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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Axial SCX10 II Build – Part 6

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Axial SCX10 II Build – Part 6

It is officially time for part 6 of our Axial SCX10 II Kit build. Now that we pretty much have a rolling chassis it is time to install the electronic speed control, aka ESC. We will also plug in the receiver to finish out the electronics install. After that, we will be making an upgrade in the wheel and tire department to give our rig a little different look than the rest of the SCX10 Cherokee crowd. Ready to get started? Our choice for the ESC is an older, but barely used BR-XL ESC from Holmes Hobbies. Holmes Hobbies manufactures high...

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Axial SCX10 II Build – Part 5

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Axial SCX10 II Build – Part 5

Welcome to part 5 of our SCX10 II kit build! It has been a while since we have done a blog entry on the SCX10 II because of the two other builds we have going on. Now that we are back on this project here is where we are at. The axles, transmission and driveshafts were all completed in the first few blog entries. In this installment of our build we will assemble the chassis, and start working on bolting up the transmission and axles. If you missed the first few posts about this build you can see them here. Ready to get started?   Go to...

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Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 2

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Tech | 1 comment

Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 2

Welcome to part two of our Tamiya Grand Hauler kit build. In part one we covered installing the shifting and steering servos, assembled the main chassis and started bolting on some of the suspension brackets. In this blog entry we will cover building the steer and shift tie rods, as well as assemble the shocks and axles. Everyone ready to move forward? Let’s do it! Turn to page 6 in the instruction manual and located step 7. Here you see all the parts required to complete this step.   Start with assembling the tie rods adhering to...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 2

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 2

The RPP Hobby Vaterra RC K-5 Blazer build is moving along nicely. Part two of this build will cover assembling and installing the driveshafts onto the transmission we built in Part 1. Then, we will dig in and start assembling the axles. Ready to get building? Find step A-9 on page 19. Slide the plastic driveshaft over the pivot joint, note there are mating flats on each part so they can only go together one way. Use the supplied M2.5 cap head screw to attach the two mating pieces. Then insert the sleeve into the slotted and of the pivot...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 1

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Tech | 1 comment

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of our Vaterra K5 Blazer Ascender kit build. The plan is to assemble the kit in relatively stock form at first. As we move forward we will be adding numerous option parts and upgrades to this Blazer build to enhance the overall performance. This is a scale truck at the end of the day, but we want to build it up to be an extremely capable trail rig that can go play with the best of them anytime, anywhere. Now that you know where we are headed with this K5 kit, let’s tear into this build and get started! The first thing...

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Build Preview – RPP Hobby’s Vaterra Ascender

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Tech, What's New | 0 comments

Build Preview – RPP Hobby’s Vaterra Ascender

We are guessing by the title of this blog entry you have pretty much figured out where we are going with it? You guessed right! A little sneak peek at another build we plan to start very soon. This Vaterra Ascender kit will be an on-going build that will see many various stages. We plan to take this scale 4×4 Blazer from relatively stock to being fully optioned out with numerous upgrades along the way. This build will hopefully appeal to R/C newcomers, as well as seasoned scale vets. We also have seen that Vanquish Products’ axle...

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Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 1

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Tech | 14 comments

Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 1

Welcome to something new for us at RPP Hobby. The staff at RPP are known to be scale enthusiasts in the off-road world, but pavement is something relatively unexplored for us. Let alone our latest build endeavor, the Tamiya Grand Hauler kit. We have always admired the R/C big rigs, and the attention to detail put into them by the builders. Since we are scale junkies and wanted to build something completely different the Grand Hauler kit was the winner! We also decided to document the entire build here on the RPP Blog to let people see an...

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