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Project Three Speed: Tamiya High Lift Build

projectthreespeedJust as we look back at the Tamiya Bruiser with great fondness I think years from now we’ll also be looking back at the Tamiya F350 High Lift as a kit we all wish we could have had. Personally I’ve been wanting to build one of these from the second I laid eyes on one so when the opportunity came up for us to acquire a brand spanking new HighLift kit we just couldn’t let it slip away. So follow along with us as we build the Tamiya High Lift aka Project Three Speed with a little customizing along the way.
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Project FJ40: Tamiya CR-01 Land Cruiser Build – Part 4

Here is a video of Project FJ40. It includes the Tamiya Land Cruiser 40 hitting everything from trails in the woods, to piles of sand, and of course rock crawling. Keep an eye out at the end for our in truck view!!! Update: It looks like YouTube has garbled the hell out of our video. Sorry!

 
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Project FJ40: Tamiya CR-01 Land Cruiser Build – Part 3

We finally got the truck assembled, painted, and detailed so what’s left to do? Beat on it! We’ve been eagerly awaiting our chance to take the Tamiya Land Cruiser 40 out and see how she compares to the various other crawlers on the market, most notably our Axial Scorpion. How will she fare? What will break? Only way to find out is to read Part 3 of Project FJ40. After the jump we’ve got the full scoop on what we thought of the CR01 and a bunch of pictures from the trail. Go check it out.
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Project FJ40: Tamiya CR-01 Land Cruiser Build – Part 2

Part 2 of our project Tamiya Land Cruiser highlights what we find to be the most enjoyable part of this hobby, the build. I know a lot of people these days would rather it be built for them, but we were glad to hear that Tamiya would keeping up with tradition and offering the CR-01 only in kit form. Not only does that allow us the pleasure of building this beast from start to finish, but we also get to document it all for you along the way.
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Project FJ40: Tamiya CR-01 Land Cruiser Build – Part 1

Finally got our hands on one! Ever since Tamiya announced the CR-01 Land Cruiser 40 I, as well as thousands of other enthusiasts, have been clamoring to get ahold of one. We thought about it and decided that there would be no better way to celebrate this site’s one year anniversary (today!) than to buy one, build it, beat the heck out of it, and let you know what we think along the way. So follow along as we document the build of Tamiya’s first rock crawler, the Land Cruiser 40.
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Project Zilla: ESP Clodzilla II Build

ESP Clodzilla II Tamiya Clod BusterBack in 1987 Tamiya introduced a phenom in the R/C world, the Clod Buster. It’s popularity spawned a huge aftermarket following that still thrives to this day. One of the original manufacturers to create parts for this beast was ESP Hobby Mfg. They made everything from a simple lift kit to full cantilever race suspension systems for the Clod. Heck they even made a snow plow for it! One of the first kits they produced was the Clodzilla II. When I was a kid there was nothing I wanted more than this kit. It would literally call my name as I read the ad in RCCA magazine. Unfortunately lack of funds resulted in me never getting my hands on one…until now that is. Follow along as we document the build of a Clodzilla 2 on my brother Brian’s Clod Buster.
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Project Scorpion: Budget Build Of The Axial AX10 – Part 6

scorpionpartsix001I guess it was inevitable. From the second I saw my first 1.9 scale crawler I knew I would eventually build one of my own, the only question was when.  Although I was apprehensive at the thought of cutting up our AX10 project truck, possibly ruining a good thing, with all of the aftermarket upgrades available for the truck I knew it would make the perfect platform for this project. Meet the latest iteration of Project Scorpion, Project Blazer?
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Project Scorpion: Budget Build Of The Axial AX10 – Part 5

Axial Ax10 Scorpion ModificationsAfter completing Part 4 of Project scorpion we wondered whether there were any cheap mods we could do to our truck to improve it’s performance. Sure we could have went out and started buying aftermarket parts for the AX10, but we thought it would be much more interesting to see what low cost modifications were possible and to document their performance improvements for all to see. In this installment of our project truck build we’re going to do just that. Follow along with us as we add weight to the front wheels, modify the shocks for a lower stance, and star cut the tire foams for better traction. Read more…

 
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Project Scorpion: Budget Build Of The Axial AX10 – Part 4

Axial Scorpion AX10 Rock CrawlerAfter spending nearly eight hours building this rig and another couple painting and trimming the body it’s finally time to take her for a spin. We originally meant to take our project truck out on the rocks to do what it was intended for, however a large snow/ice storm hit our area a few days before it’s maiden voyage so we were limited to testing it in those conditions. Fear not! We were still able to break something.
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Project Scorpion: Budget Build Of The Axial AX10 – Part 3

Axial Scorpion Build The AxlesI’ve always felt that the best part of the R/C hobby was in the build. Sure I’ve bought ready to run models before but it’s just never the same. There’s just something about staying up to the wee hours of the morning building a kit that really makes this hobby special. It’s finally that time, time to build our Axial Scorpion project truck!
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