Painting Lexan Bodies – Vaterra 1972 Chevrolet K10 Pickup

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Painting Lexan Bodies – Vaterra 1972 Chevrolet K10 Pickup

If you missed it the first time we recently completed a step by step build for the Vaterra Ascender K5 kit. Even though we love the awesome scale look of the stock K5 Blazer kit body we wanted something a little more on the aggressive trail rig side of the scale body world. Enter Vaterra RC’s 1972 Chevy K10 truck body and cage which fits our needs perfectly. This body is a little narrower than the K5 body which will provide better clearance on tight, technical trail runs. So, we decided to do a quick tutorial on painting Lexan bodies....

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Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 4

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 4

We are back working on our Tamiya Grand Hauler kit build again. After recently wrapping up our Axial SCX10 II kit build series and our Vaterra Ascender K-5 Blazer build series, we were excited to get back to this semi-truck kit. At this stage of the build, with the chassis assembly 90% complete, we are ready to start adding some of the external scale features. In this installment of the build we will assemble the tires and wheels, bolt on the rear fenders, and get into some of the spot-on scale features. Ready to dig in?   Turn to page...

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Castle Creations CC BEC 2.0 Install

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Castle Creations CC BEC 2.0 Install

Does your ESC stall out in hard binds with your high torque steering servo? Wish you had a little more power in your steering set-up overall? Castle Creations has just the part you need to solve your steering woes. One of the most common problem when running a high torque steering servo is the draw on the internal BEC of the ESC in hard binds, especially when running a 3S Lipo. If your internal BEC can not supply the power needed to your servo when steering in technical situations the ESC will most likely go into “limp mode”. When...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 7

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Tech | 1 comment

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 7

Welcome to the final blog entry for our Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer kit build. In this installment of the build, we will cover painting and detailing the 1986 Blazer body. Vaterra did a great job with the details and overall looks of this body. They even include a plastic chrome plated grille that mounts to the Lexan body for added scale realism. We went back and forth on what color to spray our K5 kit body and in the end we decided to try something a little different from the normal 80’s paint jobs, and we are really happy with how it...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 6

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 6

Welcome to Part 6 of our Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer kit build. In the previous installments of this kit build we covered assembling the transmission, axles, and chassis. Now, it is time to install the axles and suspension under the chassis, which is exactly what we will be covering in Part 6. Ready to get your wrench on?   Everything required to install the shocks and links on the front axle.   We started by installing the single upper link and the track/panhard bar.   Next we installed the lower suspension links and the...

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Axial SCX10 II Build – Part 7

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Axial SCX10 II Build – Part 7

Welcome to the final installment of our Axial SCX10 II kit build. Now that we have a functioning scale R/C vehicle, all we need is some paint to bring that classic Jeep Cherokee body to life. In this article we will cover trimming, painting, and detailing the Lexan body. We planned to keep the paint fairly simple since we want it to look like a Jeep you would see going down the road or trail. Ready to get your Picasso on?   First thing we did was cut the body out along the factory lines and apply the factory window mask. Then, we sorted...

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Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 3

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 3

It’s time for part 3 of our Tamiya Grand Hauler kit build. For the first two installments of this build, we covered chassis and axle assembly. In this portion of the build, we will cover installing the rear axles and dig into the amazing three speed transmission that comes with this kit. It doesn’t get much cooler than being able to shift gears on the fly with an R/C car! Let’s dive in! Find page 10 in the build manual and locate step 18. Here you can see everything required to install the rear axles.   As we started...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 5

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 5

We have been making steady progress with our Vaterra Ascender K-5 Blazer kit build over the past couple weeks. The transmission and axles are now complete. The chassis is built and the electronics have been installed. Now, we are ready to build the shocks, install the battery tray and assemble the suspension links. We are also going to add our first Vaterra RC option part during this installment of our Blazer build. Who is ready to spring into action? First thing we are going to tackle is the shock assembly. Here you can see everything...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 4

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 4

Welcome to part 4 of our Vaterra Ascender kit build. Now that the transmission, axles and chassis are assembled, it is time to install the electronics in our K-5 Blazer. We gave everyone a preview of the electronics we hand picked for the scale build in part 1 of this build. Now it is time to pull everything out of the package and breathe some life into this build. Everyone ready to get wired up? The servo we picked to handle the trails with our Ascender build is the Spektrum S6250 servo. This servo has more than enough torque to handle the...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 3

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Tech | 2 comments

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 3

It is time for part 3 of the RPP Hobby Ascender K-5 Blazer kit build. For the first two blog entries on this particular build we covered assembling the transmission and axles. For part 3 we will document the complete chassis assembly and point out a few things to watch out for during the chassis assembly process. Who is ready to get their tools dirty?   Step one, locate Bag D in your K-5 Blazer box.   A photo of the adjustable wheelbase frame rail set. One of the unique features of the Ascender line of trucks is the ability to...

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