New body shell for my sledgehammer S50

I decided my sledgehammer needed a bit of spicing up and always wanted to add lights to it so it made sense to buy a new shell.

I wanted it to be a truck body so went with HPI’s Ford-150 shell for savage monster trucks.

Here it is as it arrived.

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The uncut and unpainted shell.

More Monster Truck Fun!

My repair to my monster trucks manifold was not good enough and it simply became detached again. This time I used permanent threadlock to seal the nuts to the manifold holding it in place. The only way you are supposed to be able to get threadlock off is with a heat gun meaning the engine vibrations will not loosen it.



I took the truck out for a good run along the beach which was a great test of its off road capabilities. Unfortunately I cracked an exhaust coupling on my second tank of fuel!

Repaired my monster truck, its running faster than ever!

Last night I repaired my Sledgehammer S50. I took it out for a test drive today and its running faster than it ever has before.

The scorched manifold

About a month ago my exhaust somehow become detached from my engine. I can only think this happened after my monster truck flipped while turning at speed. Because of the great performance of the S50 I do tend to drive it quite fast!

The Sledgehammer S50

There was no actual visible damage to the car except some scorch marks on the manifold and one of the screws holding the manifold to the engine had come out. I tried to order a manifold set from Modelzone but surprise, surprise they had none readily available. So for the second time I tried phoning up Modelzone spare department. As with the last time I contacted them they said they would have the part in 1 Р2 weeks and they would phone me. As expected I have still heard nothing from them. Thankfully my dad being an adapt ebay user managed to track down some screws that fit it and the total repair bill come to less than £2.

 

It dwarfs other rc vehicles.

I re-tuned my engine after re-attaching the manifold and now its got the best performance I have seen so far. Its fast enough to pull wheelies just like in the promotional video.