Back in May I bought a used standard Tamiya TLT, this lasted about 3 hours from arriving before I had pulled the axles off of it. The original plan was to do a S2a 109″, but this quickly changed to doing a S1 86″ with a club trials style bodywork.
This is the first of a series of posts to catch up with this project.
Axle width pretty much dictates that any Land-Rover is going to be 1/8th scale so the rest of the dimensions have been done to match. Wheelbase is 10.75″.
Axles: Tamiya TLT
Wheels: Tamiya Hummer
Tyres: Trail Doctor XL
Chassis: 3″x2″ aluminium box section and 10mm bar, with fabricated steel bumper and steel rear crossmember.
Body: Scratch built mostly from 1mm and 3mm styrene sheet
Transmission: RC4WD R2HD
Motor: Integy Lathe 75T
Temporary electrics used for testing were a Tamiya TEU-101 & 40mhzAM. Not sure what esc I’ll end up with, but would like to go 2.4Ghz for the radio as I don’t want a visible aerial and and the current 40mhz AM with the aerial wrapped around the metal chassis is really bad for interference and range.
The chassis is made from aluminium box section for the side pieces and 10mm x 10mm square bar for the horizontal rails.
The box section was drilled for the suspension mountings then split longitudinally to ensure that both sides lined up. Both the front bumper and rear crossmember are fabricated from mild steel.
The body is made from sheets of 1mm and 3mm styrene, this picture shows it with the basic outer shape completed.
Some more progress on the body with the making of the rear bed area, dashboard, and a start on the rollcage.
Electrics are housed behind the axle, accessed through a hatch in the rear floor when the body is in situ.
Next came the cage and a few more bits on the body
Front inner wings
Rear “electronics tray”
Chassis and cage.
Bonnet skin is 0.25mm styrene stretched across the frame