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Scale 2.2's Discuss your scale trucks that use 2.2" sized tires. TLT based and similar.


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Old 04-10-2012, 07:44 PM
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My local shop has one right now with the limited edition brush...

Really want a TF2 and a D110 kit but hoping to see some finished pics with the diffs locked up and smaller wheels.

Looking good, it seems like Tamiya knows how to extend a build and make it fun.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:48 AM
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I still haven't decided which blue to paint this thing. But I have made a start on the body work.
I was thinking of using the sprue from the cab window to fill the unused screw holes, but the I remembered that we have some 1mm thick white ABS at work, so I punched out a few 5mm dia blanks.


I got this from the LHS, smells like very expensive Acetone to me. I glued 1 in each of the offending holes with the plan of using putty to fill it.


But I decided to glue another 2 in each hole. A ˝ hr later I trimmed them to the body line.


Yesterday I when to the supermarket and bought some cheap emery boards. And started getting rid of the moulding seams. I noticed a couple of spots that need a little putty.


I have some Tamiya putty, I've had it for about 15 years and its been never opened.
I decided to do a test before I use it on my truck. Its been 24hrs now and I can still mark it with my finger nail.
Is it supposed to go rock hard or not? I've never used model putty before and I don't know.


Thats it for now. Thanks for looking.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:11 PM
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I just picked up a new bruiser yesterday, you got me to bite.

I also picked up a Futaba 4gwd system to try with it. Although I'm wondering what your using as I might switch to a 6 channel Spektrum stick or RC4WD's 4 channel pistol radio.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:30 AM
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I got the Futaba 4GWD as well, there is a pic in post number 14.
I made a little progress this weekend.
I decided to use the putty I had. I made a spatula out of a popstick to apply it.




I wasn't happy with the way my driver fitted. So, first up I straightened the floor of the cab. I used my Iroda Pro 70 to heat the plastic along the bottom edge of the seat.


Then I glued a piece of ABS to the base of the driver. Then I shaped and sanded it until I was happy with the fit. I also heated and bent Calvins arm to fit better.


I wasn't real happy with the steering column either. So thought I'd have a go at improving it.
First I glued a stack of ABS and stretched some sprue. Then later I shaped them.


I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Not to bad for my first go at customizing models. I was going to give it a column shift,but decided not to.


I bought a can of automotive plastic primer and got everything primed as well.


Well, thats it for now. I need to get some paint so I can finish it.
Thanks for looking.
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I was going to use some left over sprue for my body holes as well, but that putty I was also told is for static models and I was told not to use it. Not sure what the difference is but someone else mentioned the easiest way to fill the holes was to tape the back of them and then fill them with 5 minute epoxy.

If you haven't yet, consider an airbrush set, Im going to jump on the spray bandwagon for ky first abs body.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:47 AM
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I think I might have a go.
I bought this thing about 20yrs ago, and haven't really used it. It's no dual action airbrush but it should do the job.
I'm going to use automotive spray paint for most of it, but things like the interior and the grill I'll use my mini spray gun.


Just need to borrow the spare compressor from work.
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Great thread. How long did you let the putty set before sanding ?

I've the same for my Bruiser but haven't the time to start it yet !
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I should have left it for a couple of days, but it didn't.
It shrinks as it drys. When I laid the primer on you can see the low spots.
I'm not going to bother fixing it, its still better than the holes.
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Im starting on bag b now but am wondering what the glue tip was for the springs?

Do I just cement glue them together overnight so they look solid when being flexed instead of splaying at the ends?

The manual also mentions a range of degrees for mounting them, but was going to just eye ball it, hopefully between that range.
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The glue isn't between the leaves.
I put a little between the assembled spring pack and the plastic piece, in an attempt to hold them together while I was fitting the axle and u-bolts.

It didn't really help me though.
In regards to the angle on the diff, there are little marks at the ends of the housings.
I used a pencil to put a mark closer to where the spring would be mounted.
I hope this helps you.
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It does thanks.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:46 AM
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I haven't done much since my last update. I'm waiting for my new airbush compressor to arrive.
I've been slowly painting Calvin, a little every day or so. And I got the steering wheel done good enough to.



I should get the compressor next week some time, more updates to follow then.
I'm going to have to decide soon which blue to paint the body.
I think I'm going to go with metallic, similar to this.



Thank for looking.
More soon, I hope.
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Nice progress, I'm waiting for a compressor part for my new to me compressor too.

It seems the kit comes with stickers to cover the holes on the truck. If I am doing hardcore box art, wondering if I should leave holes and cover them with the stickers butnot seeing the body lines continue in that area could be annoying...
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Time for another update.

I picked a colour, I'm pretty sure its the same colour I used on my original. Here is a pic without the flash and one with the flash.


I now have two coats on the body. Without flash and with flash.


Both of these are with the flash.


The paint is actually darker than the without flash pics, but lighter than the with flash pics.
Hopefully the outside shots, when its finished will, will show the true colour.


Also, my new compressor turned up yesterday, and my new airbrush arrived today.


More updates after the weekend, hopefully.

Thanks for looking.


edit: 1˝hrs later..
I've had a play with my new toy.
First time I've use an airbrush to paint a model.
Loved it. I'm really happy with how I went.
I got the grill, wipers, rear louver, bumper and interior floor done. Very happy with the bumper.




And when I removed the masking tape, there was no bleeding.


Thats it for now.
Thanks for looking.

another edit:
I just wanted to add, I used Tamiya Semi-Gloss Black thinned with Isopropyl Alcohol(from Bunnings).
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Not so much an update, but a few pics none the less.
A quick mock up test fit of the body on the chassis.


And a test fit for Calvin in his seat(not finished painting yet).


An hours worth of masking, then a little Semi-gloss Black. A little bleeding, but not too much.


Thats it for now.
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