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Some time ago I built a mildly modified FAV from a box of bits I got reasonably cheap off the bay. I think I customised the side pods, made some new front suspension mounts, new lower front arms, different wheels and tyres and that was about it.

It looked like this: 

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I got a bit bored with it, sold it on to a chap on the forum and that was that.

Fast forward a few years and I got an itch. It turned out to be fungal and easily treated, but something was still bugging me. The boredom I felt with the FAV was more seeming to be a feeling of frustration - a project not fully realised - so I started looking around for a replacement. Completely by chance, the guy I sold it to contacted me out of the blue, asking where I got the front suspension mounts from as one had broken and he was planning to sell it, so needed a replacement. I immediately struck a deal to buy it back, and before I knew it I had the ol' FAV back in the garage.

So - how was I going to get rid of that itch.....

Topical fungicide. The issues with the FAV were a completely different ballgame though. Starting at the front, I was never completely happy with how the front mounts I had designed attached to the chassis. It had one self tapper that went up through the chassis into the mount, where it had a very short hole to tap into. At the front there was a metric screw which went up through the chassis, through the mount and into the headlight, which again, was sub-optimal. I also had some new dampers I wanted to use, which were a bit more chunky, so I wanted to make the whole mount a bit more chunky too. The new design hopefully addresses all these issues, as it is longer (as in the rear upright has been pushed back behind the rear screw,) has 2 metric screws that go all the way through the chassis and fix into nuts underneath and have more material overall to prevent flexing.

Moving further back I always felt the rear "engine bay" area looked a bit bare. So to remedy this, I could either fit an engine or fit something else. Knight Customs does a great VW style engine on Shapeways, and I very nearly went with this, but I just fancied something other than a VW motor. Looking around there are some V8 motors that were tempting, but a V8 in a sand buggy didn't seem right either (to me.) What is a boy to do?! So I decided to take some inspiration from the BBX and stick a spare tyre in there instead. I found a generic spare wheel holder and designed a mount to connect it to the chassis and also printed a spare wheel rim as I didn't have one in my spares box. I didn't ignore the motor idea completely as I designed an exhaust that kinda fills the back and makes it look (hopefully) a little less RC and more scale.

This is where I'm at with the dry build - there are a few more things to add and work out, but the overall idea is there:

IMG_2596 IMG_2597 IMG_2598

I've got a few ideas about lights, and I want to add a proper roof rather than the FAV frame and the stance needs fixing to lower the front a bit (probably just the springs need swapping) but the bones are there.

Or rather they were, as 20 minutes later:

IMG_2599

Next up will be paint stripping, sanding and smoothing, tweaking and trying to come up with a new colour scheme.

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16 minutes ago, jonboy1 said:

Some time ago I built a mildly modified FAV from a box of bits I got reasonably cheap off the bay. I think I customised the side pods, made some new front suspension mounts, new lower front arms, different wheels and tyres and that was about it.

Very interested in that! I'm awaiting a delivery from Tamico because I'm planning something similar.

I'm "refreshing" my FAV Shark Mouth with a fresh coat of paint, new decals and the metal-plated parts from the Blockhead Motors Wild One. This leaves me with a stack of parts (and metal parts from the time I added Wild One oil dampers) - £90 later and I can build a 'Bitsa' FAV / Wild One hybrid.

I like the exhaust you have modelled there - is that your own doing? The ones available on Shapeways, whilst lovely, represent horrific value unfortunately!

Great minds and all that ;)

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32 minutes ago, jonboy1 said:

Some time ago I built a mildly modified FAV from a box of bits I got reasonably cheap off the bay. I think I customised the side pods, made some new front suspension mounts, new lower front arms, different wheels and tyres and that was about it.

It looked like this: 

IMG_1497

I got a bit bored with it, sold it on to a chap on the forum and that was that.

Fast forward a few years and I got an itch. It turned out to be fungal and easily treated, but something was still bugging me. The boredom I felt with the FAV was more seeming to be a feeling of frustration - a project not fully realised - so I started looking around for a replacement. Completely by chance, the guy I sold it to contacted me out of the blue, asking where I got the front suspension mounts from as one had broken and he was planning to sell it, so needed a replacement. I immediately struck a deal to buy it back, and before I knew it I had the ol' FAV back in the garage.

So - how was I going to get rid of that itch.....

Topical fungicide. The issues with the FAV were a completely different ballgame though. Starting at the front, I was never completely happy with how the front mounts I had designed attached to the chassis. It had one self tapper that went up through the chassis into the mount, where it had a very short hole to tap into. At the front there was a metric screw which went up through the chassis, through the mount and into the headlight, which again, was sub-optimal. I also had some new dampers I wanted to use, which were a bit more chunky, so I wanted to make the whole mount a bit more chunky too. The new design hopefully addresses all these issues, as it is longer (as in the rear upright has been pushed back behind the rear screw,) has 2 metric screws that go all the way through the chassis and fix into nuts underneath and have more material overall to prevent flexing.

Moving further back I always felt the rear "engine bay" area looked a bit bare. So to remedy this, I could either fit an engine or fit something else. Knight Customs does a great VW style engine on Shapeways, and I very nearly went with this, but I just fancied something other than a VW motor. Looking around there are some V8 motors that were tempting, but a V8 in a sand buggy didn't seem right either (to me.) What is a boy to do?! So I decided to take some inspiration from the BBX and stick a spare tyre in there instead. I found a generic spare wheel holder and designed a mount to connect it to the chassis and also printed a spare wheel rim as I didn't have one in my spares box. I didn't ignore the motor idea completely as I designed an exhaust that kinda fills the back and makes it look (hopefully) a little less RC and more scale.

This is where I'm at with the dry build - there are a few more things to add and work out, but the overall idea is there:

IMG_2596 IMG_2597 IMG_2598

I've got a few ideas about lights, and I want to add a proper roof rather than the FAV frame and the stance needs fixing to lower the front a bit (probably just the springs need swapping) but the bones are there.

Or rather they were, as 20 minutes later:

IMG_2599

Next up will be paint stripping, sanding and smoothing, tweaking and trying to come up with a new colour scheme.

That looks marvellous. How do you get on with the RC Channel suspension arms? Did you grease them? I was thinking about getting some for my Wild One build but was concerned about metal on metal....

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9 minutes ago, ChrisRx718 said:

Very interested in that! I'm awaiting a delivery from Tamico because I'm planning something similar.

I'm "refreshing" my FAV Shark Mouth with a fresh coat of paint, new decals and the metal-plated parts from the Blockhead Motors Wild One. This leaves me with a stack of parts (and metal parts from the time I added Wild One oil dampers) - £90 later and I can build a 'Bitsa' FAV / Wild One hybrid.

I like the exhaust you have modelled there - is that your own doing? The ones available on Shapeways, whilst lovely, represent horrific value unfortunately!

Great minds and all that ;)

I spent an undisclosed amount at AsiaTees on generic bits and bobs, a further larger yet still undisclosed amount at PJ on more generic bits and a smaller amount on printed parts - all of which I figured should or might work, but with no promises. I'm still waiting on the PJ delivery, some of the AsiaTees stuff has already gone into the generic spares box for use at a later date on another yet-to-be-defined project and the printed parts have mostly worked out ok, so I reckon this is good value so far! ;)

Thank you - yes, all the 3D printed stuff is of my own design. Are you in the UK? If so, I was going to make a tweak to the exhaust to make it sit slightly more centrally, so if you'd like one I can add one to the order. Or I can design something completely different for you. As I mentioned in a different topic, I've given up on Shapeways because the shipping to the UK is just nuts. Lancashire3d.uk is where I got these bits printed and they have no minimum order and affordable shipping.

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12 minutes ago, toyolien said:

That looks marvellous. How do you get on with the RC Channel suspension arms? Did you grease them? I was thinking about getting some for my Wild One build but was concerned about metal on metal....

Thank you - I really appreciate the kind comments :) 

 

Those are my own design arms, which are 3D printed:

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I made them with the Wild One lower damper mount dimensions so they work with 75mm dampers. I've just painted them with gun metal paint. As I said to @ChrisRx718, if you're interested I can get some printed for you?

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10 minutes ago, jonboy1 said:

Thank you - I really appreciate the kind comments :) 

 

Those are my own design arms, which are 3D printed:

IMG_1505

I made them with the Wild One lower damper mount dimensions so they work with 75mm dampers. I've just painted them with gun metal paint. As I said to @ChrisRx718, if you're interested I can get some printed for you?

Aah, my mistake. Thought they were the aluminium RC Channel arms. They look great, and thank for the offer of printing some. However, my experience with 3d stuff hasn't been great. I've not decided on the direction of my Wild One yet, but I may be in touch if your arms will take a beating!!

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8 minutes ago, toyolien said:

Aah, my mistake. Thought they were the aluminium RC Channel arms. They look great, and thank for the offer of printing some. However, my experience with 3d stuff hasn't been great. I've not decided on the direction of my Wild One yet, but I may be in touch if your arms will take a beating!!

Absolutely no worries at all. :) In my very, very humble opinion, there are 3D printed parts and 3D printed parts. There are also Designers and there are Designers. I'll give you a moment to take all of that in ;) 

How one part behaves will be dramatically influenced by not only the material, but the orientation of the part while printing, the method of printing and the quality of the printer. That's all before you even look at whether the design is any good or not in the first place. I'm the last person to blow my own trumpet I can assure you, but I have been a Mechanical Designer my entire working life (over 25 years) in highly specialised industries and have designed thousands and thousands of parts,  most of which have worked first time ;) and I'm reasonably confident my designs will stand up to most abuse. I can't guarantee it, but pretty sure :)

If you fancy giving them a go, send me a PM and I'll sort something out for you :) 

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17 minutes ago, jonboy1 said:

Absolutely no worries at all. :) In my very, very humble opinion, there are 3D printed parts and 3D printed parts. There are also Designers and there are Designers. I'll give you a moment to take all of that in ;) 

How one part behaves will be dramatically influenced by not only the material, but the orientation of the part while printing, the method of printing and the quality of the printer. That's all before you even look at whether the design is any good or not in the first place. I'm the last person to blow my own trumpet I can assure you, but I have been a Mechanical Designer my entire working life (over 25 years) in highly specialised industries and have designed thousands and thousands of parts,  most of which have worked first time ;) and I'm reasonably confident my designs will stand up to most abuse. I can't guarantee it, but pretty sure :)

If you fancy giving them a go, send me a PM and I'll sort something out for you :) 

Well that's a lot of positive information.  In that case I would love to try them. I'm a month or so off starting it so there's no race but please PM me when you're ready👍

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Busy weekend again, but yesterday I went and ran the Mad Van in between things to do.

It's not like I can't wait for the white stuff to cover it all, on the contrary... but at least, when it happens, the fun with this purple puppy will be guaranteed :lol:

Screenshot-20231112-142035-Video-Player.

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Plans are to do the same thing today. No time for extensive running or tinkering, but some quick runs with the Van will at least scratch the itch (and make for a nice stroll in the woods)

20231112-142227-002-01.jpg

Screenshot-20231112-142454-Video-Player.

 

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11 minutes ago, Grumpy pants said:

I got another 7 rusty screws out - 15 left 🐌

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Herculean effort! When you get the last screw out we might all have to have a little celebratory drink 😉

Can you do it as a live video? 

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For me, got home from my money making gig and drove my M06 Beetle #1.  The car drives so well GT style.  I decided to swap the Kyosho servo that was in there (the one that comes in the FazerMk2) to a JX servo as I needed much faster speed through my tight switch backs.   This car is a joy to drive.  👍

I also received my gimbal so installing the app in my iPhone right now and charging the unit itself.  I will give it a go tomorrow.  

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5 hours ago, Grumpy pants said:

I got another 7 rusty screws out - 15 left 🐌

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So how did you do it in the end, were you able to get by with a regular screwdriver?

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9 hours ago, BuggyDad said:

Herculean effort! When you get the last screw out we might all have to have a little celebratory drink 😉

Can you do it as a live video? 

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Sorry I couldn’t wait it’s been a big day, and I have every confidence in @Grumpy pants with the finish line now in sight 🥳

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4 hours ago, Willy iine said:

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Definitely need one of these now, that stance screams SoCal to me and the white band on the wheels certainly lifts it a notch or two. It’s on the the Christmas wish list (with a few others) so we’ll see what transpires 😉

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5 hours ago, Pylon80 said:

So how did you do it in the end, were you able to get by with a regular screwdriver?

Mostly using my Tamiya screw driver, a small number with my snub nose pliers and now I using the screw extraction kit. 
 

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15 hours ago, jonboy1 said:

Some time ago I built a mildly modified FAV from a box of bits I got reasonably cheap off the bay. I think I customised the side pods, made some new front suspension mounts, new lower front arms, different wheels and tyres and that was about it.

It looked like this: 

IMG_1497

I got a bit bored with it, sold it on to a chap on the forum and that was that.

Fast forward a few years and I got an itch. It turned out to be fungal and easily treated, but something was still bugging me. The boredom I felt with the FAV was more seeming to be a feeling of frustration - a project not fully realised - so I started looking around for a replacement. Completely by chance, the guy I sold it to contacted me out of the blue, asking where I got the front suspension mounts from as one had broken and he was planning to sell it, so needed a replacement. I immediately struck a deal to buy it back, and before I knew it I had the ol' FAV back in the garage.

So - how was I going to get rid of that itch.....

Topical fungicide. The issues with the FAV were a completely different ballgame though. Starting at the front, I was never completely happy with how the front mounts I had designed attached to the chassis. It had one self tapper that went up through the chassis into the mount, where it had a very short hole to tap into. At the front there was a metric screw which went up through the chassis, through the mount and into the headlight, which again, was sub-optimal. I also had some new dampers I wanted to use, which were a bit more chunky, so I wanted to make the whole mount a bit more chunky too. The new design hopefully addresses all these issues, as it is longer (as in the rear upright has been pushed back behind the rear screw,) has 2 metric screws that go all the way through the chassis and fix into nuts underneath and have more material overall to prevent flexing.

Moving further back I always felt the rear "engine bay" area looked a bit bare. So to remedy this, I could either fit an engine or fit something else. Knight Customs does a great VW style engine on Shapeways, and I very nearly went with this, but I just fancied something other than a VW motor. Looking around there are some V8 motors that were tempting, but a V8 in a sand buggy didn't seem right either (to me.) What is a boy to do?! So I decided to take some inspiration from the BBX and stick a spare tyre in there instead. I found a generic spare wheel holder and designed a mount to connect it to the chassis and also printed a spare wheel rim as I didn't have one in my spares box. I didn't ignore the motor idea completely as I designed an exhaust that kinda fills the back and makes it look (hopefully) a little less RC and more scale.

This is where I'm at with the dry build - there are a few more things to add and work out, but the overall idea is there:

IMG_2596 IMG_2597 IMG_2598

I've got a few ideas about lights, and I want to add a proper roof rather than the FAV frame and the stance needs fixing to lower the front a bit (probably just the springs need swapping) but the bones are there.

Or rather they were, as 20 minutes later:

IMG_2599

Next up will be paint stripping, sanding and smoothing, tweaking and trying to come up with a new colour scheme.

Nice seeing this back in circulation and still looking good. 
Great to be able to tweak it and finish the job as well, it’s an evolving model!

As always I have no doubt it will turn out superbly 😎

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1 hour ago, Re-Bugged said:

Definitely need one of these now, that stance screams SoCal to me and the white band on the wheels certainly lifts it a notch or two. It’s on the the Christmas wish list (with a few others) so we’ll see what transpires 😉

The level of detail and realism is fantastic.

Way back in the day I used to buy Street Machine and day dream about owning a Cal look Beetle, which was the dechromed version. 

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14 hours ago, Ferruz said:

Busy weekend again, but yesterday I went and ran the Mad Van in between things to do.

It's not like I can't wait for the white stuff to cover it all, on the contrary... but at least, when it happens, the fun with this purple puppy will be guaranteed :lol:

Screenshot-20231112-142035-Video-Player.

Screenshot-20231112-142057-Video-Player.

Plans are to do the same thing today. No time for extensive running or tinkering, but some quick runs with the Van will at least scratch the itch (and make for a nice stroll in the woods)

20231112-142227-002-01.jpg

Screenshot-20231112-142454-Video-Player.

 

Always fantastic pictures!

The purple puppy look very much at home ragging around the woods. 

Is it box standard and 4WD? 

Does this mean semi retirement for the Big Brute and Hornet? 
 

 

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On 11/12/2023 at 1:52 AM, Re-Bugged said:

Finally got to the stage where I can put the masking tape & rattle cans away and enjoy pulling off the clear film for that fresh showroom shine reveal, carefully trying not to touch it 😁 

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One word - Masterful!

Amazing masking and paint skills 👏

The level of patience and hand eye coordination required must be almost Zen like 🧘‍♂️

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6 hours ago, Willy iine said:

For me, got home from my money making gig and drove my M06 Beetle #1.  The car drives so well GT style.  I decided to swap the Kyosho servo that was in there (the one that comes in the FazerMk2) to a JX servo as I needed much faster speed through my tight switch backs.   This car is a joy to drive.  👍

I also received my gimbal so installing the app in my iPhone right now and charging the unit itself.  I will give it a go tomorrow.  

IMG_2023-10-29-192121.jpg.1626fd98081f52463a16469b4bbaebc1.jpg

Absolutely perfect, the attention to detail and the stance couldn’t be better. 

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3 hours ago, Grumpy pants said:

 

The level of patience and hand eye coordination required must be almost Zen like 🧘‍♂️

Weeeeeell, not always 😂

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That was doing the Ford GT MK2

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3 hours ago, Grumpy pants said:

Absolutely perfect, the attention to detail and the stance couldn’t be better. 

Yes, @Willy iine for sure is the Forums Beetle Sensei, gorgeous stuff

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