I'm really cheating at tiny trucks this time. I've cheated a little bit before (buying pre-painted beater bodies so that I could run newly built kits while I painted and detailed the kit bodies), but at least I was building from kits. This time, I bought an RTR. That’s cheating. Big time.
Here’s the quick back-story. Since building a D90 last summer, I have been itching to build a D110. After seeing that RC4WD pulled its previous version of the D110 off the market, I put the idea on hold and even toyed with the idea of ordering one from RCModelex. Ultimately, I couldn’t bring myself to purchase from an overseas manufacturer with minimal parts support and no domestic distribution (even though Martin from RCModelex has an excellent reputation). When RC4WD re-introduced the D110 on the Gelande 2 platform, I had to have one.
So why the RTR? Simple - the Gelande 2 D110 RTR, like its D90 RTR sibling, is an unbelievable deal when compared to the kit. I know that's hard to believe when talking about a $900 truck, but hear me out. With most every other vehicle on the market, buying an RTR means depriving oneself of the satisfaction of a build AND having to settle for some lower grade parts than in the kit version. It’s always been an easy choice, but not anymore. RC4WD has completely turned that on its head with the new RTR versions of the Gelande 2 D110 and D90. Both come with an impressive list of upgraded parts and accessories compared to the kits (more on that below). When you tally up what it would cost to buy the kits with the upgrades and accessories, buying the kits WITHOUT electronics would actually be considerably more expensive than the RTR. Look at what I mean:
D110 RTR vs kit price comparison.jpg
D90 RTR vs kit price comparison.jpg
So…I swallowed my pride and ordered the D110 RTR. Like I said, cheating. Though it turns out not by nearly as much as I thought, because the RTR will require every bit as much work (and in some respects, a fair bit more so) than any of the kits I've built to date. In that regard, it's much more of an ARTR (almost ready to run) than a true RTR a la Traxxas. Although the box does, indeed, have all the parts you need to get running save for a battery pack and AAs for the radio, it takes some work before you're really ready to run. But I get ahead of myself.
This thread will start with an initial review followed by a slow build thread. The initial review will focus on the truck as it comes out of the box, which I now have up and running. Because of the dearth of information out there on D110s, I’m going to be even more detailed than usual. Apologies in advance for the wordiness, but hopefully you’ll find it useful.
The rest of the build will include replacing at least some of the stock electronics and detailing out the interior and exterior. That will progress more slowly (appropriate for a truck that isn't going to be getting anywhere in a hurry) while I finish up a couple of other projects that are underway. So let's get started...