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Posted by AtomicMilk | Jan 30, 2021 @ 07:57 PM | 8,601 Views
I repainted and old body, replaced decals, and added 3D printed radiator fans for a more realistic look. I then put some stamped steel style wheels because I hate stock wheels. Iím going to clean up the reedy brushless system and have this old thing tearing up the track again.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Jan 30, 2021 @ 10:45 AM | 5,350 Views
I originally bought the rgt rock cruiser first issue as my first Rick crawler, but it turned into a nightmare as the shocks were mounted inside the frame, it had a tiny 260 motor, and was basically an 18 scale with wheel adapters. None of these things work for crawling, but I am not really into crawling as much as scale building anyway. I decided to get a scx10 gearbox and shorter shocks. I also ordered some 3Ē tires, so I am making it into a much lower farm truck with heavy center of gravity. Using a cheap 540 from a traxxas and $15 esc.

I created new lower shock mounts, cut off the old ones, and going to have something for just running around the yard.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Jan 25, 2021 @ 12:32 AM | 5,679 Views
I get bored with box art and I donít like stock decals, so Iíve been painting a lot this week. First my chevelle body for the vintage S&K. .. then a cheap Walmart toy car that I use in the living room, and then today I painted a beat up grasshopper body.

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Posted by AtomicMilk | Sep 17, 2020 @ 07:09 PM | 4,835 Views
I recently moved to the desert, so Iím mostly using my short course now. I bought a cheap body from amazon and made new decals, as well as metal cross bars and radiator.

Hereís the old and new bodies
Posted by AtomicMilk | Mar 04, 2018 @ 02:10 PM | 6,628 Views
I ordered a new body, the Proline '66 Ford F100 Lexan body.
I created a light surface rust look by sprinkling nutmeg on a coat of wet clear paint, once section at a time.
I then back that with another coat of clear, then onto my primary color of Corsa Gray (Tamiya Polycarb), to look like faded/old seafoam green.
If you want to go this route, you should prepaint anything that you don't want to have rust on it (ie: wood bed-liner). The next time, I will use much more nutmeg and create a more rusted body, but this was a trial.
I then picked up some crafting wood to build removable bed-rails, and a farm set to go along with some accessories that I already had.
I then cut the interior from my Bronco build to be more compatible with both bodies. I still need to paint the wood rails, but it's good for now.
All that is left for this truck is axle mounted lower shock mounts to create more stability. I can probably use the cheap Tamiya grasshopper mounts.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Feb 24, 2018 @ 12:14 AM | 5,729 Views
THE RGT SCALER: I moved the shocks to the outside of the chassis on my rgt cruiser, and I ordered a new body as well. I'm doing a rusty old farm truck on the rgt chassis, lowering it just a bit, and adding same bails of hay and a pig for good measure. I really enjoy making this truck more and more realistic. I fed the wiring through the black tubing to hide the mess.

THE CLODBUSTER: I have enjoyed keeping this truck stock, but some things keep it from being enjoyable, like the bad suspension. I ordered 8 of the aluminum inner spring 102mm shocks, along with the lifted mounts. It should be much better after that. I will then fabricate some numbers that are better than the ones found on eBay.

THE S and K Pan car: I ordered some overpriced mounted rubber tires for my very old pan car. I want to run in on the smooth asphalt lot near me without shredding the tires. Since I don't race, there's no need to keep it 'stock', but I am going for the stock car look. Small-town speedway looks.

The 17" Proboat: I have replaced the servo and got the brushless system up and going again, with the aluminum rudder. I want to take it to the rc boat pond here in San Diego soon.

36" Boat: I just need to install the new receiver and reseal some areas with the waterproof tape I just picked up.

The Grasshopper: Since replacing the suspension, nothing is wrong with this amazing buggy,

The 1/18 desert truck. I fixed some bad wiring, but I don't get much pleasure out of such a small car.

I wish my son was more interested in the cars, but he prefers gaming. He's 10, so I get it..
Posted by AtomicMilk | Nov 11, 2017 @ 03:08 PM | 8,779 Views
I just finished the grasshopper suspension upgrade.. not easy to find the right sizes, but after a few tries I managed to find the right sized parts.

Rear: Crawler 80mm internal spring shocks with some minor plastic drilling to make them fit at the top.

Front: 37mm traxxas 1/16 rally shocks, along with another set of stock shock mounts like the bottom has.

Two 12mm long #3 machine bolts

Two #3 cap nuts

Four 12mm long #2 Machine nuts and bolts with washers

Use stock hardware for rear, but drill out ole to lower position in order to fit at top mount.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Nov 07, 2017 @ 09:19 PM | 6,056 Views
I work for an estate liquidation company. Every so often we run across an rc car, but today I scored.

Brinkmann Hustler Buggy.
It's built like a tank, but I have to decide whether to just leave it as is and shelf it (not really my thing).

The tires are pretty good with no rot, but the wheels are super brittle. I managed to test it with a 7.4v lipo and alligator clips to bypass the split nicad. Everything works, but the steering is really loose from the crap servo, and the controller is just hard to use. I may just change the servo, use a micro receiver in a different location, and use the entire tray for mounting a battery. I can use grasshopper front wheels (which I have plenty of), but the rear is a rectangle shaft and will require mods. I could always use some old rc10 wheels and drill out the holes into a rectangle shape to fit. It might be the best option. See pics below.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Oct 01, 2017 @ 07:11 PM | 6,029 Views
I took my son for a picnic today and brought along the Grasshopper and couple of new kites. It wasn't windy enough to get the kites up, so we attempted to run the grasshopper. After maybe 1 minute, a small beveled gear popped out of place, just like last time. After we got home and I took it apart, I realized that the spacer for the gear on the axle was not there. This means that it wasn't there to begin with.. and I missed it. Since you can't buy that single part and it's quite basic, I decided to measure it all out and make something. Well, the missing spacer is suppose to be 5.5mm and I happen to have multiple sealed bearings. Putting the 2.5mm and the 3mm together made for the perfect thickness and the inner diameter fit the axle shaft perfectly with plenty of clearance from hitting other gears. I put the differential back together and now the axles have minimal play, like they should. I decided to go ahead and paint the body roll bars while I had everything apart anyway. It looks and runs better now. All I have left is to use more suitable shocks because the RC10 shocks are thick and rub everything too much.

Both people stood me up for buying the Bandit buggy.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Oct 01, 2017 @ 11:50 AM | 5,983 Views
Last week I got a great deal on a big lot of RC parts, including a roller. Come to find out, the roller is an original Traxxas Bandit that someone put lost truly wheels and tires on, which make it too wide for any body to actually look right on, since the lost wheels are mounted in the center instead of the outer edge. I have considered just getting the proper wheels and body, adding a receiver to it, and having a basher.. but I don't really like traxxas and I probably wouldn't end up using it at all. Traxxas makes quality RC with easy to obtain parts, but they are boring to me. Nothing unique about them. I know that my Vintage and Re-Re Tamiya were once like that as well, but I prefer the look of tamiya as far as the kits and rtf go. I put the most time into the realistic scale cars, or making them look more scale/realistic. I guess that's the fun part of the hobby for me.

back on track.. I have the Traxxas roller for sale on offerup and there are a few interested parties. If it sells this week, I will use the money towards another classic chassis or maybe a couple of lipos. If it doesn't sell this week, I may end up making it RTR and finish it with old RC10 parts/body for a classic buggy look. The measurements are pretty close to the same, aside from the overall width being slightly wider on the bandit. Jconcepts makes a nice classic rc10 body, but the classic wheels won't go on the wider layout right, so the outer mounted wheels will have to do. See.. here I am talking myself into keeping it. Maybe I need to just buy the classic RC10 and still sell this thing. I really prefer the older models.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Sep 27, 2017 @ 09:39 AM | 6,213 Views
My Grasshopper roller arrived on Monday. As soon as I got home from work I installed a Gems 2 motor, Novak Duster ESC, spectrum radio, 2S Lipo, and took it to a parking lot for testing and calibration. The Motor smoked and locked up almost immediately, but it's quite old and hasn't been used in who knows how long, so I swapped it for a Nightmare Peak motor, which is still old, but working well. This buggy was way faster than I remember them, but it is a good setup for a brushed system. About half way through the battery (with low voltage alarm attached), a gear popped out of place. Come to find out, there was no grease or oil of any kind in the Dif. I ended up taking the car completely apart on Monday, then on Tuesday night I did a bunch of touch up painting, lubed up everything, reset the placement of electronics, put old RC10 shocks on the rear (will need to order smaller for front), and even painted the radio match. Aside from front shocks and a better bumper, I may not change anything else.. It's a great buggy that they made right 33 years ago, so I don't want to change that. See attached pics.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Sep 23, 2017 @ 07:16 PM | 6,285 Views
I went to the swap meet today with hopes of finding a few cheap parts or a roller. I was looking at a box full of parts, tires, chassis, several motors, esc's, servos, an old school Bandit (missing only the body), and an unknown Lost chassis. The guy told me to take the entire box for $20. Sweet.

I will likely use the Bandit as my beach basher, because there's a set of paddles for it in the box. It came with a Novak Duster and it works great.
So far I have 8 vintage working motors out of the bunch, and a few that are not even complete. I spent the entire day testing electronics and finding parts to complete the projects.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Sep 23, 2017 @ 10:20 AM | 6,082 Views
I haven't taken the cars or boats out in awhile, so maybe I'll do that on Sunday. I am mostly just fixing up little things, and slowly upgrading parts on my multiple RC's. I am going to put a Chinese Brushless combo in the 36" fiberglass boat and hope that it does the trick. I'm not looking for crazy speed, but it is super slow with a standard 540 and 7.2v pack. If I use a 3S Lipo with the Brushless, I think it will at least be fun to take out on the pond every once in awhile. I have small repairs to do on the boat prior to changing out the motor/esc.

Last night I cleaned up the aluminum body that I made for the 1/18 desert buggy and made a driver out of a sea world trainer action figure. That buggy is fun to run around the beach with just a 22T brushed motor, but I need to upgrade in order to use lipo. It's got graphite and aluminum everything.. so I can abuse it without issues. I'm going to eventually find some paddles for it.

I'm gathering items to make a universal trailer to pull behind the Clodbuster. I plan to make a removable center piece so it can haul boats or cars.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Sep 21, 2017 @ 07:39 PM | 6,039 Views
When I was a kid, RC was pretty new. When the Grasshopper was huge and my more well-to-do friends had one, I had a Nikko CHipmunk.. which I think was like a 20 scale. All I remember was them having a blue and red version, and not a single replacement part. They ran on 6 or 8 AA batteries and a 9V in the radio.


30 something years later and after buying so many various cars over the years, I never did end up with a Grasshopper.. Until now. I ordered it last night. I will put the 18 pinion, bearings, and a Joel Magic Speedworks motor from the same era. For the time being, I'll put a cheap chinese ESC on it.

I have a few boat projects happening, but I haven't been all that focused on my projects lately. I'd like to find some locals who enjoy Vintage and reissue.

My next purchase may be a Radio Shack Golden Arrow.. Another car I wanted and never got.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Apr 11, 2017 @ 02:39 PM | 8,752 Views
I took the RGT Rock Cruiser out and ran it for about an hour. I mostly wanted to get a better idea of it's handling and balance. I have done a fairly good job at balancing it out, but I need to add a little weight to even it out since the driver makes it lean a bit. I've been considering getting a sheet of lexan and using my aluminum interior as a mold. It would be much lighter and could be easily vacuum casted. could mold a stick shift, center console, etc.. Might be fun.

I took advantage of the scenery and did a little photo shoot.

Any suggestions on how to greatly improve this truck would be appreciated. I already took care of the servo. Shocks are obviously an issue, but finding the right size hasn't happened. Also, I may get the 73 Bronco tamiya body to create a more realistic truck in the colors I want. I used pinstriping to touch this one up and redo the crooked lines that came stock.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Apr 01, 2017 @ 08:40 PM | 7,502 Views
I ordered new shocks for the Rock Cruiser, but they are too fat and won't mount on bottom end. I did replace the 3kg servo with a 15 metal gear and metal horn. I changed the oil in the stock shocks, which will have to do for now. I think everything is as good as it will get for awhile.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Mar 28, 2017 @ 09:00 PM | 8,005 Views
I ordered the Tamiya Hilux steering wheel and it works out great on my scale crawler, but the interior makes the stock shocks too floppy for actual trail riding. On thursday the new crawler shocks should be here to fix that problem. I also put an aluminum horn on the servo and ordered a 15g servo for when this one goes out. I may have to add offsets to the wheels too, since this chassis is so narrow
Posted by AtomicMilk | Mar 23, 2017 @ 11:43 PM | 8,096 Views
A stop at Michaels and Home Depot led to a sturdy light weight interior. Then a stop at Toys r us for the driver..

I will continue adding touches to it, but this works great.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Mar 17, 2017 @ 10:52 PM | 7,713 Views
I got out my 80s pan car and got it up and running. It's a brushed system that still impresses me.

I ordered an RGT Rock Cruiser with the bronco body, then went ahead and ordered several upgrades and parts. I am not into racing like I once was (hence the username change from Patton_Racing), but I do enjoy a beach bash, and we have some great rocky beaches where this truck could be fun.. plus I really enjoy the realistic look.

I also dusted off the Clodbuster and put an xl5 esc on it, along with a new radio system.
Posted by AtomicMilk | Mar 22, 2015 @ 02:16 PM | 8,391 Views
So I have successfully turned this little toy boat into quite the machine. 4000k Brushless ESC/Motor, water-cooling system, aluminum rudder, titanium shaft, graphite prop, fresh paint, epoxy sealed seams, traxxas marine greased, new 2.4ghz radio rx and tx. I have tested it with a 7.2v mini pack and it's about the fastest thing on the pond. I'm sure lipo may be a bit too much for it, seeing at it's very light and barely stays on track. The longer and heavier rudder keeps it in the water right now.
I will attempt to get a video of it soon..