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Locked Up
02-02-2012, 10:31 PM
I got the box tonight but won't be able to get into it until Saturday.
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/1.jpg


They come with 1.55s but I'm actually planning on it being a SORRCA class 2 rig with 1.9s (after the initial build), so I'm putting it in here.
Stay tuned!

eric113
02-02-2012, 10:42 PM
Sweet!

Sucks you don't live in Austin anymore, I come over and help you build it.

rangercat23
02-02-2012, 11:48 PM
I am excited, look forward to this build. I might have to get one of these.

Locked Up
02-03-2012, 06:34 PM
Eric ... or anyone ...
Feel free to come to College Station tomorrow. We can build, drink beer and eat pizza.
:thumbsup:



I am excited, look forward to this build. I might have to get one of these.


IF you decide you want to predorder one ... let me know.

Locked Up
02-04-2012, 08:50 PM
And so it begins...

All the thumbs:

http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/1/Thumbs1.htm

Opening the box the first thing I notice is that I like the layout of the parts. The instructions are pretty simple and easy enough to follow and I'm happy to report there were no surprises.
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9941.jpg
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9943.jpg

I took the tranny and transfer case out and I like em! The transfer case looks really sweet and operation of both units is very smooth.

Following the instructions is, as I said earlier, really simple. I took pictures after each set of steps but honestly, there isn't much reason for me to repost them all in this thread, so I'll just post a few...
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9946.jpg

One thing I did differently from the instructions is that I assembled both sides together. the instructions have you attach all the cross members and such to one side first, then go back and add the other rail. I didn't and it was probably more difficult for me because of it.
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9950.jpg

As I said the t-case & trans are really nice...
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9952.jpg
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9955.jpg


Pretty much fully assembled other than electronics:
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9960.jpg

My plans are an FXR, 35 or 45t motor, servo winch, full interior, ccBEC and a 3s 1600 30c lipo. Servos are Towerdpro MG946rs and running at 7v should put out over 210 in/oz.
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9964.jpg

One thing I will make a big deal of is the tires. They feel AWESOME and VERY sticky.
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9967.jpg

And I am impressed that there is no shortage of spare parts.
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9969.jpg

I dropped the body on just for kicks and I think it's gonna look bad arse!
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/a/DSCN9971.jpg


I'm going to try to finish up the electronics in the morning then pick up some acrylic. Our weather has been horrible so I may have to hold off on paint for a little while though.
Either way, I'll try to get some action shots up as soon as I can.

Overall, I'm impressed with the fit and finish of everything. Like I said, no surprises and when you are building a kit that is awesome!

Thanks RC4WD!

rangercat23
02-04-2012, 10:11 PM
WOW! built in a day :SpicyPBJ:

I would have loved to come drool all over it but I had to put in some hours at the shop today O.T. BABY :thumbsup:

masmojo
02-06-2012, 11:31 AM
Love it!

I have one ordered already; can't hardly wait for it to be ready! :wink:

Looks like many of the components are Pre-built? If so, assembly should be quick! The SCX-10 I am building now is SOO Slow! It's O.K. because I like to put everything together myself, but sometimes in all the little bags of screws and whatnot I can't find the one's I am looking for. :brickwall: I will look for 10 minutes, then put that part to the side and work on another part of the truck and as soon as I do the parts I was looking for previously, magically appear!! Weird and magical, if slightly annoying! :evil:

rangercat23
02-14-2012, 01:00 PM
Patrick, what kind of winch options are you seeing for this truck? is there room for a servo winch or will it need to be bumper mounted???

Locked Up
02-14-2012, 08:43 PM
Patrick, what kind of winch options are you seeing for this truck? is there room for a servo winch or will it need to be bumper mounted???
Good question.

It's probably going to depend on how they do the interior and what size batts you run.

With enough fiddling you can fit anything. :mrgreen:

Locked Up
02-14-2012, 09:18 PM
I finally got the body parts assembled & got the initial primer coat down on the TF2.

I'm going to have to go back over the back of the cab to fill a few small gaps but no big deal.


Hopefully I can get it painted for Saturday but I may have to skip Forza Night to make that happen!!!:hot:

http://www.noeither.com/rc/tech/tomrc4wd/h/IMG_1416.jpg
http://www.noeither.com/rc/tech/tomrc4wd/h/IMG_1417.jpg

sgtsteve
02-14-2012, 10:13 PM
Hopefully I can get it painted for Saturday but I may have to skip Forza Night to make that happen!!!:hot:


Remember, you have to lay in the bed you make - just a word of caution:pissed:
Really though, I sure hope you bring it regardless of whether the body is ready or not.

masmojo
02-28-2012, 01:58 PM
Mine arrived this morning and in a rare moment of forethought I had already bought paint for it! I may need a steering servo, but I actually think I have everything I need to put this bad boy together.

I really can't remember opening the box to any R/C this cool since I got my Tamiya Rough Rider approx. 32 years ago! To me that's one of the coolest things about scale kits is all the parts are so neat. purposeful and practical, the heft, the feel! :biggrin: Most modern R/C's, SC trucks for example are just kinda Cllinical and sterile! You just want to put'em on the ground and run'em into a tree! :evil: But this? No! You want to fondle every piece and part, savor the experience like a nice single malt wiskey or a fine cigar! :eek2:

Pardon me I think I need to be alone! :smokin:

sgtsteve
02-28-2012, 07:28 PM
Mine arrived this morning and in a rare moment of forethought I had already bought paint for it! I may need a steering servo, but I actually think I have everything I need to put this bad boy together.

I really can't remember opening the box to any R/C this cool since I got my Tamiya Rough Rider approx. 32 years ago! To me that's one of the coolest things about scale kits is all the parts are so neat. purposeful and practical, the heft, the feel! :biggrin: Most modern R/C's, SC trucks for example are just kinda Cllinical and sterile! You just want to put'em on the ground and run'em into a tree! :evil: But this? No! You want to fondle every piece and part, savor the experience like a nice single malt wiskey or a fine cigar! :eek2:

Pardon me I think I need to be alone! :smokin:

When your done fondeling it, start a build thread, so we can all be jealous:mrgreen:

Locked Up
03-04-2012, 07:33 PM
I got some more progress on this!

I got the electronics in temporary locations. I can't completely finish their location until I finish the water tight boxes ... which needs to wait for the body mounting ... which is waiting on me to finish the paint/clear.

I'm actually torn between wet sanding it and going for a smooth finish or leaving the orange peel finish because I kind of like that it will hide scratches better.

I did get to test drive it and the 2 speed tranny ... that's AWESOME!
Top gear feels like normal for me and the low range is killer control. I think anyone that gets one of these will really enjoy it.

On to the pics...

Testing Electronics locations...
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/b/IMG_1468.jpg

I got bored waiting for paint to dry...
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/b/IMG_1471.jpg
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Sorry Tommy... I'm addicted!
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/b/IMG_1474.jpg

All the pics...
http://www.lockeduprc.net/tech/trailfinder2/b/1/Thumbs1.htm



I'm out of pocket again for a while after this so I'm going to go nuts waiting to finish the clear coat!!!