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  1. Looks like more of my pictures have disappeared Great !
  2. Hi Guys, Small update. Not done much to this over the last few months so it's still stripped at the moment. I did buy a few bits and pieces for it as I mentioned earlier like a Radshape Chassis and aluminium front and rear cages from RC Channel BUT, I've decided not to use those spares on this model so what I've done is built another chassis mainly from Re Release parts... I had a few bargains from ebay and the rest of the bits I got from various suppliers. It's Turned out a very expensive way to do it though. It would have been cheaper to buy a kit I think but once I'd started collecting parts I had to carry on, Oh well ! For This model I've decided to try and re build it to standard spec but I'm yet to find a replacement rear arm with the two bearings. I did get a front suspension arm but I'm not sure it will be any good, The grub screw thread had gone, I've re tapped it at 4mm and I think it will be ok but not 100% sure. I've also noticed that some of my images have disappeared from this thread, I think imageshack is playing up. I've had trouble on other forums too. Looks like it's back to photobucket in the future. Matt. I've fixed a couple of the images and I just realised I've still got to try and sort that thread on the gearbox casing without making more of a mess of it. Anyone else had to do a similar repair ?
  3. Thanks for the kind comments, much appreciated. I've had a few things turn up in the post which I ordered for it but I'm still waiting for a screw set to arrive from the states so that will be a while yet and I've also ordered some parts from RC Channel. I'm going for the front and rear bumpers as I like the RC Channel products, they are very good quality. I've also ordered a set of the shock absorber mounting rubbers from them to replace the perished ones so these bits will take a while to arrive I would imagine. It's getting quite expensive now and I haven't even thought of the body shell yet !
  4. A couple of more photo's before the strip down, Looks like it was well used. Broken rear cage, Plus the antenna mount has snapped off. Original speed controller and vintage Futaba radio gear. Now the strip down has started. Radio box all stripped out. As you can see it's scrap. Same goes for the lid. So then I stripped the rest down... and the result.. Bits everywhere. Also found this damage to one of the front suspension arms. The thread in this half of the gearbox casing has stripped where the chassis bolts up through it. You can probably see the lack of thread on this shot. I thought I might be able to do something like this to overcome that problem ? I will try and get a washer on there and a shorter bolt of course. Apart from these things it doesn't seem too bad. I've ordered a new radio box and I'm going for a Radshape chassis as I think the standard ones are a bit flimsy. I've also ordered a bearing set from RC bearings to replace the original brass ones. Can anyone help with that suspension arm please ? Anyone got a spare they are willing to sell ? The lower ones are available from the re release kit but I can't find any upper ones. Also, are the re re ones compatiable with the vintage kits ? Matt.
  5. Hi Rob. Yes, Originally the rear arms have two bearings each, But, In the box that came with the car were a few spares and among them was this, It's one of the original arms that's had a repair done but later failed. It's been replaced with a new one but of the single bearing type which is a shame if it's an early model but I suppose that is all that was available. on the up side there is another new arm still in it's packet included in those spares so at least I have a matching pair.
  6. Hi All. I got this off Ebay last week with the intention of a rebuild. I bought a nice Scorcher last year which has been built to a very high standard so the idea was to build one of my own to run. Here it is as I got it, It's a bit of a wreck but is mostly there so I thought. A bit of positive camber ! Broken front wing, The piece has been stuck on with tape but at least most of it is there. Anybody know what the best glue is to use to repair this ? The Chassis. I did notice that these front suspension towers have got small screws where the springs locate at the top. Others I've seen have small lugs as part of the casting ? The Guy who sold it has owned it since 82 I think he said, Early 80's anyway and he and his dad built it on his 15th birthday. I must say it seems to have been built very well, I have now stripped it and all the screws seemed to be correct to me. More photo's to come, As I said it's now in a million bits ! Cheers, Matt.
  7. Yes, I can see the teeth marks! The car looks superb. It must be a nightmare masking it all off to paint in the blue sections. I've got it all to come as my new project turned up yesterday. It needs a fair amount of work and parts replacing. It must have been difficult getting the parts before the re release. I guess people who are rebuilding them now are a bit spoilt at the moment but those parts won't last forever ! Did you manage to get an early bodyshell or is it a later one from the re release ?Sorry if I missed that bit but I remember you saying the shell was missing when you bought it back. Matt.
  8. Just read through all of this, I've not seen this post before. Great story and amazing to find your old Sand Scorcher like that. You were lucky nobody else got that when you put it back! Looks like you've done a fantastic job of the restoration, Very nice. I bought a Scorcher last year which has been restored to a high standard but I fancied building one of my own so I've managed to buy another which I'm waiting for at the moment which needs a bit of TLC by the looks of it. we'll see ! These things don't come cheap nowadays though do they ? I wanted to pick one up cheap to re build but they seem to fetch silly money even for ones that do need work. You did well to get yours for a tenner but I bet you've spent a small fortune on it ? Cheers, Matt.
  9. Are those the same rims on your tow truck that are on my beetle ? They look wider somehow, Perhaps the camera angle or the tyres, I do like those tyres though. I will try and post a video of it running when I next get it out, I've not used it much since the rebuild but it is good fun. I could do with some better battery packs though, mine are old hat and run down too soon. I still need to restore the body, I'll hopefully get round to that early next year. I also need to get around to sorting a few jobs out on my other beetles but I'm not sure I will run those yet, I'll post up some pictures and see what you guys think. metalmickey0...I see your from weston super mare, It reminded me of one of my old favourites I've got hidden away in my loft..A lunchbox which I bought way back in 1997 from a model shop in weston, Locking Road I think it was. I don't think the shop is there anymore but the guy used to sell some nice old Tamiya models in there. When I saw that Lunchbox in the window of that shop I just had to have it !
  10. Hi, Sorry for the late reply, I've not been on here for a while. The G1 part I got from ebay, there doesn't seem to be any on there at the moment but I know the guy fabricates these and other items himself. His ebay user name is shoppingmollie30. As for the other bits you need you can get the C parts tree from ebay that has the end cap included and I think the spacer is available also but I can't find one on ebay at the moment. I remember I got a new one on a parts tree because my car had a lunchbox spacer and pinion fitted, Totally wrong !
  11. Great video's I love the onboard camera video, I thought that was superb.
  12. Superb video! The tug of war looked like great fun. Superb soundtrack too I want a clod even more now
  13. Hi mate, Looks like you've got a superb project there, I'm not familiar with the clod myself but it looks interesting with that twin motor 4wd set up. I'll be keeping an eye open for this one, Very interesting. Matt. I've just been watching some of the footage on youtube for the clodbuster, They look incredible, I hadn't realised they were 4 wheel steering aswell, Amazing! I want one now
  14. Finally, I fitted the servo cover from the king Blackfoot and stopped the tyres from slipping on the rims by fitting two small rubber bands (that the postman kindly leaves behind ) to each of the grooves on the rims, I'd rather do this than use glue so I can remove the tyres easily if need be. I'm not sure about the wheels yet, I would like something different maybe some of those alloy wheels I've seen on here if I can get some! Anyway, here are just a few more shots to show you the finished article. and just a couple of outdoor shots, Just got to do something with the body shell now, Flat it down and paint it white again, some new glass and a new set of herbie decals which I've seen on ebay. As they say, Watch this space !
  15. I did a bit more over the weekend, My king Blackfoot parts arrived and my new underguard. Original speed controller plate replaced by King Blackfoot item. I managed to fit the receiver to the plate sideways and moved it forwards towards the steering servo so I decided not to saw off the MSC posts. I couldn't face hacksawing it to be honest, It's the only one I found and cost me £20 ! Mtronics esc fitted where the receiver used to live. New Frog underguard fitted,I used 3mm machine screws to fix it to the chassis rather than the original self tappers and I decided to give it a good polish beforehand, It's come up like chrome I also changed the self tappers holding the front bumper on for some machine screws, it seems a lot tighter now and less chance of falling off. I just need to fit the servo cover now. I have given it a small run outside and it seems to be ok. Much better and faster than when I ran it the first time. The gearbox seems smooth and isn't slipping at all. The tyres are slipping on the wheels though so I need to sort that out.
  16. Thanks guys for the kind comments,Much appreciated. I'm not going to worry about a bit of dirt to be honest, I will only use it on short grass and maybe a small bit of gravel. I just want to enjoy it ! I love to see other peoples rebuilds and spend hours looking through the various threads on here So I thought I would put my rebuild on here for others to enjoy too. It was seeing some of the rebuilds on this forum that inspired me to do mine. My one other beetle is/was a shelf queen, the shell is standard box art and the chassis is very good although the gearbox needs attention and there are one or two other things that I'm not 100% happy with but I will get round to it. The other one I bought very recently, The chassis is also very good on this, hardly a mark on it and it looks to me like a lot of new parts have been fitted. I would love to know where some of these came from . The body is painted in a metallic red, it looks good but the roof seems out of shape somehow and you can see that some body filler has been used. It still looks smart though and is an original Monster beetle shell,the nosecone has a small repair on it where the spotlights are. The only mods at the moment are on the box art beetle I have replaced the G1 part with a red aluminium one. I would like another one of these but I think they have finished now as they were a limited edition. Yes it certainly has been well used, I would say it's been in a loft or something for quite a while judging by the amount of dust that had gathered on it! I love to see the rebuilds too, I find it fascinating.
  17. Thanks Mate, Yeah there is something about the monster beetle, I've got three now. I just can't seem to help buying them
  18. Time to rebuild the shocks, For some reason the shafts are different lengths, So I rectified this using spacers left over from a short shock set and two spare O rings, Now they are roughly the same length, One set of rebuilt shocks. Shocks fitted to the chassis along with replacement shock tower and steering all set up. I didn't like the way the rears didn't tighten up properly in to the rear arms so I decided to drill out the arms slightly and use an m3 cap screw and nyloc nut to secure it. As this will be my runner I don't want the shocks coming off A couple more, New aluminium G1 part fitted, I would like to get the better quality one although these ones are good quality for the money, the better ones don't seem to be available anymore. This one will do for now. Nearly new standard motor from my midnight pumpkin now fitted with the correct spacer, pinion and cover and rear bumper refitted. I used stainless cap screws and nuts on the body mounting posts too, I don't want to rely on the self tappers here as they have a habit of coming loose. With the wheels on, And just a couple with the body placed on, I'm still waiting for the servo cover and a frog aluminium underguard to strengthen the front up a bit, Thanks again to the mods page
  19. I managed to get a new left hand chassis section to replace the original which was cracked where the rear swinging arm bracket screws to, I also downloaded and printed off a manual so i know its got the correct screws and is being built the way it should be. I managed to replace most of the screws with used ones bought from ebay. The other half was ok and I cleaned it up with a bit of cutting paste to make it a bit more shiny to match the new half. You can't tell the difference really I replaced the front upright arms with good second hand ones as on the original ones the screw pins wouldn't tighten up. New Acoms servo fitted. Re assembled gearbox fitted with new ballraces, It feels nice and smooth but we will soon see if it's any good when I take it for a test drive! Gearbox fitted to chassis, Note, the speed controller plate is fitted temporarily as I am waiting for a king blackfoot item and servo cover after seeing the monster beetle mods post on here! Ballraced rear arms, My repaired rear underguard re fitted, I decided to use slightly longer stainless cap screws and bigger washers to spread the load a bit on the underguard mounting points. It seems a lot better than with the standard small washers. Rear arms, driveshafts and good second hand rubbers fitted.
  20. This is my first Monster beetle, I bought it back in January 2010 from ebay of course! Heres how it looked when I got it, It's even got OFP 857 on the license plate Anyone know what these wheels are off ? It was in a state really, Filthy, incorrect screws fitted, servo cover missing and in desperate need of a rebuild. I thought what on earth have i bought ? I ran it just once after a small repair on the steering and the gearbox was good but it seemed very slow as I remember, lack of grease and ball bearings I guess. Drive shaft rubber gaiters both missing, Chassis split on one half, The other side was ok. Look at the length of the screws holding the rear bumper on! And as you can see from these next few it needed a strip down and a good clean to see what was good and what needed replacing. More incorrect screws, And a bit of gravel rash from the previous owner. This underguard was actually cracked where it bolts to the gearbox but I have repaired it with epoxy and refitted this. The screws holding the front shocks on were non Tamiya ones and were a bigger diameter thread and the holes in the shock tower had been drilled out but I have replaced this with a good second hand one. Broken body mount and the G1 part has a small crack in it as usual. I think that G1 part was fitted on the wrong side of the posts too ? The motor had the wrong spacer and pinion fitted, Looked like a Lunchbox one to me. The body shell isn't in bad shape really, it needs sanding, painting and new decals fitting. it's not broken anywhere which is good but it is a blitzer beetle shell, not a proper monster beetle shell. Oh, it needs new glass too! I stripped this down and cleaned it all last year and packed it all away in the loft until a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was about time I started to rebuild it and I have been collecting a few parts for it and other cars
  21. Superb thread! Love the pictures. You've done a superb job of restoring your monster beetle and I love the herbie shell. I'm shortly going to be re building one of my beetles and I bought that as herbie, he's a bit rough at the moment though (and in a million bits!). I must say yours looks superb. I like the king blackfoot servo cover idea too, Looks like spending some more money
  22. Oh mate, that is bad news, I'm gutted for you Good luck with the rebuild though, I'm sure you will do a cracking job of it Matt.
  23. I Managed to get some photo's at the weekend of my other models, This Lunchbox I got back in 1997. I bought this from a model shop in Weston Super Mare while on holiday down there. The guy who owned the shop used to sell used RC cars and I remember seeing this in the Window of his shop and I just remember thinking... I've got to have it! It cost me £80 and is fitted with period Acoms radio gear and came with a charger and battery. It has seen some use by the previous owner and a bit by me but it was looked after and I think it had been stored away for a while somewhere as the tyres were perished. The wheels and tyres seen here are new but the rest is original from the 80's It came fitted with the yellow CVA's and has some sort of uprated motor (I think) which is not much better than standard, its ball raced too. Someone spent a bit of money on this back in the day! These next three, you can see it's suffered a bit of gravel rash and the windscreen is cracked. The shocks are a bit stiff now and could do with stripping and cleaning and the shell could do with a repaint and new decals. I might get round to it one day but I sort of like the way it looks I've got some more of my others to post up but I've run out of time for now!
  24. Many Thanks SteelRat, This is a great forum.
  25. I think I've just sorted it... I changed the handset and tried using a different band and it seemed to sort it, forward and reverse is now where it should be and the steering servo is now working. Panic Over !
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