Body and Ex­te­rior De­tails

RC Car Action - - PROJECT -

The body was a ma­jor un­der­tak­ing, com­bin­ing off-the-shelf com­po­nents and a healthy dose of styrene scratch build­ing. I started with a Jeep JK Un­lim­ited body lifted from the New Bright toy model, a stack of styrene sheet, and tons of ref­er­ence pho­tos pro­vided by Kenny Haük him­self. It was a shame that I had to hide that beau­ti­ful steam en­gine un­der a faux boiler, but that’s how the real truck is, so hid­den it was. A lot of time was spent cre­at­ing the faux boiler. I wanted to be sure that I also didn’t melt the whole thing down on its first run, so I used some foam-backed alu­minum foil and a few lay­ers of Nomex fire-re­sis­tant tape. I wanted to be as faith­ful to the real truck as pos­si­ble, so I counted all the riv­ets and hand-drove each one; 300+ riv­ets made for a pretty fun cou­ple of days (sar­casm in­tended). I sourced some small-gauge steam pipe from a Gar­den Rail­way Club site and du­pli­cated the pip­ing as well. I de­signed and 3D-printed a few ad­di­tional ex­te­rior el­e­ments, in­clud­ing the rear bumper and tail­lights, with the help of my friend James Knight, of Knight Cus­toms. James also helped by cre­at­ing the cus­tom front grille and bumper. Both were printed by Shape­ways to match the satin black body­work. I hand-painted the num­ber­ing and let­ter­ing us­ing Citadel paints and brushes. The in­te­rior also got an ac­cu­rate re-cre­ation, and I did my best to match the full-size truck. In­stead of a pres­sure gauge in the cen­ter con­sole, I used a work­ing watch face. I added a few gold-painted tow hooks, a Warn Zeon winch from RC4WD, KMC wheels from Van­quish Prod­ucts, and wheel hubs from GCM Rac­ing. Put­ting rub­ber to road, I used what Kenny used on the full-size truck: Pit Bull Rock Beasts in their orig­i­nal 4.75-inch height.

The grille and bumper are cus­tom 3D-printed parts.

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