Life as usual around here,nothing much going on,just day to day living,chores,spending time with the Wife and Kids.
After having sat for several days un-moved/un-driven,I loaded up a hatch full of recyclables the other day in the Jeep and hauled them off. While driving,it runs fine as always,but for some reason it has developed a fairly bad “miss” at idle speed…it stalled out on me twice at intersections,something new there,though I’ve just gotten both too lazy and too caught up in Summer cleaning (think “Spring Cleaning” a few months late :P ) to mess with it as of yet. Well,that and it’s been raining lots and there’s no access to a place inside to work on anything. It’s a nice sunny,(very) warm day out today,but I just don’t feel like being out doors in the heat while getting greasy. It will keep/still need looking into later this week,maybe I’ll run it down to Dad’s house and give us something to do together and a reason to visit.
I have actually charged batteries and ran my (Axial) SCX10 a couple of times,though I haven’t yet installed any of those dusty upgrades I’ve had for months,LOL! It was fun,as expected. I didn’t load up and head to any trails or anything,just ran it down below a friend’s/neighbor’s unit down by the creek that runs on that side of the street so I could get it muddy. Today,I cleaned up/cleared off a table in the kitchen/dining area of the house (that’s only used to collect junk and dust ;) ) and set up a place I can wrench on RC’s,both in anticipation of the off-chance I do decide to order up a new rig,and to have place to work on em (now that I’ve “turned in the shed”,though they’ve still not came and collected it as of yet,it still sits here).
In the next 2 weeks,I will pay the “new” Camry payment,and tomorrow I will pay the camper’s first,leaving a balance of 59 payments on each. I suppose I really need tear into the Jeep this week (as opposed to later),no sense in owning a camper with a payment,especially not being able to park it at home mind you,if there’s no way to tow it anywhere and use it,LOL!
The kids have 3 weeks from today until they go back to school (YES!!! WOOHOO!!! OH YES…..er….um,did I type that out loud? LOL! Naw,actually,I dread it as much as they do,I’ll miss em :) ),and the Boy has a round of shots to take yet,so I guess we’ll start back-to-school-shopping soon,and I need be making both a doctor appointment (for checkups and his vaccinations),dentist checkups and such. Hard to believe,but the Girl is going to be a Senior,and will graduate this year… :( Time flies too fast,it does,I’m…WE are so proud of her :)
On the potential new RC rig,I had some interest in one I found slightly used (“ran ONE time,seriously,one time in my paved driveway” the ad said) Tamiya CC01 roller (no electrics),it certainly looked like a brand new,freshly assembled kit,and the owner finished the body (Toyota FJ Cruiser body) very nicely. At $175 shipped,I was very interested in it,and most likely would have PayPal’d the money to him tomorrow when the Wife gets paid (with her ok,of course ;) ),but it sold about 15 minutes after I messaged him asking about it. Wasn’t meant to be,I suppose :P
I’ve pretty much ruled out a G Made Sawback. I dig them,but to my eye they look a bit off-scale…off kilt…for a 1/10 scale trail rig. Not that I won’t want and/or buy one later down the road,but not right now. Actually,I’ve ruled out buying/building any kits for now,at least until I have a better,more permanent work station,or until I acclimate to the new setup (not having a workshop that I could choose to go out to) inside the house. Besides,I’m experiencing a sense of need for some good old fashioned euphoric instant gratification,LOL,so I’m looking specifically at RTR’s*.
Seeing as how RC4WD’s RTR’s entry pricing is well over $400** (and in need of several mods to trail/crawl at half of what a stock Axial rig crawls at),as much as I dig their scale realism (which can’t be touched by Axial’s scale-ness),I’ve ruled them out for now as well (I suppose one of their could be the next kit I build though,but the entry pricing of their kits is $400 before electrics are added…) ,which leaves me with my old friend Axial. Not a bad thing,mind you,as not only are they a leader in the field,but their rigs have served me well and point blank,I likes em.
I was thinking about building a “scaler” of a pre-98 Jeep Cherokee,using Proline’s 1992 XJ body,which has an 11.8″ wheelbase,so technically buying an Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 RTR (or kit,for that matter),with it’s shorter 12.0″ wheelbase seems the simplest (the SCX10 Deadbolt,Wrangler Rubicon like mine,and Wrangler Rubicon CRC editions all have a 12.3″ wheelbase),so it seems to me there’d be less cutting of links to do (understanding that it’d be the same lengths cut on either)…well,probably not any difference,but I’m digging the extra parts unique to that version (light bar,tires,etc) so that’s what I’m going with,hahaha! :P
It’s occurred to me,however,that Proline’s Jeep Camanche (MJ,where-as the Cherokees like mine are an “XJ”) comes out of the baggies with a 12.3″ wheelbase,so no mods would need be made to build an MJ scaler with even the least expensive new SCX10 RTR (the Deadbolt,$299.99 shipped at Tower Hobbies),and even with those bodies selling $10-15 higher than the XJ bodies,that would be the most cost effective direction to go. Those bodies look a bit “off” to my eye,though (despite that nearly all pick-up truck bodies for 1/10 scale crawlers have no depth to their truck beds,to clear the RC bits),I’m thinking that the bed looks a bit too short compared to 1:1 (real) trucks,like it’s been “bobbed” (shortened) or similar. Here’s a few pics (pulled from a Google search of “MJ Comanche pics) of a real one and Proline’s body done up on (what looks to be) SCX10′s.
I dunno…after looking at these pics,LOL,it doesn’t look so “off” to my eye (other than the lack of bed depth-ness). I may just go this route,we’ll see what kind of budget (and kit/body availability I find) when then time comes.
Anyways,nothing really going on around here,just thinking out loud. I hope everyone else is enjoying their Summers as well as we are :)
*Ready To Run ;)
**The RC4WD Trail Stomper can be bought for around $300 in RTR form…but comes with a cheesy-looking (personal opinion) lexan body (not the super accurate looking hard body the TF2 and Gellande II have),and sacrifices what trail capabilty they do have to meet the $300 price point,for eg it comes with friction (non-oil filled) shocks,just like the toys at Wal-Mart ;)