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  1. Nothing special here - just another Mad Ax project thread, which some thoughts, musings, insights and ramblings about scalers, GMade, pandemics and life in general. This thread might get way more interesting in the future but right now it's just a handful of photos and a few things that might be worth knowing if you're thinking of getting a scale rig in this sector. Although the BOM is now a few years old and the chassis had been updated, so possibly this thread is too late to be of use to anyone. Well, who cares? Read on. I've been wanting a BOM ever since they came out. For a long time I refused to look at the new Eastern breeds, but when the BOM appeared I immediately fell in love with the chunky body, aggressive half-cage and chunky tyres. I even loved the boxart. In fact I loved both box arts - there are two 'factory' schemes, both red, one with a white panel down the side and one with some white stripes. Last autumn I figured it was time for a new dedicated scale rig. I'd been running my SCX10 G6 edition for years and although it was still running well, it was starting to feel a bit tired. Also my updates to make it into a more scale-looking rig with the Proline Cherokee body had compromised its true climbing potential a little, and to be honest, I was just looking for excuses to buy something new. I really loved the look of the BOM, it seemed to tick every box, I wanted something to be a dedicated rock-climbing truck with loads of articulation and a realistic but aggressively-modified body, and so I bought... An MST CFX-W. OK, it was a bit of an impulse, after hovering my finger over the BIN button for so long, to switch at the very last moment and buy the CFX-W instead. I just happened to find one in Europe and it had the right body too - the J45C Land Cruiser clone. And so last year's scaler build (mostly undertaken as we went into our first winter lockdown) was with the MST. I even got the opportunity to get it muddy during a brief window of non-locked-down-ness before Christmas, before festive excess and emerging variants put is back into a third lockdown. But the BOM never left me alone, I was still in love with its looks, and capable as the MST was, I still wanted to have it in my fleet. I figured it would probably remain a distant dream, something to want but never to have. And then a couple of weeks ago I got a message to tell that my daughter and I had been in contact with a confirmed covid case, and we had to spend 10 days at home in case we were contagious. That meant I needed to take some time off work, but I couldn't go out and enjoy the summer weather or take my daughter anywhere interesting, so I'd have to find plenty of things to keep us occupied at home. Now, I already have plenty of projects, but most of them require the workshop, which isn't really child friendly, at least not for a pre-schooler. If my daughter behaves well during the day then she gets a bit of iPad time before dinner, and building a kit is a great way to spend that time. I can sit next to her, be on hand to help with her games and try to add some context to them, involve her in conversation and show her what I'm working on, but still do something I want to do. So, before I could stop myself, I'd hit the Buy button (with expedited delivery), and Modelsport got busy boxing up my latest purchase. It arrived nice and early on Friday morning, but as chance would have it, my wife also got pinged by the Test & Trace app and had to isolate with us, so she handled the childcare, which freed me up to do some actual paid work, so it would be Saturday before I got around to building the kit.
  2. This is yet another old project from the back of the shelf. I probably started a build thread about this way back when but I expect all my photos were stored in the Bucket of Photos back before I threw my teddies out the pram over the Great Photobucket Ransom, so here it is afresh, courtesy of TCPhotos. This one isn't actually being built by me, it's being built by Adam and Nigel, who run a custom workshop called SCRAPSpeed. Since this one is from the archives, I'll start right at the beginning. It was back on 4th May 2014 - 6 years ago almost to the day, if you can believe that - when I popped over to see my friends Adam and Nigel at their workshop. I happened to notice that had a stripped out 9th gen F150 sitting on the shop floor. I asked if it was for a customer, but Adam shook his head and rolled his eyes at Nigel, who was fabricating something out of aluminium at the back of the shop. "He brought it back from the swap meet last week." He said. "We're going to lift the body and do a bit of off-roading." The shell looked like new, and was in a fresh coat of white primer. Underneath was a fairly standard chassis with some mild steering upgrades and the usual independent front, live rear that you find on these Fords. I took a look at the brackets that Nigel was fabricating. He told me they were so he could 4-link the rear end, apparently a better set-up than stock. I hung around while he got them fitted. I don't know much about these F150s but that sure looks better than what was on there before.
  3. Scaler LB? ’70s Rock Van Clear Body for 12.3" (313mm) Wheelbase Scale Crawlers - SKU: 3552-00 ($43.95) ’70s Rock Van Tough-Color (Black) Body for 12.3" (313mm) Wheelbase Scale Crawlers - SKU: 3552-18 ($51.95)
  4. Might be more for one of the scaler forums but it's been a long time since I posted on those and I'm not even sure I still have my login deets. Anyhoo, I know there's a few good custom rig builders on here so maybe some good advice for me I'm building a Class 1 scaler using an old Bruiser body, Maverick Scout axles and transmission and TCS X-trail chassis rails. It has 85mm shocks and is just on the tall side of "about right" for the type of look I'm going for. I've mostly replaced the Maverick links with custom (or modified the existing) to get the right wheelbase. At rest the truck looks perfect. The wheelbase is spot on and there's plenty of ground clearance under the middle of the chassis, even with fairly small 90mm KRT tyres. IMG_20180420_114847 by Mad Ax, on Flickr Ignore the kinky link in this photo - that's stock, I'll be replacing it with a straight link when I adjust the wheelbase The problem is, at full compression, the axles move laterally and push the wheelbase out. IMG_20180420_114907 by Mad Ax, on Flickr I know this is generally a problem with 4-links due to the arc described by the lower link, it's always going to shift the axle a little bit under articulation. Now I've been trying to engage the 3D modelling aspect of my brain, but it currently seems to be out of action (it's probably suffering an incompatibility issue with the nighttime baby support bioware I installed a year ago) and I can't bend my brain around how to minimise the issue. So, do my bottom links look right? Should I relocate my top links to reduce the problem, raise the mounting point on the chassis or lower it, or will I just have to adjust the wheelbase to get a good compromise?
  5. Haven't seen many of these for sale in the UK, got this one from RC Bitz Will start building once all the food and the invading hordes have gone
  6. Hello all built quite a few CC01s over the last couple of years and sold a couple that I regret selling. My Disco was build number 2 but been my favourite so far and wanted to do another for over a year, this week I managed to get hold of another new bright shell so another build begins Shell arrived in great nick, only flaw is the fake mud splatter. took all the bits off the shell to prep for painting, few ways to remove the mud but couldn't get hold of the best product so good old fashioned wet and dry to smooth the body down, primered and ready for painting at the weekend this is look I'm aiming for wont post build pics as won't be re inventing the wheel but any questions along the way, I'd look forward to them
  7. Hi guys. Ive been wanting to do a scaler project for a while after seeing some amazing builds and vids on youtube of them going over the trails and going over various obstacles such as water, mud, logs, rocks and everything else they throw at these trucks. The model Ive been looking into using for this build was the axial ax10 or scx10. The price has been putting me off though. I then came across lots of builds and info on the maverick scout. Everyone that has had them seem to love them and as it is basically a copy of an axial ax10 and built by Hpi I thought for £119 rtr delivered I can't go wrong. Here's the scout when it arrived. Everything laid out and ready for fun. My long term plan is to buy the scx10 chassis and transfer all the running gear over to it. Firstly though I need to change that scout body! So I ordered a pro-line jeep rubicon body shell. Someone mentioned the scouts wheelbase as 330mm and I tried to confirm this but went for the jeep rubicon shell anyway as it's listed as 330mm. Unfortunately when the scout arrived it had a wheelbase of about 315mm (I'll update when I measure it). So I cheated the arches on the jeep shell and over trimmed the front of the back of the arch and the back of the the front arch. The wheels now fits nicely in the centre of the arches. Here you can see the body mounts pushed out by the white washers we all replace with bearings. They were just to short for the jeep shell. I knew those washers would come in handy sometime! Now I'm happy with how the shell sits on the maverick I masked it all up and decided to do the main body gun metal grey and the roof, front and rear bumper and arches black. Here it is and my favourite part of doing the body work, the removal of be protective film! And finally the last bit of the body work for the moment which is stickering it up. I'm used to tamiya cutting out my decals. The pro-line ones need you to be handy with the scissors. I think it looks soo much better than the scout body. So that's how it sits at the moment. I have to admit when I used the scout I loved the articulation on it. Nothing seemed to be able to get in its way. I suppose it's a crawler after all. I like it so much in fact I want to hold off on the scx10 chassis for a while and have it as a jeep rubicon 'high lift'. So it will have more articulation than a scaler but less than a crawler. I'm going to do this by fitting some rubber tubing on the shock shafts to reduce the shock travel and prevent the wheels hitting the shell. I've heard there are lots of free and cheap mods which can be done to the maverick to increase its performance and abilities so as I do them I'll put them in this build thread so others can see how to do them. There are also many compatible axial parts so I'll look into which of these work with the scout. Body wise I'd love some scale items on there such as a snorkel, wing mirrors, spare petrol tank, roof rack etc to make it more realistic. I'd like to do an interior too with driver. I wonder if pro-line do interiors too?? Seats, dashboard, steering wheel would look so much better than a bunch of wires. Thanks for looking and I'll update it again soon.
  8. I've got some stuff to sell, thats been kicking around for a while. Some extras from my Defender. These are from the Hong Kong Defender. I have the sunroof window, the rear panel windows, door handles, amber lights, fuel filler cap, front headlight cover things (The prongs on the back are cut off), rear seats and rock sliders. THE SPARE WHEEL IS NOT INCLUDED. All new. £15 posted to the UK. Finally, some old RC10 front shocks. Hard to get now. Good condition, but need a clean. Now on eBay. Thanks, Will
  9. $425 Shipped within the CONUS I originally built this truck last fall. I sold it in September and then re-purchased it last month. I'd been itching to get it buttoned up. Truck has under 2 hours on it. Truck is RTR. Axial 2.4ghz radio setup SCX10 Kit HHBRXL Waterproof With TEKIN HD motor Savox 1259 Titanium gear servo Custom front bumper with brushbar and brush wires Kamtec ABS Land Rover Body painted correct Camel Trophty Sandglow yellow NOT TAMIYA CAMEL YELLOW Proline roof rack Proline light bar GMADE Beadlock wheels with RC4wd Trail Buster Tires (copy of Simex Jungle Trekkers) Speedwiegland Oil pan Also have a rear spare carrier to fit the body with a steelie and tire. Interior is a Dingo interior panel. Zillions of custom decals I made up (all on oracal Vinyl on pro equipment) The passenger side rain gutter WILL BE reattached Out of every build I have done, this body, by far, has the most time into it. Every window had to be cut as well as the grille and lights. The Headlights alone were a project LOL It looks like the truck will also be featured in one of the upcoming issues of Rovers Magazine from Rovers North. Link to build thread... http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/1-9-scale-rigs/399032-land-rover-discovery-i.html
  10. Well those to topics got me thinking about my former plow truck. It was built on a cut up tl01 chassis with a blackfoot body and home built aluminum plow. I always liked it and had good feedback but in order to help out my nephew I dismantled it and gave him the body and plow gear. i still have the chassis such as it is and am thinking of restoring it back into a car again. Anyhow back to the present I also have my first scale project a modified TA02 with a blackfooot body as well. As it was snowing yesterday and my wife was away I made a pot of coffee and started digging through some of my scrap and found enough aluminum to recreate another plow. While its not complete yet i made pretty good progress. Plow blade made, split a piece of 1" aluminum tube and opened it up. I used some other odds and ends to make the brackets to mount it to the truck. i haven't built any up right s to mount lights as I don't have any yet. Servo mounted for the lift need to build the linkage this morning and mount some electrics maybe even some paint. Jay origional plow truck new plow parts and pieces progress as of this morning
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