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Old 12-19-2022, 11:13 AM   #1
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This is a build I have been working on this winter. Picked up the kit back in spring, i think. I like that GMade produces kits. The BOM caught my interest back at it's launch but I was slow to get to it. I have been slowly accruing aluminum option upgrades to work into the build

This version is the GS02f, it's the second generation model of the BOM and features the transfer case and forward mounted motor. The transmission also has a built in overdrive and 2 speed shifter. The BOM is unique from the other GS02 rigs by the way of it's rear cantilever suspension and caged bed. For this build my plan is to ditch the plastic cage and braze my own out of 3/16ths tube.

This is the box it comes in:



Started by building the axles. The plastics are a nice hard nylon









I added some GMade/Junfac alum option parts





All of the hardware for the entire kit comes in one big bag. Within that bag are well-labelled small bags with each different size piece. It's takes some getting used to digging out all of the screws as you need them. They are well labelled and so the process is simple, it just takes more time and slows the build process. Once I got into the flow of it I quite enjoyed the process






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One of the more interesting aspects of this build is the rear cantilever suspension. The suspension here is set up with the softer springs both front and rear. I also added aluminum option parts here





The JUNFAC steel driveshafts seen here are also an option part.



Here is the Transmission mounted into the chassis. It's not pretty. Would be nice to see a greater level of detailing in the housing. The motor is forward, but sits above the chassis rails. It is no VFD, this is for sure.

The front shock hoops are SSD parts designed for the SCX10.2. They bolt right up



Paint and Cage work coming up...

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Old 12-19-2022, 11:23 AM   #2
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Painting a patina

Mixed up some rusty looks paint for the airbrush

There is no pic, but the base layer is rattle can Tamiya Gunmetal





















...and the grill



More to do, but this is where it currently sits

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Old 12-19-2022, 11:31 AM   #3
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Started in on some brazing:











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Old 12-19-2022, 11:36 AM   #4
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Added these nubs on as a way to interface the cage and body





This is where the cage nubs come through the back of the cab. I used E6000 and some unused bushings to fortify the holes I reamed

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Old 12-19-2022, 11:40 AM   #5
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Designed the cage to carry a spare(cause you never know when you might want to get geeked on the scale details)



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Old 12-19-2022, 11:45 AM   #6
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Looks fantastic! I love tube work, and this is good stuff


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Old 12-19-2022, 11:59 AM   #7
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Looks fantastic! I love tube work, and this is good stuff
Thanks Twade. It's slowly getting better. At times it's finicky work, but always fun to do
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Old 12-19-2022, 01:56 PM   #8
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Very cool! Nice to see another BOM owner!
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Old 12-19-2022, 02:53 PM   #9
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Very cool! Nice to see another BOM owner!
Gotta keep the GMade sub-forum alive!

Your BOM build served as inspiration soze, so thx.
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Old 12-19-2022, 03:43 PM   #10
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Absolutely jealous of all you people that do your own cage work. It looks like it's coming together great!
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Old 12-19-2022, 06:43 PM   #11
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Another great looking build smog!

You may have to quit your day job and go fulltime in the cage business! Cage work look spot on as always! Let me know when you start taking orders!
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Old 12-20-2022, 02:00 PM   #12
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Absolutely jealous of all you people that do your own cage work. It looks like it's coming together great!
Thank you Goro. it isn't difficultAs it goes, the hardest part is the first bend...
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Another great looking build smog!

You may have to quit your day job and go fulltime in the cage business! Cage work look spot on as always! Let me know when you start taking orders!
Thanks for the encouraging words B. They are appreciated. I will let you know if I get to that point
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Old 12-21-2022, 07:54 PM   #13
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Looks great Smog! I love the chipping method you used, Iíve been wanting to do it again ever since I did it back on the old TRX4 bronco body. Just havenít found anything to use it on yetÖ

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Iíve recently learned this from styrene as well. Once that base is laid down it seems to all fall in place for the most part.
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Old 12-21-2022, 09:57 PM   #14
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Slick-looking cage on there. I also really like now those cantilever shocks mount inside the frame.
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Love the BOM quality parts, the upgrade alum pieces, and all your skills in the body and tube-work department. Great build.
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Old 12-23-2022, 11:50 AM   #16
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Can't wait to see it finished, I've been looking at Gmade too. Like you I wish
the motor was as low as the Phoenix. OK, how much for a cage!!!
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Old 12-25-2022, 11:12 PM   #17
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Thanks again for all of the feedback guys, much appreciated.

Weather here has been worse than freezing cold so haven't really been able to do some of the steel cutting that needs to be done outdoors. Decided to keep it simple for now and use some prefabricated tabs to make a basic bumper. Likely will not stick with this, but quickly brazed this thing up for now





Decided to go with the new 1.9x4.65 Falken MT from VP mounted up on some SSD beadlock wheels.



Added on the door handles



This pic gives a sense of the RTR plastic cage compared to the one I made

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Old 12-30-2022, 12:18 PM   #18
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Smog, that paint and cage work is on point! I have a GS02(not F) BOM and love it. Soze's build threads have been very informative and inspiring to say the least. Mine has a Holmes Crawlmaster Mini V2/Revolver 1800kv V3, and a Holmes SHV500V3 direct power servo. Only mods are SSD front C-hubs and brass weights up front. Amazing rig! I love Gmade rigs and have 4 currently. I did get a Buffalo last year which has the same transmission as your BOM. I do/don't like the 2nd gear speed. it's shockingly fast which is fun, but difficult to drive when the esc is set up in crawler mode. Had to switch the esc to forward/brake/reverse which is hard to get used to when you're so used to instant drag brake. Agree about the build. Very enjoyable if building is what you love, which I do. Keeping an eye on your build!
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