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Custom COE Rat Rod

Custom COE  Rat Rod

A few years back Wes reached out to his friend who runs the RC Everyday YouTube channel to see if he wanted to do a collaboration with his channel Wesmade Builds. They kicked around a few ideas and settled on a chopped Peterbilt Hot Rod. As you can imagine, they looked at a lot of pictures trying to narrow down their selection but Wes kept being drawn to Cab Over Engine (COE) trucks. There were several which caught his eye, but the one that really stood out was the Fermented Fruit build from the TV show “Welder Up.” He decided he wanted to build a tribute to it and started collecting parts. One of the first was a diecast diesel engine he found on eBay which came mounted on a plaque—given out by the manufacturer to clients. The Welder Up truck is a GMC, but he really liked the look of the Ford so Wes set about vacuum-forming one out of styrene panels using wooden molds, which he then glued together. On Fermented Fruit, crates were used to clad a metal structure which surrounds the diesel engine. This also covers up the intercooler for the turbo. Wes used some thin plywood and a dollhouse floor to build his over a styrene structure. This box section helps cover up the EC4WD single speed transmission and driveline. Wes started with an arm full of rattle cans and started laying down multiple layers of paint. He figured a truck like this would have been painted several times over the years, so having different colors just added to the realism and wet-sanded back until he achieved the look that he had in his head. The end result is a low-slung diesel pusher rat rod that pays homage to the Welder Up build but also has his own touches.

Based ON A Complete Custom Build

BUILD HIGHLIGHTS

– Chassis: Custom, using square tubing and pieces from a Vaterra Ascender
– Body: Custom vacuum-formed Ford COE
– Motor: Rockstar 10.5T brushless
– Speed Control: Castle Creations Mamba Max Pro ESC
– Battery: Nano Tech 850mAh battery
– Transmission: RC4WD Single Speed
– Wheels & Tires: Xspede Tractor Wheels with RC4WD Roady (front) and Hauler (rear) Super Wide 1.7 tires
– Shocks: LC Racing 1:14 Tractor Trailer Shocks
– Axle: Xtra Speed 1:14 Tractor front axle and RC4WD K44 rear axle
– Scale motor: Diecast Weichai Diesel Engine
– Radio: Futaba 4PL
Other Features:
• Real wood cladded engine/running gear cover

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Wes Brazwell « Macungie, PA

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Brandon Barnes – Q&A with the Creator Behind Fresh Squeezed RC

Brandon Barnes – Q&A with the Creator Behind Fresh Squeezed RC

If you haven’t been following Fresh Squeezed RC on YouTube and the ‘Gram, you probably should be. Brandon Barnes, the creative mind behind the accounts has been documenting his jaw dropping ground up RC builds and other fun radio control adventures on the social media platforms. We recently sat down with the Houston, Texas based oil field mechanic to find out more about what makes him tick and his thoughts about various RC subjects.

How and when did you come to start in RC?
I started playing with RC cars when I was young (3 or 4) however for many years they took a back seat to motocross, quads, cars and sportbikes. It was about 4 years ago when I picked up the transmitter again, and I’ve been glued to it ever since. It’s really been a lifesaver in a lot of ways. After my daughter was born I needed to slow down, no more race bikes and wheelies. Once I ran a nicely put together rig, I was hooked. RC gives you some sort of those same feelings that the full-size stuff does, at least for me.

How and when did you come to start in RC?
I started playing with RC cars when I was young (3 or 4) however for many years they took a back seat to motocross, quads, cars and sportbikes. It was about 4 years ago when I picked up the transmitter again, and I’ve been glued to it ever since. It’s really been a lifesaver in a lot of ways. After my daughter was born I needed to slow down, no more race bikes and wheelies. Once I ran a nicely put together rig, I was hooked. RC gives you some sort of those same feelings that the full-size stuff does, at least for me.

What kind of RC do you specialize in?
My specialty would have to be replicas. Imagine that! Most of them are touring car or drift car based. I just really dig the challenge of building a believable replica. It’s even cooler when you get to build one for a customer and hear or see their reaction.

What’s your favorite RC kit?
My very favorite RC vehicle would have to be the Kyosho Fazer MK2. It’s such a versatile platform, that’s why I base so many replicas off of it. They are very durable and perform excellent right out of the box!

What was your first RC kit?
My first one that I can remember was a Tamiya Grasshopper! I wonder what ever happened to that thing.

What are two must have upgrades you would recommend for any RC?
I would say the best upgrades that almost any rig needs is a goods strong servo (I prefer Reefs) and a good set of tires can really go a long way, for those, Proline Racing is always my choice!

What future projects can you tell us about?
There are many future projects in the pipeline. I’ve got a really killer BGR fabrications truggy build coming up using all Element Enduro running gear. I have a couple of really awesome replica builds in the works, one is a custom BMW M4 and the other… is a truck, a very cool truck and that’s all I can say. I also have a prototype for some FSRC traditional style scale hotrod builds. Early 30s bodies, custom steel frames, the whole nine.

Is there anything else you want to let our readers know?
I just want to say thanks to the RC community as a whole for all the support! It has been a really epic ride so far and I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who is involved. I’ve got some really awesome stuff coming for 2021 so stay tuned and STAY RAD!

Catch up with Brandon Barnes by searching for Fresh Squeezed RC on YouTube and following him on Instagram at @FreshSqueezedRC.

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Axial Capra 4-Wheel-Steering Mod – Horizon Insider Tech Talk [VIDEO]

Axial Capra 4-Wheel-Steering Mod – Horizon Insider Tech Talk [VIDEO]

From Horizon Hobby:
Looking to make arguably one of the most important, useful, and fun upgrades to your 1/10th scale Axial Capra? Look no further than the four-wheel steering mod (or 4WS). In this edition of Horizon Insider, Kyle demonstrates the unbelievable capabilities that open up when you add four-wheel, crab, and rear-wheel steer functionality to either the RTR or kit Capra UTB. This is aided by a user-friendly programming interface found on his Spektrum DX5 Pro radio.

Accompanying this video is a how-to blog article Kyle composed. This covers the step-by-step process on completing both the physical modification on the Capra itself in addition to programming the radio. It also lists out any/all required parts and outlines the procedure with clear/concise photography.
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Avid TLR 22X-4 Carbon Shock Towers

Avid TLR 22X-4 Carbon Shock Towers

From Avid:
We are proud to announce to the release of our Carbon Shock Towers for the TLR 22X-4, available individually or together as a set.

The TLR 22X-4 Carbon Fiber Rear Shock Tower is made from 100% carbon fiber, added upper camber link, lightly chamfered edges to maintain that TLR factory look and to help prevent splitting, and Avid logo machined into the upper support arm.

Features:

  • 100% Carbon Fiber, 4mm thick.
  • Lightly chamfered edges to help prevent splitting.
  • Added an extra upper camber link hole.
  • Shock mount holes maintain kit locations.

#AV10064-F – TLR 22X-4 Carbon Shock Tower | Front – $20.00
#AV10064-R – TLR 22X-4 Carbon Shock Tower | Rear – $20.00
#AV10064-SET – TLR 22X-4 Carbon Shock Tower | Set – $35.00
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Carisma SCA-1E PROSHOCKS 2 (90mm)

Carisma SCA-1E PROSHOCKS 2 (90mm)

From Carisma:
Taking Compression & Rebound Up Another Level

Carisma Scale Adventure are proud to announce the release of our new Alloy Bodied, SCA-1E PROSHOCKS-2. You asked for a shorter shock, and we delivered. At 90mm in length they are ideal for both the SCA-1E Carisma rigs, and many other 1/10th rigs on the market today.

AND NOTE: They can also be internally limited for applications where even shorted shocks are required.

The ideal cost effective performance upgrade, they utilize Carisma’s substantial heritage in the racing field, and are designed to offer a robust, comp ready design, ultra-smooth shock action, longer run times between re-builds, and an ease of fine-tuning. The threaded alloy bodies, Double O-Ring seals and Volume Compensating Diaphragms work in harmony to produce a shock that’s capable of handling any terrain you can throw at it, and also resists oil leaks to maintain optimum performance, run after run.

Fine-tuning of compression and rebound can be achieved 3 ways: – Oil Viscosity, Spring Rate and adjusting the threaded Preload Collars. Get your rig handling the way you want it to, Tune the shock action to the overall weight of your rig and whether you just run Trails, Rock Crawl or intend to compete in full on Endurance event or Scale Comp these shocks are the perfect upgrade from stock RTR or entry level Kit shocks.

Order now and be one of the first globally to receive these items.

“Well setup shocks can transform an already capable rig, into one that will generate grip by maintaining better Tyre contact with the terrain. This in turn will astound you by conquering lines you once thought impossible…”

#16270 – $41.99
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Carisma Coyote 2.1 1/10th 4WD RTR

Carisma Coyote 2.1 1/10th 4WD RTR

From Carisma:
The New Alpha Dog

Carisma Scale Adventure are proud to announce the release of the new SCA-1E Coyote 2.1. Our most successful rig ever, has evolved to becomes our best performing rig out of the box too! We’ve kept the look that inspired thousands of owners globally, we’ve kept the same affordable price point, making it one of the best value rigs on the market, and we took the Spec and Performance to a whole new level. The rig that started our own Scale Adventure as a company, we now take to the next stage of it’s own evolution.

Upgrades & Enhancements

Now utilizing the Gen 2 layout as standard, with CMS Mount offering a forward weight bias to aid crawling, with the battery pack and Steering Servo up front and ready for action!

We also addressed the issue of Torque Twist, something inherent in all shaft driven rigs. CSA have developed a new ATT (Anti Torque Twist Transmission) that counteracts and reduces the effects of Torque Twist, by ensuring the front and rear centre driveline spin in opposite directions and flipping the rear diff. This creates a counter rotational force in the central driveline that significantly reduces torque twist and enhances the available traction where you need it most…at the wheels. The rig runs flatter even at full throttle, and the geometry is more stable and predictable when Rock Crawling

Increased Control & Torque

Alongside our LiPo friendly ARC-1 Electronic Speed Controller, we have also lowered the gear ratio to 5.92:1 giving a smoother low RPM range and greater control. To compliment this we have introduced a new Sealed Can 17T 5 Pole Motor, with the additional magnetic force over a 3-pole motor offering enhanced Torque and Throttle Finesse when Crawling. But it’s not all about Crawling, the 17T motor still has the ability to still produce wheel speed when required for trail running and being a sealed can, the motor will be more weather resistant and require minimal maintenance between runs.

True 1.9 symmetrical beadlock wheels will allow you to add additional weight to the wheels if you want to adjust the weight boas further, and our own soft compound ATAT (All Terrain Adventure Tyres) offer great all round performance on the trail or when crawling.

Enhanced Body & Finish

The Coyote body has become one of the most iconic in the scale scene and we didn’t want to change things too much. We’ve screen printed the shell in a new Matt dark Gray finish and included a new 2020 Karmadaz logo and an additional decal sheet allowing you to fully customize the look of the body to suit your own taste. Keep it minimal and clean looking or make it look Competition Ready., you decide the final look. The chrome is gone and instead we have used black Injection Moulded Scale Details like Grille, Bumpers, Wing Mirrors and Wipers. As with the original, the body is LED Ready and accepts our own or third part LED Kits.

Tried & Trusted Electrics

Our very own CTX-8000 2.4GHz radio system is supplied with the RTR rig. Featuring Steering Rate adjustment, Steering and Throttle Trims, Channel Reversing, End Point Adjustment and F.H.S.S (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) Technology for glitch free use, eliminating cross channel interference and offering precise and responsive control at all times. We also include a 1400mah NiMH battery and safe 5V USB Charger to get you started on your adventure, although the ARC-1 ESC is also LiPO friendly offering you a clear future upgrade path.

Features:

  • CMS Mount For Improved Weight Bias
  • ATT (Anti Torque Twist) Transmission
  • New Lower 14,83 (5.92:1) Gear Ratio
  • Highly Detailed 50’s Inspired Body
  • Optional Winch Ready Front Bumper
  • Optional Rear Bumper With Tow Hook
  • Soft Compound ATAT All Terrain Tyres
  • Front CVD’s & Robust Steel Driveline
  • 1.9 Beadlock Wheels & Foam Inserts
  • 9kg High Torque Metal Geared Servo
  • LiPo Safe ARC-1 ESC w Crawler Mode
  • New 5 Pole Brushed Crawler Motor

Dimensions

Wheelbase: 285mm
Length: 400mm
Width: 230mm
Clearance: 75mm

#78868 – $319.99
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Tamiya Masks

Tamiya Masks

From Tamiya:
One point of Tamiya mark casually appeals to model fans.

Masks have become an indispensable item in our daily lives. Because it is a mask that everyone wears, we want to add a commitment. Therefore, a mask with the Tamiya mark that casually appeals to model fans is now available. There are two sizes, M and L, and three colors, black, gray, and white. I printed a gray Tamiya mark with a slightly different color tone to match the base color. It has a three-dimensional shape and elasticity, so it fits well and does not hurt your ears. You can wash it about 20 times and use it repeatedly. Furthermore, antibacterial and deodorant effects can be expected by applying naturally derived antibacterial processing (Cerabida Fresh). Of course, basic functions such as UV protection and less irritation to the skin are perfect. It is a mask that can be used with confidence and has been certified by inspection agencies in the United States and Europe.

Material: 92% polyester, 8% polyurethane ? Number of sheets: 1 piece

  • The mask does not completely prevent infection (invasion).
  • The color of the posted image may differ slightly from the actual product.

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Hobbywing XeRun 4268 & 4274 G3 Brushless Motors

Hobbywing XeRun 4268 & 4274 G3 Brushless Motors

From HOBBYWING:
Check out our latest XERUN 1/8 competition motor – 4268 SD G3 OnRoad Motors.

1900KV /2200KV (2-6S) 1/8 Off-Road
2000KV (2-6S) / 2800KV (2-4S) 1/8 OnRoad

Pure sensor mode: Built-in chip for being easily identified by ESC when pairing with Hobbywing.

XeRun XR8 series of ESC, the motor can work in the “Sensored” mode at all times, providing better manipulating performance and delicate feel.

Turbo Timing technology: When this motor pairing with Hobbywing XERUN XR8 series of ESC can start Turbo Timing technology which succeeded in 1/10th On-Road contest. The motor can release maximum power instantly. The maximum speed can be promoted by 50%. Easily win your rival.

The mechanical turbo timing can be adjusted between 20-40°. It is convenient for the driver to calibrate accurately the output power of the motor and meet power requirements of various applications.

Excellent dustproof performance: The Off-Road motor is IP5X. Its excellent dustproof performance can easily overcome various Off-Road dusty track environments. Note: Only 4268-1900KV/2200KV and 4274-2250KV are IP5X. The efficiency is improved greatly, effectively reducing the temperature rise.

Compared with XERUN 4268/4274 G2, the motor structure is greatly optimized, the efficiency is improved by 6% or so, which reduce the motor temperature rise effectively (Reduce heating).
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