TRX4 Jeep Cherokee JK build

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Nothing that has not been done before, but this will be my first go at a scale build.

My base is a brand new Traxxas TRX4 Sport, and a Jeep Cherokee JK with a 313 mm wheelbase

So far, i have removed the OEM rock sliders and rear bumper.

I started with building the Cherokee shell, was not happy with the way it bolts together, so i used my solder iron to plastic weld the internal seams together.
I bought some small brass hinges, so i could flip the front and tilt the body back, to be able to swap batteries etc, the hinges were to small and flimsy, so a visit to a charity shop, got me a walnut jewellery box for £2.50, the hinges are just over half an inch in width.
Screwed the hinge to the rear chassis brace/bumper mount and onto the rear bumper of the Cherokee.

I had to trim the front inner fenders a little to get the front to drop over them, i have left it tight, so they will help hold the body straight.

I need to figure out a way to mount the front now, i don't want to bold it on, i want something that quick and easy to remove.

It will be a slow process for me to do this build, I'm not working at the moment, so the rc budget has taken a hammering.

Anyway, here is a few pictures i took tonight, It's not much, but it's a start, I'm still waiting on a scale interior being delivered as well as new wheels.
 

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Bad ass. That bumper makes it look angry.

If you have a 3d printer, you can get stl files cheap or free.
 

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Looks sweet already?

I've always been a fan of that Cherokee body. I need to build me one of these, one of these days.

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It's a good looking rig. I've been looking at a cherokee hard body as I do like them but I like my wife's raptor and I'm still hunting for a f150 hard body for my sport
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Looks sweet already?

I've always been a fan of that Cherokee body. I need to build me one of these, one of these days.

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Didn't know that was a thing, thanks, just done that.
Bad ass. That bumper makes it look angry.

If you have a 3d printer, you can get stl files cheap or free.
My friend has a 3d printer, I've no idea about them, is there a website you can view things that can be printed?
Think i will leave the lights and windows out for now, this way i can semi scrape and bash up the body a little.

The front bumper is the TRX4 Sport OEM one, it's only fitted to make sure i can have one with the body, it will be replaced at some point.

I have no set route for this build, ie if i will add any scale items like a roof rack, i will be looking for a more scale tire, i have a few in mind

No paint is picked yet, part of me wants to do a homage to my late dads' recovery business he had up until 1996, Hunters Garage.
 

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I re-visited the rear hinge setup, it seemed a bit flimsy, got it secured better now.

Didn't like the sport front bumper, so i have put the rear on the front, just until i see another metal bumper i like, i will have to add weight to the axles, as it's top-heavy, side hold limit just now is 38 degrees.

Just ordered a Hobbywing Quicrun 1080 for it.

And lastly, i could not find a way to do a hidden front mount system, mainly due to the inner fenders i have fitted, for no it has body post through the bonnet, at some point i will cut the bonnet open, place a brace inside, and mount it that way, i will plastic weld the holes on the bonnet back up.

Last night i started doing templates for the interior, nothing to fancy, just a flat surface to cover the inside of the shell, i have the roof lining done, rear boot (trunk) done and half of the rear floor.
 

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