Scale RC Forum Forum Members’ Builds Off-Road builds Toyzuki Comanche Build

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  • #103143
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    Well I’ve gone off on another tangent.  As per my class 1 Hilux build, which was going to be a Blazer, I’ve decided the Comanche body is also too large for comping.  I perhaps should have thought about bobbing and pinching it before I sprayed it.  I still hope to use it at some point but decided having an uber capable comp chassis like the Toyzuki and encumbering it with a huge heavy body just didn’t make sense.

    I am afraid therefore as I was determined this was at least going to be hard bodied it has morphed into yet another Hilux as I picked up a used body a while back.

    The body itself is was pretty scratched up and I think it was sprayed without primer resulting in the paint chipping off quite easily.  Rather than try to rescue it I decided to beat on it some more so I put some dents in, bobbed it and covered most of the damage with rust.

    I also finished off some details such as painting the rear light lenses, darkening the body lines, painting the window surrounds etc.

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    The bobbing of the bed went more smoothly than I’d envisaged.  Although I seem to have the only razor saw than can cut curves I managed to keep it pretty straight.  I glued it back together with Evo-stik PVC Pipe Weld which seems to have created a really strong bond.  Rather than try to clear the lines up I just rusted them, ahem.

    I used some jazzy reflective plasticard to build up some inner fenders, for no other reason than it was part of a multi-pack and all I had left.  It’s not reflective on the world facing side, that would be weird.

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    I decided to try a 550 motor in this build as there is just room to fit it.  It’s a Holmes Hobbies 21T.  I used a 9 tooth pinion as it was rather rapid and quite fun with the stock 15 tooth axial one but not ideal for crawling.

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    For wheels and tyres I remain undecided, pictured are some 1.9 Voodoo KLR M/Ts mounted on some deep dish beadlocks.  Ironically I’ve reversed the hex mount on the wheels as the offset was so great the tyres looked like they were on Wraith axles and the brass knuckle weights were left dangling completely outside of the wheels.

    Over the years I’ve been comping I’ve found the sweet spot for class 2 tyres is around the 110mm diameter mark, these are only 106mm so could in fact be used in class 1 but I’ll see how they perform at the next meet I attend.

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    Other things I’ve done include shortening the rear links to accomodate the new body.  I’ve messed around with various shocks and currently have Traxxas big bores on the front and Pro-Line big bore Powerstrokes at the rear.  No other reason than I had them and they fit and they’re very nice shocks.

    I’ve also swapped the main drive shafts out for MIP ones and added front and rear bumpers and some sliders.

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    #103146
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    toyolien
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    That is a lovely looking Hilux, and I bet will perform fab!

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    Isn’t that the nasty guy from Walking Dead? (Negan? I don’t watch it but read the tabloids)

    I noticed you’ve put the ‘problem’ sticker upside down again (like on your trayback D90) – isn’t it meant to be ‘no problem’ when reading it on all four wheels? 🙂 I’m only pointing it out because your builds are so freaking good it’s hard to criticise anything else haha!

    The bumpers and sliders look great. The colour is really nice too, apart from the body coloured headlights, that jumps out to me for some reason.

    The X suffix reg plate puts that at ’81 which would fit the Tamiya shell better – The square light Hiluxes were only 83-84 I believe.. God I’m a nerd.

    Oh yeah, my razor saw can ONLY cut curves apparently. Until I tried cutting a curve and got a perfect straight cut.. through my finger.

    Axial SCX10 Dingo    RC4WD TF2 Hilux     RC4WD G2 D90     WPL C14

    #103164
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    Isn’t that the nasty guy from Walking Dead? (Negan? I don’t watch it but read the tabloids)

    It is indeed, yet another series that started so well and has now been dragged out so much it’s almost unwatchable.  However I couldn’t resist knocking up a ‘Lucille’ for him, which for non fans of the show will mean diddly squat.

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    I noticed you’ve put the ‘problem’ sticker upside down again (like on your trayback D90) – isn’t it meant to be ‘no problem’ when reading it on all four wheels? 🙂 I’m only pointing it out because your builds are so freaking good it’s hard to criticise anything else haha! The bumpers and sliders look great. The colour is really nice too, apart from the body coloured headlights, that jumps out to me for some reason. The X suffix reg plate puts that at ’81 which would fit the Tamiya shell better – The square light Hiluxes were only 83-84 I believe.. God I’m a nerd. Oh yeah, my razor saw can ONLY cut curves apparently. Until I tried cutting a curve and got a perfect straight cut.. through my finger.

    In order to placate your pedantry 😉 I have turned the sticker upside down, but I’m not convinced things are better in the Upside Down.

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    I’m not sure about the headlights, the previous owner had painted the internals silver which is fine by me.  But for fear of being admonished further I have painted the surrounds in titanium silver and the edges in matt black.

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    On the number plates I’m afraid you’re not party to the back story, this Hilux was involved in a nasty accident with a milk float and as such had the grill and lights replaced with those from the newer model.  This faux pas reminds me of when back in 1988 my Mark I Escort RS Turbo was returned to me from the repairers, following a front end shunt, with an ESCORT GRILL!  I mean really, everyone knows that the Mark 1 RS Turbo had an Orion grill.  Fortunately it was replaced tout suite, phew.

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    #103165
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    Very interesting chassis.  I’ve never heared from “Toyzuki” so far.

    It looks very lightweight. Is it stiff or tends it to twist?

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    Ralf

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    It is surprisingly rigid Ralf, certainly no less than a standard Axial chassis.

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    Haha great stuff!!

    The main thing I took from that, is that you had a Escort RS turbo when they first came out you flash so-and-so!

    Headlights look much better 🙂

    Axial SCX10 Dingo    RC4WD TF2 Hilux     RC4WD G2 D90     WPL C14

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    Haha great stuff!! The main thing I took from that, is that you had a Escort RS turbo when they first came out you flash so-and-so! Headlights look much better 🙂

    Cheers chap, at the approximate time production was beginning on what would become my MK 1 RS Turbo I was cycling to school on my Ultra Burner BMX when a chap in a Land Rover pull out directly into my path.  Following a rapid flight over the handlebars my face impacted with the little metal flappy vent thing under the windscreen and part of it decided to remain there while I continued over the bonnet.

    Anyway, a few teeth lighter and following several operations, I had plastic surgery before it was de rigueur, I received a compensation cheque for my troubles and let’s face it what else is an 18 year going to do to make himself feel better than buy an RS Turbo (note to 18 year old self, you should have bought Microsoft shares you plank.)

     

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    The main thing I took from that is that you had an Ultra Burner, you flash.. haha, only joking, now if you’d said a Mongoose or a GT…  🙂

    Wow, bleedin’ Landy driver’s eh? Nice to see you don’t have a complete aversion to them after all that, and I wouldn’t have blamed you. Sounds nasty.

    Sorry for subverting your thread again (although if you keep starting these threads as one thing and finishing them as another you’re asking for it really!) 😀

    Axial SCX10 Dingo    RC4WD TF2 Hilux     RC4WD G2 D90     WPL C14

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    That is a lovely looking Hilux, and I bet will perform fab!

    Cheers chap, it did indeed perform very well on Sunday in its first competition, gripped, climbed, turned and descended like a champ.

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    The main thing I took from that is that you had an Ultra Burner, you flash.. haha, only joking, now if you’d said a Mongoose or a GT… 🙂 Wow, bleedin’ Landy driver’s eh? Nice to see you don’t have a complete aversion to them after all that, and I wouldn’t have blamed you. Sounds nasty. Sorry for subverting your thread again (although if you keep starting these threads as one thing and finishing them as another you’re asking for it really!) 😀

    About that Ultra Burner….

    Back to the subject at hand, I comped this on Sunday, it performed very well.  Fortunately as I hadn’t had time to fit a winch I didn’t require one, mainly because this thing climbed so well anyway.

    However I did want a winch, for more scale points and as I will no doubt require it at some point.  Problem was I couldn’t work out where to fit it.  The obvious choice would be to throw the bumper out a bit further and put it on there but I really wanted to keep the bumper tucked in as far as possible.

    Cue some lateral thinking, and some cutting, and I’ve managed to squeeze it alongside the servo, hidden under the bonnet.  I’ve mounted an additional fairlead at the front and removed a little material from the front grill and everything fits together nicely.

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    I decided to revisit the Comanche.  I was trawling through the leftover bits from my SCX10 II kit when I noticed there was an additional transmission mount supplied with fittings for the original SCX10 transmission.  Ha I though to myself, I have one of those and as the D44 RC4WD axles were gathering dust I had everything I needed to build a roller.  It’s going to make the interior a challenge but I think I can fit something in.

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    Kit shocks at the front and some shorter Losi ones at the back so that I can remove the shock mounts have have the bed sit lower.

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    I’ve done some more work on the body, sprayed the rear bed, added the wheel arch flares, mirrors, rear window, lights etc.

    The body is wide and the standard wheels and tyres sat a little too far in for me, however I can’t decide whether these deep dish rims sit a little too far out, it certainly has the widest track of any of my rigs.

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    #103777
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    That looks mean and very planted, love it.

    Axial SCX10 Dingo    RC4WD TF2 Hilux     RC4WD G2 D90     WPL C14

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    It looks great but for me i think i agree with you about the wheels look a little too wide. It might be the angle of the pics but they look like they could go in a little. But the body does look great.

    #103808
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    That looks mean and very planted, love it.

    Cheers chap :-0

    It looks great but for me i think i agree with you about the wheels look a little too wide. It might be the angle of the pics but they look like they could go in a little. But the body does look great.

    I know what you mean, I’ve ordered some wider hexes so I can go back to standard rims, but push them out a little further, hopefully they’ll sit somewhere in-between.

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