View Full Version : NEW Defender 90 Cab-top 1:10 scale lexan RC body

01-11-2007, 02:03 PM
FYI, for all you RC fanatics (me included) HPI Racing, USA came out with an officially licensed Land Rover Defender lexan body:thumb-up:. Can be mounted on a monster truck or made on a scale off-road rig.



1:10 Scale RC build up of a Land Crusier just so you get the idea of what can be done...



1:10 Scale RC build up of the HPI Land Rover Defender 90 Cab-top body


01-15-2007, 09:46 AM
since you know RC cars. You guys still selling the RC Defender? If not, what would you recommend that a new person purchase just to terrorize the neighborhood kids and dogs?

01-15-2007, 10:56 AM
Unfortunately, we are not selling the RC Defender anymore.

I am the do-it-yourself type RC kit builder, have been for years. I would recommend buying one of the super light weight HPI Defender lexan bodies, and an affordable proper scale kit solid axle RC rig to fit underneath, like the Tamiya TLT Rock Buster or Max Climber. Yes, put a 1:10 scale body on a 1:18 scale chassis. This way, you can terrorize your local dogs, have a good straight axle rock climber and keep the neighbors happy without the noise and or speed of a nitro rig. And, if you want you can modify this to no end. The kit building experience is worth this alone. Indoor cross-axle challenges are fun too! These Tamiya kits are the basis for creating a good rig because of the BEEFY straight axles and diff gears. The sky is the limit for mods and most just use the front and rear axles that come with the kit and build up the rest with customized chassis, suspension components, and using a gear driven transfer box referred to as a "pede" box (ie Traxxus Stampede).

There are other routes that you can go down with creating an RC rig, (nitro powered, electric monster trucks, etc...) but IMHO, this is the least expensive, and most "scale looking" approach (see Toyota FJ project in above post) as the supplied 1:18 scale kit bodies are too small looking. You also have a really nice set of straight axles to work with :thumb-up:.

HPI Defender Body - $28.00

Tamiya TLT-1 Rock Buster - $140.00

Tamiya TLT-1 Max Climber - $149.00

You will also need the following (all of which can be purchased from Towerhobbies)
- 2 channel AM or FM Radio
- Batteries
- Charger
- Polycarbonate lexan paint
- Misc goodies

Tamiya Max Climber Build Notes


I've built a Tamiya Max Climber solid axle rock climber for my daughter last year and it performs very well right out of the box. However, after building it up I should have performed these two important mods below BEFORE I finished it!!! as I needed to take it all apart again and rebuild...

- Replace the kit supplied ball-center diff with these parts and lock it up solid with a hot glue gun, otherwise it will not go very well, thrust me on this. Imagine not having a center diff lock on a Defender...

Replacement center diff parts with these

- Lock up the front diff solid with a hot glue gun too. This makes it a "three wheel drive" and performs quite well. Kinda like having an ARB locker always locked on in the front. Turning is still respectable.

I'll make a new thread with my Max Climber build-up, mods and new Defender body that is on it's way. Stay tuned.

HTH, Thompson

since you know RC cars. You guys still selling the RC Defender? If not, what would you recommend that a new person purchase just to terrorize the neighborhood kids and dogs?

01-16-2007, 07:46 AM
The local shop was trying to sell me on a $500 Traxxas nitro truck. Seemed a little too much for what I was looking for. Appreciate your time and thoughts. Tower Hobbies it shall be.

01-16-2007, 09:06 AM
Anything I can do to help :thumb-up:.

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