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Old 03-25-2020, 12:17 AM   #21
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So, today at lunch (working from home...), I decided to lay some craptastic beads... still getting a hang of the welding thing.
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Nothing a grinder can’t fix
Got the second rail cut. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a chance to weld it up.
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Old 03-25-2020, 06:03 PM   #22
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I probably don't have to say this, but the only way to get from craptastic to fantastic is practice, and it looks like it turned out quite well
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:20 PM   #23
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I probably don't have to say this, but the only way to get from craptastic to fantastic is practice, and it looks like it turned out quite well
Thanks Mike, yeah I know... I seem to do better with thicker metal, but this thin stuff and exhaust tubing have always given me trouble.

I need to figure a way to clean the insides of the frame rails. I worked with a dremel for a little bit, but holy cow that is a time consuming process. I guess that's part of the getting better at welding process, which is showing off your welds instead of grinding them off

I am pretty excited though, it is definitely coming right along
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:35 PM   #24
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I like it. It is my kind of build.

Having done steel frame rails in a similar fashion, I would highly recommend that you consider using aluminum. It may not be as easy and fun ( I prefer the ease of steel and welding), but when you finally get it all together, the performance between steel and aluminum are night and day.

With a rig that big, weight is THE consideration. Bigger rigs are always way cooler but performance is key. Im not gonna give you the whole "it will break parts" BS....I will just remind you that weight will greatly affect performance in every aspect. For every oz you lose, you gain crisp steering.

Aluminum frame rails are tough, but at least use aluminum instead of steel where you can.

I also recommend the 1235mg servo (search google it is red). I have several and I would never use a 1/10 scale servo and I've had the best.
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Old 03-30-2020, 09:48 PM   #25
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Iíll definitely heed your advice. I have no equipment for welding aluminum, but Iím sure there are other ways to get the end result. Only the channel frame rails are steel, the rest of the side plates will be aluminum.

Iíll look into one of those servoís, from what Iíve seen, there not that expensive.

Itís been somewhat of a frustrating process so far, but rewarding at the same time...
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