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Old 04-14-2019, 05:05 AM   #1
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Default HG P407, my clone made in France

So here, I too ended up cracking for a clone of the famous Bruiser Re-re TAMIYA, the one that made us all dream when we were kid, see later, but overpriced for our poor purses of yesteryear
I had mine for 169 € in kit version, while the famous Bruiser is not less than 600 €.
So I received a big box filled with small boxes:

It's a kit version, but still really pre-mounted: weird:
Like the Tam ', the first thing that is obvious, is the difference in lane between the front and rear, 18 mm!

It's really not nice once the car is up!
So the challenge is to bring the front and rear tracks to the same coast, and the easiest way is to change the rear axle ...
Given the price and availability of parts HG, I bought for ten euros a rear axle body, so if I zoom in, I have a spare bridge
I cut the bridge of 9mm on each side, suddenly the end falls flush with the assembly screws of it:

Then it is necessary to reduce in length the axles of wheel, and for that it is necessary a turn and a milling machine.
For my part I have a 300 euros Proxxon lathe and milling machine, and it does.
First, turn the end of the shaft 9mm further, and thread it to M3 (threaded by hand for my part).
Then you have to rebuild the two flats on 6mm long:

It is also necessary to reduce the aluminum part W031 by 9mm.
Then we put everything back:

To improve the guidance of the AL012 wheel support, I put in the big bearing 16x8 two small 8x5 bearings:

We measure, and we find 9mm less on each side

And here is once the wheels mounted!

On the other hand suddenly the rear tires pass near the side members of the chassis, suddenly it will have to move the rear shocks
So I took care of rear shocks, which must be moved following the narrowing of the rear track.
I drilled the crossbar of the chassis to fix the shock absorbers at the top, and made two legs bolted axle side with the nuts of the u-bolts to fix the dampers at the bottom.
I used the original shock absorbers equipped with ball joints:

For the front, in order to move the steering servo, I pulled back the dampers behind the axle:


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Old 04-14-2019, 10:30 AM   #2
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:20 PM   #3
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Just joined today. Gotta admit I've played with RC my whole life (planes last 15 years) and remember the Bruiser in the display case at my LHS as a kid. Of course dad never bought me one, they were pricey, but I would drool over it. Every year or so I would search eBay and other stuff for kits but were so expensive. When the re-release came out almost jumped because before that they were $1500+ (NIB was hard to come by). But still $800 is a lot of coin. Imagine my surprise when this last time I checked I found this kit.

So a few questions. Does this come with bearings? I know the transmission does, but what about the axles? There's a 42-bearing kit on ebay so I'd buy that if it came with bushings or something.

Also, I'm guessing it's standard sizes for servos? I'm going to use my DX9 transmitter instead of buying a pistol grip since I have it. Plus that way I can put shifting on a 3-way switch. I plan to use a 8-channel receiver, getting the HG light kit, a winch and whatever else I can think of.
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Old 06-28-2019, 01:33 PM   #4
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Nice job, any updates?
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