Just adding my Fox back to the showroom.
It's not perfect, but it's a definate improvement on the pile of junk I bought from ebay and it is destined to be a runner so it's condition is now mechanically 'good'.
Cost me an extra $257 to replace all what was broken from when I originally received the buggy. Only hopups from standard is the Tamiya front swaybar (Shoulda been standard) and a TEU101BK ESC. I still need to get a 'Z-Parts' Driver sprue to complete it.
The original light blue house paint was stripped with Mr Muscle oven cleaner (It didn't make the lexan foggy). The body cracks were glued and sanded then on went my usual special mix yellow.
I'd purchased a new set of decals from 'Tamiya RC' on ebay (though they weren't really new with a pinhole in the wing decal and stains over the rest). The new decals were only useful to scan, repair and reprint, so while I was in the art program I also edited, changing the pink strip to red, made the blue stripes much darker and the obvious #11 race number. Also added my 'Roadrunner' sticker to the decal sheet to complete the custom decals. The repro decals are waterproof and printed on white vinyl, they don't like to stretch around body contours like a 'real' decal however, so rather time consuming to apply. The only decal I'm not happy with is the window mesh which was applied very crooked by the previous owner (I didn't remove it when I stripped as I knew I would not be able to print a replacement on clear).
The 8 new suspension arms were hit with some 'Liquid Chrome' spray which turned out more like aluminium. The chrome springs were dipped in Tamiya clear blue and the swaybar in Tamiya clear red. The white lettering on the tyres is done in flat white enamel (special paint mix) using a 000 brush (hard task when the tyres are used).
It's seen much use since restoring and still running strong on the stock motor and TEU-101BK.
** UPDATE: It has a driver fitted now and the TEU-101BK and silvercan is gone. Replaced with... you guessed it... a 4600Kv and E-Maxx 14T 32dp steel pinion. I'm nuts... I know... It's all fun :P
Hope you all like it, comments welcome as usual :)
There's something about this angle that looks good
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