MidlandRC

Coming Out Of Retirement

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Hello all. Hope my old stomping grounds has been doing well. Been a while for me... life has taken me away from my beloved toy trucks for a couple years. Some big changes, both good and bad, but nevertheless Uncle Midland is happy to be back in these old hallowed halls talking about toy trucks... even if only this one time. I thought I'd throw up a thread as I have reluctantly agreed to pull the jersey down from the rafters for one more build. This time for a friend of mine. Let's get down to the particulars, shall we?

The truck in question is the Tamiya Tundra. Long time beloved by many, including myself, for its scale realism. Tamiya was really ahead of the market with the whole "scale" movement. Their hardbodies are still some of the best and most accurate on the market, and are the source of many builds, including my own. For my friend, a longtime Tamiya owner, this was his first real venture into the body shop side of building these trucks. Personally, I think he did just fine, given his lack of experience. But my friend had higher hopes in mind for this little truck so after months of discussion, I finally agreed to take on the project, dust off my tools, light up the shop, and pull the jersey off the wall for one more go.

Let's start with the current state of affairs. Not bad, but not what my buddy had in mind.

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Now let's talk about what the plans for this little guy are. As some of you know, I like looking for inspiration from 1:1's. My thought is, if it exists in 1:1, and looks good in 1:1, there's a high likelihood it will look good in 1:10 as well. So I went to the interwebz in search of a 1:1 Tundra that made me feel all gooey inside. Where I landed was on a slightly newer bodystyle called "Aphrodite." I rarely do exact replicas, reserving some creative license to make the build my own. This will be no different. So, I will look heavily to this truck for inspiration, but it won't be my effort to perfectly and completely reproduce it. Rather, take the styling cues, color schemes, etc., and incorporate into the final build. You're probably wondering, where's the picture of Aphrodite. Forgive me. See below.

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She'll be getting a complete strip down and respray in a shade closely matching the matte wrap on the 1:1. All chrome will be sprayed in black. I have also instructed my good friend to order a new set of 1.9 beadlocks as the plastic glue-ons from the box just aren't cutting it. At my recommendation, he's going to wrap those beadlocks with a set of DickCepek Fun Country 2 tires. I absolutely love the scale realism of the Cepek family of tires, and given the size of the shell, and our desire to keep this class 1'ish in it's appearance, I wanted a tire that had a more conservative sidewall. I'll be attempting a similar design down the sides, in black, and we are discussing the possibility of a tonneau cover. To be determined, on that. What is happening, however, is a partial scale interior will be going in. So, I also had him order a new clear window insert. I think he's getting tired of me texting as it's always requiring him to buy something lol. Not a lot of room on the underside of the cab, due to the design of the chassis/drivetrain, so I'm going to be relocating the ESC and RX to free up some much needed real estate. Should be just enough square inches to craft a decent enough interior. My old friend Willy has already been given the good news that he, too, will be required to come out of retirement. He has graciously accepted the role of driver for this little truck, so I'll be incorporating some of the exterior styling cues into the interior as well.

So, now what?! Well, the truck ran over an IED and now sits in this configuration, waiting parts and supplies.

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I'll begin sanding over the next few days/weeks as pieces slowly arrive. During the build, I'll provide more details including paint codes, etc., if anyone is interested. If not, I'll post them anyhow, because toy truck. :P

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Welcome Back Uncle Midland... Looking forward to this.

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Hey buddy. Glad to see you working on something.

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Woohoo!! The master is back :) I can't wait to see what you do with the interior, and the tonneau cover :D

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Thanks for the warm reception, ladies. Nice to be back... even if just for one build.

So, not a ton of progress but I have been getting packages in the mail, including wheels, tires, paint, and misc supplies. Started my favorite thing in the world to do... sanding!! Ironically, nothing has changed. It still SUCKS. May end up trying some chemical removal methods for the first time as whatever paint he used, it's on here gooooood. And he used a LOT of it. I've always been against using the chem approach as I've read/heard about the possibility of a residue being left on the shell, which can drastically affect the quality of the next paint job. I've never been willing to roll the dice... until now lol. We'll see what happens. I probably won't, but I'm comforted knowing it's a weapon in my arsenal.

I'll post more details about the paint, paint codes, and methods and techniques I'm using on this truck later. This will be one of my more complex paint jobs, so I'm both anxious and excited to see the end result. But more on that later.

As I mentioned, wheels and tires have shown up. Personally, I'm not in love with his wheel choice, but he's a captain in the army, and was immediately, understandably, drawn to the hummer wheels from RC 4WD. They are a slightly narrow wheel, but are of excellent quality, as I have come to expect from their beadlock wheels. To accommodate, the tires are slightly more narrow than I may have chosen otherwise, but I think they fit the wheel appropriately, from a size perspective. The outer diameter I think is appropriate as well, as this is not a class III competition truck. Man they look scale though. Beautiful set of tires in my opinion.

To accommodate The interior, some moving around of electronics is necessary. So I put together a quick panel on the back of the existing platform, and this will house the ESC and RX moving forward. It won't give me much, but every millimeter helps in this incredibly cramped space.

Poser shot.

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Panel love

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Scale porn.

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Gotta sau I like the scaliness of that wheel/tire combo. Kind of utilitarian on wheel design as you mentioned, but definately military style. Mr. Panel hasnt lost his touch I see. Keep going! Any hints on colour?

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My thoughts exactly, Jay. Not my particular cup of tea, but I do love the size of everything. Maintaining a very scale look, but should give a little better performance over the stock Tamiya tires, and he has beadlocks now, rather than... glue-ons. (Shudder)

As for color, I was going to wait until closer to paint time, but since you asked I'm going with a color that both closely matches the 1:1, and coincidentally is the same color he originally wanted... blue. Of course, I can't just grab a can of blue paint, start spraying and call it a day. That's what got him in the predicament he's in now. This will be a paint job similar to my project Fitty, but with an interesting twist that I've never tried before, but am dying to. Base layer (after primer) will be a silver leaf, followed by a covering of pearl clear coat. Next, a layer of clear blue, finally covered by a gloss clear coat. It should look something like the blue/green vinyl wrap on the 1:1, but be much shinier, which was his only request... "make it shiny." Similar to the spoon on the right in the pic below, difference being they used gunmetal rather than silver leaf. I loved the way the silver leaf added complexity and richness to the red I painted the Fitty, and I'm counting on it here as well.

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I'm also fab'ing a steel roll bar to closely resemble the 1:1. I'll post pics soon of that progress.

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Oh my!!

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Like the color

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I want to get a leaf sprung rig for sure!

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On 7/21/2016 at 7:30 AM, BrandonBrock said:

I want to get a leaf sprung rig for sure!

Since I posted this I have bought a tf2, put it together, and ran it about 2 hours total.  Going to Little Rock city Alabama on feb 25th or whichever day is Saturday.  Should be a blast!uou should make the 15 hour trip or whatever it is and scale with us!!!

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