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My RC Crawler Journey: Part 1

My RC Crawler Journey: Part 1

Typicalcarguy

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Have you ever found yourself mesmerised by overlanding and off-roading videos, just watching those lifted off-roaders conquering obstacle after obstacle, kicking up mud, driving through puddles, inching down steep slopes and climbing up steep gradients that seem impossible to scale?

1.thumb.jpg.5fc015292e501daa28fc2b53723ac106.jpgI sure did, but without the time, money and commitment to actually do it, I could only remain as a spectator behind my computer screen...

2.thumb.jpg.a9ff0a4366ca8876f5b210aafddbe31f.jpgThis scale crawler had a ladder-frame chassis along with live-axles just like a true off-roader

3.thumb.jpg.0d3cd71d6fab3983ae931df6b22e9e8c.jpgThat was until I found something that's about as close as I can get to the action, but at a fraction of the cost - RC Crawlers! At 1/16th to 1/10th of the scale of an actual off-road vehicle, an RC Crawler still manages to offer plenty of fun!

4.thumb.jpg.5aea21c77767fcf86a4397b3376787a4.jpg5.thumb.jpg.b3855d0bb3831d9dd7ebfd83e5b29dd7.jpgI'm someone that can never be content with something that's stock and unmodified - from cars to watches to toy cars to keyboards to computers... needless to say, the RC Crawler got plenty of upgrades before I've even ran it the first time

I started my RC Crawler journey with the purchase of an affordable 1/12th scale (though strictly speaking, it's closer to typical 1/16th scale RC cars) Defender from Taobao - the MN D90. This Chinese-made radio-control crawler kit isn't an officially licensed product, but the details are pretty amazing. Especially when you consider the fact that it could be bought for less than $100.

6.thumb.jpg.f0d2f8f5632f521c6ad9ba1573a09c1d.jpg7.thumb.jpg.8485e88659b02799e3e35f8f1ea4a435.jpg9.thumb.jpg.4a60527868b1c99ca3db9a3e5b161ef5.jpgI've made sure to paint the body in stages of light coats to ensure durability, the painted body was then clear-coated for maximum protection, and a gloss finish

While it is available as a ready-to-run kit, I opted for the unassembled one, as I love putting stuff together. In fact, I've also bought a variety of upgrades so I don't have to live with a fully-stock car. Modifications, customisations and upgrades are what keep me blood pumping - the same applies to my own car... but that's a story for another day.

11.thumb.jpg.6de077fca5b09c0443665d6bde2ca4a2.jpgHaving prior experience with building 1/10th scale RC drift cars, this build didn't take much effort to complete, I even painted the shell to a 'Battleship Grey' colour that I thought would be perfect for the rugged nature of an off-roader.

12.thumb.jpg.a3abab297222a4e4d3c938c2f653400d.jpgNow, even though I've already had a bunch of upgrades, I am already eyeing more - I would love to increase the articulation of the suspension, maybe raise the height of the crawler for even more clearance, weighted wheels for more stability, a larger motor for more torque... You get the idea, this is just the start of a fun, and potentially expensive journey. But first, let's bring it out into the elements, and get it dirty!

-Zhi Xuan




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  • My RC Crawler Journey: Part 1

    Have you ever found yourself mesmerised by overlanding and off-roading videos, just watching those lifted off-roaders conquering obstacle after obstacle, kicking up mud, driving through puddles, inching down steep slopes and climbing up steep gradients that seem impossible to scale? I sure did, but without the time, money and commitment to actually do it, I could only remain as a spectator behind my computer screen... This scale crawler had a ladder-frame chassis along with live-axles
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