Scale RC Forum Forum Members’ Builds Forum’s Finest Builds Hammond’s Pimped Bolivian Cruiser

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    Retrocosm
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    I’m going to have a go at the Cruiser Richard Hammond drove in the Top Gear Special where they travelled from Bolivia to Chile. I’m aware that before I joined the forum Dready made a quite superb verion of Clarkson’s Range Rover which it transpires is currently in the possession of another forum member who understandably doesn’t want to part with it for love nor money lol you know who you are ::thumb::

    I’m going to go for the pimped version as featured in the later half of the episode as I’ve already done a more traditonal Cruiser.

    In fact I’ll be using the chassis from the aforementioned Cruiser for this build. I did originally do a custom conversion to leaf springs but whilst it looked very scale it never really performed the way it should. I have therefore used the RC4WD conversion kit for the Gelande II.

    Having fitted it I was immediately unhappy with the front springs, far too short and too far away from the front of the chassis rails. Fortunately I had some longer leafs in the parts box and managed to incorporate those instead.

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    For wheels and tyres I’m probably going to use these 8 hole Axial beadlocks along with some of these Gearhead beadlock rings. I know, ghastly plarstic but I can’t find anything in metal that matches the original wheels.

    Frustratingly I already have these 1.7 wheels from RC4WD which would be perfect except they’re exactly the wrong way around, I need silver whees with black beadlocks. Using my existing body here as an example I think the ride height is about right.

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    Bits I’ve ordered that are on the way are the CCHand rear bumper and a tough armour roll bar to match those seen here:-

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    I already have a new in box Cruiser body kit that I bought some months ago. Tyres were going to be 1.9 Dick Cepek Extreme Country at 106mm. They’re the closest I could find in terms of size and tread pattern but I’m wondering now if they’re a little small.

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    On the right, the Extreme Country tyres, on the left 1.7 Goodyear Wranglers.

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    #67652
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    :-) Sorry I do have the mustard yellow body but I have a lot of money in getting that.
    The original little donkey that Dresdy was making is also in my possession :-)
    I’ve been gathering bits to finish that and Pitbull Rock Beasts look the part for the lifted version.

    #67671
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    Retrocosm
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    You mean you have a Cruiser body as well! Oh man stop it already lol

    Do you mean that 1.9 Rock Beasts work well for the Cruiser?

    #67653
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    I have a spare Range Rover.
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    I have the original donkey
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    (Predates The RC4WD Cruiser)
    Rock Beasts on a leafed Cruiser
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    Apologies for the low light pics and filling up your thread.

    #67654
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    Retrocosm
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    I think this is what is known as hoarding ::lolz Clearly you don’t need two Range Rovers ::pray Do you happen to know what colour the paint on your Cruiser is?

    If funds allow I may have to look at some Rock Beasts.

    Without the lid on the tyres look a little better however.

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    #67655
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    It’s a struggle On the real one it looks like Volcanic Beige T-1262 on my Cruiser it was Ford dove grey.

    #67672
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    Retrocosm
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    I think I shall give Rover Sand Glow a go, see how it comes out, looks pretty close to me.

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    Paulw
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    Great work Charlie. Technically not a “new” rig to add to the fleet, just reworking an old one. You must be slipping :)

    #67681
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    Retrocosm
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    Cheers Paul :-) Well this is true, I have learned so much over the last couple of years that I think revisiting some of my earlier trucks is the way to go, plus I just don’t have any room left :blush:

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    amellor03
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    This is something I’ve always wanted to build!

    Have you bought the body in bits?

    #67684
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    Retrocosm
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    No, it’s just the complete Cruiser body kit and I’ve started to chop it up, trying to keep my lines straight ::yikes

    #67658
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    Retrocosm
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    Both doors are out, just need to clean up the cuts, went ok, phew. I also added in a fuel filler cap which was actually one I bought from DJ Designs for a Defender but it fits well.

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    There are surprisingly few dents on Hammond’s Cruiser considering the abuse he put it though but I tried to add the obvious ones that I could see.

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    There’s a pretty subtle one on the front wing that just causes it to drop a little from the horizontal.

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    I noticed the rear tailgate is featureless on the original and wider than the one on the RC4WD body so I’m planning to cut out the latter and replace it with a piece of styrene.

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    Also added another small dent near the bottom.

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    #67690
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    SARGE
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    Looking like an interesting build Charlie. Your attention to detail up there as ever!

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    SARGE wrote:
    Looking like an interesting build Charlie. Your attention to detail up there as ever!

    Thanks Sarge, I’m having a constant internal debate as to how far on details I realistically have the time and the patience to go :hmmm:

    Today I chopped up the interior, I wanted to get rid of the ugly bits exposed by removing the doors.

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    I cut out some styrene to fit.

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    I now need to make a decision on lowering the bed which is far too high. I’d like to lower it so it matches up with the bottom of the rear doors which I have now removed.

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    I also noticed there’s another dent on the original and added it on the rear corner.

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    #67659
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    There’s 6 inches of snow outside so it seemed like a good excuse to stay home and work on the Cruiser (and build a snowman.)

    A couple of bits have arrived, the number plates and beadlock rings.

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    I’ve trimmed down the lower portion of the light/grill surround as I noticed they’re thinner at the bottom on 1:1s.

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    Cut out and fitted the flat rear tailgate.

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    Dropped and modified the rear bed.

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    It’s slowly coming together, still waiting on a few bits and pieces to arrive.

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