Do to the EXTREME and GRAPHIC nature of this topic I ask that these links NOT be reposted on any other site. I release myself from any and all claims of addiction to RC Astro / Safari vans that may have been caused by viewing these photos. Proceed at your own risk.
I started this project about two years ago and I had intended it to be a spoof on the FIRST ASTRO/SAFARI DIESEL CONVERSION. Well obviously that never happened. I got to about 99% done and lost interest. I have well over 500 photos of the build, most of which can be viewed in the slide shows below. The project is not complete, and is currently in "mothball" status. So you won't see any wheeling shots.
I tried to do every mod I wanted to do to my full size van on this 1:10 scale van. That included a bad ass "Ranch Hand" style winch bumper, Ford 150 signal mirrors, a contractors style rear step bumper, a full length roof rack with off road lights galore, a spare tire carrier on the rear door, rock sliders, a tow hitch bike rack and diamond plate siding. Yeah, I did ALL of that! Oh, and of course it had to have a Cummins Turbo Diesel with dual exhaust.
The order of some of this is messed up, and some of the pix have duplicates. Sorry about that. Sometimes it may appear that things are going backwards. Keep in mind that when you're building stuff from scratch you build up, then tear down and make adjustments, etc. This truck went through MANY revisions while I was building it. Sometimes things just didn't work as intended and other times I decided to add something that required complete dis-assembly (like the winch). If you have any questions about the process please ask. I'm not going to do a writeup step by step as that would take years. Know that a lot of tools and skill went into this. I have been working with small parts and fabricating stuff my whole life. On and off this took about two years to build and THOUSANDS of dollars. Some of it was from rc car kits, and some of it was homemade. It was a lot of work.
In case you need some incentive to view the slideshows..... this was the end result:
I hope you enjoy the slideshows. Go get yourself a big ass bag of popcorn. The slideshow format should not burden your computer or internet connection.
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Prepare to be amazed: ...
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Most of the parts for this build were purchased separately. The majority of the parts are from the RC model maker Tamiya. I used parts from various rc models. For example, I used Tamiya TLT axles with a modified Tamiya TXT truck chassis. Then I used a Traxxas E-MAXX transmission. The body was purchased on Ebay from a UK company called Kamtech Modelsports. The van body is a reproduction from an older rc car that is no longer made. Here is a link:http://www.kamtec.co.uk/index.php?page= ... &Itemid=53
A lot of the stuff I fabricated can now be purchased. You can buy bumpers and rock sliders, rollbars and roof racks. But you would have to modify them to make them work with this body. You can also get pre-made and kit form rolling chassis from the company:http://store.rc4wd.com/
I made my goodies from steel and aluminum for durability and quality. Also I wanted them to be as close as possible to what I wanted in real life. There is an ever increasing amount of licensed toy products out there. For example you can buy a WARN winch bumper for your rc model. This hobby has really blown up in the past few years. It gets very expensive though!
I like to build gnarly RC cars but I almost never use them. This was my first attempt ever at making a scale truck. I think I did an OK job, but it hardly holds up to what others have done. I never had any plans on revealing it to anyone but the good folks here on ASV! I don't frequent the rc forums. I wouldn't say I'm an rc nut as much as I am a tinkerer. I wouldn't mind someone here copying my design or ideas since we all have a common interest. If this made it to the rc car forums people would just be asking, "why an Astro? Why not a Ford E-350?" They wouldn't understand. I have also built FJ40 Land Cruisers....but it's because I love them and OWN one.
I suppose if it were complete I might share it elsewhere. But now that it's 2 years old it's hardly a work of art considering all the awesome scale products that are on the market now. I would have to put Dana axles on there now with name brand diff covers and .....on and on.....
I only ask that these not be copied and displayed on any other site besides ASTROSAFARIVANS.ORG Thank you!