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Old 09-27-2014, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default 80 Series Ascender by pardonmyn00b

It's here! It's finally here! This is the box that will breathe some life into the scale box scene. Or so I've heard...

Let's get started with the outer box. This one appeared to be a larger box that was cut down to size. The box shrinking was obviously done by a skilled box craftsman. One day I hope to get to that level. Before I get too far, this box was sent by RPP Hobby. I've had great luck with their boxes in the past. The arrive quickly, are usually ambient temperature and NEVER come upside down.

Less talk, more box!


Notice the VTR branding on the side. There is a Vaterra box inside this box! I'm a bit disappointed with the lack of shipping labels though. However, the placement of said labels was ideal.

Now to to main event. I'll spare you from the details on how I opened the outer box and cut right to the chase.


Vaterra Ascender box in mint condition with bonus paper and stickers.

I'll see if I can extract the box after dinner. Stay tuned.
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Old 09-27-2014, 03:55 PM   #2
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Hey, nice box noob... how's it flex?
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:19 PM   #3
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Hey, nice box noob... how's it flex?
Thanks. Not so great in stock form if I'm honest. Maybe after some run time it will soften up.


Specs
Weight:6lbs 11oz
Length:21"
Width:10"
Height:6 3/4"
Wheelbase:N/A
Theme: Blue truck and rocks

















Pros
Glossy
Blue truck
Sturdy
Factory sealed
Light weight

Cons
Standard 6 sided design
Stiff suspension
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:22 PM   #4
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Is this for the land cruiser?
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:34 PM   #5
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Chevy Jerp= Cherp??
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:19 AM   #6
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Whats it made out of?, Lexan or Styrene?.

If its lexan, it'll be different for you..........
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:14 AM   #7
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The unboxing thread by which all others will be measured! Epic!!
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:41 AM   #8
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Will this box need a BEC ?

More importantly, does this box care if you bring another box home ?
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:47 PM   #9
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Is this for the land cruiser?
Rando Kuruza?
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Chevy Jerp= Cherp??
Nerp.
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Whats it made out of?, Lexan or Styrene?.

If its lexan, it'll be different for you..........
Cardboard!
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The unboxing thread by which all others will be measured! Epic!!
Boxes get no love. I want to change that.
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Will this box need a BEC ?

More importantly, does this box care if you bring another box home ?
Of course it needs one. EVERYTHING DOES!!!@111!! And no, the box doesn't mind.



Box build is on hold so I could build the contents of the box. It's another stupid little truck. Like seriously, every box I get has a dumb little truck for dorks in it. So boring. I built it anyway. It was weird.

This one went together like every other little truck but maybe with 15% more cursing and WTF'ing at the instructions. I know how to read and I'd consider myself slightly smarter than the average bear but some of the diagrams in the instructions were dumb. Little dotted lines all over the place pointing at nuts and bolts. In conclusion I prefer building Axial and RC4WD kits over this.

I'm going for the M1009 look so I hit it some OD green for starters. I only know how to paint on the outside of bodies so I did that. I'm going to super duper camouflage so I painted the windows too. I also added some 3D door handles to the body. Simple pieces of styrene but they give some extra dimension.


This is the completed chassis and stuff. I didn't want body posts sticking through my awesome cool polycarbonate body so I went with some velcro. The bumpers are acceptable but the rock sliders are awful. They really are terrible looking and appear to serve no purpose considering they only cover half of the rocker.


Stock wheels and tires are going to go in place for some steel wheels and 1.9 MTZs. I also need to drop the body down because it looks like a monster turk next to my other turks.


And when I finish painting the body and take one picture I'm scraping it all for this.

Perfect ride height.



I'd like to throw some yota II's under it, however, the Vaterra axles are pretty low profile so they might be acceptable under the 80. Centered diffs but whatever.
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:24 PM   #10
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Where did ya get the fj80 body?
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:32 PM   #11
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Where did ya get the fj80 body?
Ebay

$200
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:52 PM   #12
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that's a nice body. how long is the wheelbase? and what chassis setting are you using for it?
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Old 09-29-2014, 04:42 AM   #13
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that's a nice body. how long is the wheelbase? and what chassis setting are you using for it?
314mm and 314mm.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:36 PM   #14
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Oh crap, where did the truck go?




I'll finish the build once I find the body.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:45 PM   #15
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cant wait to see further progress. I really want the ascender body to use on my second scx10
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:15 PM   #16
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turned out good to be honest.
i'd cut out the windows and put some net/screen on em. ;)
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:41 AM   #18
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:thumbup: that's awesome

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Old 10-01-2014, 03:18 PM   #19
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:15 AM   #20
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You did a great job on the camouflage paint job, but it's so ugly I think I may puke.
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