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Thread: HemiStorm's Kahn Defender

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    Default HemiStorm's Kahn Defender

    After a good chat with Matt (he's that guy indeed) on RCC and sorting out the misunderstandings, I'm happy to be back here. Very much looking forward to people calling my LandRover a Jeep, asking if I ever took it off a sweet jump, advising me to put a Mamba Monster in it and receiving compliments on the weathering effect I do daily to my ashtray.

    Below a quick flashback, Marty McFlying you to two weeks earlier. Doing a lazy copy paste, for which I hope to be forgiven, but it's Saturday and I'm doing this on the iPad, with an ill-tempered kitten on my lap.

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    So far so good on the Gelande. I am going for the Kahn Defender look, it's like a tricked out version with beefier arches, the turbo style hood with the hump on the hood. It also has different headlight surroundings, different grille and so on. This is my very first time working with styrene, and so far it has been a lot of fun. I started out with the fenders in front, using 2mm styrene and a 4mm offset piece to get the bulk I needed. I modified some Arches RC Jeep Wranger rear light guards to fit the vents in the fender tops, to make them look like louvres.

    In addition I made the hood bump out of 2 mm styrene to make sure it's tough enough to go on a trip in the woods out here and can take a good tumble. A bit or guesswork, some heating and bending but I'm happy with the way it turned out. I have some pretty ghetto tools for all this but I don't need anything complicated for now.

    I also made new headlight frames, filled out the original ones and beefed them up making the lens opening smaller, also getting rid of the bottom indicator, which I will move to the bumper. I think it will give it a bit more of an aggressive look. I also took out the hole for the grille, which I still need to build, but behind it an Axial Exo Terra Griffin radiator will be placed.

    Anyway, on to the pics. Keep in mind this is my first time working with styrene, so it is way out of my comfort zone, but I'm having a ton of fun working with it.

    The inspiration:


    And the progress so far:

























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    Getting the hang of styrene, great fun to work with! Some more progress made. I cut out the grille section, and made a custom grille. Rebadged it, and made the line of the badge surrounding match the topline of the headlights, like the 1:1 version, as the grille sits too high in the RC4WD shell. I didn't feel like cutting up the entire front to fix the issue, and figured this was a nice compromise to solve the issue.

    I made a new grille out of styrene, 2mm for the surrounding frame. 1 mm spokes in the center with a cut-up-frying-pan-mesh-thingy in the back. Ruining household items for your RC's FTW!

    I also thought the headlights looked a bit too boring the way I had them before, so I added a ring, in which I carved a gunsight type of detail, like a compass too in a way. After grinding the largest corner off the hood to made the edge less square, I think the front is done for now.

    I've started on the rear fenders. This is hands down the most fun I had with the hobby in a very long time!
















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    Good to see you back Chris. Your really going to town with the styrene!

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    Hi Muddhound, glad to see you too buddy! Although my tools are very limited, by working with it I do get a good idea of what I need to pick up for future projects. My goal is to be able to part take in a build off next year, it would be great to get the skills where they need to be for a scratch build. Really in awe over what people achieve with styrene, it's absolute fun to work with the stuff.

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    I'm glad your back! This thing is looking great! Love the "Hemistorm" on the grille!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LetsGoMuddin View Post
    I'm glad your back! This thing is looking great! Love the "Hemistorm" on the grille!
    Quite funny story to that one actually. LOL
    I was going to start on it and didn't know which direction to go on it, until I received a message, saying and I quote:
    "Yo hemi you is a real arogant sack of sh*t 4 putting yr name on yr carz. I f*#*ing hate you I hope you die. F#*# YOU!!!"

    Inspiration comes from everywhere. I thought this was a great little idea.

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    Sharp looking rover. really like what you have done so far.

    Chris

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    Less about this Jeep and more about the Mamba Monster and sweet jumps please.
    SBG Junior Vice President RC4WD Team Manager

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    Good stuff sir. Welcome back!
    SBG OWNER YOUTUBE AXIAL AMBASSADOR GCM TEAM DRIVER VANQUISH MAD MOOSE

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