Final Build Photos
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|Havre De Grace, md, United States of America
|Readers Ride Title
|Other Chassis Brand and Model
|Custom Body Brand and Model
|Customized Team Raffee Defender 110 Wagon
|Electric Motor Brand and Model
|Castle 1900kv Slate
|Speed Control Brand and Model
|Castle Mamba X
|Battery Brand and Model
|Pitbull RC 2200mah 3S
|Wheels and Tires Brand and Model
|Boom racing wheels and Pitbull temco 1.9 x 3.65
|Shocks Brand and Model
|Axles Brand and Model
|Scale Accessories Brand and Model
|GCM Toyota 22R Scale motor
|Radio System Brand and Model
|Spektrum SR515 receiver and DX5 Rugged Tramsmitter
|Further Description/Back Story
|During USTE 2022, I won a Team Raffee D110 station wagon body set. I already had one I had just built for my Boom Racing BRX02 that was then just newly released. I thought about how to customize it for quite a while by looking at Land Rover internet pages and found inspiration from an old military conversion to a dually pickup style.
I planned all the parts I would need and estimated how much custom work would be required to complete such a task. Creating a single cab, long bed dually Defender D130 was daunting as no such thing existed in the real world or in RC. It took me about 5 months to plan and collect parts. In November of 2022, I set out on implementing the plan. The body was converted to two door single cab first, then fender extensions were created from styrene layering to cover the dual wheel adapters and dual tires from Boom Racing and Pitbull RC. I selected the tires and wheel sizes specifically to be able to tuck into the fender wells for a authentic appearance. Once the rough shapes were made, refinements continued until just after Christmas, I held myself to a tight timeline in order to bring the completed vehicle to USTE in Feb 2023. After countless hours of priming and sanding I was ready for color. The final color was decided in the aisle at a local home improvement store, looking at finishes and brands wasn’t as important as dry time due to the weather being less than ideal for painting outside. I selected the fastest dry time sprays in light green and light grey, these seem to fit the euro Defender color pallets closely. After a final sand with 2000 grit wet, the weather broke and hit 65 degrees and it was painted with multiple coates over 24hrs.
Additional scratch made styrene parts were added, a bed mounted toolbox which also serves as an easy access battery door, a bench seat for the cab and a scale Toyota 22R motor (for giggles and conversation) by GCM racing.
For powering the rig, I used the Castle Creations Mamba X combo with the 1900kv slate motor, my go to Spektrum SR515 and Rugged radio combo. Reefs Raw 500 Operation 11 Charlie edition servo for steering and micro 99’s for two speed shifting and winching duties.
The addition of scale items will always continue but in the near future, mud flaps, engine bay details and interior touches will happen.
The trucks maiden voyage revealed it as an absolute joy to drive. The flex and look is very realistic and predictable with this well planned combination of parts. I look forward to running and presenting it at the Ultimate Scale Truck Expo in Florida in February this year. See you then!
Build Process Photos