FAN FRIDAY FEATURED BUILD BY ZACH AUDET
Frosty Friday is here and Zach is powering in with his pain staking custom Power Wagon to pull us through the day.
Zach’s build info:
I’m Zach, I’m 18 and this is my custom built 1946 Dodge power wagon! This build started as soon as I saw Pro-Line’s Power Wagon body, my primary goal for this build was ultimate scale in both form and function! So to start the build, I made a custom aluminum chassis using bar stock from the hardware store, I used a SCX-10 rail as a guide, and cut it using a jig saw, to that I mounted RC4WD leaf springs, shackles and mounts. For shocks, I’m using RC4WD ultimate scale units up front and ECX mini torment units (with the springs removed) in back. All the suspension is attached to RC4WD’s Yota 2 axles and attached to them is a set of Axial 8-hole beadlocks with paint matched rings holding on to a set of Pit Bull Rock Beast 1.9″ tires. Getting power to all of it is an Axial SCX-10 transmission, RC4WD Triton transfer case and it’s all connected with Traxxas drive shafts. Most of the chassis components were made by me, including: the transmission mount to get it under the hood, the t-case mount to sit it as low as possible in the chassis, the steel cross braces, rear shock/bed mount, fuel cell and brackets, chassis mounted floor boards to mount the electronics, inner fender wells, steering rod, servo mount, muffler, under chassis dirt shields(also to hide the wiring)and the rear ultra-heavy duty thick steel bumper and its mounting brackets. The body is held in place with magnets in front and a screw in the bed. The electronics consist of a RC4WD 35t crawler motor, Axial ESC, Spektrum s601 mg servo, Tactic TTX 300 radio, onyx 1300mah RX drive battery, Dynamite 1200 RX winch battery and a RC4WD Warn 9.5cti winch and wireless controller, which is mounted on a RC4WD Tough Armor steel bumper. The body was the biggest part of the build (7 months in the making btw) it started life as a standard P-L Power Wagon, but it was quickly transformed into a scale army truck! Here’s what was done: grill cut out and replaced with mesh, light buckets detailed, window wipers made out of styrene, hood antenna, custom mirrors, side lights installed, full interior with driver figure built, fuel packs added, full styrene drop bed with opening tailgate built, spare tire added, rear light buckets made, a CB antenna made, gas filler tube built and a rusty weathered paint job(using Krylon spray paint on the outside and a Tamiya weathering kit)to simulate a hard military life! Other little things used are: RC4WD Warn locking hubs, King Kong shackles, Axial LED kit (with the front lights painted yellow) and some INJORA scale accessories in the bed.
Zach’s YOUTUBE channel Laurentian RC studios:
Zach’s forum build: