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Another day, another job ticked off the list. I bought this Falcon from fellow member KalEl63 back in 2012 looking like the first pic. A nice clean looking livery. I made a largish decal order from MCI a little while ago, and while sorting through some of my stuff the last few days, found I ordered some Falcon decals in that order. My plan was to get hold of another body and do something else, but I thought this body is brand new, so will apply the decals to it.

31948900607_7bc186cd64_b.jpg6BE5EB89-CDFE-43C9-88C4-4520F4A251F7 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Now it’s looking like this (Don’t think the decals suit the colour, but I like the box art decals being on my cars)

46165392674_81c9fa391a_k.jpg2BE36443-18AE-48FE-A66B-18906EE65F33 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

45975605285_d4abaaa1a6_k.jpgAB0C132D-E7B7-4D4C-B97B-9C7C71A7841B by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46165392064_f73ceec7a6_k.jpgA448D948-577A-4EAE-B1C2-7E1461A991B9 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46165391584_cd4b9d21d2_k.jpg4E7CA1B0-1885-4A9B-9936-11F2E6633256 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

(excuse the poor photos, seems the Pearl White over exposed in the sun?)

Now for some opinions, does this need yellow CVA’s or should I stick with the black ones?

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Yellow, White or even red shocks would look good on there too but the black set it off as well, can't lose!

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And maybe the original yellow wheels? 

Thoughts?

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Found these laying around, and after seeing how the Monster Beetle shocks came out, gave these the same treatment. Not even sure what they’re off of, they were built with travel limiters in them, which I left out, and wow they are extremely long :o

45975603685_0f07916fc6_k.jpgCC1DC4C3-0498-46A0-87F3-ACAA97915FAB by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46839350412_134dac2130_k.jpgB6FC51C9-AD14-4AB6-A41C-8E245B623A05 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

These are the candidates for the Falcon pictured above

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Guess who’s back at work, and not having time to do much :(

Hoping to have some parts come in for the Turbo Optima this week, so some updates to follow

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Update time, back onto the Turbo Optima. My stabiliser kit came in which is a new release from Kyosho for their legendary series Optima/Javelin, but is almost identical to the original (the front bar is slightly different shape on the original.)

33081752448_73880467cb_k.jpg889C8249-5A0A-41BC-8C4E-93B6876C00AC by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

But firstly, lower chain/belt guard and lexan cover in place

33081751508_77e75403b4_k.jpgFB6F584C-57FA-4E04-BAC3-D31ED6ECC9DF by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Also, I’ve got some big plans for all my left over parts, and wanted to keep the 2 chassis TVP spacers that I have for that project, so my LHS had some parts from a HPI Savage that I thought I could use. I shortened the parts and tapped new threads, one is cylindrical and one is hex shaped.

33081751128_6733c28975_k.jpg7EBEC65C-9164-4774-9107-7A9207F62B23 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

The larger diameter one is the HPI part

33081754948_777e9ca4e2_k.jpgB5045471-81D3-403D-B6C0-46260758A14D by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

The Hex shaped part doesn’t look out of place imho

46232614034_dd96af8c18_k.jpg31656CD5-4AA3-48AD-889E-0DA26ADCC502 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

The round one in place 

33081750718_fab86ae839_k.jpg692BA70C-116D-4855-B7DC-88C529E8D484 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Front stabiliser fitted up

33081753598_97ea54fc4c_k.jpgED335D11-3945-4E3A-8FB1-F4FBC60B784C by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Steering servo saver in place

33081750388_a9b9db51b3_k.jpgD8C38812-4CFA-4865-AA8D-587676AD2B2A by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Spur gear assembly installed

33081749628_46ceeeda1a_k.jpg79B30576-9B0A-421E-836B-CF067F420EB6 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

I’ve chosen this motor out of my couple Kyosho LeMans Motors to go into this project, a 360ST. I’m waiting on brushes and motor leads before I install it

33081749168_af8c23960d_k.jpgEC851DAF-00FB-4281-BCA9-E042CDCDE102 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Rear stabiliser installed

46232611914_cffd608406_k.jpg989588BE-DF01-4089-92A5-063514D6DF70 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Under tray fitted, this was pretty bashed up, so I just hit it with a wire brush in my drill

33081748588_3923ed9bab_k.jpgB788C47B-C422-4C74-B750-C0BEADDB0A74 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Front bumper installed and sitting on its wheels, just the top chain/belt guard and radio tray to go

46232611754_87ca8d8185_k.jpg2B4FFB64-610D-4084-B9B0-FCB62F87BD08 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

33081745778_403ee2fb63_k.jpgF117745B-C9D7-4CEE-B72F-9356FEA65E76 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Hopefully not much longer and this will be finished

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Bit more done today, all that needs to be done for this one is:

Wire up and install brushes on Motor

Find a suitable ESC

Paint and install body

46053960895_f1bd6fdfd7_k.jpg1B5F6154-8195-454A-92EC-2385CFE452AB by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46053959245_ec3d6a8791_k.jpgE83A98FB-065E-4853-A3E4-4DC538021390 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

40003253793_094b6ff708_k.jpg703688A4-5334-4F9B-BA5E-673EA4CB74BA by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Here it is sitting alongside its older brother, which is also waiting for its body to be painted :unsure:

46053960225_7def4381c1_k.jpg2187E609-B004-4F0C-9E5F-CB38EB120EE5 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

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Do I start another project before I completely finish the Turbo Optima :o

46266937004_cf8891c06b_k.jpg3D079FDD-1553-4B89-95F4-336004E62A1E by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Dunno what I was thinking 30 odd years ago, when I brush painted this bed area with my enamel model paints :blink:

46266936624_fa39859855_k.jpg3A6847ED-9649-4865-8CD3-0A67A30F1322 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Dont even know what the yellow “spray spots” are from. I did have a canary yellow 1/1 car as my first, I may have needed to touch something up, so test sprayed it on my poor old Big Bear

46266936054_589b75b1fe_k.jpg2C843933-BFC9-4E96-AB1A-13CDEC1B4C7F by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Typically the front body mount is broken, I seem to recall using a large square of foam rubber taped on the inside of the body to keep it off of the front wheels/tyres, it used to bounce around all over the place :lol:

33115683158_476aea5e7d_k.jpgF0B56DA8-3A17-481E-B20E-E78F41E1AD53 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

The really good news is all the tyres don’t seem to be perished

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But wait, there’s more..........

Ive been on the lookout for parts for a number of years, knowing that I’d be working on this at some point. I got this lot below (from Alex “incredible-serious”) about 8 or so years ago, and basically never opened the box, as I moved house straight after getting it, and it just got left alone

46939307382_2b76215630_k.jpgB9E11935-9BE7-4CFA-9C44-C0F4E8518790 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

33115682948_6034bbf845_k.jpgEEE41D12-0147-4244-ADFA-F5DB988CC351 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

32049785027_a1fc070ce4_k.jpgAE92FB2D-442A-442A-A19E-DE3ACF9E7244 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

32049784997_d806ef635e_k.jpg38580AE7-F7CA-4CBD-BC7C-5343FB9CFB92 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

33115682278_ce2ed656ac_k.jpg88EC281A-ED3E-4E6B-822F-F1599421AA70 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46939306602_afca4bde02_k.jpg6E325B27-5079-41A9-9C58-54ABB3680426 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

 

So without actually stocktaking everything in there at this point, it seems there are another 2 trucks in the box. Will break everything down, clean it all up, use what I need to, and re assemble what’s left and probably list it all for sale (Other than my rebuilt original - that ain’t going anywhere)

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Man, you DO have style! Gotta LOVE 'em Big Bears!!

And just in case you need some inspiration for nonboxart colors here's a picture from 1977 that I believe will come handy ;)

Y4UlUWH.jpg

 

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While my original “multi-coloured” body is letting the Mr Muscle oven cleaner do it’s thing, I decided to tear down the chassis.

So the tyres aren’t as good as I thought and hoped :(

32063297147_415bafcacc_k.jpg4E20B2E4-1E59-4343-A3F0-0F7347F31A0F by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Ive been through them all and found atleast 1 suitable set, which are all soaking in some WD40 to see how they rejuvenate. Unfortunately none of them would survive running of any description, but some are probably ok to sit on the shelf. A couple are totally stuffed though.

Teenage engineering at its best here, wires twitched together and electrical tape insulated from the motor to the Original Fox mechanical speedie. I recall I got an ESC for my Fox, and this speedie was better than the stock Marui item, so I figured I’d fit it up to the Big Bear :D

32063295717_68601027d7_k.jpgBEB79A73-6722-455E-9BCF-18E9D2BAA7F4 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

33129182248_cd8ac24064_k.jpg77993D31-13DA-4814-8827-D0743865F970 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

The gearbox looks intact, so will be subject to degreasing and reassembly. I’d say that is 30+ year old Tamiya Molybdenum Grease in there.

32063296547_f4c381024d_k.jpgEBFBFFA8-C42E-42AD-BB2C-5C97FC26BE77 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

More to come over the next few days

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Small update, the oven cleaner has been doing its thing to the body, and I dug out  a couple NIP bits that I’d accumulated previously

Ready for sanding, the oven cleaner wouldn’t budge the yellow spots.

33139495048_1c7ff1c5cd_k.jpg80BDAE53-03A6-4CCA-8351-5C9FA762B42E by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Some JG hop ups

33139494878_3ff6f005ef_k.jpg823A1515-8099-41E4-A4CB-B6255008694B by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

New front body mount (original)

33139494548_cf43e2aa89_k.jpg5076E49C-4E7C-48EA-AA8D-CFEBC491589F by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

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So way back I remember this truck had major steering issues, popping ball cups at will, So back then I was attempting “something” and hacked into the chassis just behind where the tie rods pass (forgot to take a pic before I started repairing it.

You can see here the part of the chassis that is missing, compared to one of the other I have here

46120889785_3c3bdcedbf_k.jpgE28A86ED-CEEF-46B4-B2C9-3928E8F7DAD5 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46982491222_3479754897_k.jpg4C83870A-0103-4870-AC2D-6DA3DF76301A by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Some styrene might do the job

46982492352_09eebad822_k.jpg0BB53888-600A-4A11-8EB8-6F013360DA12 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46120888785_c5429253d9_k.jpg49765065-C5DB-4EB3-9B38-C09C8F5A6598 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46982491982_ac3b502b3a_k.jpg1F1FDF2F-A960-42A7-B60E-B3C06CC1F38F by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

I’m gonna paint the chassis satin black, so hopefully this repair turns out ok

The Marui 480RS is still in pretty good condition, and will be quite at home back in the gearbox. I’ve fitted some modern 3mm bullet connectors and got it installed back into the rebuilt rear end

46982491522_53761abfe3_k.jpg9E60A94A-E08B-4A25-84D1-C3847BE3B45E by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46982491812_3a01863535_k.jpgA4D7E023-BE1D-4C63-AF6F-0BE8BFE473C5 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46982491382_f8b3cf3a7c_k.jpgCE608CEB-7666-4480-BC83-1B64C65D4216 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

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The bad news is the tyres are basically all not useable, trying to fit them onto the rims, and they’re tearing at will, so I’ve seen people use lunchbox/WW2 tyres on the original rims. But this requires modifying the rims to suit. So I’m looking for opinions here, do I cut the rims down to suit the smaller tyres?

46120887805_802bc8349a_k.jpg0A3BEB15-BDF4-43EC-9260-CFDE0FC3FEB2 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

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17 hours ago, mtbkym01 said:

do I cut the rims down to suit the smaller tyres?

For heaven's sake don't destroy the rims!

If that was my truck I'd display it with the original tires, and I'd only test-run it the day I come across a nice set of tires. If you cut the rims, and you happen to find a nip set of tires later I'm sure you'll regret ever doing so. Avoid such heartache if possible.

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6 hours ago, mongoose1983 said:

For heaven's sake don't destroy the rims!

If that was my truck I'd display it with the original tires, and I'd only test-run it the day I come across a nice set of tires. If you cut the rims, and you happen to find a nip set of tires later I'm sure you'll regret ever doing so. Avoid such heartache if possible.

Yep I’m with you Erich, I’m not gonna give up on the tyres, they’re now resting after a silicone coating, hopefully I can actually get them on the rims without tearing.

The tyres are what make the look of the Big Bear, and it’s how it needs to look imo. I ain’t gonna give up. Once I’ve sorted everything else out parts wise, I’m gonna PM you B)

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Painted the chassis with a satin black finish, and got a bit of re-assembly done

46311288574_ab1736130e_k.jpg2A97D317-C60E-46D4-921A-B89805CEAC67 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46311287774_84028653c6_k.jpgEB050290-7C7A-40FD-B09F-7CC696A20DEC by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Steering hop up fitted, using a kimborough servo saver

40070505973_55e55e98b3_k.jpg59048DE9-319C-478A-87E0-C6954A743696 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Wish I had this set up back in the day

32093666967_62c0d34159_k.jpg4F21DD6E-9E74-4B28-83B4-FE9240458B00 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

40070505523_ed9a20d80f_k.jpgD95C52A0-8637-4E64-9D09-23E0327319D7 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Body work next. Might be a while, heading away for work tomorrow for a week

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10 hours ago, mtbkym01 said:

The tyres are what make the look of the Big Bear, and it’s how it needs to look imo.

I can not stand the sight of a Big Bear without the original tires. They're big part of the charming look of the truck.

Keep up the good work, I am loving your updates. Thumbs up! :)

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Some deliveries through the week while I was away, enabled me to get a few things done today, firstly, Tyres from Tony’s Tamiya Parts for my original Falcon wheels

33234365248_e87f98401c_k.jpgE689F467-CD4B-4B84-899E-118C9A5DB61A by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Motor leads, brushes and springs (from a whole brushed motor, was cheaper this way :blink:) for the Kyosho LeMans in the Turbo Optima

47057324822_75f657ef78_k.jpg7897BFE0-23BC-4C91-8A6D-62CE2EB3BCB4 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

 

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And some more work done to the Big Bear. I’ve very gently fitted a set of original tyres onto the rims (minus the lock rings that sit inside the tyre, as these put too much pressure onto the tyre and tear just trying to fit them). I plan on continuing to keep these tyres sprayed with silicone so as they don’t deteriorate any more than they already are.

47057324442_0995be77b0_h.jpg620A1964-ADE2-4047-B026-55874BAD9520 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Body sanded and primed 

47057325252_a55f7a355d_k.jpg138F74EC-A6DB-48BE-9374-78EC928E8A2B by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

First coat of Ford “Smoke” laid on

47057325102_82ffe1e1c2_h.jpgAF72BB8B-0D76-48D9-A017-F95E36A5EEC4 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

Electrics in while the paint dries, I’ve fitted an ESC into it, although this won’t be able to be run on these tyres, if I find some other options to run it gently some time, I wanted a reliable ESC in there.

33234364888_10b6db4098_k.jpgFE233766-EB8F-4386-A532-54B3F25C7686 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

And I just couldn’t resist to pop the body on (the front is supported by a wheel locking ring at this stage :lol:)

47057324852_848f18c7ef_k.jpg6DE300A4-94DE-4A76-8394-E90544E88746 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

33234365028_c9d7fd5f09_k.jpgBCDAEBA2-1187-4D31-8F6E-FB1C7D0C5C5E by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

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Roll bar ready to fit

33244349938_0a56a9c53b_k.jpg457E722A-F3CD-42C3-9854-410AAF0C7235 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

and she is finished, lots of clear coat, giving a really wet look at this stage, especially in the afternoon summer sun

46396193654_049c490d8b_k.jpgCDC06D7A-D2FC-4C34-AAFF-0F8BE2CA985F by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

46396194364_a0ecfb1e29_k.jpg837DC35D-5BEE-4005-92FD-C2F6BA30EBF1 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

33244349118_991afd3b8b_k.jpgF49DAFEA-0A1A-4FCD-AF7C-8E55D8984949 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

33244348098_8041a65adb_k.jpgFA2EF454-0A74-4800-A2C2-D2C19DBB0FF0 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

 

A very productive year so far for me, but I’ve still got more to do.....

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awesome thread on the Big Bear rebuild, nice colour choice too.

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On 2/17/2019 at 1:55 AM, mtbkym01 said:

33244348098_8041a65adb_k.jpgFA2EF454-0A74-4800-A2C2-D2C19DBB0FF0 by Kym mtbkym01, on Flickr

A very productive year so far for me, but I’ve still got more to do.....

That's avatar material, mate!

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Thank you for sharing your work with us, and for gracing this forum with such gorgeous RC vehicle.

I wish there could be more like this in here. And more often.

I stay tuned and look forward seeing more of your cars. You definitely got style with these old AND true vintage RC cars!!

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