Axial Jeep Buildoff 1st Place - 1982 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler

Halme

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It's one of my favourite trucks tough I think that I've never seen one live. Maybe some other CJ's but none are like the massive, way too long and pure 80's americana Jeep CJ-8!

Other ones are almost ready with their builds but count me in to this game called scale Jeep building competition with my very first full scratch made body. Im going to take it slow and I'll be very happy if I get it done in this given time. Got some parts, a fresh SCX-10 chassis, a used gearbox, printed out a blueprint and made few measurements what hopefully are not too far away. Scale will be somewhere around 1:9.

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Used to play with that Majorette CJ-7 Renegade a lot as a kid and now I'm using it as somekind of a 3D model to help me out. I know that talented 2Beers is going to build this same car also and there is also a great and informative CJ-5 build by Headquake and yeah I'm going to use those as a reference without any regret. Thanks in advance guys! Thanks for the staff of the SBG for this competition, too! It's a great idea.
:biggthumpup:

Im going after the very stock look with low ground clearance and on leaf springs so this won't probably be the most capable offroader.

This may also end up in total disaster but hey at least I died trying! :laughing:

I'll try to update atleast weekly!


Greetings and now go back to build, Halme
 

2Beers

It's me again.
Oh Yaaaaaaaaaa.....
You just made this even more exciting for me.....
Great taste in Jeeps by the way...lol.
Going to be so neat to watch a different point of view and Ideas on this critter.

Looking forward to more... Bring the inspiration...::2thumbs
 

Halme

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Looking forward to more... Bring the inspiration...::2thumbs

Thanks my friend, been lurking your project since you started so we go vice versa :biggthumpup: But I'm just starting to get deeper into this hobby. More practice, never enough!

Heck yeah! It's about time you entered! Cant wait to see more progress!

Yeah you are absolutely right! I can't let you have all the fun here! :lol:


Started with the mask.. I'm following a one good advice I got from older colleque many years back; "Whatever you do, do the most difficult part first and then rest will be easy". Mask vs. fenders and the hood will be the most challenging parts so they must be taken down first!

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Printed out the mask, cut it out and glued to 2mm styrene and now I'm just trying to stay in tolerance.

Slowly... Slowly.. And it will be good! ::pray
 

Halme

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Where does all the time go?

I've made the grille almost ready without very big mistakes so far, or at least my unexperienced eye cannot see them. Needs a little filler tough, and holes for turning lights. Most of the stuff in this "scale building" is pretty new and exciting for me but I find it very fascinating and interesting.

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I've done few versions of the hood and been practicing the fender-bendering. Results are encouraging but I have nothing to show you guys yet. I think you all know what melted pieces of plastic look like. I want the hood to be curved like in a real thing, so I dont want to make shortcuts here.
Yet. :biggthumpup:

To achieve some progress, I started to make first layer of body panels. Trying to cut straight lines here.

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After delicate cutting process with old scissors I glued the panels together with a little drops of glue and cut & sanded them to be copies of each other. Sanding is fun - or is my life nowadays just boring?

Of course I could not resist to check how it would look like and made some fast supportive pieces in near correct width. These are only for building process and will be removed later.

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If I look my creation on axles and Land Rover wheels with Dirt Grabber tires from very very far away... I may see a distant reflection of a Jeep truck lurking somewhere in there!

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Recommendations for wheel and tire setup will be received. I think that 1.9" is just a bit too big for what I'm trying to achieve here.



Thanks for watching, comments and feedback is very welcome!

- Halme
 

2Beers

It's me again.
Your progressing right along. Great start.
Once you start building from scratch.... theirs no going back...LOL.
I too enjoy sanding .. especially when in the zone, as I call it.
I'm really liking the wheel and tire choice of the land rovers.... Once the body is up in stock ride position, they may look even better.
Be interesting to see what you come up with. More please.
 

Blazer7567

New member
Looking good! The grill looks great! I may have to steal that technique for my grill when I get to it.
How easy is the thread cutting technique? And what kind of thread do you use?
As for wheel and tire combo, I am also liking the land rover wheels and those tires. I agree with 2Beers, if you're running the body a little higher than it is in that photo, then the 1.9s will look fine. If you're wanting to run it really low, then maybe 1.55s would be better. Or you could try stretch 1.55 tires over 1.9 wheels? I've never tried it, but I know some people have done it.
 

Halme

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Looking good Halme, watching with interest!

Thank you very much! I appreciate it a lot.

Your progressing right along. Great start.
Once you start building from scratch.... theirs no going back...LOL.
I too enjoy sanding .. especially when in the zone, as I call it.
I'm really liking the wheel and tire choice of the land rovers.... Once the body is up in stock ride position, they may look even better.
Be interesting to see what you come up with. More please.

Thanks 2beers! You are so correct here! I cant stop.. like I would not have a ton of other less-important stuff to do but who doesn't! I will keep the tires for now but wouldn't mind to have something fancier because 80's were fancy time.

Sanding at the zone gives me chills..! :laughing:

Looking good! The grill looks great! I may have to steal that technique for my grill when I get to it.
How easy is the thread cutting technique? And what kind of thread do you use?
Or you could try stretch 1.55 tires over 1.9 wheels? I've never tried it, but I know some people have done it.

Thread cutting is fun and very very easy. You should be using polyester thread and give it a little pressure all the time when working. Once you feel that the thread is getting thin it's time to pull out some fresh thread and keep repeating. I always leave ~0,5mm working marginal because everything must be sanded anyway.

Thanks for the tip with the wheels, it's not a bad idea and I will keep it in my mind! :biggthumpup:


Did something else for a day and when I finally got back to my build I saw it immediatly. It's too wide! Did a fast check with measurements and yep, it was officially too wide. Reduced the width and now it looks much better and more in correct dimensions.

Here is also some bending and welding, hope you like it.


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Greetings, Halme
 

2Beers

It's me again.
Bends look fantastic... Not an easy thing to do.
Ive never used a tin before..... Great idea. I'll be trying that.::2thumbs
 

Halme

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Bends look fantastic... Not an easy thing to do.
Ive never used a tin before..... Great idea. I'll be trying that.::2thumbs

Thanks! You're welcome. :biggthumpup: I call it as the "shape stealing". :lol:

Some problems occur on edges when plastic cools down. I made OK results by forcing in it place by hand (just holding the ends, not pulling too much) and giving a little more heat if I notice some deformations. I have to be honest, it looks much better in the pic..
 

2Beers

It's me again.
Thanks! You're welcome. :biggthumpup: I call it as the "shape stealing". :lol:

Some problems occur on edges when plastic cools down. I made OK results by forcing in it place by hand (just holding the ends, not pulling too much) and giving a little more heat if I notice some deformations. I have to be honest, it looks much better in the pic..

I run into this problem too.
What I do, Is use a larger piece.. When heating, i let the styrene do its own thing.. I have found that the father away from heat source. ( I use a small LP torch ) the larger the bend circumferences.. the closer ..the tighter the bend..
Then I trim out the shape I like, leaving the the funky warp of material on the scrap.
I would say your method still comes out very nice and more uniform though.
 

Halme

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Yeah I was sure that you are familiar with these issues. :lol:
As you said it's all about practice and patience. This was my second attempt for this part and is all one piece so I'm a little proud of myself!
:blush:

Thanks for sharing the knowledge, all advices and hints are taken tough I am still a total newbie what it comes to styrene bending but it's fun to learn!
 

olafv

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Looking great.....I am going to try your thread cutting method....[emoji106]

Regarding your shaping....I like using a stove plate.....heating area is much larger and one gets more uniform heating across a larger area
 

Halme

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It's starting to come together it looks great.::2thumbs
Sean

Thanks! Im trying to do my best here.. Learning a lot and so far its been great fun! Cheers!

Looking great.....I am going to try your thread cutting method....[emoji106]

Regarding your shaping....I like using a stove plate.....heating area is much larger and one gets more uniform heating across a larger area

Thank you! Thread cutting method is the best method.
You are right, my torch is a bit small from heating area but sometimes its very useful too. I'm waiting here that our old stove gets replaced and I can get the whole apparatus for my styrene-cookings! Right now I dont want to feed my kids any more plastic than is neccessary for a daily diet.


About cooking the Jeep, heres my Forex-cake.

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And now I'm just trying to get somewhere near enough.

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It will get a green icing soon.



This is actually very hard but time consuming.

Love it!


- Halme
 

Halme

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Wowzer..... You so nailed the shape of the hood/bonnet....
Looking fantastic Halme.

Thanks! I tried to do it several times from styrene but the outcomes were pretty bizarre. Need more heat and more skills! This PVC is fun, why I didnt do the whole build out of it..?

:biggthumpup:
 
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