassis at least could be made from gingerbread.
Traditional frosting would probably be too weak to hold it together, but perhaps fondant would get the job done? The main challenge of course would be overcoming gingerbread's brittleness, which is not an ideal characteristic for chassis construction. Perhaps this fragility could be minimized by positioning the batteries above either the front or rear axle so most of the weight is being supported by the actually sturdy bits.
I imagine a couple different approaches could be made for construction. Like a real car, you could go with either body-on-frame or unibody construction. A ladder frame made from thick pieces of interlocking gingerbread could perhaps provide enough support for bodywork and suspension. Or, if the sides of the gingerbread body are made of few enough pieces and could be rigidly locked together, they might provide enough structural integrity without any sort of ladder frame underneath.
But I think the biggest reason to do this besides just curiosity would be that gingerbread RC cars might make for some really entertaining demolition derbies. In this case, I think it would probably be best to design the cars with an internal ladder frame because otherwise damage to the bodywork would compromise structural integrity. Body-on-frame construction could make the body an extra barrier to protect the internal structure.
If you want to get really fancy, there are 3D printers on the market that can print edible materials like hard candy and gummy material, which could allow you to print edible rims and tires. These might be a tad more fragile, but that's all part of the challenge! Although I imagine you wouldn't want to eat those gummy tires after they've been used...
So, what do you think? Should a gingerbread racing league be formed, or does this idea sound about as bad as a gingerbread house tastes after being left out for a month?
Chariotoflove last edited by
Get on it, Austin, but don't let the birds peck your prototype models to death before the reveal.
3point8isgreat last edited by
I've seen some pretty strong gingerbread cookies. I think a ladder frame chassis would be super easy.
Might even be able to get crazy and make some sort of composite material. Not sure what desert is fibrous enough. But I'm sure its possible in the name of race car.