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Old 01-17-2015, 02:24 AM   #1
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Default 1:20 Jeep WJ leafer build (PIC HEAVY)

Been working on this for about a month, this is my first real build other than my stock chassis/body Trekker version 5.0. If I'm lucky I'll wrap it up in the next couple weeks to enter it in our FB group Winter build off contest. Need to put a lot of the finishing touches on this week.

Without further adieu...


Started with 1 of 2 donor trekkers...


and a Lindberg 1:20 '95 Jeep ZJ.



I started making custom bumpers right away.



Got me a leafer chassis and a set of custom printed Walker Evans racing wheels from the magnificent Fungi.



Which I did this with. Color is Model Masters Gun Metal "buffing metalizer" which can be easily buffed out pretty nicely as you can see in the attached vid clip.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...type=2&theater


Got the body sanded and primed, tinted the windows with some awful Testors window tint that came out very poor quality despite my strict following of the directions. I may still strip the crap off if I get the mind to, it looks like crap in the light believe me.



Then took care of some other details like extending driveshaft, power plant, low profile steering linkages, servo and some interior details. Most unfortunately the model decal set was so old they were disintegrating upon removal.



Finished up the bumpers in satin black and D rings all around. This model arrived with a broken hatchback. It is a clean break and all intact so I have to try my hand at a clean, strong repair.
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That's where I'm at currently, so far I couldn't be happier with how it's turning out. I'll keep the paint color a secret till it's done, still a lot to do sorta but it's also close to completion. I ordered a driver which was misquoted in height by the seller. Almost a month wait to find out he's a 4" tall figure instead of 3.75" like the ad said. Shame, he would have been excellent to use. I'll update from here as the build comes to completion. Let me know whatcha think!

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Old 01-17-2015, 08:20 AM   #2
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It's cool seeing a 1/20 jeep on here! There haven't been to many on here. Also, I believe your the first to start a thread with Fungi's chassis. I'm liking it so far, keep up the good work!
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:39 PM   #3
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Sweet ZJ.
There are a few other 1/20 Jeeps if you go back enough. Multiple ZJs,CJs, TJs, The JKs from road rippers are probably closer to 1/21 and I think there are one or 2 YJs

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Old 01-22-2015, 06:05 PM   #4
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This is looking great, I really like your custom bumpers with d rings. I would like to get my hands on that Lindberg kit.
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Old 02-07-2015, 02:24 PM   #5
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Smile Update: Jeep WJ leafer build near complete!

False floor and interior all installed

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wiring placed and esc sealed up
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Paint booth ready to get dressed
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Front body and bumper permanent mount
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and finally the nearly complete product!

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I will be installing the front wheel wells to get rid of the hollow look there. Also making some rock rails to protect and dress up the rocker panel area. Lower links made and roof tie downs installed then it's a wrap on my first real build! I'm falling in love with this truck fast.
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Old 02-07-2015, 08:02 PM   #6
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That thing is killer looking! Great job on the build so far.
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:24 PM   #7
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That thing is killer looking! Great job on the build so far.
Thanks a lot, much appreciated! Reeeally proud of this rig.
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Old 02-08-2015, 10:01 PM   #8
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The ZJ looks sweet! I haven't updated these threads in a very long time so there are quite a few more with many of the same body's and even a few bodies not in the threads. Feel free to add any of your 1/20 - 1/18 builds.I think they look best with the micro parts available and let you have a bit more detail. I definitely encourage anyone to search way back for some of the other builds on these sites.

1/20 scale picture gallery ( and some 1/18 )

http://www.scale4x4rc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=57892



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The ZJ looks sweet! I haven't updated these threads in a very long time so there are quite a few more with many of the same body's and even a few bodies not in the threads. Feel free to add any of your 1/20 - 1/18 builds.I think they look best with the micro parts available and let you have a bit more detail. I definitely encourage anyone to search way back for some of the other builds on these sites.

1/20 scale picture gallery ( and some 1/18 )

1/20 scale picture gallery ( and some 1/18 ) - Scale 4x4 R/C Forums



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That thread is what made me dedicated to building in 1/20 scale! It should definately be resurrected!
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