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Old 10-27-2010, 05:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Little Raisin

My buddy Richard asked if I would be interested in doing a scale version of Ben Swain's "The Raisin". Normally I'm not too big on building full tube chassis rigs, but I really liked the look of it. Plus Richard's good people, so how could I say no.

So I started amassing pics, and Ben was nice enough to send me a bunch(need more now lol).

Richard sent me all the parts I would need to get going on it.

Chassis: Axial SCX10
Wheels: CAC (Create-A-Crawler)
Tire: Proline TSL Swampers 2.2
Leaf Spring Kit: RcBros
Shocks: RC4WD
Winch: 3Racing

So got going on puting this thing together. Had a few issues with the leaf spring kit, but some great customer service from the manufacture took care of that.


First thing to make was the sliders as alot of the cage is based off that. These are 5/32" solid cf steel rod (what most of the cage will be made from).


Then got them welded on the chassis.



Well that's as far as I got for now. Will be updating with more pics as work gets done.
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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bad ass. when Ben told me about someone wanting to do an rc crawler of the raisin i was supper excited to see how it will turn out. looking forward to the rest of the build. if you need any additional pics let me know.

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Old 10-28-2010, 07:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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here is a pic of the raisin
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for that offer TJ, i sent an email to Ben yesterday. I'd love some larger pics of the side view without skins on. Also a few closeups of how the main hoops attach to the sliders/frame. Closeups of the roof panel(tubes), and a few shots of the bed. Any help would be awesome.

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Sick, after staring at 4WD Toyota owner mag and the issue of Crawl with the Off-road Solutions yellowish 4-linked 4runner and the homegrown crew trail in it run I fell in love with the Raisin. Thanks so much Dave

But perhaps a RC Sawzall is in order soon

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i do have a Axial that i wheel all the time and have thought about it. just don't have the time to build a scale version of it. sawzall is getting a heart transplant this winter.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks TJ, pics are exactly what I was after. This thin should get some steam next week.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Finally got more done on the little guy.

First things first I didn't like the rear suspension angles, so I decided to work on that a little.


Then cut them apart and countersunk some holes.


Then installed. Now the frame sits almost level, and I like the angles on the rear leafs much better.


Forgot to take pics along the way, but here's the passenger cage ready to go onto the frame.


The big hold your breathe moment for me so far was welding it on.



Finally, added the front lower bars. Well that's it for today. More to come.
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tube work so far looks great. nice job man
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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sick stuff Dave! great so far. I do agree with you though the Swampers look like 54's and not 44's. I could always run the 1.9 Iroks, what do you think man?





my old yellow rig with 1.9 Iroks, I still miss it.













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Got a little more done today.

You gotta be a little extra careful when welding on a partially assembled rigs. Something about plastic and welding slag that don't mix.


Frame extensions done. It's amazing how sometimes the littlest things are the ones that take forever, and take the most work.


On to the bed section.


How it sits tonight.


Well actually here it is with 1.9 Rok Lox. Much better as far as scale goes IMO.


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to cool man. looks way better with the 1.9's
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:31 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Hey TJ or Ben, is this an anti-wrap bar?

And are you still using it? In most of the closeups i just see a poly bushing but nothing hooked up to it.
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not using that one any more. there is more of a tradition wrap bar on it now.
you can kind of see it in this pic. a Y style to a shackle.
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Ok cool, and thanks for the panel file also.
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Cool buggy and scaler. Nice work
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Ok got a little more done. Ended up wasting an hour plus playing with the toolbox. Don't think that's gonna work, so we'll see what else I can come up with. Got the rear shocks mounted and most of the bed done. Looks like we're gonna end up going with 80mm shocks to keep the scale looks and performance. Sorry about the crappy pics on these updates. My wife keeps taking the camera, so I gotta use the ol' iphone.





Here's the rear shocks in action. Pretty good up and down travel, and should be more than enough articulation. Don't mind the gloves, I wear them until there's nothing left. It's my foolproof plan to burn my fingerprints off eventually

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Looks like it's coming along really well! A lot faster than the first time! Can't wait for more updates
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That your shop TJ? Lookin a little messy...
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Things came up late last week. Finally got a chance to get some more done today. Again one of those things where it doesn't look like a lot, but it's a lot of work.

Added front frame extensions.


Built the front frame addition.


Cleaned it up.


Welded it on and cleaned it up.


Well that's it, other than drilling new holes to remount the front leafs. Gonna add a bracket to the front addition, somewhat like the 1:1. Moving the whole assembly forward just a bit, and fixing the angle issue on the leafs. Then finally the front tube work starts...
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More little stuff done. Made new mounts for the spring hangers in the front.


Welded them on.



Problem is now I've reversed my problem of spring angles. So I will need to do some work on those little blocks to get things right.

How it's sitting tonight.



I tried for the main front tube, well if at first you don't succeed... Lol back at it tomorrow.
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