EVERYBODY’S SCALIN’ – PRO-LINE 1977 DODGE RAMCHARGER
Let’s jump right into the Pro-Line Racing 1977 Dodge Ramcharger body update! As much as I would have loved to be with Boss Man Brian for the Pro-Line Racing Unboxing Video I had a lot of scale off-road park issues to deal with. So, once I picked up the body it was a little over-whelming. Unlike most lexan bodies, the Ramcharger comes with a few extra parts; you have to make a choice between pick-up truck or suv. The reason for the multiple choice is because if your wanting to use the cap you have to leave what looks to be like an older set of emergency lights on top of the cab so the cap can mount. My only problem with that is if I want to take the cap off and hit some trails the truck will look kind of funny. I’m sure you can have your cake and eat it too with some brainstorming on the situation.
Normally I just use a hobby knife to trim out lexan bodies, but after seeing a set of straight and curved body scissors from Horizon Hobby I decided to take that gamble. Scissors for me can be, well, frustrating is probably the best word to describe it. I’m left-handed and it’s almost impossible for me to use regular scissors, seriously, it’s a nightmare. So, trying body scissors on the one body I have been wanting since getting into the hobby was unnerving to say the least. Thankfully, I had zero issues with the Horizon Hobby body scissors and got the Ramcharger trimmed out nicely.
Thank you all for the body color suggestions; it was really cool to see so many people interact with the post. After talking to my Dodge Ramcharger guru I have decided on orange with white trim and cap along with black interior with some tan to make it pop. An all black interior is hard to get the details to pop and the Pro-Line Ramcharger has a lot of detail. Ideally a set of turbine rims would be cool but the RC4WD white wagon wheels with RC4WD Goodyear Wrangler MT/R 1.9s will work just as good. Just remember when doing wagon wheels to do the black line truck to save you hours of reign to line up wagon wheels blindly.
Alright, we got the body trimmed, we got the color picked, and we got the wheels and tires taken care of, now to pick a chassis. I wanted to use the RedCat Racing Gen8 but when I put the body on for its test fit a lot more fabricating was going to have to happen in order to make it work the way I wanted it too. So I grabbed my SCX10 II and it was a perfect fit. The rear body posts fit right into the rear interior seats so well, I think the designed the body on a SCX10 II chassis. Take note, if you are going to use a chassis other the the SCX10 II you are going to have a little bit of custom work to do, but don’t freak out, it’s really not much at all.
My goal is to paint it up by the end of this weekend and ready for next weeks Everybody’s Scalin’. I can’t wait to see some 3D printed accessories for the Pro-Line 1977 Ramcharger and I’m really hoping Scalerfab will make some wicked bumpers for the Ramcharger as well, hint hint, lol. Ok everyone in internet world, it is time for me to get back to some official Big Squid RC testing, and poopie diaper duty. Have a great weekend and KEEP SCALIN’!
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