It is getting harder and harder to stand out in the world of "Scale R/C", as the bar has been raised so high by so many awesome builders. We at RPP Hobby want to showcase some of the outstanding builds that our customers from across the globe send to us on Facebook. Each month we will feature a cool project and the person who built it. This will be the new home for these builds. Be sure to stop in regularly and check out the latest and greatest. Please join the conversation on our Facebook page where we will let you decide which builds we feature and builders we interview. The official hashtag for this going forward will be #rpphobbyspotlight, so tag your builds for your chance to be featured and win a $50 RPP Hobby Gift Certificate!
March 31, 2020
Hi guys and gals! We are super stoked to bring you this month’s RPP Hobby Spotlight. This is one of the most incredible builds we have come across. Please meet our RPP Spotlight Builder, Darren Hamaoki.
RPP Hobby: Darren, please tell us a little about yourself. Darren: I am 46, live in British Columbia Canada. Marine Electronics Service Manager/Technician is my day job and practically every other minute I am doing something to do with Scale R/C crawlers. In the scale R/C world, I go by the handle MTRANGER. I help operate our local R/C Club “Lower Mainland Radio Control Crawlers”. Design and 3D print all kinds of custom parts for my builds. Other hobbies include Fly Fishing in the Spring and Fall and waterskiing in the Summer. My wife is great and “lets” me absorb myself into R/Cs and my son joins me from time to time.
RPP Hobby: How long have you been in the RC hobby? Darren: I have been active in R/Cs as a Kid with Cars, Boats and Planes as my Dad is an R/C nut. However, not until 2013 did I get really hooked into R/C Crawlers. Purchased My first Wraith and built it with massive flex until I learned better. From there it was an SCX10 G6, then a TF2, another Wraith, Comp crawler AX10 and XR10, then into more and more scale builds, getting more detailed every time.
RPP Hobby: What was your first R/C? Darren: First solely owned R/C was probably a foamy plane called the "Ranger” which made a hole in the ground far too soon. First R/C Car was the Tamiya Hot Shot when it first was released. I drove it everywhere and off anything, until my Dad stole the CRYSTALS out of the Radio for something of his, then the Hotshot crumbled on the shelf from all the acetone from my Dads airplane builds eating away the plastic.
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite R/C? Darren: To drive probably my farm truck build I call Soup-Can. Custom build off a Trailfinder 2 chassis. However, for looks it is my project F-Bomb, based off the Moss Brother’s Racing ‘79 Bronco Baja1000 truck which my R/C recently won best metal-work at USTE2020 in Florida. A friend was meant to take both the F-Bomb and this Blue Bronco down to 2020 Bronco Super Celebration a huge 1:1 Bronco show. I guess that’s delayed now ☹
RPP Hobby: How many hours do you have invested in the current build? Darren: The Blue Bronco I call “Classy B”, I have invested countless hours. Let just say it took 8 months in the making.
RPP Hobby: What inspired this current build? Darren: This build was inspired by my love of Ford products and the fact that cool Hard body Fords were hard to come by. So, when I started to see them pop up in the 3D print community I had to build it! When I rummaged through Google Images, I saw the sky blue and white with the red pinstripe and knew that was the color scheme.
RPP Hobby: What is next for you? Darren: Build-wise, I am not sure. I have a stockpile of projects from a Tamiya YJ to CJ7 conversion on a SWB TF2. However, I guess my highest goal is to mash up two F150 Raptor bodies and fleet-side it to make a 1:1 replica build of my own 2015 F150 Crew-cab. As far as other plans, I will just work on growing our local club and get community awareness, recognition and support. Maybe hit up a few more Scale R/C Events in the US next year.
RPP Hobby: Do you run any other types of R/C? Darren: Now it’s all R/C Trucks and Crawlers, from super realistic scale trucks to pro MOA Comp crawlers.
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite IG page to follow for inspiration? Darren:Scale Builders Guild, and my friend Wrencher25. He inspired me to up my “scale” game!
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite FB page to follow for inspiration? Darren: Again, Scale Builders Guild is huge.
RPP Hobby: Where is your favorite place to run your scalers? Darren: We used to have a little piece of paradise called “Loco” with rock crawling and wooded trails galore until no fun bureaucrats prevented us from being able to access it. Now I would say at my Cabin along our rocky beach. Of course, me and the crew hit our local watershed park every Wednesday night.
RPP Hobby: Please list complete specs for your build Darren: a. Body: MFAB 3D printed b. Chassis: GCM CMAX and Scale Driveline c. Motor: Holmes Hobbies Crawlmaster Pro 16T d. ESC: Tekin FXR inside the scale battery e. Suspension: Custom designed front Radius Arm suspension leaves in rear f. Axles: RC4WD K44 Front Axle and RC4WD Yota II Rear Axle g. Interior: Custom designed and printed by me Seats/Shifters/window cranks h. Scale Engine: MrCommaD 3d printed 302 Engine i. Engine bay: Custom designed and printed components rad servo cover/ battery/washer fluid bag j. Hubcabs: Custom designed by me printed by Shapeways k. Wheels and Tires: RC4WD 1.9 Hawkeyes wrapped around RC4WD 1.9 Landies l. Winch: Powershift Roadrunnner Servo Winch hidden Between the rear frame rails.
RPP Hobby: Thank you very much for sharing this build with us, Incredible work Darren. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next! Darren: Thanks guys, love this new spotlight. I appreciate you selecting my Bronco!
February 19, 2020
Ok, meet Paul Valdez. Some of you might already know him as the artist who created the epic Axialfest songs of the past (YouTube video below) and for his insane build style. Talk about a guy who thinks outside of the box!
His latest creation is too cool not to share. Check out this Element RC Enduro Senduro!
We caught up with Paul and asked him a few questions about his new
Element project and R/C in general. This is what he had to say...
RPP Hobby: How long have you been in the RC hobby? Paul:
Ever since R/C cars were ever released I've been interested. I have
been at least 7 to 8 years fully committed though. I have such a passion
for it, and I love the creation aspect of it all.
RPP Hobby: What was your first R/C? Paul: I had a Tyco Heads Up buggy when I was 12. 4 hours charging a battery for 15 minutes of fun!
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite R/C? Paul: My SCX10 '64 impala with full lowrider capability like hydraulics with an all chrome chassis. It is my pride and joy for sure!
RPP Hobby: How many hours do you have invested in the current build? Paul:
Around 15 to 20 hours on the truck itself with lights, interior setup
and dry time but around a week for the painter on the lowrider style
paint job. He did an amazing job and it was his first attempt with that
kind of style. I was super pleased with it.
RPP Hobby: What inspired this current build? Paul: I had built the '64 Impala lowrider car, so I wanted a lowrider style crawler to possibly tow the car on a custom trailer.
RPP Hobby: What is next for you? Paul:
Looking to expand the hobby to people who are interested, but don’t
know how to get involved and may not even own a rig yet. I'm looking to
start more demo programs and introduce educational programs for people
to try out rigs and see if it sparks an interest. If so, we'll have the
ability to help expand their passion for the hobby. We've had amazing
results with testing this idea last year and this year looks to be even
bigger than we could have imagined. We've been welcomed by the community
with open arms when they see how much kids are drawn to this hobby and
parents first questions are, "How do we get involved?". That's why I
created the RC (remote control) League. A non-profit organization that
grows the hobby within the community. Kids are in and parents see it as a
way to experience a passion they both can be a part of together.
RPP Hobby: Do you run any other types of R/C? Paul: Quite a few. On-road, off-road, U4, drag racing, carpet off-road, scale, comp rigs (MOA, sporty, trail), mud trucks, and boats.
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite IG page to follow for inspiration? Paul:
Tough question for sure. I like to see other builders' passions and
ideas for innovation. That really isn't a favorite IG page because I do
have a few I like to watch on a regular basis. Element RC and its
members, Rivas Concepts and the Pro-Line groups. Lots of ideas with a
variety of rigs, for sure.
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite FB page to follow for inspiration? Paul:
Another tough question. The market here, from what I watch, is huge. I
can’t even begin to pick a favorite. It's my main place for inspiration.
Something new is always coming out. I almost have a hard time keeping
up with who's doing what!
RPP Hobby: Where is your favorite place to run your scalers? Paul:
Farmington, New Mexico. The largest terrain that's basically naturally
developed for some all-around crawling. Sandstone for miles and miles.
You can pick a spot and be there for hours during the day or into night!
You can come with a stock or fully built rig and have the same type of
fun! It allows adventure for anybody, really. Plus, it makes for some
really amazing shots! Nothing but beautiful terrain for sure.