The cheapest way into Bruiser ownership?
This rig has something of a long history in the SCRAPSpeed workshop.
Let's start with the body. It came to me many years ago in a trade on TC as an original Tamiya Bruiser body, The cab was painted maroon with original decals, and was complete bar a missing section around the front left arch. I'm pretty sure the rear section was a repro of some sort: it was one-piece molded and didn't have the same finish as Tamiya plastic; it was grainy, and felt slightly waxy. Although it does nave some Tamiya logos on the inside... Hmm... It also had a wobbly section around the roof where it looked like it had melted, or perhaps been removed from a mold before it had cured.
I painted it silver and added a matt black front wing, and left one of the doors in original colours. This would have been back in 2011. At that point it got mounted over an extended CC01 chassis and for a long time was my only trail rig. It was surprisingly capable, but the CC01 had seen better days and it wasn't long before the transmission expired and it was consigned to the parts bin. (I later chopped it up to make my Blown '57 project, still unfinished several years later).
The body didn't come with any light lenses, glass, bumpers or grille, so those are from the re-release. I'm not sure if the interior came with the body or if I bought that later (I can't remember, it was so long ago!) Driver figure came from a local ebay find - he was actually installed in a Robbe Jeep body over a TA01/02 hybrid chassis that I picked up from a custom builder. I'm pretty sure the driver is a fibreglass cast taken from a mold of an original Tamiya driver.
Now the running gear donor. When I was planning my wedding back in 2015, we decided we'd have the rings delivered down the aisle on the back of an RC car. We needed a flat surface, so we figured a pickup would be best. At the time I had been working hard on my F150 CC01 rig, but when I showed it to the wife she said 'that's ugly.' So that was that. I needed something else, and fast. I went to the LHS to see what they had in cheap, and came out with a Maverick Scout RTR, which is basically a cheap clone of the old AX10 crawler rig.
I had planned to do a real quick hack of putting the Scout chassis under a Super Clod body, but in the end even that clever plan was going to take too long, and the Project Ringpull body ended up over something else.
So I was left with a spare Maverick Scout to play with.
At first I ran it stock under a HPI El Camino body, but I've never really been a fan of the big wheel funny car monster look, and after finding my old Bruiser body, a project was born.
I source another set of TCS X-trail chassis rails and set to building. The X-trail was designed to turn an AX10 into a proper scaler chassis, back before the SCX10 was a thing, when scale crawling was still in its infancy, and it was still a cheap way to convert an AX10 clone. Almost everything bolted straight up with no problems. The stock Scout transmission base plate fitted straight onto the pre-drilled chassis, so I only had to fabricate new front, rear and shock-hoop crossmembers from Delrin.
Transmission is the stock Maverick Scout, although now running an RC4WD motor as the Maverick unit seized up a few months ago. Also running a bigger pinion, as the 1.9s give a big reduction compared to stock 2.2s. On 2S with stock gearing it really was a 'crawler'! Propshafts are cut-down Traxxas and axles are stock, with the mounting points for the diff guards cut down, smoothed off and holes filled with two-part glue.
For the electrics, I made a custom battery tray slung just behind the front shock hoops (gives realistic weight distribution) and mounted the ESC and winch module underneath it. Radio and lighting switch are mounted in front of the shock crossmember. It's tight but everything fits. ESC is a fantastic Hobbywing Crawler, which can take 3S and provides 7.4V BEC for extra power to the winch and steering servo. I'm pretty sure it still has the stock Maverick steering servo, and the winch is a cheap 3Racing product. I have the same winch on my SCX10, although this one has never felt as strong and can be unwound by hand (the other one can't), so I guess internally it's different.
It's fitted with a basic always-on LED kit driven through a receiver operated switch from Ebay. Radio is bargain-basement Turnigy iA6. Roof light is FTX with home-made alu brackets. I actually video'd myself making the brackets on the promise that I'd make it Episode 1 of the SCRAPSpeed Workshop blog, before I realised how much work was going to be involved with all the editing and re-recording.
Wheels are Fastrax and tyres a Proline Hyrax. I ran the rig at last year's G6 with Fastrax Kong tyres and it ran surprisingly well, but I fitted the Hyrax tyres and lifted the suspension a little for the Scaler Nats in October because I wanted just a little more Class 1 performance. I'm amazed at how capable this rig is considering how little it has cost in outright purchase terms. On amortised cost, it's probably the cheapest vehicle I own.
Because it's both capable and runs on my spare Turnigy handset, it's become my go-to handout rig. I've got a few local mates who like to go crawling but don't have cars of their own, and this one is perfect for handing over to someone else for a blast. Unfortunately last time out it caught a rock slightly wrong and snapped a steering horn, only 10 minutes into a two-hour trip. Given how hard it gets drive, it's surprising it hasn't had more failures.
I'll try to post an update after this year's G6 :)
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
SCX10 Wrangler G6 Edition