Military VeteranBuild Thread Contributor
- Reaction score
- St. Pete, FLA
- RC Driving Style
- Scale Builder
Thanks! Cat puns are always a-purr-eciated...I think the truck is near purr-fect. Very creative with the foam nerf, and love the body.
Some minor progress since last update. Used some gaffer's tape (great stuff!) to cover the nerf pool noodles. These things are really handy. They stiffen the body on the sides and also push out a little bit, giving me more tire clearance front and rear. They also help on quieting the dreaded plastic body rattle.
I also added a 40mm 5V fan to the ESC running off a 8.4v battery tap. Another will be added to the motor once I figure out the rear sway bar mounting. These 40mm 5v fans really move some air at 8.4v! I hope they hold up...
Another welcome addition is a Pro-line body mounting kit. I hate body clips, always a pain to deal with. The Pro-line mounting system is really ingenious, and both centers and firmly clamps the body nicely. It also cuts down on body rattle a lot. The only downside is if you lose a fastener, replacements are expensive! I decided to drill a 0.6mm hole in the center of each cap. Next was some fishing leader line (nylon coated steel) inserted in the cap and then crimped over. Added a capture post and presto- no lost fasteners!
Here's the front and rear body mounts assembled and mounted...
I added a pair of RPM roof skids, and also got some rectangular rubber bumpers from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZSR95Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
20 for $7, they're really flexible and should help with the inevitable road rash soon to come. I've only put one on so far (center rear of roof) but more will be added soon.
I'm really liking this cheap ebay body, added some tigershark vinyl stickers on the sides and have a tiger eyes sticker on order from Etsy (a great source for cool RC stuff).
The tiger eyes stickers are 7"wide, and should fit on the hood nicely.
Been running it hard on both pavement and dirt, very happy with the performance so far. Body sway is pretty bad, so I'm working up some sway bars. The only broken thing so far is a blown front shock, probably just needs a rebuild. All in all, I'm having a blast! The tech has really changed for the better since my '80s Tamiya Frog.
Ordered a SkyRC GSM020 so I can collect some data for tuning etc. Great reviews, and can be found for under $60 with some digging.