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Old 11-29-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Since i was a kid i have loved RC (TAMIYA in particular ) My 1st kit was a Ford F150 , which my dad lovingly built for me all those years ago! that was just the catalyst! each christmas or birthday there was always a new model that out did the one the previous year, that was until the original Bruiser came along in 1985! well needless to say it was Epic! It was the only car that managed to last my adolescence ,and remained sat in my loft for 20 years! Eventually i decided to sell it on a classic tamiya website to a collector in order to subsidize another project, (which i was never sure about) but I'm sure we've all been their! so you can imagine how happy i was when i discovered that tamiya were starting to re issue there old models due to high demand, hoping that one day they would re release the bruiser!!
Now I'm a dad myself, and this was my chance to build this fantastic model with my son who is just starting to get into RC just as i had all those years ago (I had insisted on him having an SCX10 for his christmas present the year before , which i enjoyed fighting over the transmitter for ) so with this build i new i wanted to do something a little different than stock to make it a little more agile like my sons SCX10. so with the help of some RC4WD options ( Yota axels , bumpers , suspension etc and spending a few $ getting the chassis professionally powder coated, I now have a pretty cool Bruiser that can also crawl with the best of them.
She's not quite finished yet, i still have the interior to complete which i haven't got round to yet.

anyway.... here are some of the build pictures and the outcome, hope you like it!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Does RC4WD make that front servo mount steering kit or did you do that? It looks nice and I would like that for mine too.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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That is one GREAT looking bruiser, well done sir
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:24 PM   #4
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absolutely stunning!!! very cool build
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:00 AM   #5
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Nice touch and good looking bruiser!!
Looks like you spent well over $1500, but it is well worth it
Well done
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:51 PM   #6
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Love the CMS, did you make it? Looks factory.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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looking at this bruiser again has me leaning towards going old school vs getting a trailfinder 2... oh the hard decisions in life!
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:40 PM   #8
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Picked this build up on Ebay and it just arrived a few days ago, this thing is awesome. Going to get my electronics installed and finish the interior and then go from there.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:55 PM   #9
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any updates on this thing? I wanna know if that RC4WD Servo mount fits right in without mods??
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Are the axles replacement or stock? My Bruisers front axle shelled itself so I am looking for replacement front & rear axles. I looked on RC4WD I found a rear axle but had no luck on finding a front axle. Anyone know where I might be able to get new axles?
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Are the axles replacement or stock? My Bruisers front axle shelled itself so I am looking for replacement front & rear axles. I looked on RC4WD I found a rear axle but had no luck on finding a front axle. Anyone know where I might be able to get new axles?
He's using the Bruiseruptor axles from RC4WD. They sell both front and rear on their site at $119 a piece. If you want original axles you gotta hit the eBay.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:21 PM   #12
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I have a set of og axles I'd let go, i used the regular yota axle up front and the bruiseruptor axle on rear.... So far it's been very nice
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Very nice , very clean!
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any updates on this thing? I wanna know if that RC4WD Servo mount fits right in without mods??
I just got one to try it out and it doesn't fit right away. youll have to drill and tap 4 new holes to line up with the Tamiya frame holes.

really annoying because they could've easily done this
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Dang..... That sucks...

I figured out a cool way to mount the servo up front but I can't post pics here very easy.... Grrrr
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Dang..... That sucks...

I figured out a cool way to mount the servo up front but I can't post pics here very easy.... Grrrr
I'll post some pics of the RC4WD piece on the bruiser soon. It was really annoying, I had to drill and tap 4 new holes on the delrin piece and then also had to shave it down on both sides because it was too wide. After all that it went together great. I dont know why nobody makes a Tamiya bruiser version. You'd think with the re-release there would be a lot more aftermarket parts being made for it.
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I agree! I have 2 re releases and have been wanting to upgrade one to drive more lol
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:04 PM   #18
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here how I mounted mine



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That's exactly what I did!! Works pretty good too! I made a little skid plate for the servo.... Rocks occasionally tag it lol
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As stated earlier in the thread I picked this up about a year ago and it has been sitting on a shelf since. Long story short life takes time away from hobbies and I thought I was going to sell all my RC's and move on, but strangely my wife has encouraged me to keep them. So back to the build. When I got this fro the prior owner it had no electronics, the interior was not finished and half the shocks shown in the build are missing. I have picked up the electronics except for a steering servo. The plan right now is to finish up the interior, add shocks, and finish the electronics. Looking for some RC4WD shocks etc.
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