Final Build Photos
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|Commerce Twp., MI, United States of America|
|Readers Ride Title||Big Oly Bronco – 2021 Style!!|
|Chassis Model||Austar / Associated Element IFS|
|Other Chassis Brand and Model||Austar 1/10 scale 313mm wb chassis with Associated Element IFS.|
|Body Model||New Bright 2021 Bronco|
|Other Body Brand and Model||New Bright|
|Electric Motor Brand and Model||Castle 1410 3800Kv w/ Sidewinder SCT ESC.|
|Speed Control Brand and Model||Sidewinder SCT ESC|
|Battery Brand and Model||Various, GENS ACE 3s 2200 Mah|
|Wheels and Tires Brand and Model||Locked up RC Rock Cutter's / Proline Hyrax 1.9's|
|Shocks Brand and Model||Modified Traxxas Slash fronts, Vaterra rear's.|
|Axles Brand and Model||Front is Associated Element IFS, rear is Stock Austar.|
|Paint Brand and Model||Duplicolor Basic white as base coat, pearl Duplicolor top coat. Gold it Testor's Inca Gold.|
|Graphics Brand and Model||Decals are a combination, vintage Tamiya Big Oly set and HPI Saleen S7 decal sheet.|
|Scale Accessories Brand and Model||Rear RC4WD tough Armor Z-S1827 tube bumper. Todd Norton (tanwoodworks) custom clear glass set, with scale Bronco resin dash. Custom fab'd rear tire carrier. Custom roof rack / lighting mount. Custom front bumper from styrene.|
|Light System Brand and Model||Powershift RC Technologies Night Killer Pods doubled up – hood / cowl mount. Also their 3.5" light bar molded into the hand made front bumper. Individual LEDS – rear taillights, headlights and marker lights.|
|Radio System Brand and Model||Flysky GT3|
|Sound System Brand and Model||NA|
|Further Description/Back Story||So, saw the New Bright 2021 RC Bronco's were released, thought pretty cool! So searched for some variations of them and found a Rendering by Saleen. So knowing the new Bronco was of IFS design, I picked up a Associated Element IFS kit, a Austar chassis assembly and from Shapeways, a adaptor plate / mount to adapt the IFS to the Austar chassis. Everything went together like it was a kit!!
Direction for this build is to create a pre-runner style suspension. I used SSD Yeti rear lower control arms which gave me all the travel I'd need, added 110mm rear 1/8 scale shocks and the HR Racing sway bar. Front stock Element IFS was perfect with the aftermarket 110mm 1/8 scale shocks.
Then the body, I raised the flares and remolded them back in to the body. Then added a feature to the hood, the raised vented section, made the rear visor at the rear of the roof. Added the side vents to match the SALEEN version. Made the roof rack from a combination of solid 3/16" rod and sandwiched styrene, formed to fit the molded existing mounting pods on the roof of the body. I had to mimic the rear swing out tire carrier, made from 3/16" steel rod. I made the cage system also from 3/16" steel rod all brazed, this helps support the very thin New Bright body. Added the HR Racing rear sway bar and installed 80 wt. Losi shock oil in all shocks.
Decals were easier than I had thought, I used the Tamiya Blazin Blazer set for the Big Oly decals, then I got very lucky finding an HPI Saleen S7 decal set that had the perfect length SALEEN decals for the upper rear quarter panels.
First test drive was a BLAST! Handled very well, the 3s LIPO is to much though, next time out I will use 2s.
Build Process Photos