Back in 2011, Nobel A.K.A. Lebon, a very good client of JKRC got in touch with me with a special project request. Nobel was interested in the ICON tribute builds I had scheduled for this season but he wanted something with a touch more detail. Now I’m not sure which build request came first but in late February he flew into California to see Jonathan Ward at ICON 4x4 for a tour of the facilities. In the coming days I received an email from Jonathan letting me know our friend was in for a visit. Not only was Nobel talking about our planned scale Cruiser project but was ordering the real deal, an ICON FJ44. Speaking with Jonathan I was thrilled to find that he not only wanted to participate and consult on the scale replica build, he would also be providing all of the necessary files and specs for the from the full size build. It’s amazing to have him participate and having a brand like ICON endorse my build really is an honor. After a crap load of excitement, months of emails, phone calls overseas and down south we’re very proud to announce one of my largest and most detailed missions to date...
the OFFICIAL ICON project – scaling down the 44
As always, it begins with pages of parts, reference photos and lengthily to-do lists. Deciding on materials and sources for recreating all of the scale components may take a while but I know you guys will enjoy the process as much as I.
Having accurate frame rails is a must so Chris Robinson (Generis) at GCM Racing is turning out the frame rails from ICON's files and making the first of the adjustments to the RC4WD 44 axles. The rest of the chassis will be built here by hand, trying trying to be as true to the original as possible. Modifying a vacuum formed polycarbonate body just wasn’t an option this round. Prototyping a scratch built replica body is difficult, lucky for me finding a pro to take on the task of something this detailed was a synch! Our resident styrene expert, Richard Lutz (Pardonmyn00b) and his talented paws have already started hand crafting panels.
Stay tuned for lots of photos, write-ups and building!