Brandon’s Custom SCX10 Trail Ranger Build

Starting with a SCX10 kit and Axial’s Trail Ranger body; Axial Part #AX4009, I decided to take this one to the next level and add some more detail to the build.  I have a lot of ideas for this SCX10, but first lets start with the kit and the body work.

Option parts used are the Aluminum Shocks for the SCX10.  Axial Part # AX30090.

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With the Trail Ranger body trimmed I set it on the SCX10 to get an idea of the height and overall size of the body.  I prefer to keep the bodies as low as possible on my builds, I feel it gives a more scale appearance in the end.  With the rear body posts removed the body height was about right.  So I decided to cut out the lexan bed and do some styrene work.

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I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the lexan bed.

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The base of the bed is made from .080″ Styrene.  I used my X-Acto blade to score the styrene and removed the piece.  The first 3 pieces I made were for the back and sides of the bed.

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I used Plastruct Bondene to join the styrene and a silicon glue to adhere the styrene to the lexan body.

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Next I started on the floor of the bed.  I used my Axial reamer (Axial Part #AX20022) to mark the corners of each hoop and used the X-Acto to do the rest.  It took some time on the thick .080″ styrene but it comes out very clean in the end.scx-15

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Next you can see where the silicon glue was used along the top edge of the bed inside the groove of the lexan body that I did not cut out.  Also added the styrene between the top and the floor of the bed.

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The next step was the sides of the bed to finish tying together the floor and upper section of styrene.  I used .030″ styrene for the sides.

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Once I got the main section of the bed done I decided to add some more detail.  In order to cover up the back section of the lexan body underneath the rear window I built a tool box.  The floor of the bed also needed some work so I added some thin strips of styrene to give it some definition.

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The final touch is some diamond plate styrene for the tool box and the trail ranger body is ready for paint!

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Next week I will post up the pictures and details on the paint along with some more plans for this SCX10 build.

8 thoughts on “Brandon’s Custom SCX10 Trail Ranger Build

  1. I always enjoy your builds Brandon and this Trail Ranger body is something a little different and interesting. I look forward to see were you go with it.

  2. Very nice styrene work Brandon, question though, what did you do to hold the rear without body posts?

    • You caught me… There is nothing yet ;). I still have a list of things I want to accomplish on this build so I held off on that part for now until everything else comes together.

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