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  1. It articulates perfectly. Rather than chamfer the bracket the slot is 0.5mm larger on the diameter of the bar. So it does tick a little when accelerating but is far stronger than a knife edge.
  2. You do need to modify the nose cone so it fits over the radius arm mounts otherwise the body looks too high above the front wheels
  3. A few that I’ve built using an orv chassis and sand scorcher body 🙂
  4. Yeah unfortunately the plastic does get very brittle over time but still........impressive smash 👍😉
  5. That works really well 👍. Regarding the front wheel axles. You could use the original grasshopper/hornet steering parts to help clear the small wheel. The longer madbull axles will fit. Just push the shorter axles out and longer ones in. Then make up adjustable steering rods to suit. Could you show in a bit of detail how the front bearings fit please? And lastly do the rear wheels fit on the standard rear axle hex drive? I’d really like to fit that style wheel and tyre to my regular frog 🙂
  6. I’ve never tried to dye plastic so can’t help with that unfortunately. Yellow cva parts are available though. The comical wheels will be interesting to see. I was after a set for a regular frog but was simply told wont fit as axles are too short.
  7. Yeah I had noticed that too. Maybe it gives the axle a metal part to wear against rather than the nylon diff gear?! Maybe after 100k miles it might be noticeable lol ☺️
  8. Super G is looking good! Although if ok to say the black cva dampers take a little away from it. Perhaps fit a set of original white grasshopper 2 wheels to this one and save the yellow wheels for when you have a set of complete yellow cva dampers? The picture below is one of mine mid build wondering about the original grasshopper 2 wheels. I didn’t have black cva dampers but was fitted with the super hornet rear extended axle mounts. Together with the axle brace it lowers the rear nicely and would look good as a plain white finish body with no decals. Kinda like a sleeper grasshopper 2.
  9. Another good looking model 👍. You should have a try with the original mad bull type chassis as it works really well as a buggy. The mad bull body is in essence a slightly modified to fit grasshopper 2 body. Just thinking how difficult would it be to fit it with a rising fighter body? The wing should fit using the adapter given with the rising fighter. Then perhaps give it a super hornet look using blitzer beetle orange wheels? 🤔
  10. The decals were off eBay. I think it’s the same seller which has a dark green sand scorcher body and super g yellow wheels with his version of blitzer stickers on it. 🤔
  11. Thank you 👍. Yes my axle brace is aluminium. I used to make the little parts I needed whilst at work. So technically a Ford part lol. The rising fighter I also made but different dimensions to suit the hex drive rear axle and the shock mounts also. Clear Perspex as it was available in the right thickness at the time. Motor is a vintage ea motorsports 27 turn stock motor. That has had the bronze bearings replaced with ball raced versions. It moves quite nicely now 😊 Only regret is using aftermarket stickers. The versions I bought are printed on white vinyl and fairly thick compared to tamiya originals. The other grasshopper 2’s Ive rebuilt I used original Tamiya decal stickers.
  12. The rising fighter you built looks fab. I haven’t seen many on here. Those ampro rear mounts give it a more natural stance. Interesting with the damper mods. I didn’t think about modifications to the internal piston 👍. The rising fighter ive also built one about 3 years ago now. I made my own modified rear mounts and the little bracket to stop the axle slap. It’s never been used other than a quick test run. I fitted a set of cva dampers from a super hornet chassis. That chassis I’ve never found a replacement body at reasonable cost so that uses a grasshopper 2 body also with aftermarket shocks. Looks quite nice tbh. I didn’t apply the grasshopper 2 rear spoiler decal as technically it was a super hornet before. A few pictures of it below. I’ll dust the rising fighter down later and post a few pictures of it later 🙂
  13. I’ve found when you use original springs with the oil filled dampers the spring hasn’t enough strength to push back. That’s using very light machine oil. With stronger springs the suspension is too solid and starts flexing the chassis. A couple of pictures below of the ones I have rebuilt 😊
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