Scale RC Forum Forum Members’ Builds Off-Road builds 1983 Camel Trophy – Land Rover Series III

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    Wanted to start on the back/rear/behind and realised I had it all wrong all along so trimmed some off the back panel a bit, and made that… I’m calling it bumper.

    Painted and on the truck. You’ll notice some weirdness on the right where the bumper meets the door. That was caused by a clamp, and I actually like it. I don’t have the heart to spend weeks on a build only to make it look old and beaten up, but this I’m ok with. Aesthetically pleasing serendipidious incidentalism.

    It and the door are held in with magnets so that I can get at the battery.

    #108707
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    It’s about the details now, and repairing some of the paint that peeled off under masking tape. First up, made the fuel filler cap, only the cap’s cap is still missing.

    In the photo above you can also see how the masking tape peeled some of the Camel Yellow and primer off with it. This isn’t the only incident. That’s a first for me. The only thing I’m doing different is not using Tamiya paint so I’m going with the paint is cr*p even though the colour is good.

    Anyways next up the windshield hinges, and the hinges on the vents. Very unexciting but very neccessary.

    The windscreen hinges will be completed (the windscreen part is still missing) once the Camel Yellow is on, because they’re alloominum. The 0.8mm (about 0.031496 inches, 800µm or 0.02 paperclips long) rivets arrived at last and they went into the 0.8mm holes I drilled into the headlight surround a lot easier than expected.

    If anyone needs rivets then this is a really good source from the UK – https://www.zinge.co.uk/search?q=rivet-

    Finally the hood hinges. They look super flimsy given that they hold the weight of the hood as well as a spare but hey, it’s a Land Rover.

    Next up are door hinges, and then the final round of paint.

    #108708
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    nice progress..

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    Sorry for the short reply, not deserved for the awesome work you’re putting in it. It’s very “believable”. LRs are basically boxes,easy to look similar but at the same time hard to pull off because often there’s something off. You’re taking your time and it shows. love the last pic on the previous page,seems sagging on it’s own weight

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    Sorry for the short reply, not deserved for the awesome work you’re putting in it. It’s very “believable”. LRs are basically boxes,easy to look similar but at the same time hard to pull off because often there’s something off. You’re taking your time and it shows. love the last pic on the previous page,seems sagging on it’s own weight

    Thank you  😃 And yes, you’re right. RC Land Rovers aren’t helped much by Joe Average’s desire to make them look lifted with small tyres… Anyway. Also good spot man, the back is indeed sagging under the weight of the body.  It’s sitting on an MST CFX with soft stock springs. I’m really torn between leaving it like it is or making it right. Undecided.

    What I will do is convert the coils to leafs. There’s a kit for that now (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562925).

    Pretty much done with the detail that had to get done before the final round of paint. Mostly that was hinges.

    And those weird things on the back door that are exclusively responsible for me not making opening and closing doors on this one. Good god man what were they thinking when they designed these… things?!?

    Anyways I masked the thing up, again, and then shot some primer at places that hadn’t any or where the Sandglow came off with the masking tape.

    Oh and –

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    I swear by all that is unholy including cold coffee, Beelzebub, peanut butter and Google if I never see another transfer decal it will be too soon.

    In other news the front only needs lights now 😉

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    I think the “sagged” look realistic . That kit looks pratic but a bit to beefy for this small truck

    I did these mounts some time ago for a YJ on CMX axles

    What do you think? steel plates and the u-bolts are bent bicycle spokes, tapped to M2

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    That looks pretty decent!! And I suspect rather strongly that I’m going to steal your idea and do the same! Thank you 😃

    I’ve been working my way through some details on the Series III. Light clusters –

    Cleaned up the paint (drip rails were still white). Added wipers, although I have to redo the black part – they’re straight, without the kink I gave them.

    The front is all done. Lights, brush gaurds, Camel Trophy sign, winch…

    Eventually, after searching for weeks I found a 7mm high letter sticker set that was in a font vaguely like the Land Rover font!

    And the… rear. The door needs a shovel. I ordered and recevied two. One’s too small, the other too large. Of course nobody provides the dimensions of their shovels…! Anyway the other thing missing here is the right indicator. I have no idea what I did with it, but more are on the way from Loops (link in case other Defender builders need stuffs from Loops, who are most excellent vendors, I have met them and can verify they’re prime examples of very nice humans).

    That’s it for now. Getting very close to the end. Still need to:

    – Wire the lights
    – Install ESC, light controller, RX
    – Add shovel to rear door
    Touch up paint on the roof rack
    Make two jerrycan holders for the roof rack
    License plate for the rear (I’m going with period-correct plates from Kinshasa, Zaire)
    – Add in that missing indicator
    Add rear view mirros
    – Fix wipers

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    That looks pretty decent!! And I suspect rather strongly that I’m going to steal your idea and do the same! Thank you 😃

    Go for it! you can get M2 threaded rod on ebay in steel or stainless steel. Just don’t buy in brass. It’s an elegant solution and it will outlast the axles 🙂

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    The missing electronics all trickeled in this week so I guess it’s time to finish this.

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    Lights are done. Apart from the ones that aren’t. The roof lights still need a JST plug so I can take the roof off without breaking anything. They’re already wired though.

    You’ll notice the shovel on the back door, rear view mirrors are done, roof is done, jerrycans glued down. Oh and the license plates’re on, too.

    Almost ready for a photoshoot. Apart from the odds and ends listed I need to make some sort of cover for the birds’ nest of wires in the back there. This body is HEAVY.

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    Absolutely love this. The front mounted Jerry cans do it for me.

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    Absolutely love this. The front mounted Jerry cans do it for me.

    Pity they obstruct the lovely grille though! The whole front view is a feast for the eyes, great work.

    One thing that jumps out to me is the lack of window rubbers on the rear; didn’t see that on your list either? Sure you’ve got it covered tho. Can’t wait to see some outside pics

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    gorgeous!

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    Absolutely love this. The front mounted Jerry cans do it for me.

    Thanks and yeah me too for the jerry cans 😃

    grasshopper wrote:
    Pity they obstruct the lovely grille though! The whole front view is a feast for the eyes, great work. One thing that jumps out to me is the lack of window rubbers on the rear; didn’t see that on your list either? Sure you’ve got it covered tho. Can’t wait to see some outside pics

     

    Grill’s not *that* lovely but thanks mate 😉 The Series III with a single-piece back door didn’t come with window rubbers. See here –

    Window_Rubbers_1

    The ones that had split rear doors (upper/lower) had window rubbers.

    Window_Rubbers_3

    Mine’s got the one-piece door and so window rubbers are verboten.

    gorgeous!

    Many thanks 😃 She’s finished now, sort of.

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    Some more pics at the JS Scale Camel Trophy event in France –

    JSSE_2021_Series_3_02

    JSSE_2021_Series_3_03

    Yes that’s a plane crash 🤯 They put weeks of effort into this event.

    JSSE_2021_Series_3_07

    JSSE_2021_Series_3_08

    And my favourite photo –

    JSSE_2021_Series_3_10

    Unfortunately I DNF’d. I think my spur or pinion gear went because I suddenly lost power and the motor was screaming like a banshee. I’ve cleaned the thing up but haven’t taken it apart yet. The mud on that trail was gooey, sticky and took forever to clean off…

    But it was a fun build, and a fun event. If you ever make it out there though, take insect repellant. The bugs almost carried me away 🥺 I swear by all that’s holy they were flesh-eating harbingers of the apoxyclips 🤬

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