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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 2 weeks ago #1

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I'm going to have a go at the Cruiser Richard Hammond drove in the Top Gear Special where they travelled from Bolivia to Chile. I'm aware that before I joined the forum Dready made a quite superb verion of Clarkson's Range Rover which it transpires is currently in the possession of another forum member who understandably doesn't want to part with it for love nor money lol you know who you are ::thumb::

I'm going to go for the pimped version as featured in the later half of the episode as I've already done a more traditonal Cruiser.

In fact I'll be using the chassis from the aforementioned Cruiser for this build. I did originally do a custom conversion to leaf springs but whilst it looked very scale it never really performed the way it should. I have therefore used the RC4WD conversion kit for the Gelande II.

Having fitted it I was immediately unhappy with the front springs, far too short and too far away from the front of the chassis rails. Fortunately I had some longer leafs in the parts box and managed to incorporate those instead.







For wheels and tyres I'm probably going to use these 8 hole Axial beadlocks along with some of these Gearhead beadlock rings. I know, ghastly plarstic but I can't find anything in metal that matches the original wheels.



Frustratingly I already have these 1.7 wheels from RC4WD which would be perfect except they're exactly the wrong way around, I need silver whees with black beadlocks. Using my existing body here as an example I think the ride height is about right.





Bits I've ordered that are on the way are the CCHand rear bumper and a tough armour roll bar to match those seen here:-



I already have a new in box Cruiser body kit that I bought some months ago. Tyres were going to be 1.9 Dick Cepek Extreme Country at 106mm. They're the closest I could find in terms of size and tread pattern but I'm wondering now if they're a little small.





On the right, the Extreme Country tyres, on the left 1.7 Goodyear Wranglers.

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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 2 weeks ago #2

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:-) Sorry I do have the mustard yellow body but I have a lot of money in getting that.
The original little donkey that Dresdy was making is also in my possession :-)
I've been gathering bits to finish that and Pitbull Rock Beasts look the part for the lifted version.
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 2 weeks ago #3

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You mean you have a Cruiser body as well! Oh man stop it already lol

Do you mean that 1.9 Rock Beasts work well for the Cruiser?
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I have a spare Range Rover.
Untitled by mhnhaven, on Flickr
I have the original donkey
Untitled by mhnhaven, on Flickr
(Predates The RC4WD Cruiser)
Rock Beasts on a leafed Cruiser
by mhnhaven, on Flickr
Untitled by mhnhaven, on Flickr
Apologies for the low light pics and filling up your thread.
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 2 weeks ago #5

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I think this is what is known as hoarding ::lolz Clearly you don't need two Range Rovers ::pray Do you happen to know what colour the paint on your Cruiser is?

If funds allow I may have to look at some Rock Beasts.

Without the lid on the tyres look a little better however.

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It's a struggle On the real one it looks like Volcanic Beige T-1262 on my Cruiser it was Ford dove grey.
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I think I shall give Rover Sand Glow a go, see how it comes out, looks pretty close to me.
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 1 week ago #8

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Great work Charlie. Technically not a "new" rig to add to the fleet, just reworking an old one. You must be slipping :)
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 1 week ago #9

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Cheers Paul :-) Well this is true, I have learned so much over the last couple of years that I think revisiting some of my earlier trucks is the way to go, plus I just don't have any room left :blush:
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 1 week ago #10

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This is something I’ve always wanted to build!

Have you bought the body in bits?
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No, it's just the complete Cruiser body kit and I've started to chop it up, trying to keep my lines straight ::yikes
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 1 week ago #12

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Both doors are out, just need to clean up the cuts, went ok, phew. I also added in a fuel filler cap which was actually one I bought from DJ Designs for a Defender but it fits well.





There are suprisingly few dents on Hammond's Cruiser considering the abuse he put it though but I tried to add the obvious ones that I could see.





There's a pretty subtle one on the front wing that just causes it to drop a little from the horizontal.





I noticed the rear tailgate is featureless on the original and wider than the one on the RC4WD body so I'm planning to cut out the latter and replace it with a piece of styrene.



Also added another small dent near the bottom.

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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 1 week ago #13

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Looking like an interesting build Charlie. Your attention to detail up there as ever!
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 1 week ago #14

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SARGE wrote:
Looking like an interesting build Charlie. Your attention to detail up there as ever!

Thanks Sarge, I'm having a constant internal debate as to how far on details I realistically have the time and the patience to go :hmmm:

Today I chopped up the interior, I wanted to get rid of the ugly bits exposed by removing the doors.





I cut out some styrene to fit.



I now need to make a decision on lowering the bed which is far too high. I'd like to lower it so it matches up with the bottom of the rear doors which I have now removed.



I also noticed there's another dent on the original and added it on the rear corner.

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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 6 days ago #15

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There's 6 inches of snow outside so it seemed like a good excuse to stay home and work on the Cruiser (and build a snowman.)

A couple of bits have arrived, the number plates and beadlock rings.





I've trimmed down the lower portion of the light/grill surround as I noticed they're thinner at the bottom on 1:1s.



Cut out and fitted the flat rear tailgate.



Dropped and modified the rear bed.





It's slowly coming together, still waiting on a few bits and pieces to arrive.

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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 5 days ago #16

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Wow, this is epic, fantastic attention to detail, mind blowing. Keep it up.
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Thanks Neil, much appreciated. I shall endeavour to remain committed and not be distracted by starting other builds!
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 month 3 days ago #18

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Started work on some detailing and made this license plate holder with beaten up plate. Looking forward to attaching it at a suitably jaunty angle.

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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 2 weeks 6 days ago #19

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Well the more I look at Hammond's Cruiser the more I notice how different it is to the standard RC4WD kit and it's dawning on me that this is going to take a lot longer than I originally anticipated.

However, onwards. I've added some styrene to the windscreen frame.







I've also noticed the dash is quite different so have started trying to mod it.







Hopefully it will make more sense when it's finished ::pray
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A lovely new rear bumper from CCHand arrived and I duly smashed one of the light lenses. I attached one of the bumperettes and then after a quick rummage through the kids' toys found a round peg which, after a coat of Tamiya flat aluminium works rather well as the additional bump stop (don't know correct term) as seen on Hammond's Cruiser.

A bit of scenic rust and then some Tamiya weathering and I feel I've got this pretty close to the original.







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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 2 weeks 18 hours ago #21

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Going above and beyond with this one, stunning ::drool
...It all started with Tamiya, was enhanced by Axial and then fulfilled by RC4WD...
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 2 weeks 16 hours ago #22

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Super fantastic detail, well done.
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 2 weeks 6 hours ago #23

That is bloody excellent!
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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 week 6 days ago #24

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Grasshopper wrote:
Going above and beyond with this one, stunning ::drool
Geoff wrote:
Super fantastic detail, well done.
Oh How Original wrote:
That is bloody excellent!

Thanks gents, means alot to get such positive feedback from you all, I truly appreciate it :-)

Despite trawling through the Top Gear footage it's very difficult to get a clear side view of the passenger seat and below. This is one of the best I can get.



So I'm fairly sure that on Hammond's Cruiser the passenger seat sits above a fuel tank like this but in black:-





So I made this which hopefully is similar:-



I also chopped out the under section of the dash and tried to rebuild it to look like the front heater unit.



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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 week 5 days ago #25

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It's proving difficult to find any seats for this build, nothing on the market is big enough as far as I can tell. As a stop gap solution I've pinched the seats out of my Team Raffee Defender, cut them in half and widened them with some styrene sheet.

It has worked reasonably well, the height seems OK and they look about the right size now. I chopped the headrests off, trimmed them and re-attached with some grub screws.

I'm not keen on the stick on felt, I think I'll swap that out for something else.

Edit. Mmmmm, the more I look at them the more I think they're still too small.





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Hammond's Pimped Bolivian Cruiser 1 week 4 days ago #26

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Looking good, very good! Maybe try surgical tape instead of felt. Different widths available and the finish is closer to scale cloth. Takes paint ok, tho' will be matt, and bit of a hospital smell at first. I've also tried, with some success, microporous tape which is more paper like, very thin, but can look like worn leather after some messing about, and easy to creat scale rips!
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Edit. Mmmmm, the more I look at them the more I think they're still too small.

That's alright, so is Hammond ::lolz

Speaking of that, getting a 5in action figure with bon jovi hair and comically white teeth is going to be tricky.. Maybe one of the hobbits would work :-)

Great tip with the medical/microporous tape M and M, I'd never thought of using those for that application :cheers:
...It all started with Tamiya, was enhanced by Axial and then fulfilled by RC4WD...
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M and M wrote:
Looking good, very good! Maybe try surgical tape instead of felt. Different widths available and the finish is closer to scale cloth. Takes paint ok, tho' will be matt, and bit of a hospital smell at first. I've also tried, with some success, microporous tape which is more paper like, very thin, but can look like worn leather after some messing about, and easy to creat scale rips!

Thanks for this tip, I shall look into it ::thumb::
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Edit. Mmmmm, the more I look at them the more I think they're still too small.

That's alright, so is Hammond ::lolz

Speaking of that, getting a 5in action figure with bon jovi hair and comically white teeth is going to be tricky.. Maybe one of the hobbits would work :-)

Great tip with the medical/microporous tape M and M, I'd never thought of using those for that application :cheers:

:-) ::lolz

Well that is true, he is teeny tiny so perhaps the seats aren't as big as I think they are ::lolz
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found a couple of pics to show the different tapes, if its any help. First is micro thingy, second is surgical tape.

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