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    Default RC4WD/GCM Skeleton J2 FJ Cruiser

    Hey folks.

    My Skeleton kit arrived last night. I had an hour to spare tonight and got it put together. It's a really nice kit, with a ton of adjustability built in. Nice and solid, with some very smart additions.


    The kit comes packaged in GCM's usual organized packets.





    Cool sticker! I wonder which talented dude made that...





    The kit is all black anodized aluminum. Very trick. If you have any difficulty putting the kit together, I recommend watching GCM's Youtube videos. Really helps with assembly.





    And here it is, all put together with the D35's underneath. Note: To use RC4WD axles, you will need to purchase the K44/D35/YotaII 4 link truss kits.






    Very briefly, this was a Jeep.



    I came to my senses and went with what I know.



    I feel much better now.

    For fun, I decided to make my own fender flares out of blue/green kneadatite. Very cool stuff, moulds nicely and maintains some flexibility.



    Once painted and detailed, they look pretty good.





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    Very cool flares.

    I like how you show the versatility of the chassis...



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    Nice work. Ya versatility in a kit is a real bonus. When the novelty of one body wears off it's nice to swap over to something else for a new look without forking out $$$ for a whole new RC chassis kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rckcrwlr View Post
    Very cool flares.

    I like how you show the versatility of the chassis...
    It's a pretty great chassis, I've got more comments below.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4LOW View Post
    Nice work. Ya versatility in a kit is a real bonus. When the novelty of one body wears off it's nice to swap over to something else for a new look without forking out $$$ for a whole new RC chassis kit.
    You can say that again!

    Skeleton kit is something else. Great balance, rigidity, strength, and versatility. It did great on all manners of terrain. If you can get one, and you want to build a truck in this wheelbase, there's not much better out there. Headquake was kind enough to setup an 80 gate course through the park, and despite one roll, caused by a driver error the truck made it through with flying colours. I didn't use the RC4WD Warn winch today, but I will say that it's very strong, and super easy to operate. These D35 axles rule by the way. Nice and beefy, and come with XVD's right out of the package. Very happy with the complete package.



    Sadly, I don't think I'll be doing a video of this guy, it's time to finish the FJ!
    Last edited by imthatguy; 06-28-2014 at 10:52 PM. Reason: added comments

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    Looks excellent. Love how the tires don't stick out. Nice work too with the Kneadatite. That looks like some fun stuff to play with.
    Team Driver for Race730

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    Huh, I forgot to update this thread.

    It's a lot less a Jeep and a lot more an FJ again.

    Paint's done-ish.



    Most of the electrics are in now too. I always wanted to do a build with angel rings.



    But, they look kinda sucky with the stock headlight surrounds.

    Top tip, with nearly no modifications, Tamiya Hilux headlights fit a treat and look infinitely better.



    Bits and pieces is all that's left. Oh, and a bumper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    Huh, I forgot to update this thread.

    It's a lot less a Jeep and a lot more an FJ again.

    Paint's done-ish.



    Most of the electrics are in now too. I always wanted to do a build with angel rings.



    But, they look kinda sucky with the stock headlight surrounds.

    Top tip, with nearly no modifications, Tamiya Hilux headlights fit a treat and look infinitely better.



    Bits and pieces is all that's left. Oh, and a bumper.
    Always love your Fjs please update asap

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    Lookin' good for sure! Keep it coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEYCHELLES View Post
    Always love your Fjs please update asap
    Quote Originally Posted by 4LOW View Post
    Lookin' good for sure! Keep it coming.
    Thanks sirs.

    Wrencher's done some great work so far with the bumper, but I'm keeping that under wraps until it's finished.

    I brazed up some simple sliders today.



    Roof rack got sprayed with some textured black and the interior got some felt for the headliner.



    A n00b resin snorkel will complete the exterior nicely.



    Now, for the hard question, one I'm pretty sure I know the answer to. I made up those extra-big fenders from Green/Yellow putty, and now I'm not sure on the look. With:



    Or without:



    Wrencher sent me a picture today. My Gulliver was instantly chuffed.


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    Looking great! I do have one question as I have a Nikko FJ coming in. Is this the Nikko FJ? And if it Is, what wheelbase does it have? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaleAK View Post
    Looking great! I do have one question as I have a Nikko FJ coming in. Is this the Nikko FJ? And if it Is, what wheelbase does it have? Thanks
    There's two Nikko FJ's, and this is the larger one. 10.5"








    Turk Winklestein's pretty happy about his new ride.

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    Love how it's looking!! Did you custom make the interior as well?

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    Looks Great !!! Ive always wanted to build an fj. After seeing your great work. Anything I build would be a letdown...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaleAK View Post
    Love how it's looking!! Did you custom make the interior as well?
    Thanks very much. Pardonmyn00b offers an interior kit for sale. It comes with dash, centre console and a steering wheel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raceaholic View Post
    Looks Great !!! Ive always wanted to build an fj. After seeing your great work. Anything I build would be a letdown...lol
    How will you know until you try? Give it a go, you might surprise yourself.

    An outside shot. I haven't actually driven it yet, because I didn't want to get it dirty. I suck at this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    Thanks very much. Pardonmyn00b offers an interior kit for sale. It comes with dash, centre console and a steering wheel.



    How will you know until you try? Give it a go, you might surprise yourself.

    An outside shot. I haven't actually driven it yet, because I didn't want to get it dirty. I suck at this.

    Just love this.... i didn't understand why Chris make the panhard set at the wrong side, by the way is a great chassis and the axle combo and rims/tyres are perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEYCHELLES View Post
    Just love this.... i didn't understand why Chris make the panhard set at the wrong side, by the way is a great chassis and the axle combo and rims/tyres are perfect
    Ha! In all his setup videos it's wrong, and I blindly followed it. I asked him about it and realized that it can quite easily be swapped - when the truck isn't already put together!

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    I am anxious to see how this chassis stacks up against the short wheelbase chassis from RC4WD.

    Your FJ looks great! I showed it to a couple guys at work and they thought it was real for a second! Mission accomplished lol


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