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Old 12-08-2019, 03:28 PM   #1
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Iíve been bitten by the micro bug. Iíve got a total of 4 scx24ís now. One for myself and one for each kid. Weíre loving them especially now that winter weather is here. The deadbolt body didnít do much for me and I have literally hundreds of static model kits at home, I knew I needed to make something work. I know this truck is really like 1:20 scale but I just donít have anything in that scale that makes me happy.

Started out with a 1:25 scale 82 gmc pickup kit. Generic ďfall guyĒ kit.



Dang, very small. I know Iím not going to get a totally realistic scale look but this is no good.

Then I went to a 1:24 scale Ď78 gmc kit I had.



This is doable . Now I just have to figure out wheelbase, body mounting logistics, wheels and tires etc. more to come soon.

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Old 12-08-2019, 04:37 PM   #2
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Looks like a great start.
BTW the truck isn't 1/20 scale, people seem to often get confused. The body determines the scale, and the body is 1/24. It just happens to be that wheelbase is more suitable for compact trucks in 1/20, however full-sized trucks in 1/24 can work as you already know

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Old 12-08-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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Thanks! I still think itís a bit big for 1:24 even width and wheel size but itís doable with full-size truck for sure.

I was looking around for steering upgrades since stock is barely adequate with the stock lexan body. I found mod19ís shapeways page and he has many nice parts for the scx24. I got the steering linkage to get rid of slop, the servo mount to mount the bigger servo, got the smaller battery mount and esc mount to lower cog as much as I can and hopefully make room for interior and body as much as I can. Hereís the chassis set up...





I also used the shorter links in the rear to shorten up the wheelbase to fit the truck. Itís still about 3-4mmís ďtoo longĒ but was able to set it up where the front axle is just ahead of centerline and rear axle is just behind centerline so Iím happy with that. I had to cut the bed floor out quite a bit to clear shock towers and battery. Iím still thinking of what to use to hide the battery and shock towers a bit but not sure just yet.

Here it is mocked up. Went with Rc4wd wagon wheels and rock stomper tires to fit the truck a bit better than the stock wheels and tires.







Wish the tires would tuck a bit better but it is what it is.

Hereís the whole fleet...




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Looks great with the body nice and low

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Old 12-08-2019, 05:40 PM   #5
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That Ram body in the background looks interesting .What is it?!
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Old 12-08-2019, 05:53 PM   #6
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Looks great with the body nice and low

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Thank you. I try to get all my bodies as low as possible. Even on my 1:10 stuff. I donít like the monster truck look at all.

The raminator body is off a super cheap toy rc that my son had. The chassis broke, I had it on my bench while tinkering with my first scx24 and it was like a lightbulb went on when I looked at it. The body fits the stock deadbolt chassis PERFECTLY. Like literally I just took off the lexan body, and bolted this one on. That simple. Itís my sons truck now.

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Old 12-08-2019, 06:02 PM   #7
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The raminator body is off a super cheap toy rc that my son had. The chassis broke, I had it on my bench while tinkering with my first scx24 and it was like a lightbulb went on when I looked at it. The body fits the stock deadbolt chassis PERFECTLY. Like literally I just took off the lexan body, and bolted this one on. That simple. Itís my sons truck now.

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Yeah looks perfect fit!Is definitely bigger than 1/24 not quite 1/20 but in the middle.I like it.Btw i useed plow GMC for my first build!!!is great body.
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After much trimming, cramming and moving things around, i got the body fitting nice and tight. Now itís time for paint. I wanted to try my hand at some weathering. So with nothing more than some scotchbrite pads, some spray paint and then some thinned our black paint and a brush, we have my weathered tired old gmc















Iím happy to say that I tested it against my bone stock deadbolt and it out climbs, out side hills and all around out performed that truck even being a hard body so Iím happy with that. These tires have way more grip than the stickers do for sure. I still have a few details to add but I think this is about it for this truck. Time to get more scratches from the rocks now.

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Old 12-09-2019, 05:41 PM   #9
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Hey Ben, love it looks great! Maybe this thread should be titled "My really little GMC".
IMO the low body, shorter tires and steel beadlocks really enhance the looks and performance!

Here's a little bigger scale kit might tuck tires better, Revell 78 GMC Big Game Country Pickup, Grey

Nevermind 1/24, sorry.

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Old 12-09-2019, 06:00 PM   #10
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Thanks Nate. I saw that kit at the hobby store today. Same kit except itís a stepside. Iím happy with the looks really. Itís such a small truck that thereís only so much that can be done and have it still functional. And it seems very functional so Iím happy. Canít wait to take it to some of my favorite crawl spots and see how it does in the 1/10 world lol.

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Old 12-09-2019, 06:39 PM   #11
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Very nice, the paint came out great too
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Old 12-10-2019, 04:47 AM   #12
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Awesome looking rig!Definitely that paint job is superb!

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Nice job on this one! Great look overall. It's cool to see the low CG parts used to accomodate a scale build like this.
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You're welcome, paint and weathering looks great too! Saw the stepside version too, I like both and yes only so much can be done especially on such a small scale. Looking forward to more updates and pictures of it in the wild of your 1/10 scale areas.
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Awesome!!!

I am looking at doing a truggy with the same body!!! going to find a brake line or aluminum tube that looks good to bend a exo cage.
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I was looking around for steering upgrades since stock is barely adequate with the stock lexan body. I found mod19ís shapeways page and he has many nice parts for the scx24. I got the steering linkage to get rid of slop, the servo mount to mount the bigger servo, got the smaller battery mount and esc mount to lower cog as much as I can and hopefully make room for interior and body as much as I can.

I also used the shorter links in the rear to shorten up the wheelbase to fit the truck. Itís still about 3-4mmís ďtoo longĒ but was able to set it up where the front axle is just ahead of centerline and rear axle is just behind centerline so Iím happy with that. I had to cut the bed floor out quite a bit to clear shock towers and battery. Iím still thinking of what to use to hide the battery and shock towers a bit but not sure just yet.

Hereís the whole fleet...


Black plastic tonneau cover for the bed? Where's your fleet now?


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