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I've done a bit of work on my runner Speed Willy project. This time trying to make it a bit more scale looking, trying out some new wheels and tires - as weel as some new shocks.
The wheels are alu Landie wheels from RC4WD, that is made for 4WD cars, with 12mm hex mounts. So I needed to drill to the new wheels (at the same time making them useless for 4x4 cars) - I had one extra wheel, so doing some test on this before I start on the last one (this mod is only needed for the front wheels).
I use some cutstom made wheel adapters and drive shafts in the back - making the width of the rears wheels a lillte wider and stable. If I want, I can switch back to stock set up, and bring in the wheels more for an even scaler look, but this will compromise the stability of the car, as the tires are a lot more narrow than the Yokohamas and stock ones. Up front I use some some WW1 flanged shims/bearings to accommodate the new use of this hex wheel. Need to order some more bearings, and do some more work to the hex mount to fit the inner bearing better.
The shocks are some oil shocks I rebuilt from various damper kits I have, and I removed the anodizing with castic soda, as I like 'em so much better in the alu color.I also cut a little of the body (excess plastic, not needed anyway) to lower the body a little.
This is not done yet, but I like the way it looks now.
TC member Chain Driven taught me something yesterday, about using uprights and front axles parts from a M-04 kit on the WW2. This ensures that I can run hex wheels in the front, without actually drill the wheels, making them useless for what they were ment for.
I have drilled one wheel, but I always buy sets of 5 (need a matching spare wheel right?) - so it doesn't matter much.
I ordered the needed parts from Stella yesterday, sp looking forward to getting them, and rebuild the front - so I can run it.
I've never built an on-road Tamiya before, so these parts where new to me - thanks for the heads up Chain Driven, before I ruined more wheels :)
I've fitted one of Toykids exellent custom made vertical slotted grills and a MK1 window with hindges. The re-inforced grille is very good and looks like the original. It is very well made and is a lot tougher. I only had to make a very minor adjustment to the back of it, in order to fit the radiator, the rest is bolt on.
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Wild Willy M38 :: SWB Box Art