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F1 RB7 Can Car


Thomas Glover
F1 RB7 Can Car

Project Type



Sport & Leisure

Waste Materials

Drinks Cans


A lovingly hand-crafted replica of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship winning car produced from the waste of Red Bull cans.

Materials & Equipment List

Masking tape;
A small glue gun with glue;
An old membership card etc for scoring;
Red bull cans (small);
1 Red bull can (large);
1 Red bull bottle;
Modelling wire.

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Remove the top and base of the can carefully with scissors. Flatten the remaining material and cut the net of this shape using reference of the typography on the can.
Using an old membership card etc, bluntly score the fold lines with the aid of masking tape for precision.
Bend the can into shape until it resembles half of the rear body of an F1 car.
Mirror the previous shape easily simply by flattening the net again and using this as reference.
Use masking tape along the top joint, and glue using a small, precise glue gun from underneath.
Using a thin strip of can folded back on itself; mould the front ring of the rear body by sliding it into place and gluing together. Repeat this on the rear of the rear body.
Produce a small piece using this reference which can be glued into place to resemble the drivers head support.
After gluing The Side pods are next, so cut another two cans which will fold around the sides, and glue onto the rear body where the hand rests in the picture.
After securing the side pods, Use the largest red bull can on sale for the main body.
Create the cockpit by cutting a curved section away from a red bull bottle with a standing knife and attaching the moulded body, using the bottle top as a head and shoulders.
Producing the rear wing requires two reflected parts with tabs so that thin folded strips, as used previously, can connect the two together.
The wing should look something like this, and be in proportion with the rear of the car.
The bottle should be easily glued into place, and the side pods can be completed with small folded parts.
Using discarded can bases as wheels requires eight bases, four of which have slits cut in so that they slot into their other half to make a complete wheel.
Before matching the pairs, puncture two holes in one so that they are opposite each other, and then using modelling wire, bend through to create the struts.
After completing the wheels, connecting them, and attaching the rear wing, produce a front wing from two cans, folded like so and glued into place.
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10-11-2011 20:46:00
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