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Today I got the message I like to see. Which means next week I'll hopefully be building my CC01. I've got a few hop-ups ready to go but thought I'd better get some expertise before I start. I ordered the Unimog 406 but I'll be building it with my Bronco body that I completed a year ago: I bought a Unimog because it was about $75NZD cheaper than buying a Defender locally and came with the correct body mount parts and wheelbase needed for the Bronco. I would've just bought a CC01 Bronco but I could only get an XB version locally and it would cost additional import fees for something that was about $10NZD over the allowed limit. I've got a bearing set, Yeah Racing steering kit, the CC01 barrel spring set, and some cheap 96mm tyres. I'll also be running a Hobbywing 1060 ESC and the stock motor for now. I've read a few builds and I think I've got the necessary basics covered. I'll do the extra bushing in the rear axle trick. People mention using threaded M3 screws and nuts on the gearbox cover but haven't seen it done. I'm assuming it's as simple as drilling through the holes for part A3 then securing it with the screws? I haven't got any spare M3 screws to use at the moment though. Taking the square edge off the stock rear arms looks simple enough. I looked into a GRU vs high turn motor and I think I'll end up putting in a cheap 60-80T motor. Getting a GPM rear link kit, Tamiya aluminium dampers and stroke extension look like good upgrades, but I'll see how much I like the chassis first. I need a steel pinion and I've seen the C-Hub mod to get more steering lock with some front CVDs. I haven't got a servo yet but I was looking at the Savox 0251MG. Do their "larger standard" servos fit? The local shop doesn't have one in stock so I may get a Savox 0252MG if I'm feeling impatient anyway. I'm probably using the LED kit in my drifter instead of this kit so no worries there. The question now is: What else do I need to know?
I've decided to rebuild one of the first cars I restored. I've come a long way since doing my initial Blazing Blazer resto about 12 years ago, and have been contemplating re-restoring the Box Art Blazer for a while. The reason is mainly that I have not been satisfied with the job I first did, especially the paint job. Although it wasn't all that bad, I've felt as it could be a lot better, and it has kinda bugged me, sitting there not being what it deserves to be. This is the result from the first resto job in 2003 I got hold of a semi built/NIB Blazer locally a few years back, but never had the heart to break open those NIP bags og goodies and complete the build, so I sold it. The BB was never one of my favourite cars, but it has def grown on my over the years. I've always loved the early Broncos though, and the look & feel of vintage off roaders and off road racing. The Big Oly Bronco has long time been one of my favourites. So, after many years of thinking about redoing the Blazing Blazer, I've made up my mind and started the work og turning my old Blazer into a Big Oly Blazing Bronco hybrid. Fellow TC member Badboy has already done a very nice version of the Big Oly on the Blazer platform, which can be seen here. There are some obvious differences between the Chevy based Blazing Blazer, and the Big Oly Ford Bronco, but both the bodies have been heavily modified for the legendary Mexican 1000 race, and do look a similar enough for this project. That goes for the main body part, but not the grill. So, I designed a new one, based on the one seen on the Big Oly truck, with the double head lights... I got the first version from Shapeways yesterday, but did some adjustments, so will have the finished part in about a week. The back of the grill will be filled with a black fine mesh, and iit is designed to fit head lights from the Hilux. I've already stripped the old body, sanded and smoothed the body, primed and painted & cleared. The next big hurdle is the decals. I am currently designing all the decals in Illustrator from scratch, as most of these vintage logos can't be found in vector format, or as high res images. This is a tedious job, and albeit I am a graphic designer, just the research recognising the old logos and then scratch making them, is a lot of work... The chassis only need minor work and partial assembly, and the main body is finished in the paint booth, so the actual completion of this build isn't that far off. I will send the decals for printing, and do the detailing and painting of the smaller accessories very soon. So stay tuned for some pictures and updates [/img]