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Tremelle
07-27-2009, 10:55 PM
Let me start off by saying "I did not build this". I just bought it. :) After looking at all the other fine scalers on the board I decided to post a few pics of my new baby. I do have a ton of pics from the build process here, http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/liltexbuilddiary.htm. I am looking to put some new wheels and tires. What are some suggestions you have?

Here are a few pics.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/ADSC01939.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/ADSC02095.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/ADSC00321-1.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/ADSC01018-1.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/ADSC01033.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/ADSC01130.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/ADSC01385.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/ADSC01377.jpg

slingshot@rchq
07-27-2009, 11:02 PM
Pretty damn amazing..tons of detail, Looks great.

leroyxiii94
07-31-2009, 11:52 AM
thats sik

Crawlzzzs
08-01-2009, 04:32 AM
Wowwwwwww:) Now that is attention to detail...

If you don't mind my askin, whos the builder?

Be honest, how will that first scratch make you feel???? :)

Tremelle
08-01-2009, 01:14 PM
The builder is Robbob over at RCCrawler.com. I will not get my hands on it until Monday, 8/3, so I don't know how it feels to get a scratch on it. It should already have a few scratches on it since it has been used a few times. But rest assured, it will have plenty of scratches on the it lid by the time this newbie get through with it. :)

Alexridesabike
08-01-2009, 02:48 PM
thats a sick truck, I think it would look great with some 1.9 trail docs

STANG KILLA SS
08-28-2009, 09:13 PM
nice TPI!

2brokefor1:1
09-01-2009, 10:36 PM
Man, you need to bring this thing out to the scale comp this Sunday. Really want to see this thing in action.

Tremelle
09-03-2009, 07:59 PM
I will try. Where can I find the specifics of this Sunday's events?

TANK08
09-03-2009, 08:45 PM
you can find the info under the north texas rock crawler section titled scale comp series, comp 2
Hope you can make it out there i also would like to see your rig in person

axialjay
09-05-2009, 03:25 PM
looks awesome

axialjay
09-06-2009, 10:30 AM
does anyone know where i could find that small block chevy at

Tremelle
12-07-2009, 09:07 PM
Since everyone at the gtgs are running 1.9 wheels and tires I have converted over to the 1.9s. Here is what I have come up with for now. I am running the DNA Assassins and the RC4WD Rok Loxs. I am on the lookout for some nice black 1.9 wheels to get the truck back to the look of the 1:1.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/newwheels1.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/newwheels2.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/newwheels3.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/newwheels4.JPG

Tommy R
12-07-2009, 09:28 PM
Wow, that looks great! And I have to say I think I prefer the 1.9's on there. More scale looking if you ask me. If you want black wheels, I'd recommend some SCX-10 wheels and paint them. That's what I did.

STANG KILLA SS
12-07-2009, 09:52 PM
some black trail readys might look good on there
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=595 (http://www.txrcrca.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=595)
maybe even paint the rings black.

if i had my RocKrawlers in 1.9 they would be PERFECT!
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1037 (http://www.txrcrca.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1037)

Tremelle
12-07-2009, 09:58 PM
I saw those RocKrawlers about a week or two ago and loved them, except they are 2.2s. :-( I thought about buying some for when the truck is sitting on the shelf.

STANG KILLA SS
12-08-2009, 07:49 AM
yeah i wish they were 1.9 too.
well let me know when/if your ready. i think ive got 1 or 2 sets left.

Tremelle
01-07-2010, 01:12 PM
I decided to add a couple of scale items to the truck. I got the RC4Wd hook and some scale winch wire. Here are a couple of pics.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/cablehook1.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/cablehook2.JPG

Lankenstein
01-07-2010, 01:34 PM
Looking good Tremelle :thumbsup:

Hope to see it at a comp soon.

chev12olet
01-07-2010, 04:45 PM
where did you get the scale winch wire ????
looks :boobies4:

Tremelle
01-07-2010, 07:09 PM
I got the wire on Ebay from a guy in Cali. The wire was $4. He charged $3.75 to ship it. When it arrived it was in a plain white envelope with a 44 cent stamp on it. So he is basically charging $7.31 for it. By the way, the $4 was a winning bid. He had another auction that had the same wire for $26. It looked like some people thought he was selling the winch.

Tremelle
01-24-2010, 11:21 PM
Went out to Murrell Park at Grapevine Lake today for the gtg. Here are some of the pics I took of my rig.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01210.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01211.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01215.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01216.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01218.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01232.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01246.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01260.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01275.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01278.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01291.JPG

Tremelle
01-25-2010, 07:37 PM
Well I got off my fanny and worked on fitting the driver into his rig this evening. Now I need to work on some seat belts. Here are some pics of him taking his place in the driver's seat.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01298.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01299.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01301.JPG

2brokefor1:1
01-25-2010, 07:44 PM
man, I love this photo
http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01232.JPG

Tremelle
01-25-2010, 07:46 PM
I may run back out to that same spot this week with my other camera so I can record some video.

Tremelle
01-25-2010, 07:49 PM
man, I love this photo
http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01232.JPG

Here are a couple other views of the same pic.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01230.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01229.JPG

2brokefor1:1
01-25-2010, 08:11 PM
I may run back out to that same spot this week with my other camera so I can record some video.


If you do I'll join you. I'd like to make a good long video but my camera lacks severely in the memory department.

TANK08
01-26-2010, 12:14 PM
i will be back this weekend and my camera is charged :thumbsup:

Tremelle
01-27-2010, 02:32 PM
Now that I have the driver in his seat, it is now time for him to drive the truck to articulate like it's 1:1. Here is a nice example of the 1:1's capabilities.

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Tommy R
01-27-2010, 02:40 PM
Wow! That's ridiculous and so effortless. Very impressive stuff. :cheers:

Tremelle
01-31-2010, 07:02 PM
Some pics from freezing Murrell Park today, 1/31/10.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01313.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01316.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01317.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01321.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01324.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01325.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01326.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01329.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01335.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01336.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01337.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01339.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/01312010/DSC01342.JPG

Tremelle
02-01-2010, 04:27 PM
Since I started taking pics of the truck I kept missing something in the pics. The Toyota and Land Cruiser emblems. So I have placed an order with Stefan at ScaleOffroad. So stay tuned. For those not familiar with his work here are the emblems.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/emblems.jpg

Locked Up
02-01-2010, 07:04 PM
That's gonna look awesome.

Actually it already looks awesome so it's gonna look "awesomer"

:lol:

STANG KILLA SS
02-02-2010, 09:34 AM
nice! any plans for new wheels?

Tremelle
02-02-2010, 10:32 AM
Yes, I am on the lookout for some nice 1.9 black beadlocks. I just wish those Rockrawler beadlocks you have came in 1.9. :cry:

Tremelle
02-14-2010, 01:02 PM
Well my new wheels and tires arrived. Thanks to RPP Hobbies for great customer service. I had been looking for some nice black wheels. I decided on the CAC ONE9 6spoke and RC4WD Rok Lox tire combination. The wheels provide 2 offset mounting options, I decided on mounting the wheels for the deeper offset to provide a wider track. I really like how they look on the truck. I could not decide on which pics to post, so I posted all of them.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01381.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01383.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01384.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01385.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01386.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01387.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01391.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01392.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01395.JPG

Tommy R
02-14-2010, 01:32 PM
Looks great and the wide stance suits it nicely. And you can't go wrong with posting more pics! :cool2:

Tremelle
02-14-2010, 01:41 PM
I never knew how wide of a track the 1:1 had until I saw the video of it climbing out that water hole. I had considered putting wheel wideners on it to achieve that look. I think these wheels do the trick.


Looks great and the wide stance suits it nicely. And you can't go wrong with posting more pics! :cool2:

Tremelle
02-15-2010, 09:37 PM
Today I walked past the truck and realized I had not put on something I have had in my bag for awhile. The RC4WD Scale IFS Manual Locking Hubs. So I had to put them on and get a few pics.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01396.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01397.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01399.JPG

Tremelle
02-18-2010, 10:34 PM
Well I added some additional details to the rig this evening. My package from Scale Offroad made it in from Germany on Monday so I got my emblems. Since the truck did not have a grill I had to make one. I ended up using an aluminum mesh used for clay art. I painted it black and cut it to size. Here are a few pics of the finished products.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01404.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01401.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01402.JPG

Lankenstein
02-19-2010, 11:02 AM
Looks good.

Hope to see it at a comp someday :mrgreen:

BuddmanTx
02-19-2010, 05:03 PM
Those emblems and grill set it off just right.......nice job on the grill......now all you need is a hot chick in the passenger side seat........LOL
BuddmanTx

Tremelle
02-22-2010, 05:14 PM
I was so happy to see the emblems from Scale Offroad that I forgot I had ordered some of their cargo straps. Since I was using a rubber band as a seatbelt, I decided to replace it with something that looked more like a seatbelt. I am now using a cargo strap as a seatbelt. One cargo strap is long enough to wrap around the driver's waist, over the shoulder and around the seat. How do you think it turned out?

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01410.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01414.JPG

Tremelle
03-10-2010, 03:12 PM
It was such a nice day outside, here in Dallas, that I went out to my pool area and took some pics. I hope ya'll don't mind me sharing.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01486.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01487.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01488.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01489.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01491.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01493.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01502.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01494.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01496.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01504.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01509.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01516.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01520.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01521.JPG

Tremelle
03-15-2010, 11:57 AM
Took the rigs out crawling today. I shot some video and took a few pics.

Here is a 7 minute compulation YouTube video I took from Sunday's crawling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQvuoI8ydys

Here is a HDR pic taken by a HDR artist named Cliff Baise. His HDR work is over the top. Here is a pic of Lil Big Tex he took.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/LilBigTexHDR1small.jpg

Here are a few pics. I did not take as many pics as normal since I was trying to get video and this was my girlfriend's second time holding a controller. So I was having to talk to her the whole time about driving.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01527.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01528.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01530.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC01531.JPG

Tremelle
06-12-2010, 05:03 PM
Went out to Murrell Park with some of the guys and I took some pics and videos. Here are some HDR pics that I took of Lil Big Tex. I will be posting the video in a day or two after I edit it.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/LilBigTexHDR1sm800.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/LilBigTexHDR2sm800.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/LilBigTexHDR3sm800.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/LilBigTexHDR4sm800.jpg

Tremelle
06-21-2010, 04:05 PM
I never was really happy seeing those blue collars on the RC4WD shocks in the rear. So I took the opportunity to tryout the new RC4WD Ultimate Scaler Shocks. The old shocks were the 90mm dual rate shocks with the springs removed. The new shocks are 100mm internal spring shocks. They are soft enough that I did not remove the internal spring. I still may remove the springs once I get a chance to run the shocks on the rocks. Ok, enough of the background talk, on to the pics.

Here is a pic of the new shocks before installation.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02200.JPG

Here is a pic of the truck showing the old ride height and a pic of the rear of the truck with the dual rate shocks before the new shock installation.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02201.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02198.JPG

Here is a pic of the truck showing the new ride height and a pic of the rear of the truck with the new ultimate scale shocks.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02204.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02206.JPG

Tremelle
06-24-2010, 07:31 PM
Here are some pics of my newly detailed winch. Thanks to Bowtie for the Warn decals.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02252.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02253.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02254.JPG

Tremelle
06-27-2010, 02:48 PM
I took these HDR pics before I broke my axle case. Don't worry, it is all healed up now and ready for some more rocks.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02280.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02285.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02293.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02296.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02302.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC02326.jpg

Tremelle
07-12-2010, 12:12 AM
I finally was able to get out today and put my new micro cameras to good use. I made a little 5 minute video using them for some in-crawler action.

http://sykesweb.smugmug.com/Hobbies/RC-Rock-Crawling/07112010small/931641811_XHoYE-M.jpg (http://sykesweb.smugmug.com/Hobbies/RC-Rock-Crawling/11549536_dqXMv#931641811_XHoYE-A-LB)

rockhead
10-09-2010, 11:43 AM
And even has a sb chevy tbi in it. nice......

Tremelle
01-08-2011, 07:59 PM
I took Lil Big Tex out with my new 1.9 Dodge Ramcharger for some pics after a little touch up paint.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03480.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03490.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03522.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03526.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03534.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03538.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03550.JPG

I also took some HDR pics of the rigs.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03523hdr.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03527hdr.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03535hdr.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03539hdr.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/ramchargerimages/DSC03551hdr.jpg

Tremelle
03-19-2011, 05:56 PM
I took both the rigs out today to meet some of the guys. Here are some HDR pics from today's outting.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC04789.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC04792.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC04795.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC04801.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC04804.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC04820.jpg

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC04824.jpg

masmojo
01-26-2012, 10:47 AM
OH! My those are nice rigs!!:smokin:

Tremelle
02-06-2012, 04:59 PM
OH! My those are nice rigs!!:smokin:

Thanks, and Big Tex has a brother on the way.

Locked Up
02-06-2012, 10:17 PM
Tremelle ....

I always for get to ask but what kind of camera do you have?

The finish on those photos is exceptional!:eek2:

Tremelle
02-07-2012, 08:10 AM
I am now using a Nikon D7000, but started with a Sony Alpha 700. Some of the pics are processed using HDR, High Dynamic Range, processing software. It gives the pics a vivid finish.

Tremelle
03-06-2012, 08:28 PM
I took Lil Big Tex out today with Orange Bliss to get some rock time. It was also wearing some new rubber, Pitbull Rock Beasts. Here are a few pics.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_3150.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_3151.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_3172.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_3175.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_3180.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_3189.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_3190.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_3191.JPG

Tremelle
10-03-2012, 12:13 AM
Since everyone is going with Wraiths on 2.2s in the area, I decided I should at least join the crowd. I picked up a set of RC4WD Hitman 2.2s and Proline Interco TSLs. I did not have the weights to add to the wheels so I did not install all the screws in the beadlock rigns. Here are a few pics.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_5029.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_5030.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_5031.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_5033.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_5034.JPG

Last time out my 3Racing winch crapped out on me, so I also installed one of the C.L.A.W. winches I bought awhile back. It sure is purty.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_5037.JPG

Locked Up
10-04-2012, 08:01 AM
Last time out my 3Racing winch crapped out on me, so I also installed one of the C.L.A.W. winches I bought awhile back. It sure is purty.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/images/DSC_5037.JPG
Mind if I use this picture on my site?
:mrgreen:

Tremelle
10-04-2012, 09:14 AM
Mind if I use this picture on my site?
:mrgreen:

Feel free.