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The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Fri 8 Feb 2013 - 18:44

I have been keeping this kit in the dark for a while now, so I thought of taking my time building the kit slowly and progressively.

As you guys are familiar with all the Tamiya basic packaging with the big & nice illustration in the front to poison the passerby in taking the box home. Well I guess Im the sucker that fall into the trap.
Some old skool videos of the bruiser back in the days.

Another video from you tube courtesy of matteomeier...

The latest video featuring the 2012 Bruiser


Lets have a look inside the box...

The parts are arrange in the box as to highlight the important bits of the built. Tamiya have done a good packaging.
Here are the items taken out of the box and arrange individually to show the exact amount of hardware we are dealing with when assempling the kit.

Items inside the blue lid box are mostly hardwares to stitch the whole kit together.
All are separated in individual packaging for easy assembly, or is it?


My opinion of the packaging is not really good... Why? The reason being that Tamiya have pack all parts according to it alphabetical steps A to E. And the manual also indicate for which alphabet bag to use. Seriously I got no problem with that but the problem I had is when I open each individual bags. All items inside a single bag are not labeled so its a bit difficult to identify and match each screws especially.


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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Fri 8 Feb 2013 - 18:44

Lets start building, starting with the A bag.

Inside the package A are basically things you need to assemble the chassis.

The ladder frame comes pre-assembled, I removed all the screws to assemble again with tread locker.

Here is the steering hinge which is made out of plastic.... might need to upgrade it if need to do some hardcore crawling.


Next will be the suspension mounts.

Not to forget the rubber bushing. Another not good thing about tamiya is that all the screws are using philip head and can easily strip if to much force is applied.

Pretty straight forward when assembling the ladder frame but the searching for the correct screws is not easy.

Next is the differential which as usual needs to be grease and assemble using threadlocker.

And not to forget marine grease to be applied generously.


One thing different about this differential that it can either run locked for crawling purpose or it can run unlocked like a normal rc car with a switch of a screw mounted at the center of each diff.

Thats the end of the bag A
To bag B next.

Before I start this, I would like to apologize for the late updates. Been busy lately.....kekeke!
Items containing in bag B.

All 4 leaf springs assembled.

Start with the rear drive train. Don't forget to add threadlocker where required.


There is marking on the axles to ensure that both sides are fixed level.

Do the same assembly for the fwd axle.

Hook up the rear axle and followed by the the fwd steering axle.



Not a very good design for the steering rod.



Next is assembling the shocks which is standard for all vehicles.

Shock oil provided in the kit.


Mount the shocks.


Thats it for bag B.... Now on to bag C.

Before starting on bag C... It would advisable to get a magnetic container as to not lose any parts. this bag contains most of the gearbox part to assemble the 3 speed transmission.

Take time reading the manual before starting ass not to mess up the sequence.


Assembled and ready to be fitted to the chassis.

Looking quite good after bag A, B & C.

Bag D mostly consist of accessories to fully assemble the electronic parts of the kit.



Shafts for the transmission and steering installed. The steering rod is not very good design as it tend to flex under great deal of torque.


Wiring in progress.



The battery tray.

Cover mounts.

Front bumper mounted.

Rear bumper mounted.

Stunning with the legendary big wheels

Testing my 3 Speed transmission after the final adjustments.


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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Fri 8 Feb 2013 - 18:45

Now its time for me to paint the cover body. Im trying to follow the original colour of the bruiser as to bring back the nostalgic era.



Next the wiring of the body covers....

Putting on some final touch up...


The final product...
Notice instead of using the original bruiser wheels, I modify them to use a standard 12mm hex wheel. Which I think is more practical.


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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Fri 8 Feb 2013 - 18:45

Some more pictures....



Will try to do a test run Video soon.


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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by boolean21 on Sat 9 Feb 2013 - 13:39

Subscribed to updates!! Smile

Looking forward!!!

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 7:14

bump

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by oceanic on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 7:43

Finally!! Twisted Evil
Alamak tamiya plug.. Evil or Very Mad

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by boolean21 on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 7:49

Yum yum! Looking forward to the completion!!

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by laneboysrc on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 8:35

Wow, nice build update. Thanks!

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by RTECH on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 10:17

Very Happy The legendary crawler.

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Harakiri on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 15:53

What a Face can't wait to test the truck

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by coldman28 on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 16:57

this is an awesome legend truck.......

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 17:48

Thanks for the +ve comment guys... I had fun building the kit but the only thing is that the technology the bruiser was build on is still stuck in the 80's. A lot of the linkage and arms was never really Tamiya updated especially the steering linkages. From my opinion its not really strong and cannot under go hardcore trailing.

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Wrigleys on Sun 24 Mar 2013 - 21:56

Drools.... Shocked When this one rolling out?

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Mon 25 Mar 2013 - 6:32

Wrigleys wrote:Drools.... Shocked When this one rolling out?
Long time no see bro... What have you been up to?

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by laneboysrc on Mon 25 Mar 2013 - 8:40

Wow, what a nice kit! Cool

The gearbox is sweet -- all RC should have that. It is a great way to introduce young ones on how a gearbox work by building and testing it yourself.
I feel poisoned now ... Need to save money ... Laughing

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Thu 28 Mar 2013 - 19:44

Finish..... Already.....

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by boolean21 on Thu 28 Mar 2013 - 19:48

Alright bro!

When can we touch touch feel feel?
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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by laneboysrc on Thu 28 Mar 2013 - 23:11

Very, very nice. Looks exactly like box art, but with better tires Very Happy

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Thu 28 Mar 2013 - 23:16

Ready to tear up the trail.... albino

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Wrigleys on Thu 28 Mar 2013 - 23:40

Very very very nice build bro! Definitely must bring this to trail. Very Happy

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by liammielicious on Tue 18 Jun 2013 - 22:54

Damn sweeeee bro

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Re: The Bruiser Built Story...

Post by Zax13 on Tue 18 Jun 2013 - 23:47

Thks..still a shelf queen. Miss the last woodgrove trail to test it out...

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