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Old 05-18-2019, 06:49 AM   #1
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So I'm kinda new to this crawler thing I was lucky enough to get my first crawler at Xmas a hobao dc1 an I love it!! So I decided after building the kit I wanted to do another but I'm on a budget so I'm building my own!!

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Old 05-18-2019, 06:57 AM   #2
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So I new what I wanted to do just wasn't sure how luckily I managed to obtain a cheap maverick scout! So I grabbed my trusty angle grinder an attacked some aluminium plate to make some chassis rails!

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Old 05-18-2019, 09:47 AM   #3
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Building and tinkering is just as fun as driving. Have fun on the new build!


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Old 05-18-2019, 10:23 AM   #4
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So I chose my body a scorcher shell! I wanted to do a unimog but I like the detail in a hardbody but my original chassis plates looked bit rubbish under the scorcher shell!! So back out into shed shed with my trusty grinder an now I have chassis rails mk2

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:14 AM   #5
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So I next made a jig to bolt axles at right wheel base an also made some brackets to bolt shocks in place!!sorry you will have to excuse surf board my son said it would look cool on roof!!

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Old 05-20-2019, 01:52 PM   #6
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This looks realy nice, I love the chassis so far. In my experience building from scratch, or even a second vehicle dosent save any money, alwayse seems to cost much more as trips to the hardware stores add up. But it's worth it imo. Driving the cars isn't a hobby so much as building them is, imo.

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Old 05-20-2019, 03:09 PM   #7
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Looking good. What axles are you using?
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Old 05-21-2019, 03:37 AM   #8
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This looks realy nice, I love the chassis so far. In my experience building from scratch, or even a second vehicle dosent save any money, alwayse seems to cost much more as trips to the hardware stores add up. But it's worth it imo. Driving the cars isn't a hobby so much as building them is, imo.

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Cheers dude!! Luckily I got the maverick scout cheap so will be using few parts from that axles mainly bits I need I will buy online to save few quid!! Luckily I have large shed an a massive stock of aluminium at work!!

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Old 05-21-2019, 03:39 AM   #9
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Looking good. What axles are you using?
Cheers dude don't think it will be as sweet as your little bug!! But I just wanted to challenge myself!! I keep seeing all these nice rigs an builds so I thought I would try!! I'm on a budget an luckily a maverick scout popped up on face book so will be using them for now!!

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Old 05-21-2019, 04:59 AM   #10
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So a managed to get my hands on nice chunk of nylon which I cut to size notched corners an tapped holes for a skid plate an then it was on to trying to figure out links cause there not standard sizes so I grabbed some M3 threaded rod cut it to a rough length so I could try an figure some proper sizes for links!! Got there eventually!!

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Old 05-22-2019, 01:17 AM   #11
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So I'm waiting for some material to come through post for links so I thought let's get some paint on shell!! I decided to do some thing different than just blast it with a rattle can!! So after little bit of research I brought some model paint!! Kicked up compressor dugout my cheap airbrush an blasted 3 coats of silver primer on shell!! This is something I have never done before!! It took a while to figure out what I was doin an I don't think I will bother buying another spray can again!!

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Old 05-22-2019, 05:26 PM   #12
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Alright another Bug build! looking good

The jig to keep the axles in place looks familiar, I did the same thing.

It looks like you patched in the sunroof too.
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:21 PM   #13
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Alright another Bug build! looking good

The jig to keep the axles in place looks familiar, I did the same thing.

It looks like you patched in the sunroof too.
I just wanted something different bit bored of jeeps an Toyota's !! I was going to do a unimog first but not to keen on tamiya shell I prefer hard body detail!! The jig was just an idea I had to hold axles in place! Turned out to be very useful!! Sorry if I stole your idea!! An yes glued an filled sunroof an all body mount holes!!

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Old 05-22-2019, 11:24 PM   #14
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So today was more paint another 2 coats of red oxide! I'm really liking this airbrush!

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Old 05-31-2019, 02:07 PM   #15
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gonna subscribe and watch this build. I'd love to do a Bug build one day, once I get into modifying. Theres just something so Mad Max about a bug on crawler tires.
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The jig was just an idea I had to hold axles in place! Turned out to be very useful!! Sorry if I stole your idea!!
Oh no I wasn't suggesting that was my idea at all, I was just commenting on it since my bug was at that stage maybe 4 months ago.

I know its just primer but I really like the red oxide color on a bug

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So more paint decided I want old knackered look so I have used water an rock salt an applied couple of coats of red hopefully will be all dry later so can have a look!! This is my first time trying anything like this so fingers crossed it works!!

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Old 06-01-2019, 01:37 AM   #18
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gonna subscribe and watch this build. I'd love to do a Bug build one day, once I get into modifying. Theres just something so Mad Max about a bug on crawler tires.
Dude it's not that hard aslong as you have basic skills anything is possible!! I just wanted to try keep seeing all these sweet little rigs pop up an I thought I'm goin to try!! I just have limited money so I'm building on a budget!! Plus there's always people willing to help if get stuck!!

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Oh no I wasn't suggesting that was my idea at all, I was just commenting on it since my bug was at that stage maybe 4 months ago.



I know its just primer but I really like the red oxide color on a bug



Keep up the good work
What does your bug look like now?? I must admit I painted primer on i thought it suited shell!! Bit late now it's red though!! I did think about masking a door or wing panel off an leaving it primer!! May do that if the rust idea doesn't work!!

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Old 06-01-2019, 07:37 AM   #20
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Oh yea well impressed my my first attempt!!well spose I should leave this to dry an then mask up again an do 2nd colour!

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