Readers Rides

Charles Reed’s Custom Monster Build

We dipped all the way back to the October 2011 issue for this Reader’s Ride from Charles Reed of Angleton, TX. A toy RC truck donated its body to the custom build, which features Tamiya Clodbuster axles, Crawford Performance Engineering links, a Traxxas EVX2 speed control and a pair of Titan 550 motors. How much [...]

Oct 07, 2014 Comments
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Curt Poucket’s Miz-Bee-Havin

Curt’s Reader’s Ride build began with a Crawford Barbarian chassis that he had power coated black with yellow cross braces and links. He custom-built swaybars and finished them with the same yellow powder coating to match the links and braces. The axles are borrowed from an Axial Wraith and equipped with a STRC steering link. [...]

Oct 01, 2014 Comments
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Billy Kara’s Tamiya Hornet Boat Thing

Billy Kara’s Reader’s Ride is an aquatic take on the classic Tamiya Hornet and comes to us by way of Melbourne, Australia. Steering vanes made of sheet plastic replace the front wheels to steer the craft, while zip-ties slap the water to propel it. Despite the 3300KV motor he installed, Billy tells us his highly unusual [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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Artie Fie’s Awesome Kong 2 Tamiya Clod Buster

Artie Fie is a fan of old school monster trucks and the Tamiya Clod Buster so he took his two passions and combined them to build a replica of the Awesome Kong 2 monster truck. It uses a stock Clod Buster chassis but the stock steering has been replaced with a Crawford Performance Enginneering 4WS [...]

Sep 16, 2014 Comments
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James Knight’s Desert Patrol Vehicle

This awesome Desert Patrol Vehicle is based on Tamiya’s Fast Attack Vehicle and it’s the custom creation of James Knight. James used a combination of custom 3D printed parts that he designed and some off the shelf scale parts to make it happen. All of James’ custom 3D printed parts are available through Shapeways Knight [...]

Sep 09, 2014 Comments
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Dave Stellfox’s GMC Sierra-styled Tamiya Clod Buster

Sunbury PA’s Dave Stellfox doesn’t let cold weather get him down–he gets building! Over the past winter, Dave created this custom 1980 GMC Sierra Grande based on a custom Tamiya Clod Buster with an ESP Clodzilla 4 chassis and suspension kit installed. Grip comes from RC4WD B&H tires and the steering has been enhanced with [...]

Sep 04, 2014 Comments
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Matthew Lane’s Axial SCX10 Farm Truck

This well-weathered workhorse of a Reader’s Ride comes to us from Matthew Lane. Like many scale builds, there’s a modified Axial SCX10 chassis beneath the bodywork. The frame rails have been chromed to make them stand out, and an aluminum 4-link suspension helps the hammered hauler get around in the woods. The body is the [...]

Jul 15, 2014 Comments
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Toy-Towing Ford 4X4: Anthony Santoianni’s Tamiya F-350 High-Lift

Here’s a scene we can definitely get into. Road trip to the trail in the F-350, do a little trail riding, a little RC crawling (see the tiny truck between the “big” truck’s wheels?), build a campfire… This Reader’s Ride comes from Anthony Santoianni of Montreal, Canada, and his Tamiya Ford F-350 High Lift is definitely looking [...]

Jul 01, 2014 Comments
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