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 Customs and James tells us that parts like the front bumper, side racks, rear gunners cage, and the roof mounted weapons were all designed to look like the ones used on a full-size Desert Patrol Vehicle. You can’t have an open cockpit vehicle without having a driver and James did a great job of taking care of that. His driver was created by modifying a McFarlane 7” action figure to accept the legs of the original FAV driver and Tamiya acrylic paints were used to match them up. Other details of this awesome buggy include RC4WD shocks, grenade launcher, a seat from Axial Racing, scale engine and a Tamiya light kit. That’s one awesome buggy James!
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We first featured James’ work in our April issue with his Tamiya SRB-based Beach Buggy–click the pics to enlarge!