BlockFoot Ranger

BlockFoot Ranger

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Submitted By
Andy Zuhlke
Oregon, WI, United States of America
Build Information
Readers Ride Title BlockFoot Ranger
Vehicle Class Scale, Short Course Truck, Buggy
Chassis Brand Tamiya
Chassis Model Blackfoot
Body Brand Tamiya
Body Model Blackfoot
Power System Electric
Electric Motor Brand and Model Tamiya 540 "Silver Can"
Speed Control Brand and Model HobbyWing 1060
Battery Brand and Model 5000mah Nimh
Wheels and Tires Brand and Model Tamiya Subaru Brat style
Shocks Brand and Model Front: Tamiya Frog
Rear: Tamiya Blackfoot
Paint Brand and Model Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow
Tamiya TS-6 Matt Black
Graphics Brand and Model Blockhead Motors
Radio System Brand and Model Futaba T3PRKA
Further Description/Back Story Here is my tribute to the Ford Ranger which I first saw in a Tamiya RC Guide Book in 1984. While that original Ranger was based on the SRB chassis, my truck is based on the ORV chassis which is the foundation of legends such as the Tamiya Brat, Frog, Blackfoot and others. I began with a new Blackfoot kit and substituted the giant monster truck wheels for the more scale appearing Tamiya Brat wheels. Gearing was then adjusted accordingly. I swapped the red Blackfoot frame for a gray Frog frame which was easier to cover in Duplicolor aluminum colored paint. The front suspension is courtesy of my Frog's spare parts box and features concealed springs with no shocks. (An upgrade might be in order there.) Rear suspension utilizes oil filled shocks and retains that horizontal design which still looks cool to this day. I tried my hand at a little body work, smoothing out the factory sunroof before applying primer and the yellow Tamiya paint. The vintage look is complete thanks to the decals from Blockhead motors in Japan via rcMart.

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