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Well here goes.

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All the bits I need to start are here. Just waiting for Sticker set from MCI. What we have is an Asterion on the XV01-T chassis. It will be basically stock apart from a silver sport tuned motor. Appearence wise I'm going retro with Chevy S10 stickers. Ive had the red flash changed to black as I'm going to do the front end red rather than blue. Have bought Cherry red but dont like it at the moment. Need to test it on some scrap with different backing colours. Just seems a bit too pink! I have never seen so many plastic washers, shims, spacers etc in one place???? Any way I'm all ready armed with new Tamiya JIS screwdivers etc, all I need to do now is get rid of a 3 day old Migraine:angry:

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Grab the Migralieve , and get set for an awesome build . I love the S10 , I've had a few , but I'm S10less at the mo :( . look foreward to seeing the outcome of this on the XV01-T

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I've painted some bits cherry red today,it's definitely pink!

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Yes too pink.  However i've already come up with my first question and I havent turned a screw. I've never built anything with a oil diff, but it looks fairly straightforward. My problem is the Diff oil is supposed to be used for the shocks as well, at least theres no other oil. The oil for the diff is 900 hard?  Is this going to be ok for the shocks? Everything else I've built has used yellow soft?

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2 hours ago, KEV THE REV said:

Migralieve

Afraid it doesnt touch it, even prescription stuff aint much use:(

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Looking forward to seeing this one come together. I really enjoyed my XV-01T build, hope you feel up to it soon.

I used the kit oil for the shocks and the diff. It is quite a heavy truck when it is all assembled.

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1 hour ago, Badcrumble said:

I used the kit oil for the shocks and the diff. It is quite a heavy truck when it is all assembled.

Makes sense.

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Parts Bag A. I have to say even though I've only done a bit I love this build. Everything just feels so solid and goes together really well. + its all black ( well apart from the funny coloured suspension arms) No reds greens clears just good old black. Anyway here are the first piccies.

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Hope to get second gearbox done tomorrow.

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Just got an email to say my MCI stickers have been shipped

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Parts bag B & C. All gone together without fuss apart from the two screws that hold rear gearbx together. They would not go in far enough so out came the tap and die set. Soon sorted. The only other issue I have is one metal shim left over. Double checked every thing and cant find if its been missed. Just run the motor straight off a battery to check for rattles/clicks and boy is it smooth, as is the steering. All ballraced and no slop at all. Lovely. No pictuers of contents of bag B as battery went on camera and I wanted to start building.IMG_1596.JPG.2be28b4c8c7074b6ed80a3ae0a0efd03.JPGIMG_1597.JPG.4173e422c6e5bef9a3406d6cc192f9c7.JPGIMG_1598.JPG.8285eac8ffad2361da2160bcbbb4e319.JPGIMG_1599.JPG.e8c8d08183f92d7ed260b6fe32b62c52.JPGIMG_1600.JPG.33c92524f57881c1da394143740a4193.JPGIMG_1601.JPG.95943dc05ca848c9281d35295e823589.JPGIMG_1602.JPG.3b2acf1ec51d7b8ea4ec39582f481d88.JPGIMG_1603.JPG.31575d12047c7ecd3690f693668a5016.JPGIMG_1604.JPG.9898926058fc399f084a59894e9a8975.JPGIMG_1605.JPG.c6666d2584194086413ac16bb59b1529.JPGIMG_1606.JPG.db0c72ae2f133e348165e543640450a3.JPGIMG_1607.JPG.a3842e9c769aeddf1a6a93c63a22f78c.JPGIMG_1608.JPG.ac65ecbd4139fe9d9e4e5490ad0c8ab7.JPGIMG_1609.JPG.760051d035219a210cff2d05e800152c.JPG

In the last three you can see the soft plastic suspension arms in grey. Apparently they are the same dimensions as the rally chassis but made of softer plastic to make them less liable to crack?

Rear gear box and drive belt next:)

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Now up to rolling chassis stage.IMG_1610.JPG.7f1d1dcd5699491dc67b4360fb5f277d.JPGIMG_1611.JPG.d7a310020919227cb59226ea069a10b9.JPGIMG_1612.JPG.3e8c6e1668372c1f2f36d73db40cbe1d.JPGIMG_1613.JPG.d85b2600a153ddeb04a5a61ceff54c95.JPGIMG_1614.JPG.abf852d941aff1a5fd565143882d38c8.JPGIMG_1615.JPG.ace386a86be614848158da570e5585bf.JPGIMG_1616.JPG.ac09c0ca9f40f878d55dd24e628c16b4.JPGIMG_1617.JPG.8ebec070bc22442db98fd5ce73085a4e.JPGIMG_1618.JPG.a3e40dc20076f891a40092f1b3932023.JPGIMG_1619.JPG.e0ee0ebbd1cd0d0c51bbf19dec5219d7.JPGIMG_1620.JPG.67556de088ce4e235406e38bf300940d.JPG

I've beeen pleaseantly surpised at this build. Despite all the little spacers etc its all gone together really well. I only have two issues. The first is that the left hand rear suspension has more play in it that the right even though they are identical. I have plenty of shims spacers to play with so shouldnt be too difficult to sort. The other problem is the shocks. They went together really easily. Using the pit stand to hold them whilst filling etc makes life a lot easier. The problem is the length of the springs. Even with the largest tension adjuster on each shock the spring is loose. So much so that part V5 can slip off if not sitting on its wheels. Is is right to have to use several spacers to sort this out. Also the spring and oil combination seems extremely stiff?

Electrics next. Not my favourite bit but needs must!!

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I had a similar issue with my shocks but after some fiddling they seemed to settle down. I couldn't work out what I had / hadn't done that had made the difference! 

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I've looked at some official Tamiya videos and if you look carefully it seems as though they have the large tension adjuster fitted. I ve just ordered a set of springs in 3 different settings to see if I can play around with it

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