Finally finished, for now. The body is painted with automotive touch-up lacquer, in authentic Ford 'colors'. My first time using automotive paint, so it was really quite a learning experience. I think from now on I'll stick with Tamiya colors.. :) For the bull bars, grill, and running boards I used some satin black, and did the same for the rollbar after de-chroming it.
The chassis is built using a MonoTuning aluminum frame kit that I had hard anodized black. (The billet shock towers are also from MonoTuning.) I also had the bull bar braces and skid plate done in black at the same time.
Mods that you can't see include MonoTuning hard anodized pinion and transfer gears, Tamiya Teflon Super Seal bearings for all of the internal bearing points, and some standard rubber seals for all the 'external' bearing points. Hopefully the added precision will prevent me from having to do a tear-down any time soon! I also used copious amount of threadlock for the same reason. Don't get me wrong, I rreally like the design of this truck, but compared to the old three speed there's about eleventeen more steps to get the tranny in your hands...
For the wheels I went with these aluminum pieces I found at the morfars.dk website, (thanks to focus1!) and they are a perfect fit in my opinion. They actually came with some center caps that look very similar to the Tamiya 1/14 aluminum front wheel caps, but I opted to leave them off since I think it looks nicer without them. (Also makes it a lot easier to get to the wheel nut!!)
On the electronics end, I used what I had around: LRP F1 reverse and a Tamiya/Futaba 3010 high torque BB servo. Shift servo is a standard Futaba 3003. For the radio I used my trusty Futaba Challenger 4 channel.
This was an absolute pleasure to build and very satisfying to drive, although it is nothing like the original three speed 4X4s. Aside from the familiar shifting pattern, the F-350 really 'feels' like a a whole new truck, even if it does share a number of parts with the big rigs. The gear ratios are spot on, and the overall dimensions are a perfect blend of scale form and function.
UPDATE!: This truck won 'most realistic' in the Tamiya America 'F350 Ultimate Build Contest'!!
Not sure how long this link will last, but check it out here:
Custom billet frame and shock towers:
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
WW2 Winch for the F350