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Old 04-23-2020, 04:28 PM   #1
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Hey all, I am almost done with my first RC build finally at 55 years old...and thought I would post up some pics of the process. My son is 13 and we bought him a pre-built Sport Tan and then a few days later I thought it would be fun for us to also build one together. Any little project to keep him off the Xbox is worth every penny..

Our build selection:
HH Crawlmaster 540 13T
HobbyWing 1080
Servo 1210
Corsa Grey PS-32
Pearl white PS-57
Rack flood lights
Head tail lights
TRQ and TQ transmitter/receiver

Lessons learned so far..
-Tools matter, my hands are sore from those provided tools but thankful they were included!
-Don't forget to mask the windows before painting
-Don't use Acetone on Lexan



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Old 04-23-2020, 04:40 PM   #2
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The build..


snow days in Denver in Mid April..ugh..




Parts delivery!


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Old 04-23-2020, 04:51 PM   #3
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Can you see the mistake?


Fixed it!


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Old 04-23-2020, 04:57 PM   #4
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Making a Colorado bridge and a rock feature!







Added more features log course and balance rails

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Old 04-23-2020, 05:03 PM   #5
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Back to build painting!




Ben installed light bar on his TRX-4 Sport...WOW!












Thats it so far!

Lights, ESC install and then I can wheel it!
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Old 04-23-2020, 07:29 PM   #6
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Very cool! Great idea to keep him busy. Iím starting the same w my 14 and 3 year old.
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Old 04-23-2020, 08:30 PM   #7
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Nice rigs! Those "stainless stealth" driveshafts would've given your boy a BIT of an edge. You guys will probably want that ESC/motor combo for his after you drive yours a little. I run the 1080 and a TorqueMaster 21-turn, and LOVE it! It looks like your both in for lots of fun. Keep us posted.



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Old 04-25-2020, 11:03 AM   #8
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I ordered this yesterday on ebay, my solder skills are pretty lacking..

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Old 04-28-2020, 10:22 PM   #9
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I gotta stop watching RC Crawler you tube videos..

I ordered this tonight for my build.

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I gotta stop watching RC Crawler you tube videos..

I ordered this tonight for my build.


I would love to see a comparison between this and stock.


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Old 04-30-2020, 11:05 AM   #11
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I would love to see a comparison between this and stock.


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I follow Francis' RC Reviews on Facebook. He has explained it a few times but also does in this latest video. I need an advantage over my son's TRX-4 Sport. I am not going to tell him at first...

https://youtu.be/dUYg7onjsFE

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Old 05-01-2020, 09:38 AM   #12
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The build is almost complete! I still have some soldering to do on the motor wires, adding LED lighting with the JST wiring connectors to the ESC. I added the ST RC brass outer Portal Axel covers and also decided to take off the front bumper and D-rings.

I finally got to wheel it a bit in the backyard. Drives totally different than my Son's Stock TRX4-Sport.











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. I need an advantage over my son's TRX-4 Sport. I am not going to tell him at first...
When I was a kid, my dad bought me an rc10 gt, Futaba magnum jr. Radio, with a .12 motor and not a single ball bearing on the kit. I put together a list of upgrades I wanted to do to the truck and a month later he bought the full ball bearing race version with bigger motor and a fancy MIP rear exhaust. He basically bought my dream truck and never let me play with it.


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Very cool couple of trucks and great idea. Glad you two are enjoying it.

There’s some good stuff out in Colorado with the two crawl space stores, and there’s a friendly bunch of Colorado locals on a FB group called Ridgerunners R/C, in case you two feel like meeting up with a group eventually.
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Very cool couple of trucks and great idea. Glad you two are enjoying it.

Thereís some good stuff out in Colorado with the two crawl space stores, and thereís a friendly bunch of Colorado locals on a FB group called Ridgerunners R/C, in case you two feel like meeting up with a group eventually.
Thanks for the info! I bought my Sport Kit from the Crawl Space and several parts runs up there. Nice folks.
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First off, awesome that your boy and you are into the hobby. Hope he loves it. Your definently right, it's a great way to get him off of the video games, least for awhile. And having a crawlwr coarse in the back yard is a plus for sure. The servo you picked out for steering is a good one for sure. Got the same one on 2 trucks and its been very good to us.

I have to ask chrissandstorm what bike is in the background in the garage? You know you cant ride a bike with a flat tire by the way lol.
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First off, awesome that your boy and you are into the hobby. Hope he loves it. Your definently right, it's a great way to get him off of the video games, least for awhile. And having a crawlwr coarse in the back yard is a plus for sure. The servo you picked out for steering is a good one for sure. Got the same one on 2 trucks and its been very good to us.

I have to ask chrissandstorm what bike is in the background in the garage? You know you cant ride a bike with a flat tire by the way lol.
LOL... I know, I let my wife ride it one day and she gets several goat heads.. I ride it for a year and no goat heads... It's a SantaCruz 5010. I love it, I had the original blur forever... Don't laugh but I fixed it over the weekend and put the new tire on backwards with Stans and all...Ugh, had to flip it. Those tires are a pita to install.

Ok Back to RC, So Ben and I got to finally drive our two TRX-4s together last night and of course he had to build a jump.. Honestly, we had no idea it would be that fun to have two going at once but we really enjoyed it. I will post up some pics soon.
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LOL... I know, I let my wife ride it one day and she gets several goat heads.. I ride it for a year and no goat heads... It's a SantaCruz 5010. I love it, I had the original blur forever... Don't laugh but I fixed it over the weekend and put the new tire on backwards with Stans and all...Ugh, had to flip it. Those tires are a pita to install.

Ok Back to RC, So Ben and I got to finally drive our two TRX-4s together last night and of course he had to build a jump.. Honestly, we had no idea it would be that fun to have two going at once but we really enjoyed it. I will post up some pics soon.
See how the wife is, gives you the flat tire and says you can have your bike back. The blur was a great bike. I didnt have one but rode with a guy that had one. Been there done that, mounted a directional tire backwards and had to fix it. But sometimes having a tire the wrong way sometimes bits the terrain better. Of coarse depending on the terrain your riding.

You know what's better than having 2 trucks? Having more of course. My boy wants another scale truck but he will have to wait till his bday. Riding and playing with the trucks ate the best stuff lol.
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That's a great looking Sport!
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That's a great looking Sport!
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