Model: (Click to see more) 58024: Sand Rover
Status: Restored
Date: 24-Sep-2008
Comments: 55
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Lil, Belter Sand Rover. ( ( featuring ‘Jimmy’ )

This was the third and last car built for the next DVD and was filmed running at Shell Island called ' The Outer Limits '.

It has full lighting and moving drivers head and arms when the wheels are steered.

I modified the standard Sand Rover gearbox with a prototype Belt Drive system
that I have developed.

The build started with development of the Belt Drive system and this did take a long time to get to this stage. I have made 4 prototype changes to get to this final result.

It was a perfect opportunity to test my idea in the sands of Shell Island.

I bought this Sand Rover from a TC Trade a couple of years ago and I must say it was not a perfect example when I got it. I had to store it in my garage for a year because of the overpowering tobacco smell the model came with. Not nice at all !!!.

Firstly the whole model was stripped down. The body, which looked like it had been sprayed in a sand storm was dipped in brake fluid or approx 3 weeks to shift the bad paint. The driver figure and all the other painted parts were also stripped.

Once all the paint had been removed an inspection of the body showed some cracks and scrapes that were repaired with filler.

I wanted to slightly customize the body to give it a more individual style. I was helped to get the final shape by my friend an TC member 7.2inchdriver . Christian sent me some pictures of a Beach Buggy he had spotted in the Ford Museum in the USA.
Thank you Christian, you are a Gent.

I started the body modifications by removing the moulded lip that runs around the edge of the body and blending it in with the rest of the body.

The shape of the front wheel arches was deepened and the rear of the body was cut away so I could show and also see the Belt Drive system working.

The rear arches were then shaped to flow with the rest of the body.

A hole was drilled into the middle of the bonnet to fit a fuel filler cap and given a base with a piece of plasticard glued from the inside of the body. The large tooling hole by the gear lever in the middle of the drivers compartment was also filled with plasticard and filler, as was the area below the steering column. I also added a small instrument cover to the centre console, this would house dials and a radio cassette player.

The underside of the body was next to get the plasticard treatment. I filled all the gaps between the chassis and the body. The rear motor side wheel arch has a plasticard panel with a window cut into it with a mesh screen to give the motor extra cooling.

Now when the body is fixed to the chassis it looks like one piece.

I drilled small holes for the cloth roof poppers around the back of the body, these would later have small pinheads glued into them. I also drilled mounting holes for the handrail on the back of the body.

The whole body was primed and inspected again for any mistakes. I wanted to paint the body in Metallic Bright Orange. The best colour I could find was the Orange used on the full size Ford Focus ST. I had to have this specially mixed up for the Sand Rover body. The orange was sprayed on in several coats, then several clear coats after that, rubbing down between coats. The final clear coat was a heavy one and when this was thoroughly dry approx 2 weeks the body was rubbed and polished down to a wet look shine.

The windscreen pillars were sprayed semi gloss black and a new window was cut from a piece of 1mm Perspex sheet. Both of these were mounted to the body and fixed in place with some Alloy mirrors from TC member Mike00top. The mirrors were masked and sprayed semi gloss black also. I wanted there to be a minimum of chrome on this car, as the orange really contrasts well with black chassis and trim.

The body was masked and the interior and underside were painted matt black.
The handrail was hand made and silver soldered together and treated to a coat of satin black.
All handrail mounting holes had tiny photo etch flange part fitted over them and then the handrail was glued into place.

The interior was carpeted with black adhesive felt and the seats painted Tamiya red/brown matt paint.

A fuel filler cap was added to the bonnet and detail painted. I used Blitzer Beetle wipers sprayed black and fixed them to the front screen.

All the dials and steering column boot , radio and cassette player were found from my spares box, painted, decaled and fitted to the interior.

Now I added all the interior luggage. Skateboard came from my Mate Scollins
( Thank you Steve ) Classic Guitar, Coffee promotion 1/100th scale Rough Rider, which was detail painted ( even the tyre lettering). I also added an antenna with flag to the Rough Rider and painted a black line wrapped around the antenna to resemble the receiver antenna. I also added some scale Cola cans, Baseball Bat and ball, Camera and film. The small parts were glued in place and the larger items were fixed with tiny screws to the body.

I also made a sports bag for the passanger footwell from a foam cylinder coated in aluminium foil. The bag was sprayed matt black and all the stitching and zip painted on. I made some handles with tamiya masking tape and used some Boss waterslide decals for the side and ends of the bag.

Next for the body was to add lights and micro servo for the steering wheel. A small servo with a steering tube fixed to it was positioned and glued into position for the steering wheel to be mounted to. Once fitted the steering wheel was glued on with the servo in neutral position.

The front lights are from a Hi Lift Roll bar light bar, cut to individual light bowls, The base of each light was drilled and then helicoiled 3mm for strength. These were then mounted to the body with 3mm screws. The rear lights came from a Tamiya 1/6th Honda CBR 750 kit. They are the same as the ones I used on my Snap On Scorcher.

The lenses were painted clear red and the backs were cut down to look like rubber mountings. These were glued to the rear of the body. A Tamiya TLU01 lighting kit was added and the bulbs fixed into position.

A small hole was cut into the back of the drivers seat to allow the servo wire for the Drivers head to pass through.

Now its time to make Jimmy the driver. ( He has been christened this by the T101 Crew).

Jimmy was made from a standard Sand Rover driver. His arms were made from cotton stitched to suit the diameter of each arm. The insides of his arms are made from aluminium foil jointed with rubber tube. The wrists and hands are standard. Jimmy’s head was given a plasticard panel inside with a screw and rubber tube to fix to the head servo, mounted in the body. The Cowboy hat was not used, so the top of Jimmy’s head was shaped with plasticard and filler. The filler was filed to resemble hair and a groove in his head had a head scarf fitted into it and tied at the end. A hole was drilled at the back of the head and some brush hairs were fitted into it and cut to resemble a pony tail. I made the glasses from thin wire and the lenses from some thin clear plasticard painted Tamiya smoke, this was put through an office hole punch to make the lenses. Jimmy’s head was then detail painted.

Jimmy’s body had a small servo fitted below the shoulders and shoulder stubs made from plasticard to mount his arms to. The body was detail painted then had a chain added to the neck and a belt made from Tamiya masking tape painted brown. I also added a chain around Jimmy’s wrist.
All of this was put together and Jimmy was now ready to be fitted.

Jimmy’s left arm was fixed to the steering wheel and his right arm to the gear lever.

The Chassis had some plasticard framing added to the sides as they looked like they needed some detail. All of this was painted matt black on the outside only.

I painted all the light grey chassis and suspension parts matt black to better blend in with the rest of the chassis.

The Belt Drive was fitted and the chassis was fully ballraced.

I fitted Rough Rider tyres to this model, just to go with the custom feel I was trying to get. I fitted Awesome Alloys Rough Rider Speedline Alloy Outers to each wheel and detail painted the rivets and yellow tyre lettering as I do for all my runner models.

TC member J-Man made me some fantastic front and rear alloy bumpers. John you ate a Genius Mate. Thank you. I sprayed these satin black and fixed them to the chassis.

All the radio gear was fitted and I needed Y connectors and servo reversing connectors for the steering and Jimmy’s head. All of this was connected up and tested.

I added some home made decals for the Lil,Belter 22 markings for the front and back of the car and made some angled end exhausts from thin walled alloy tube.

Lastly I would like to thank Moosey and Stevo309 for getting this car on film for the next DVD and a BIG thank you to my Wife and our Baby Girl for giving me the time to make these models.

Thankfully this car also survived the filming and the Belt Drive worked well.

Once again sorry for the long description, but I hope you find it an interesting read.


Pictures by Dino-F and Stevo309. Thanks Guys.

Lil,Belter Custom Sand Rover Rear view showing Belt Drive Gearbox fitted On location for the next DVD With Stevo309's Holiday Buggy at Shell Island Belt Drive gearbox for Sand Rover Jimmy's Ride Love this shot 1 Drivers head and arm move when the car is steered Awesome Alloys Rough Rider Speedline Alloys Front

If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Snap-On Scorcher, Jimmy^s SR and 7Up Special during filming




OMG! He's done it again - absolutely gorgeous...



a little more info would have been nice looks great and i love the wheels.

Mad Hopper


What a masterpiece, love those mini details inside the car, best looking sandrover i've seen on TC.

Chain Driven


Fabulous Rad ! Jerome



was waiting for this one. an instant classic. glad i could help too.



One more strike! Pure art-work. I mean, beside the precision of the technical parts its well composed of style (to all who helped..). FUN-TASTIC !



never been a sand rover fan until now ,,stunning



In terms of how stunning this car is, its very close to the TC SS



Absolutely gorgeous!



'It's Pure Perfection!' Again Rad...You have Showed Us all Exactly the Genius You Are! I think the Rest of Us Should hand in Our Notice!..and Just Watch and Wait, and Then Greatly Admire the Offerings You Generously treat Us too..oh I do hope J-Man's Appetite Get's back to Normal by the Way! Don't know about the Others' but i For One Feel Very Fortunate to Have the Oppertunity to Comment a little here and there With reference to these Wonderful Models your Putting Together! 'Award Winning!'



Never before has my jaw hit the floor after seeing a Tamiya run.. This model has to be seen to be believed!! It just looks real running, with Jimmy turning his head and hands. Simply AMAZING! And we have it on film



Stunning work, now you have to thank me for keeping your belt drive concept quiet for 3 months!!



Love it!



Static pictures do not do this car any justice - wait till you see it moving, it's fantastic and as near as you'll get to scale RC motoring. Top work Rad



Unfathomable genius work, awesome, awesome, awesome! I reckon you're secretly one of those Hadron-Collider scientists or something, with a bit of time on his hands working on his hobby. Man you got the flow... Wizardry... I aspire to you and thanks for sharing these great works of inspiration. Even these words ain't good enough. I really like the interior and that polished gear/belt drive. Yeh, just like your work and skills - 'polished'. Nice one mate.

Road Burner


Wow Rad, Superb custom work. It's a real beauty. The belt drive looks fantastic, too.



Make way for the unbelievably awesome vintage Tamiya locomotive that is -Rad22Rad-! Excellent as always and great to see Mike00Top and J-Man jumping in with their custom aluminum parts. I saw a glimpse of the Holiday Buggy in one of those shots. Is that Custom Car #3 for the DVD?



wow Rad, I never liked this style of car...until now wow that looks amazing, nice work



'tis a thing of beauty! Oh to have the ideas and the skill to bring them to life!



That is sweet. Really like the belt drive.



Truly amazing build. It looks so real. It actually has a differential now? 'Jimmy' looks more at home in a beach buggy than a cowboy ever did. Can't wait to see this DVD.



This must be the best Sand Rover on TC. Great detailing and top work as usual. Cheers!



In my thinking this is the ultimate Sand Rover I guess I will not see a better one, a masterpiece.
Is that brown hose from the Porsche 934????? I bet yes!



I am speechless, I didn't even know these existed 12 months ago, this is just magic!! Nice work, great to see TC members helping eachother out. (



sensational Sand Rover! awesome details!



this is beyond my words but I have to react anyway: it deserves it!



LOL- you are the man- this is just exceptional by all other standards except your own. NICE!



Pure alloy heaven.

Victorious Secret


It's a beautiful restoration! Great color choice too! The beach bum 'Jimmy' reminded me of Karate Kid LOL~



Oh my fu***** god, you have done it again! Apparantly, you have no plans on stopping to amaze me over and over again.. This one is FANTASTIC, actually, i like this one better than your beautiful Snap-on Scorcher, as this car has ALWAYS been one of my absolute favourites.
Will that amazing gearbox be available for purchase, by any chance? (I love running my own SR, but the gears don´t love it as much as i do, unfortunately).....

Can´t wait to see how it performs.




Wooow. I always thought that the Hummer of DeeMiller wouldn't be outclassed but this Sand Rover is certainly as good! What a master piece this is.



Yet another Rad creation that made my Blood pressure soar to new heights! Rad was kind enough to let me see this masterpiece before it went to Wales. Let me tell you, the pictures below are all very nice. But you've just got to see this car for real to see all the tiny details and extra additions that Rad has so cleverly included. Can't wait to watch the DVD, and see 'Jimmy' doing his 'Thing'! Its Tamiya 'Porn' once again Rad. I, like everyone else here on TamiyaClub just can't get enough of your wonderous vehicles. Keep 'em coming Greatmate!

ranger blue


WOW, absolutely stunning mate, first class job again

Bin ^jammin^


......... the sound of silence as i gawp open jawed at another masterpiece..... Rad simply amazing.



absolutely gorgeous your belt drive looks like the work of a genius Superb write up to that must have taken time in itself. I can not wait for the next dvd i still have one of their dvd,s to buy .

Dino F


Gord blimey, as if sharing the last model with us wasnt enough, youve just completed a double whammy in 1 week. These pictures just dont do the car justice, its an absolute beauty in the flesh. The attention to detail is phenominal. Rad, you are the Marquise of modelling, A Deity of detailing and Epitome of engineering. Great work.

The Hobbymaster


Hi Rad, really great work AGAIN lol..... you really know how to wow us don't you Not much I can say that hasan't been said before!!! I think all the members love your work, its great to have someone that shows real skill, the detail really is wicked. 11 out of 10!!! keep them coming. cheers Ian



Not only the gearbox is awesome, the hole buggy is awesome. look to the details,it can not better.nice work and great pics too.

rad22rad Alloys


I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to all of the members who have taken the time to comment on my models. I really do appreciate it. Its people like you that make being a member of this club so enjoyable. Gentlemen each and everyone of you. Cheers



Stunning. Think you should start working for Mr Tamiya. You sir are one very talented individual.

Old Skool


Awesome is all I can say.

flux density


Hi Rad, this has got to be the best SR (car and drive train) . Cool job



Absolutely stunning. You never cease to amaze me with your fantastic models . Your skills are one of a kind my friend.



....feeling like a little child when i look at the pictures... makes me want to say i want such a buggy, too. Great work !!!!



Rad - words fail me - you painted the tyre lettering on the 'toy' RR , and helicoiled the headlight mounts???? If I hadn't seen your work in real life - I would think you were making it all up !!
Top , top job - My only criticism would be that Jimmy should really wear a helmet - this off- roading lark is v. dangerous - especially with no roll bar !!!



Great car again Rad! Hats off!



How about a video of the moving driver, Rad?

rad22rad Alloys


Simen, I have been told that the new DVD is coming out very very soon. Then you will see this Sand Rover , Snap On Scorcher and 7up Super Champ running. You will then see the drivers Head and arms moving when the wheels are steered.



My god I just found this!! I'm lost for words...

tuff bug


This is really superb!



well, I understand now... I had seen this buugy on your website and I immediately wanted one for myself but when I looked at the others available, they were so ugly compared to yours.
actually I don't want A sand rover, I want YOUR sand rover



Somehow I keep popping by your showroom for inspiration, Rad. I can't understand why I've started work on my Sand Rover, which will be stock box art, but always inspiring to see some of the best work out there, so that googles me back in here.



It's a bit bloomin gorgeous this is, maybe i will get to see this in the flesh one day.
Are you building anything at the moment rad? TC is a bit boring without a LEGEND!!!!



LOL! Simply A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!



this is awesome.

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