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    Default Ascending Portal Jeep thing.

    In adherence to the continuing theme in the Scale Fab Shop at the moment, I decided to start another new project rather than working on one of the existing ones

    I acquired a Vaterra Ascender kit the other week, and today I intended to start putting it together however I managed to get as far unpacking the front axle when I got side tracked by the last set of 3Racing SCX10 portals I had laying about and seeing if I can make them fit

    The result at the end of today can be seen below, still needs a bit of fettling but really happy with the result











    I can still max out the CV which should lead to a pretty decent steering angle ::thumb::





    Overall I think the portal boxes are going to add about 10mm width to a stock casing, which is easy to loose by narrowing the casing.

    Going to try and get the other side done tomorrow evening.

    Overall I am going to use the stock chassis and move the motor and gearbox up front and put a transfer case in the middle. Body wise I am probably going to go with a Chinese jeep, wheel/tyre/foam combo will be the SSD wheels with Pitbull's and Crawler innovation foams shown in the pictures above.

    That's it for today, more soon.

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    Blimey. That's an interesting development sir. I applaud you not finishing another project.
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    That's some fine fettling
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    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    Blimey. That's an interesting development sir. I applaud you not finishing another project.
    Quote Originally Posted by pardonmyn00b View Post
    That's some fine fettling
    Thanks chaps, this build will hopefully get me back into the groove so I can finish some of the others too.

    Well I have been able to grab a few minutes here and there and made some progress on this.

    Got the other end of the front axle done and then narrowed the whole casing by 20mm.



    New panhard mount on the chassis.



    Also made some metal shock hoops and got the front axle mounted up.





    decided to use a 1/16 traxxas gearbox with a 400 size cobalt motor so that has been mounted too



    Rear links and shock hoops are also done and installed, I made a custom rear truss, so all the rear needs is the portal boxes installing.

    Next up rested the shell on and roughly laid out the interior, The seats are 3d printed spare will be living roughly here, once I get the cage done.





    This should be about the ride height.





    More as I have something to report.

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    Loving it Pete, nice and aggressive with just the right amount of Attryde built into it.
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    "Overall I'm using the stock chassis"
    If I had a dollar every time I've said THAT!! Another incredible build!

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    Another Jeep that is helping me to understand...

    These Ascenders seem to have great potential. More please...

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    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    Loving it Pete, nice and aggressive with just the right amount of Attryde built into it.
    Thanks Matt. I am starting to like it again, the closer it gets to being complete the I like.

    Quote Originally Posted by OldfartRC View Post
    "Overall I'm using the stock chassis"
    If I had a dollar every time I've said THAT!! Another incredible build!
    Daft thing is I could have just made the chassis rails and saved a bunch of cash by just buying the axle casings.

    Quote Originally Posted by Small Factory View Post
    Another Jeep that is helping me to understand...

    These Ascenders seem to have great potential. More please...
    Slight delay but here is some more as requested This is the first time I have used an Ascender as a base and I have to say I am very impressed with the quality of the kit.

    Finally managed to get the enthusiasm together to do some more to this today

    Bulk of the cage is made, just needs spare tire mount and some "oh S**t" handles.

    Finally got the springs and shocks about right, just need to fine tune once it actually runs.















    I might actually get some more done tomorrow, on the other hand I might not

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    So due to it actually feeling like summer here today, it was too hot in the fab shop (35 C) to be doing any metal work, so I have spent the day doing body work on the Jerp.

    Rollcage got inspected and a couple of joint tidied up then shot it with etch primer before a couple of coats of black followed by a couple of clear. Also got both doors, the hood and windscreen surround painted in their final colour.









    Hopefully the nice weather will hold and I can get the rest of the shell prepped and painted in the week.

    More soon

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    Finally made some progress on the body for this today. Got the last bit's stuck back together, made some room for the electrics up front including the battery and shot some colour at it too. Just need to finish the bumpers, mount a winch or two and tidy up a couple of bits on the underside and it's all set for it's first run.















    Thanks as ever for looking,

    more as it happens.

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