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Today I took my radio controlled 1/10th GMC crawler out for some slow speed thrills, its a bit of a home brew on a steel chassis and is too heavy really, but it has phenomenal torque and hill climbing ability - it is however bloody slow 🤣 Locked diffs and coil over shocks on each corner, 540 motor and transmission in the middle and battery and steering servo both over the front axle for weight distribution. It still cocks a front wheel in the air regardless! You can happily go up to about 60 degrees before it wants to cartwheel backwards. 

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The truck is a GMC K10 replica, it has a lexan (clear plastic vacuum formed) Jconcepts shell, which is supplied clear and you spray from the inside. It will scuff, but it’s pretty flexible when you crash it. This means the white stripe and chrome were masking inside out and right pain, before the green was sprayed over the top - but from the inside! I then weathered the outside of the lexan and sealed with a flat top coat. It’s a scale 10 footer 😉 

These tyres are just for trailing and not great for hill climbing as the gentle tread pattern isn’t ideal - the 8 spokes are proper split rim beadlock stop the tyres spinning in the rims to keep the traction coming. They also rub the arches as the diameter is too large really.

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That's tremendous, I can see a lot of people wanting this sort of thing.

I only had 1 RC car, a 2wd Subaru. It was cheap from Smyths but insanely fast and outdragged my mates very expensive Tamiya Subaru with 4wd. I did crash it a fair bit though! Something a little slower like this would be ideal!

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2 hours ago, andrew e said:

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Today I took my radio controlled 1/10th GMC crawler out for some slow speed thrills, its a bit of a home brew on a steel chassis and is too heavy really, but it has phenomenal torque and hill climbing ability - it is however bloody slow 🤣 Locked diffs and coil over shocks on each corner, 540 motor and transmission in the middle and battery and steering servo both over the front axle for weight distribution. It still cocks a front wheel in the air regardless! You can happily go up to about 60 degrees before it wants to cartwheel backwards. 

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The truck is a GMC K10 replica, it has a lexan (clear plastic vacuum formed) Jconcepts shell, which is supplied clear and you spray from the inside. It will scuff, but it’s pretty flexible when you crash it. This means the white stripe and chrome were masking inside out and right pain, before the green was sprayed over the top - but from the inside! I then weathered the outside of the lexan and sealed with a flat top coat. It’s a scale 10 footer 😉 

These tyres are just for trailing and not great for hill climbing as the gentle tread pattern isn’t ideal - the 8 spokes are proper split rim beadlock stop the tyres spinning in the rims to keep the traction coming. They also rub the arches as the diameter is too large really.

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That's fantastic! It would be great to see some photos of the chassis setup - did you build it yourself or adapt it from something else? 

38 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

I'm not too fussed about that one, so happy to re-home it 

Sounds good to me. Pm me when you get chance. 

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So I bought one of these, and pulled it apart - then put it on a set of steel chassis rails (it’s a bit more complicated than that, I made improvements, upgrades the speed controller, shorter shocks  etc) but by and large that’s about it!

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13 minutes ago, andrew e said:

So I bought one of these, and pulled it apart - then put it on a set of steel chassis rails (it’s a bit more complicated than that, I made improvements, upgrades the speed controller, shorter shocks  etc) but by and large that’s about it!

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Immaculate work. The steel chassis really suits it. Are the strut bolts threaded into the uprights? 

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On 08/04/2022 at 15:50, Remspoor said:

My Iso Grifo. What was I thinking when I painted this?

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To be honest, your Grifo looks immaculate when compared to mine as it's missing it's glass, towbar and a-pillar.

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Also forgot to take a picture of the stalwart I also got along with the rest.

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And here are the rest of them- all from the same tub, I'm guessing that someone had a clear out of their childhood collection.

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Wimpy promotion, although the stickers are almost gone.

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A pair of 'Hot rod custom' vans by corgi, the black has a plastic base while the blue has a metal one.

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Siku Merc and trailer still together

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And to finish off, a group shot of the matchbox from previously.

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7 minutes ago, Remspoor said:

Dublo Dinky Commer Van.

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@Isopon What is the green truck in your last post? It looks old, maybe just post war dinky.

Yes, it is indeed a post war dinky 25E tipper, although it seems to be a mix and match of two of them as it seems to have a later body (no tipping bed) and a earlier chassis (no front bumper and detailing)

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Some arrivals from the last few days

This eBay lot came today

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9 minutes ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

Due to real life getting in the way , I managed to miss @richardmorris’s sale of Corgis.

I can’t imagine they didn’t all sell, but on the off chance , are any left?  I’m particularly interested in the Lotus Elite, Caravan and the Police Cortina. Possibly others like the LWB Land Rover and Mini.

Not a problem. Red elite and caravan unsold. Police cortina has gone though. LWB landrover game park and blue mini stil here.

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On 4/10/2022 at 5:19 PM, andrew e said:

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Today I took my radio controlled 1/10th GMC crawler out for some slow speed thrills, its a bit of a home brew on a steel chassis and is too heavy really, but it has phenomenal torque and hill climbing ability - it is however bloody slow 🤣 Locked diffs and coil over shocks on each corner, 540 motor and transmission in the middle and battery and steering servo both over the front axle for weight distribution. It still cocks a front wheel in the air regardless! You can happily go up to about 60 degrees before it wants to cartwheel backwards. 

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The truck is a GMC K10 replica, it has a lexan (clear plastic vacuum formed) Jconcepts shell, which is supplied clear and you spray from the inside. It will scuff, but it’s pretty flexible when you crash it. This means the white stripe and chrome were masking inside out and right pain, before the green was sprayed over the top - but from the inside! I then weathered the outside of the lexan and sealed with a flat top coat. It’s a scale 10 footer 😉 

These tyres are just for trailing and not great for hill climbing as the gentle tread pattern isn’t ideal - the 8 spokes are proper split rim beadlock stop the tyres spinning in the rims to keep the traction coming. They also rub the arches as the diameter is too large really.

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Predictably I’ve got one of these, having seen a few Facebook videos. RC crawlers are ace, you can have most of the fun of off roading without the fuel bills, pissing off other people or getting stuck. Yours is much cleverer mines just a ready to run version to see if I liked it.

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1 hour ago, andrew e said:

Nothing wrong with an Outback, surprisingly capable little thing 👍

I think so, I especially like the parts backup. I quite fancy buying the detailed shell kit, but I'd probably be too scared to use it.

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Way back in darkest Covid times (8/8/20) I bought this Dinky Beach Buggy with a view to doing something about the missing roll hoop and improving the paint scheme

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Well I think this is an improvement. Made a filler panel for the area behind the seats, this also forms the attachment for the rear of the base via a tube with a screw into it. Roll hoop made out of a bit of steel wire I had laying around, windscreen was cut from a larger one out of a lorry or some such, and paint is the stuff intended for painting your nan's old sideboard to make it look modern...

Wheel rims got a polish and the engine and seats got a black wash to make them look more realistic. 

Pleased with this one.

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1 hour ago, barrett said:

That looks great @bunglebus, I really enjoy your restorations. Do you do commissions?

I haven't, partly because I have no idea how I would price such a thing, partly because I'm a terrible critic of my own work and mostly because I can't normally live with the idea of getting rid of them after the effort that goes in. I have given a couple to my friend as presents, mainly replicas of his own vehicles. I can go and look at them whenever I want!

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Latest arrivals for my non-collection. I've mentioned before that I'd like to find all the 'unique' cars built by Pilen in Spain, ie those which were not re-issues from other manufacturers. I've yet to find any decent online resource for this make but I have identified a handful of cars which are definitely Pilen originals. I already have the Vauxhall SRV, Monteverdi Hai and Intermeccanica Indra. Now I've added one of the nicest, the AMC Javelin.

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I really like AMC cars generally, as the last independent outsider in Detroit they built some really interesting stuff. I'm a big fan of Dick Teague's styling, particularly in the 1970s. There also aren't that many nice 1:43 models of American cars of this period, although there were plenty in the 1950s and early '60s by the '70s few European compaines seemed interested. So, already a slightly odd choice of subject matter (I can't believe the Javelin was ever sold in Spain, though I could be wrong) and a particularly pleasing end result, with great proportions and excellent detail.

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The base is pretty simple, but there's a decent crack at a proper V8 (scuse my dirty nails)

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The interior detail is pretty good, although this one has lost its seat backs

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It's the little delicate castings of badges etc which really make this one, though. Look how crisp and legible the 'Javelin' and 'SST' scripts are, plus the side repeater lamp.

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Really, really pleased with that one. I know of at least two other 'original Pilens' which are on my radar, and possibly others I'm yet to find, so watch this space.

 

My second bit of post is another Mercury effort, this time it's Bertone Alfa Romeo Carabo, which must be one of the most-modelled cars ever built.

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Off the top of my head French Dinky and Solido both did 1:43s, Hot Wheels, Corgi Juniors and Matchbox did small-scale efforts. There are 1:25-ish Politoys and Togi and I'm sure many more. This one is 'average' - definitely not as detailed as the Solido or Dinky and quite lightweight. I'd say typical of the later Mercury toys for accuracy and detail.

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Overall pretty decent shape, though, and the doors open nicely. They're very delicate though and I can't imagine they'd stand up to much play

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A very plain metal base puts this firmly in the 'toy' category. Really this is only here because it's Italian, a weird subject, and unusual to find in the UK, not because I love it.

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