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Alright, enough building already, lets hit the trail!

The test trail is not very extreme, the subject vehicle used for this build is a virtually stock F-350, which I don't have to tell you isn't known for its great articulation and trail prowess. The stock F-350 does, however, do a pretty good job of protecting its body with the running boards and especially with the frame mounted rear bumper. After running through a few packs though, the body did shake hands and say hi to the rocks a couple times.

This first picture is a bit of a mystery, I didn't see it happen. It's a ding just below the top of the bed which looks like it could've been made by the scale guy unloading his scale camping gear!

This damage on the bottom of the bed, in front of the right rear tire, happened when clearing the rear tire over a rock.

We've got video! First are a couple shots going over and back across my little rock hill 'proving ground' where the body damage in the picture above happened, then I went back over it at dusk to highlight the headlights and parking lights, and finally is some onboard video including the body damage to the drivers side as shown in the picture below. The body is solid and mounted securely, so when it did drag along the rock the hefty 10 pound F-350 just moved along the rock edge without much fanfare.

Another interesting side note, this F-350 is powered by a stock RS-380 motor just like you'd find in the Grasshopper. A less powerful motor was put in to bring the power to weight ratio down to a more realistic level, I was a little worried at first about being too underpowered, but the RS-380 motor ended up having plenty of power. Most of the time I am barely using any throttle as I try to drive it in a slow and scale fashion. Look at my other YouTube video for testing the RS-380 in the F-350.

The next video is a quick demo of me shoving the body around to further show it is a solid durable body.

I hope you guys have found this build informative and as fun to read as I had putting it together. These aluminum bodies are great fun and bring the scale factor to a new level. Depending on your style of driving they can last a long time, and dents can be repaired - if you want - by working them out from the back. When you get a new aluminum body, it is a blank canvas that you can finish many different ways, reinforce to your exact needs. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me, my email address is on the contact page. Cheers! Stew.

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