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    Default Johnny builds an MST CFX Ford Bronco

    I've never posted any of my builds on SBG. They're just not good enough. For this build I'm going to try to up my game a tiny bit. You know, magnets instead of body clips and stuff like that. Maybe I'll be OK hanging out here in the General Builds section. Baby steps. Dr. Leo Marvin would be proud.

    I couldn't resist picking up an MST CFX* when AMain was blowing them out. I had already been planning on picking up the chassis-only version for another project, but the opportunity to pick one up with the adorable baby Bronco body for half the price was too good to be true. I had always liked the Tamiya body. Then I found a few amazing inspiration pictures and came to the realization that I was going to have to build the little bucker.

    Let's get to it...


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build
    by johnny anguish, on Flickr

    * or three... but that's a story for another time.

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    Here are a few pics from the transmission build to get things going.

    You know, you get so used to all the kits being pretty much the same. Then MST puts planetary gears in a transmission and I couldn't stop grinning. It's a lot of fun to build something completely different!

    Oh, and some FastEddy bearings, of course.


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr

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    Since I hadn't really intended to build a mini Bronco, I'm trying to keep the cost down on this build. To that end, I picked up a 35T Holmes Hobbies TrailMaster Sport for a motor. I also picked up a DS3218 servo. I normally don't go super cheap on servos, but I broke down and decided to give one of these a try. It should toss around this tiny truck just fine.

    I also installed the CMS mount designed by gsgraber92 on one of the other boards (Grabers3DRC on Shapeways). It's a nice piece. The geometry looks really good.



    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr

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    At one point I ended up needing to order parts for another project and managed to pick up some metal links on the cheap. On they go.


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr

    The plastic lockers don't make me giggly happy like the planetary gear transmission. I plan on giving them a try and running them until they fail. Hopefully I won't regret that decision and end up carrying my toy truck home. Now that the thought is in my head, I'm pretty sure that feeling is already setting in.



    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr

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    Cool build so far. Been a fan of this chassis for a while now.
    -Jeff
    Mod19RC Shapeways Store
    IG: @RexRacer19

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexRacer19 View Post
    Cool build so far. Been a fan of this chassis for a while now.
    Thanks. I like the way the kit goes together. Nice materials and good fitment of the parts.

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    At some point it got to this stage. The kit is essentially built. I still need to throw in the radio gear and ESC, but it's close. Well, at least to the point where the 80/20 rule kicks in. Now the "fun" begins.

    The tires aren't glued onto those rims. I just can't bring myself to break out the tire glue for these trucks. I tinker too much to make such a commitment. It's too bad the kit wheels aren't beadlocks, because they've got a great look. I kinda like the tires, too. I'll throw them on some cheap beadlocks and run them at some point. I've got a few ideas for wheel/tire combos. Stay tuned.


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr

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    I'm pretty happy with the way this body is coming out. Here's a sneak peek...


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr

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    This is where I get shunned by you fine folks (and where I prove my general lack of worthiness). I've decided to use this hacked up ProLine XJ interior (that I was originally going to cram into my CC-01 FJ Cruiser, another mismatch) in the Bronco. Certainly not accurate, but it's easy to get to fit. Yay, easy!


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr


    MST CFX Ford Bronco Build by johnny anguish, on Flickr

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    Nobody should shun you for that. :) It's an interior, right? :)
    -Jeff
    Mod19RC Shapeways Store
    IG: @RexRacer19

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