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  1. jonboy1

    SWB Wild Willy Resto for barney66

    Thank you very much, I really appreciate that The grille was repaired using plasticard cut and shaped to replicate the original "ribs" which I then plastic welded in place using a soldering iron with a thin tip and a little extra rod of plastic to use as a kind of "filler." Once this was all cooled down and looking suitably horrible I sanded/filed it all back smooth and gave it a coat of Mr. Surfacer brush on filler. The bottom of the tub was basically the same process, but instead of using filler on top I sanded it down starting with 800 wet and dry, then 1000, 1200 and finally Autosol Super Resin Polish. It took several goes to get it back looking shiny, but you'll get there in the end. Feel free to give me a shout if you need any further advice
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    is that your back garden?
  3. if there aren't many parts out there it will take you a while to find them.... that almost sounds deep..... Don't thank me too much later - I'm off home in 15min
  4. Stall by buying a bearing set, uprated driveshafts and every alloy bit you can find for it Thank me later
  5. Bravo! - this is the inspiration for my CR when I get around to doing it
  6. I'm 100% here with you - Tamiya nerd that gets a cold shiver down the spine when he sees "RTR" I've got a Rock Socker that - unsurprisingly to those who know me even a little bit - is 90% built and awaiting finishing Since getting it I've bought up just about every 3rd party alloy bit made so before it gets finished it is going to be coming completely apart and rebuilt using them.....but that's the fun bit!!! I love building rc cars - and the CR-01 is one of the best for fun/hour/£ in my mind. Plus it is proper solid (i obviously have a huge disclaimer having not actually got it running properly yet) but it feels super rugged and has survived being dropped a few times being moved around in the garage without even batting an eyelid. I'd agree about the driveshafts needing replacement - i think the bean counters at Tamiya must've said "enough is enough" by then and insisted it was made cheaper, as it makes no sense them being plastic, but other than that I reckon it's proper old skool Tamiya build quality. And for me, and I reckon I'm not the only one who feels this, since the golden age of the Astute/Avante/Egress there really hasn't been another new Tamiya I've yearned after - except this. And so for me, this will always be "better" than any other crawler out there.
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    SWB Wild Willy Resto for barney66

    final update from me - Willy and his wheels are heading off to their new home tomorrow. I'm not showing the body and chassis assembled as that honour goes to Barney who has been very quite a little patient while I've been juggling projects. I'm sure he'll post a few pics of it when he has it in his clammy hands (please wear cotton gloves if you do have clammy hands Barney) Really enjoyed doing this - just hopeful Barney loves it! A quick reminder of our starting point for those who don't like to scroll back to the start of this thread: and now: so now that's finished I can crack on with the other ones I've got in progress!! Apologies to my other very patient commissioners(?) If any of you want to point a finger of blame I'm happy to pass on Barney's address
  8. Can't wait to see this all finished!!!
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    I know that feeling - we've all done it. I'm just glad @Grastens doesn't charge royalties....
  10. jonboy1

    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Just incredible.....
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Stunning! Love it!!!
  12. jonboy1

    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Looks beautiful @J@mes - that Sir is a Brat to be proud of. Glad I provided a little inspiration on something so awesome!
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    Kingcab Build

    Have you thought about plastic welding it back up? I reckon that could get it back to almost as good as new