Building a Camel Trophy TRX-4M, part IV: 3D printing

While there’s a huge aftermarket for TRX-4M parts, some things aren’t available, or it’s just easier and cheaper to 3D print them. I bought a Prusa Mk. 2S six years ago, and while I don’t use it daily, this project once again showed me why I wouldn’t want to be […]


Building a Camel Trophy TRX-4M, part III: Painting and building the body

I used a spray can of Tamiya TS-34 “Camel Yellow” to paint the unpainted white Traxxas Defender body. I first cleaned the body with Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA). When using spray paint it’s important to use multiple thin coats, instead of trying to get good coverage in one go – this […]


Building a Camel Trophy TRX-4M, part II: Parts

Body Getting a suitable body is easy – Traxxas sell not only painted bodies, but also a white body, including all accessory parts. This includes the roof rack, mirrors, fender flares, and even the jerry cans and jack that are mounted to the rear. The part number is 9712. You […]


Building a Camel Trophy TRX-4M, part I: Research

One of the most enjoyable parts of a new project is to me the associated research. There’s nothing wrong with slapping some Camel Yellow paint on a Defender body and adding some stickers, but I wanted to be a bit closer to the look of cars that were actually used […]


Review: Traxxas TRX-4M Defender

Ever since my return to radio-controlled cars with the Slash, I knew that I wanted to have a crawler at some point. The issue here was that most of my RC driving takes place on vacation, with luggage space always at a premium, so a 1/10 scale crawler didn’t seem […]


Porsche 911 (997) colors

This compilation of Porsche 997 colors is based on price lists that I have found on the Internet. I’ve only looked at the Carrera colors, there might have been other color choices for other models. Interior The early 997.1 could be had with five different standard interior colors: Black, Stone […]


Porsche 911 (997)

History Porsche’s introduction of the second-generation water-cooled 911 with model 997 in 2004 marked a return to the familiar round headlights – not unsurprising given all the hate that the 996 received for its “fried egg” headlights. Underneath though the changes were small. The engine, while carrying a new code […]


A closer look at the PRS model range

I’ve taken a brief look at the PRS guitar range in the post about my CE 24, but here’s a closer look at the various models. The PRS model range is divided into four ranges: SE are the entry-level models built in Indonesia, including hardware and pickups built there. Non-locking […]


Guitar Straps

Looking for a guitar strap? There’s a huge selection out there, here are some manufacturers with a decent amount of options. There are in fact so many options that it’s almost impossible to view them all, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something you like. Fender If you […]


Superstrat Shopping

I recently got to visit Guitarking in Boekel, the store where I got my Les Paul. It’s a really nice guitar store with a good assortment of higher-priced gear. As I’ve developed an interest in Superstrats, that’s what I wanted to try. I started out with an Ibanez AZ 2402 […]


It’s all about the Neck

To me, the neck is the most important thing about a guitar. It’s the part that’s always in your hand and governs how a guitar feels to play. A neck that is warped or bent will make a guitar unusable. Neck shapes In the early days of guitar building, the […]


State of the Superstrat

Lately I’ve been learning and playing several songs that use high gain and the vibrato – not ideal for single coils and blocked vibratos. This has gotten me interested in Superstrats. While there’s no formal definition of what a Superstrat is, I’d consider the following points to be pretty much […]