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Ok, so why did I get this car, here’s the thing. I recently bought a used DF-03 MS and the car just fell apart due to bad plastic. I was trying to get a new one, but I couldn’t find one to an reasonable price, but I did find the TT-02B MS and thought It would be a good replacement. I have chosen to call this project “White Edge Edition” since I’m going to use the white TT-02 chassis instead, where it’s possible.

Here is the extra hop-up parts I’m going to use:

Tamiya OP-1875 (54875) TT-02 Oil Gear Differential Unit X 2

Tamiya OP-1477 (54477) Gearbox Joint for Universal Shaft (TT-02) X 2

Tamiya OP-1558 (54558) TT-02 Aluminum Motor Mount

Tamiya OP-1820 (54820) TT-02B Stainless Steel Shaft & Support Bridge

Tamiya OP-1752 (54752) TT02 Steering Upgrade Parts

Tamiya OP-1754 (54754) TT-02B Carbon Damper Stays (Front & Rear)

Tamiya OP-1500 (54500) TT-02 High Speed Gear Set (68T)

Tamiya OP-791 (53791) DF-02 Assembly Universal Shaft X 2

Tamiya OP-926 (53926) DF-03 Aluminum Damper Set

Tamiya 54186 4WD Buggy Dual Block Tires K (62/35,Rear)

Tamiya 54185 Dual Block Tires K (Front 62/25)

Tamiya 47336 White TT-02 D Parts (Motor Mount)

Tamiya 47338 White TT-02B B Parts (Upright)

Tamiya TT-02 White 51527 A-Pieces Steering Knuckle Wheel Hubs

Tamiya TT-02 White 51530 D-parts Battery Holder 

Square STD-252 Titanium Screws for TT-02

Eagle Racing Alu Servo Mount for Tamiya TT02

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As always I think this will be a long term project, so not sure when I get to start on it or when it will be done.
I also have a special twist on this build, but I will save it to the car is ready to be revealed, so stay tuned.

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Looking forward to this. Are you going to go with the typical MS scheme of the pink blue white flames?

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1 hour ago, Superluminal said:

Looking forward to this. Are you going to go with the typical MS scheme of the pink blue white flames?

Me too, really looking forwad to getting this one build... Yeah it will be in the typical MS scheme since this is what makes this model special, in my opinion.

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Looks like a great build. One thing i would recommend depending on what motor you are running is the axle ring 54623 for the universals. Even with loctite on my universals grub screws on my tt02b ms i had pins fall out numerous times. Since i added the axle ring set to all 4 universals about 2 years ago i have never had a problem. 

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1 hour ago, Rb4276 said:

Looks like a great build. One thing i would recommend depending on what motor you are running is the axle ring 54623 for the universals. Even with loctite on my universals grub screws on my tt02b ms i had pins fall out numerous times. Since i added the axle ring set to all 4 universals about 2 years ago i have never had a problem. 

Thanks for that tip, i will for sure look into that.. time to google :)

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Finally I found some time to start this project. I have cleaned my workbench and I thought now is the time to get started. I got all the parts now, but still waiting for motor and esc but hopefully they will show up soon.

Again here is some pictures of the box and the content.

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Pretty full kit box since I have put all the hop-ups in it.

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Well enough of this let’s get the build started.

Allready in step one I have to find a hop-ups that I have bought, the high speed gear.

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I do really like how this is turning out to be.

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Next up is the hop-up oil filled differential. This is the first time I have oil filled differentials, they feel very smooth.

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This next step I was aware that would be a challenge since I want to build a white chassis, since fellow Tamiyaclub member Alexkyriak’s already done this. The top covers for the differential housing is different, so I do need to use the black version of them. The difference is that on the buggy version there are 3 holes to mount the damper towers on, but only two on the white version (on-road). I was thinking that I could just drill the third whole and use a nut, but seeing how thin the plastic is that is not an option. So I went ahead and did the same thing as Alexkyriak’s and just painted the top covers.

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Used a primer first, vil give it some coats of regular white

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Now it’s just to wait for these to be done, before I continue my build.

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Ok, where to start, let’s just talk about the many differances between TT-02B and the TT-02… Actually let’s not, I’ll show you in the pictures below. I was hoping to get a white chassis except from the suspension arms, but there are several other parts that are not equal so I ended up with having to use some of the black parts. That said it might be that I’m missing a parts tree that I’m not aware of. 

Here is the result of the two top covers I painted 

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Oh yeah, yesterday I totally forgot that I had bought titanium bolts to use on this car, luckily it was it was only two of the bolts form yesterday that needed to be replaced. 

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So went ahead mounting the top covers 

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Oops forgot to take a picture while mounting em, but you will see em mounted on some later pictures.

On to the motor. I was wondering if I should skip this step since I haven’t got the motor esc combo i ordered yet. But since it’s such a small job to swap it later on i decided to go ahead. 

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Now over to the part, to be more precise the black parts.. I knew that the suspension arms would be black, but I honestly thought that the parts for mounting it onto the chassis were in white, but nope.

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Rear one’s done next the front one’s and yet another Hop-up to use

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So this is how far I got now. What you think, is it ok to have these parts in black? One thing I’m not gonna do and that is to paint these parts, because this might be a runner and when the parts get scratched it doesn’t look pretty if the have been painted. Remember the steering knuckles and rear knuckles will be in white.

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I would leave it in black. It's a nice contrast to the main part of the chassis and as you have mentioned, I will look pretty ugly when painted white with scratches.

I would rather look for blue aluminium parts, as your drive train is blue . . . . but have no idea whether they exist 

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9 minutes ago, lowspot said:

I would leave it in black. It's a nice contrast to the main part of the chassis and as you have mentioned, I will look pretty ugly when painted white with scratches.

I would rather look for blue aluminium parts, as your drive train is blue . . . . but have no idea whether they exist 

Yeah, they will not be painted just because of the reason you mention.  I did see some blue alu arms, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of the alu arms, I'm not sure why but they just don’t  appeal to me. Maybe I'll see if i can get hold on some plastic or whatever i should use and make some myself some day when the planets align :P 

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2 minutes ago, jeekelemental said:

Are you building it for Pope Francis? :rolleyes:

hehehe... you might think so yeah, but no :D 

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Black gear covers for the win I reckon, will contrast nicely with the chassis and match the arms and mounts.. Looking good so far. 

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14 minutes ago, Grotty Otty said:

Black gear covers for the win I reckon, will contrast nicely with the chassis and match the arms and mounts.. Looking good so far. 

I will keep the gear covers white, since I want as much as possible to be white one this one. Since the gear covers are not that exposed to wear, they are ok to paint unlike the suspension parts. 

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I have to admit that white isn't my favourite color for chassis (but it is for the bodies) but I prefer "less as possible" color schemes so if you have chose white you are doing it good. The paint job on the diffs covers is great.

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17 hours ago, jeekelemental said:

I have to admit that white isn't my favourite color for chassis (but it is for the bodies) but I prefer "less as possible" color schemes so if you have chose white you are doing it good. The paint job on the diffs covers is great.

I'm just bored of that everything is mostly black when it comes to chassis so I'm just pleased with some colours. I'm actually not that big a fan of the blue alu parts, but they are better than nothing :P

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I got the motor and esc I plan to use I hope it’s gonna be ok in this car. So now I need to remove the Dynatech and install the new one.

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Then over to the front damper tower. I have bought the CF one just because I do like CF very much. I also swapped the ball studs for some titanium ones I had, since I’m trying to use titanium where ever I can.

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These rods I didn’t find any replacement ones in titanium that I had, so I went ahead and mounted them. A bit later I realised that the kit came with the alu blue ones so I replaced them, as you might see in some later pictures.

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I also added protective foam on the stud to protect it from too much dust and sand.

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I then went on with the suspension. I hadn’t bought any special King pins, but to my luck I found a set of Aluminum one’s from my my DF-02 build.

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After a tip from fellow TC member RB4276, I did get the M-chassis wheel axel w/axel ring

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When mounting the steering knuckles to the suspension arm the kit comes with the traditional screw for this. I don’t understand why it not comes with the steelrod with C-clips. I wanted to mount them using that but I couldn’t find any in my parts. So if anyone know of some that would fit this car please let me know, I think they need to be about 34-35mm.

The extra Gearbox joints I bought I hadn’t really needed to buy since I got the old filled differentials.

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All mounted onto the chassis

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I think this is turing out real nice. By painting the gearbox top it kind of breaks up the domination of black in both ends of the chassis.

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Working on the rear suspension. used regular screws on this and ball connector nut, but changed the two bottom one’s for titanium one’s. the top ones 3x20mm I need to order together with some more ball connector nuts 

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Ok for the rear knuckles I must say that I’m a bit unsure about which one’s to use. I wanted to use the white one’s to stay within the white theme for the car, but this being an MS car I also think i must be true to that also, so for now I will use the blue alu one’s 

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Instead of using the white cva shocks i thought i go for the df-03 hop-up shocks.

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I must admit that building dampers are one of the least fun things to do. That said these dampers feels very good and high quality.

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On the box they suggest some option springs for these, i would have thought that there would be some white springs in the option but it wasn’t. Anyway i have ordered a set to have in case i want to do some adjustments.

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Dampers mounted, really starting to look like a car now

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To get the alloy steering i bought this complete kit after reading online that it was recommended most value for money

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The kit didn’t come with any blue rods for the steering arms, but i found some in my parts box. The thing is that these are about 10mm longer than the one’s in the kit so i will have to cut the adjusters a bit in order to come within the correct lenght.

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It didn’t turn out to bad 

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I will be getting a low profile servo, but until i get it i found this one in my electronics box, pretty sure this one will do ok.

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Fitted the high torque servo saver that came with the steering kit and now i should mount the servo onto the chassis

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A real thight fit, but that should make it very stable

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When mounting the protection cover over the motor i had to customize it a little since the motor wireing is where it is on the motor and not on the end. But it didn’t turn out to bad.

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All electronics mounted the esc is a little bit big, but i think it will be ok under the shell anyway.

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Next is wheels and tires. I bought the same tires that the dark impact used. For display purpose i should have gotten some tires with spikes as i think that would have been pretty awesome

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And that’s the chassis done (except body posts). I’m really pleased how this turned out, off course some white lower suspension arms would have really set this chassis of. I might go ahead and make some myself if i find time to it. Another thing for consideration is, should i get the blue steering knuckles, since the rear one’s are blue, hmmmm.

The car even have a transponder holder, so i guess Tamiya have high hopes for this chassis. But it’s great that you don’t have to make an extra hole in the body.

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Next to handle is the body to get this build done, and yeah some adjustments to the steering. Hope to get it done soon.

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Now the car is done and here is my twist with this build and the reason I called it “White Edge Edition” I’m very pleased how this turned out and now I’m really looking forward to taking it for a spinn

The Plasma Edge body I got airbrushed the MS livery to as I thought it wouldn’t be a good idea to adapt the dual ridge decals.

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I also didn’t want to use any of the original decals on this body, just in case that I would need them later, so i bought a TRF sticker sheet.

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Just some small adjustments left to do. But there will probably some small changes done in the future, so this thread will live on.

Thanks for watching, hope you enjoyed this build as much as me.

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Absolutely awesome. Not only the car, also your documentation of the build and the clean look of the pictures. Really cool.

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2 hours ago, Aerobert said:

Absolutely awesome. Not only the car, also your documentation of the build and the clean look of the pictures. Really cool.

Thanks, glad you like it. I try my best to do it the way I want to experience it.. But still room for changes...

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So I added two small details that I liked so much that I think it deserves to be posted here(, so sorry if it feels like spam). I added tyre decals and a decal on the underside of the wing.

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6 minutes ago, TwistedxSlayer said:

Very clean and good looking car. Love the airbrushing.

Thanks. I too love the airbrushing, just wished I had the skills to do it myself. 

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Took the car out for it's first spinn. Not to rough driving just testing out in the street

 

 

 

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