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Simba fire truck 1/14 scale r/c

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  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Simba fire truck 1/14 scale r/c
Posted by semijoe on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:43 PM

about a 1 1/2 ago i started building the chassis, its taking long than the last truck i did.   i bought the model.   started up scaling every part  to 1/14 scale. but a lot of the chassis is all aluminum with a plastic skin for detail . so far the chassis is really close to the real truck,  the engine bay i wanted to model after the panther,  so lets get loading pictures

start with the frame, i am using aluminum channel

pre-fitted the cross members to get the width i need, also mounted the airbags

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:26 PM

for the axle i am using the tamiya  f350, but i need to make the axle through in through,  so i can modifying to do.  added the airbag brackets

pre-fitted the axles

made a suspension hanger, added a suspension arm and installed shocks

add aluminum knuckles, colored tie rod ends, added a tilt bar and steering linkage

 

TnT
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    September, 2016
Posted by TnT on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:33 PM

Holy crap. Nice work. You building a RC truck?

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 8:01 PM

Tnt literally typed the very first two words I muttered to myself when I saw these pictures. lol  'nuff said, other than I will be watching closely.

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  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:26 AM
I build custom r/c trucks for people all over the world. up to date I built 984, also been in magazine 7 times for them
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  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:28 AM

i started working on the engine compartment cage, i am using styrene square stock with brass inserts

pre-fitted a pair of aluminum radiators

 

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:40 AM

i found sound 1/14 scale aluminum mufflers. i will mount them on top. right now they are taped on so i see where everything goes

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    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Thursday, September 14, 2017 11:38 AM

time to start painting , i went with lime green for the chassis. i took off one side at a time 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, September 15, 2017 12:47 AM

Wow, Sir! This is shaping up to be an epic build! Even the chassis by itself, is suitable for it's own display case.

 

Dennis

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Friday, September 15, 2017 7:01 AM

thank you !

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    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Friday, September 15, 2017 7:11 AM

the rear bumper is painted, i have found some red and high torque servos from aarma

lower engine cage is painted

painted the twin engine transfer case

 

 

dlh
  • Member since
    October, 2017
  • From: South Central PA
Posted by dlh on Sunday, October 22, 2017 9:48 AM

OMG  I have an RC car and enjoy upgrading.  But this totally blows my mind.

Superb!

Dave

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, October 22, 2017 8:07 PM

You do excellent work. Very impressive stuff.

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  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, December 11, 2017 12:24 PM
Hello, Just found this thread. Very impressive work. I aspire to this kind of scratchbuilding. Will be watching this space. Forgive my ignorance, but this thing has TWO engines?

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, December 23, 2017 3:42 AM
I love it. R/C adds a whole dimension of possibilities to modeling.
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  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:15 PM

so I did a little changes , I wanted to do an on road fire truck, but I have went in a little different direction, instead I am build an off road forestry fire truck , I have lifted the suspension one inch, went with more power using a cummins diesel .   started on the floor,   long way to go.  wait to you see the water set up I am doing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:18 AM

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  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Monday, January 29, 2018 6:48 AM

SIMBA FFT 8X8 , update, i have added the robotic part for the water cannons. so far so good. i did receive in the water tank too, next weekend i have a lot of stuff coming in for this build .

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Monday, January 29, 2018 3:37 PM

SIMBA FFT UPDATE, its brake time. i founf some disc brake in red i want to add. but there is a lot of modding and fab work. the disc it self i had to dremel off the back as it had a different mounting, next i had to make a mount on the axle, what i did was make a sleeve over the knuckle , the white part of the rotor is static, red part of the rotor spins, the caliber is static . next i need to add the brake lines to the calibers

 

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, January 29, 2018 4:21 PM

Looking good semijoe.  Great stuff.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Monday, January 29, 2018 8:37 PM

thank you

 

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  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Monday, February 12, 2018 10:07 AM
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  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:31 AM

SIMBA FFT FUEL / WATER TANKS, i was going to use standard round fuel tanks, but the main water tank is not enough water for the water cannon, so i came up with an idea to make fuel tanks and use for water tanks also, the tank will be green, i cut a peak-aboo window , i am going to use red dyed water, i sealed the tanks, put a filler hole in the top and outlet hole in the bottom

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: hamilton n.j.
Posted by semijoe on Monday, March 19, 2018 7:34 AM

this weekend had some tome to work on simba fft.   i have finished the sides and tanks, added top fender and installed the rear light buckets

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, March 19, 2018 9:35 PM

Anyone here know how to re-locate a jaw ? - mine just fell on the floor & won't fit back !! Joe , sorry for not posting earlier , " not my usual cuppa tea " & all that Embarrassed 

Totally blown away with the incredible detailing & fabrication work ( Do you own shares in evergreen perchance ? Zip it!) *other plastics available* Stick out tongue 

I'm happy when I can get the windscreen in , without a blob of glue on it !! 

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