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Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:54 am

I got my Clod in January 2012. I hope to do a lot with it over time, but as I have a lot of other priorities with time and money, the progress will probably be pretty slow.

Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted a clod, but they were always too expensive. My first R/C was a lunchbox (which I loved), but I finally went out and picked up a chrome edition clod. I live in Japan now, and the price of Tamiya products is pretty good here.
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:02 am

I wo n't post all the build pics, as Im sure everyone knows what that looks like, but this is the servo I used. It's a Blue Bird 630MG. Haven't really run the truck enough yet to really see how well it does, but so far so good. Especially considering the cost.
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:04 am

I really didn't like the chrome body, thought it looked kind of silly. But it did come with the ESC, and I liked having all the chassis pieces in black. The blue pieces from the Super Clod look cool with a blue body, but not much else, and eventually I'd like to get a Grave Digger body.
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:06 am

I decided to waterproof the truck using a tupperware box for all of the radio gear, and sealing it with hot glue. I also greased the inside of the servo horn and sprayed it with plasti-dip.
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:10 am

I decided that since I didn't like the chrome body, I would paint it. I tried stripping the chrome with bleach, and with easy-off oven cleaner, but neither worked. It seemed that I was just going to have to sand the chrome, prime it, and hope for the best. I really like the detail of the clod body, and since there was a risk of the paint flaking off, I decided my clod body would be for display, and I bought this bronco body for bashing.
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:15 am

I wasn't really happy with the way my first waterproofing turned out. Looked pretty ghetto, and it turned out to not be very effective. After a run in some pretty have rain, I found some drops of muddy water inside.

I decided to put the receiver and ESC into two separate smaller boxes, and instead of all the wires coming out of one giant hole, I'd run them each through smaller individual holes. I found some sealing grout tape, that I thought would be good to seal all of the holes, but I may have to switch to silicone in the future (probably should have used that in the first place)

Haven't had a chance to test the new set up yet, so we shall see...
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:21 am

And I finally got around to painting the clod body. I went with tamiya's camel yellow, which is a very dark, almost orange yellow, but it always seems brighter in pictures.

I sanded the chrome, used grey primer, and it looked horrible. The yellow didn't cover, all of the sharp edges were dark grey, and I used so much paint trying to make it cover, that it had a ton of hideous runs.

I sanded that down, sprayed it with some WHITE primer, and I am very pleased with the way it turned out. It's got about 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of yellow, and 2 coats of clear.

It also turns out the chrome body was sort of a blessing in disguise. I was able to mask off the chrome trim, drip rails, door handles etc, and they look so much better than if I had painted them silver.
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by Budhatrain » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:50 pm

that was a good idea with the chrome
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:42 pm

Thanks, I was quite happy with how it turned out.

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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by charliechristmas58 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:56 pm

Love that yellow . i got one lid painted that color. nice clean looking truck. great job. :D :D
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by andymac0035 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:18 pm

Looks good! I especially liked the bronco body.
Those pics are HUGE though, any chance you could re-size them?

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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by TamiyaTony » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:22 pm

Nice job! One of the best Supers I've seen yet. Very clean and original.
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:46 pm

Thanks everyone. I hadn't seen too many yellow clods, so I thought it would be a little different, and also a good 80's monster truck colour.

I will also make the pics a little smaller from now on, my laptop is kind of a behemoth so I misjudge the size sometimes.

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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:38 pm

Finally got it out in the snow to see how the waterproofing worked, seemed to work great. Got it good and loaded with snow and had no trouble.

I tried something different with the image sizes, so I hope they aren't so huge. They look fine on my computer, but please let me know if they're still too big
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Re: Garry's Clod

Post by BeaterOfAss » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:41 pm

And when finished in the snow, I just took in into the shower and rinsed it clean (not telling my wife about that part), and then let it dry. Seems like the little tupperware boxes worked quite well.
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