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RCGroups RC Car Quick Tips –Scale Accessory Using a Servo Box

An easy and cheap way to dress-up your scale ride.

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Repurposing the plastic box that servos come in as a simple scale accessory!

Here is a quick and very affordable tip for creating an accessory for your scale truck and chances are you have the items needed to do it.

I built a scale trail truck with a big roof rack and needed to fill it to complete the overall expedition look of the truck. While digging around in my workshop, I came across some plastic cases that servos are packaged in. Specifically Futaba servo cases, which are made of a hard Lucite-like clear plastic. I also had some leftover black Tamiya spray paint, from a recent truck body I painted, and used it to transform the servo box into a scale accessory. By painting the outside of the case, the paint ended up with a matte finish once it dried and made it look the part.

Since the servo case is very light, it won’t be an issue of making the vehicle top heavy. I decided to glue the case closed and ran CA where the top and bottom halves of the case meet. I then mounted it on the roof rack using servo tape.

Another option is to not glue the case closed and use it for storage of spare chassis parts, hardware, pinion gears, etc.

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Old Dec 16, 2013, 08:38 AM
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That looks like an IH Scout to me. I learned to drive in an 68 Scout and my first car was a 78 Scout - good stuff!
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Old Dec 16, 2013, 08:49 AM
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I have to agree. The actual body I used is a Pro-Line Ambush and very closely resembles a full-size Scout. By using a different name and changing some of the body lines, RC companies can sidestep very costly licensing.

I think the Scout is a pretty cool truck and had this body painted to look like a production Scout from back in the day.
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Old Dec 18, 2013, 12:49 PM
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Hey proline! If youre listening please Re-issue the ambush, ramchager, axial Betty, and how about a suzuki samurai? The crew cab powerwagon was cool too.

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Old Dec 18, 2013, 08:04 PM
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Hey proline! If youre listening please Re-issue the ambush, ramchager, axial Betty, and how about a suzuki samurai? The crew cab powerwagon was cool too.

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all those and a bughatti veyron for onroad use.
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Hey proline! If youre listening please Re-issue the ambush, ramchager, axial Betty, and how about a suzuki samurai? The crew cab powerwagon was cool too.

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I want the PowerWagon back and the Ambush from Pro-Line!
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Old Mar 08, 2014, 06:47 PM
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Tamiya already makes a scale Samurai body for the Jimmy. It is short looking however, don't know how it would look on a typical scale chassis.
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