LS Mail Jeep

Highmark

Supporting Member
Fantastic work as always. I liked your solution for keeping the case square while you soldered it together.
 

wesmade

Supporting Member
Very nice tube work!

Thank you!

Cool fab work....nice fit!!!

More like extremely tight fit, but thanks!

Beautiful work as always!

appreciate that.

Fantastic work as always. I liked your solution for keeping the case square while you soldered it together.

Thanks, it is a bit of a pain to set up. I have to silver solder into the tube, drill it back out then tap with an M3 so I can add a screw from the bottom.

Everything is coming together so well. The cage is excellent!

Thanks, but I am about to get to the tricky parts.

following! nice work so far

thanks you!
 

wesmade

Supporting Member
Here is how I fit the body to the VS410 chassis. The chassis is designed well, but not very accommodating for changes. Having a tiny Jeep body doesn?t help matters much either.

The chassis rails are way too high so they had to be chopped I also had to ditch the entire front end set up in favor of a custom one. The servo mount was removed and tabs from Scale Metal Supplies was used to make a new servo mount. This was after about half a dozen attempts to find just the right configuration that would allow the body to fit as well as good articulation. In the end I found it best to zip tie the suspension down to take measurements.

The bumper needed extensions, so I soldered on some Axial rails. This will allow for a spot to mount the bumper and winch.

I used some aluminum extrusions to support the body on the side. These double as rock sliders. Turns out the real one did the same trick since the DJ5 bodies are know to sag in the middle. It has been a lot of fun corresponding with the builder of the 1:1 truck as I build this replica.

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dagabba

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Looking amazing Wes.

Sounds like fitting it to the chassis was a bit of a pain but I have to say those axles look super sexy under there!
 

wesmade

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I've always been a big fan of the 1:1, its been awesome watching this one come to life. Looks great!

I wasn't aware of this before, but am for sure a fan now. The owner, Tim, is a great guy and has been helping me out a lot.

Looking amazing Wes.

Sounds like fitting it to the chassis was a bit of a pain but I have to say those axles look super sexy under there!

Yes and yes
 

wesmade

Supporting Member
I was able to get the rear bumper created and mounted. Very simple, but hopefully it matches well with the original. I ended up cutting the chassis similar to the front and made a simple drop down which bolts it on.

I also got the ?dash? created. It?s just a rectangle of styrene but the real one is just a sheet of metal. I made risers for the seats and created a trans tunnel. It?s a bit bigger than the real one, but the VS410 trans is quite tall.

Once I get the roll cage painted I will glue in the dash and start adding the details.

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wesmade

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I painted the roll cage and mounted the dash. The trans cover was painted flat black and shifters glued in place. I still have tons of stickers to add to the dash, but it?s really getting there.

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wesmade

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Working on a battery tray for the rear trying to make the most of this tiny body, but a 5000 mAh will never fit. The tray also acts as inner fenders and covers the rear cargo area. Eventually there will be a hinged cover that is attached to the cage. This is designed to stay up the chassis and the body slips over it.

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wesmade

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Getting really close to finishing the Jeep. The rear battery tray is built painted and installed. I was also able to find a space big enough for all of the electronics. It?s a bit high, but this is literally the only spot left. I just couldn?t imagine raising the floor. It looks so awesome with it low.

I also have the side vents made. I used a screen window repair kit sandwiched between styrene. It?s hard to see but there is a block off plate for where the turbo exhaust was. He started this with turbo but switched to NA and nitrous.

Hoping to get the final build details done soon so I can start the wet sanding fun.

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Deric

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Looks good and mean sir. Tight fit for the electronics for sure, do you not like the internal BEC in the Mamba? Probably nice to have all the power with the winch. Just asking. Great work as always man.

Deric
 

wesmade

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Looks good and mean sir. Tight fit for the electronics for sure, do you not like the internal BEC in the Mamba? Probably nice to have all the power with the winch. Just asking. Great work as always man.

Deric

Never used a Mamba X. This isn?t my truck, and all the electronics came on the chassis when it was sent to me. He had a servo winch but there was no room for it. I kept his controller and swapped out to the 3Racing winch.


Wes
 

wesmade

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I spent some time painting and sanding. I still need to get the clear coat, but need to let the paint dry a bit.

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Wes
 

TLC

Scaled, but not fishy.
Looking very sweet mate. The scale hardware really helps sell it. :cool::drooler:
I reckon this will be hard to pick from the 1:1 once finished, with the right photo. ::2thumbs
 
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