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Old 08-12-2018, 06:23 PM   #1
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My older son is the age I was when I built my first RC. It was a Tamiya Falcon and it kicked it's dog bones like nobody's business. Anyway...

With some experience helping me build a Bomber (and to a lesser extent, a Yeti) under his belt, Big Little Guy was itching for a kit of his own. We were at our LHS* and the Barrage caught his eye. After a quick call to the wife for approval (who, bless her heart, realized she was also signing up for a kit for Little Little Guy (who was dying for an on road car)) we walked out with the kit and a couple of cans of Tamiya spray paint.

Given how long the Bomber took to build with Big Little Guy's on-again-off-again approach, I expected the kit to keep him occupied for a while. After all, he was building this one on his own. I wasn't going to be "reminding" him to work on it.

I think I underestimated the draw of having his own RC car. This was the state shortly after we got home...


ECX Barrage Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


ECX Barrage Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


ECX Barrage Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


ECX Barrage Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr

*RC Excitement in Fitchburg, MA. Place rules. The shop even runs a build camp where they assemble the Barrage with the kids.
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:59 PM   #2
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I'm going to watch this build.
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Old 08-14-2018, 02:50 PM   #3
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I'm going to watch this build.
There won't be a whole lot to watch, because I woke up the next morning to find the kid had already finished up the kit!

We spent the day painting the body. I helped him mask it up and put on the decals. We took turns spraying coats of paint. I gave him a left over jerry can I had from my Scrap Dingo build, some stickers from my CFX Bronco build and some Axial plastic D-Rings I had laying around.

He's got a few more ideas for detailing, but at this point he couldn't wait any longer to get it dirty. I was amazed he paused long enough to let me take these pictures.


ECX Barrage Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


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ECX Barrage Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


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That’s awesome! My 9yo daughter helped me build her own tamiya Grasshopper a while back but in another year i’ll Get her to do the same. How old is your young fella?
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Thatís awesome! My 9yo daughter helped me build her own tamiya Grasshopper a while back but in another year iíll Get her to do the same. How old is your young fella?
He's 12. Some of the hardware in the Barrage kit is really tiny. That's the only thing that ever really gave him trouble on this build. It can be tricky getting some of those little screw started into hard plastic. He helped me build my Bomber last year. The hardware is a better size on that, but it's a more complicated build.

My younger guy is 9. He's obsessed with super cars. We just built a Tamiya TT-02 Acura NSX together that is now "his" car. It won't be long until he's capable of tackling a kit all on his own. That's gonna be a bittersweet moment, 'cause I had a lot of fun building it with him.
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