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  1. Ya, I'm not 100% convinced it will be ideal... but it was free from stuff laying in the parts pile, so it seemed like a good starting point. It's -20 and snowing, so it'll be a while before spring testing, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Tiny Tyrant ends up with a full electronics swap at some point in the future.
  2. I think a lot of people are proud of their custom trucks (and into them deep enough...) and will run them for as long as they can. Especially as a custom Clod or SMT10 have still proven competitive in some cases. I really wish the LMT had a kit option... or that I wouldn't have talked myself out of a roller when it was available. The problem for myself (and I'm sure for some others), is that I REALLY want the LMT GraveDigger... but know I would end up stripping it to make changes. Take out the RTR setup, and put in a Futaba RX to use my existing radio. Put in a nice servo for steering. Maybe drop in a different ESC/motor...... all of a sudden this is becoming a VERY expensive truck, and we haven't even got into shiny aluminum bit or performance mods yet. I've almost pulled the trigger half a dozen times since release... and then back out of my cart when I look at the "real" cost, and the reality that I already have Axials and Tamiya. One day.....
  3. My daughters Midnight Pumpkin needed a bit of a servo update, so the vintage Futaba S148 that was in it got moved over to Froggy steering duty... Nice to have matching bits for Go and Turn...
  4. Continuity is king, so seatbelts now match the helmet. Silver buckles and a bit of (extremely poor) dry brush detailing on the torsos was added.
  5. Busy evenings have slowed down progress, but the driver is slowly coming together... The OG manual suggests the helmet color is your choice, and "my choice" was decided by my wife and daughter to be the same "Lemon Yellow" used on the lights. Makes sense, so why not? I've sprayed the last couple helmets I painted, and as such, forgot how much harder brushing on paint is to get a nice smooth finish...LOL. Added some color to the meaty bits... And some creepy white globs to be detailed later...
  6. Stickers are starting to go on... forgot how starkly clashing the red bits look on a pink car... And lights on... and switch in...
  7. Cleaned up the OG side lights... And re-lemoned them... And some flat black for the light backs and driver bases (which already had the bodies painted in flat white in an invisible step somewhere in the middle of this post...)
  8. Some fantastic shots in there. I had completely forgotten (blocked out?) about the old days of hooking a charger up to the car battery!
  9. Third up: Axial SCX10 [Chaos Theory] This is project in progress... but comes with a mess of a back story, and a 3+ year build time. That timeline alone implies something really awesome, but temper your expectations... this is a story of a different sort..... Up until a handful of years ago, I had a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic as one of my 1:1 cars. I bought it off my mom 10 years after she bought it new. It required a lot of work over the years (Because JEEP = Just Empty Every Pocket), but eventually turned into something pretty cool (to me). It had a 2.5" lift, 32" tires, a nice stereo, and a few other mods. As I started getting more into scale/trail trucks, I decided it would be fun to build up a 1:10 version. It was based on an Axial SCX10. Leaf springs (Tamiya, at that...) were added to the rear, and the front got a CMS and a more scale suspension setup. The truck got driven a lot, and hard. It's still a runner to this day. As my 1:1 Cherokee kept progressing (1" more lift, cowl intake, flat fender conversion, cut & tuck rear quarter panels with armor and a new rear bumper, etc...), I started to want to build a "Jeep 2.0" crawler as well. This would be an RC version of whet my 1:1 XJ would look like if I had unlimited funds and no life responsibilities. I again started with some SCX10 parts... chassis, links, and such, but went a bit deeper into the options world. CMS again, more aluminum upgrades on the axles, ****** tires, nicer bumpers, fender flares...... the list went on and on. The project was supposed to be quick and fast, but languished one winter when I ran into some parts incompatibilities, and got sidetracked with an awful lot of fatbiking. And so it sat... Eventually I wound up selling my 1:1 Jeep, and suddenly I lost all motivation to build another XJ. I sold the Cherokee body/interior I had done, and decided to put a different shell on it. I got sidetracked by being a Dad, and it sat even longer. Eventually it got shuffled off the work bench completely when my daughter and I started the "Tiny Tyrant" truck. That also ended up being the impetus to give it a new life. I had picked up a set of Axial "BKT" tires early in the Tiny Tyrant project, that ended up being too small for the look I was after. I had them tossed next to the Jeep 2.0 project, when I got the idea of using them to build a smaller MT. I stripped the truck down, and added a chassis lift kit. Links were left alone to keep the 11.3" wheelbase. Axles were unlocked, and some HD gears were installed. I had some nice long cheapo shocks from CPE that fit perfectly and looked the part. A set of CPE swaybars were added creatively as well (mounted at the axles using Tamiya CW-01 parts...). At this point I had also stubbled across an "Ian Malcolm" toy while out with my wife and daughter one day, and my wife suggested using it as a driver. As Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies (and a big family favorite too...), the purchase was made, and the theme of the truck started to take shape. I had an old rubber RC4WD driver seat which was the right size, and so I started focusing on building an interior. Zip ties shrouded in paracord formed a convincing drivers harness, and I fabed up a floor for the seat out of some aluminum, and mounted it to the chassis with some servo mounts. A dash was started out of styrene. I had sold the wheels that came with the SMT10 Raw Builders kit, so I picked up a set of JConcepts wheels to go with the BKT tires. A JConcepts body would also work it's way into the picture, as did a HobbyWing 60amp ESC and a cheap 3900kv brushless motor. The Axial transmission got all metal gears. The engine from the SMT10 Builders kit got mounted up as did some "fire and smoke" from it at my daughters insistence (it's the road flare from the Ian Malcolm figure). Another Hitec 645MG servo was used, and placed back on the axle. More interior shots... you can see his "glass of water" and his walkie-talkie mounted up... In profile, I feel like the truck looks really good. Proportions seem bang on. Wild Willy fire extinguisher added in case things get too crazy... And this is how it sits for the moment... Paint has been decided, but is down the cue of a few other projects. Hoping to get it finished up over the next month or so. This one should be fun...
  10. Second Up: Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin(s) Since I started this off with a pink truck, I guess I may as well go all in and show off my daughters other truck, the venerable Midnight Pumpkin. Yes this post is redundant, since the creation of this is well documented HERE. Yes, this is an OG truck, with some newer chrome bits, oil shocks, and tire foams. Built to the specifications of a 7 year old girl... The idea for the body was the first "optional" box-art setup as shown on the original Tamiya kit box. I have never seen anyone actually do the white and pink version, so it seemed like a fun look to try. Now, when you start this off, you quickly find out WHY no one is doing this paint job... it's virtually impossible. Sure, it's super easy for Tamiya to take a 2D drawing of the Ford body and draw straight and parallel stripes across it, but in reality it's pretty much impossible to keep these visually straight for any length of time. As soon as they wrap around a curve (of which there are many), the trajectory changes, and things get real funky real fast. We used electrical and masking tape to "mock up" the look, and the horrific natural path of the curves made the second side look like this: Much less than ideal in my eyes, but thru the eye's of a 7 year old? Dad, that's awesome! One side is all nice, and the other side is CRAZY! I love it!!! Okay then... not my truck, not my rules..... well, except for the tailgate which was my idea... hand cut from styrene and constructed in secret much to my daughters delight upon the reveal. The tailgate font color was the result of my daughter wanting to custom mix a teal color. Okay fine..... have at 'er. Tamiya X14 (Sky Blue) and X15 (Light Green) were selected by her at the LHS, and a disgusting blend was created using THE WHOLE BOTTLE of blue, and maybe 2-3ml of the green. It looks gross. My wife thinks it looks fine. My daughter loves it. I realize I've lost this fight and just go ahead and paint it on... The color was later added to door handles and the front grill for some assemblance to continuity... And speaking of continuity... this monster too gets a girly driver; this time a similar-vintage She-Ra c/w a low-effort interior. Electronics are a plain old silver can motor, old school Futaba S-148 servo, and Team Associated SC200 esc. The servo has since encountered some centering issues, and will be replaced over the winter. Overall very happy with how this one tuned out. Super fun, super unique (IMO), and my daughter loves it. The only real downside is that it was supposed to be the "quick and easy" runner to the box art shelf queen I was building..... and really, her truck just ended up being infinitely more interesting!
  11. My daughter likes the "concept" of driving RC's more than the actual activity. She tends to only last for about 5 min of driving, but them loves to watch me drive, and make elaborate games out of it. I figure who am I to complain if my 7 year old enjoys going outside and letting me goof around with monster trucks!
  12. So it looks like the pinion was sitting a bit too far out on the motor shaft, allowing the pinion "ridge" to effectively eat a small bit of the spur... and then vomit it out all over the inside of the gear cover. Whoops! What is that, like a 15t pinion? 17t? Hmmm......... Okay, well since we've made it this far....... [rummaging in parts bin]... lets see if....... yup, here it is! Lets pull out the el-cheapo 3900kv motor, and drop in an equally cheap 5600kv motor! A new 11t pinion was installed (properly...), and the bits went back on the skid. All buttoned up and ready top get back into the belly of the beast... Motor wiring reconnected... And we're back on track. So how does it work you ask? No clue. The weather gods were against me here, and we have been knee deep (literally) in snow for weeks now, and with temperatures dipping below -25C, it has been no place for any real running. And so for now, the Tiny Tyrant is back on the shelf waiting for warmer days...
  13. Before the snow hit here (because Canada...), we had the trucks out one day, and were having some fun in a field near a local park. While driving blind behind a small grove of trees (at full throttle...as you do...), a large rock jumped out and hit the front wheel. Oh look, another link end is broken... Luckily, thanks to the SMT10's horrific build procedure, it requires a great deal of disassembly to really get to anything (perhaps Tamiya helped with the design?). If I have to pull a link out, you have to remove a screw that doubles to hold the center skid/tranny mount in..... soooooo, I may as well undo the other few screws and drop out the tranny/motor and see what pinion I'm running...... Oh ya, I added metal drive shafts too early on. Not sure what kind, but they were also cheap, and have since proven to be garbage. Good thing they (oddly) came in a 4-pack... SO the link got pulled and the ball end replaced. The spur gear cover got opened up and uh......... That's supposed to look like that, right?
  14. Oh man, that video is crazy @alvinlwh, thanks! I think that may be the case, as I was spraying a bit closer for the last coat. I kinda wanna dig the cans out of the trash and try to recreate this on some scrap lexan now.....
  15. Electronics are..... uh...... definitely in there. It was a bit of a hodge-podge mix to get it running, especially as the project was well over budget. I think we crammed in an old CC Sidewinder ESC I had laying around, along with a cheapo 3900kv brushless motor. The truck was long finished before I realized I had no clue what size pinion I had installed. Servo is a venerable Hitec 645MG (again, pulled form a parts bin) with a Kimborough HD servo saver. Runs on a 2S LiPo. Super fun truck overall, but not without a few hiccups: Issues: Truck is a bit slow off the start Lower link ends keep breaking Tires are too grippy on pavement Steering is a bit sluggish Most of these issues have very simple fixes, or explanations. Grippy race tires were a poor choice for front-street bashing. Link ends keep breaking because we keep driving into things really hard. I'd love to toss in a better servo, but for now, it's likely fine as is. The "slow off the start" was the biggest annoyance (though 100% fine for whenever my daughter was driving). First improvement was to put in a different battery. It makes sense in hindsight, but running the truck on a 10-ish year old 3200mah LiPo was a big part of the issue. Because the pack was pretty much dead. Ha! A newer 4000mah pack spiced things up enough to pull the occasional standing wheelie. But it still never seemed quite what I was hoping for. Yes, I 100% realize I'm running an el-cheapo motor with a TBD pinion..... ha ha ha!
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