Taking on a true small-scale R/C kit.
When it comes to small-scale R/C models, you don’t have to ask me twice if I’m interested in taking a closer look at them. That said, there are still a handful of vehicles that I’ve been hesitant with, including the subject of this build series.
The fleet of 1/32-scale radio-controlled kits that Orlandoo Hunter is producing appear to be the best of both worlds. The scale R/C arena is one that I’ve happily played in for quite some time and having an ultra-small-scale crawler to traverse the terrain of my desk would seem like a dream come true.
The Orlandoo Hunter models are both incredibly detailed and functional, bringing the fun of R/C scaler and crawler models to a much smaller space. While I’ve given a serious look at these kits in the past, I’ve never committed to assembling one. Until now.
The team at RCMart supplied me with an Orlandoo Hunter OH32A03 kit to assemble and share my experiences from. Where this kit offered up a few challenges, it certainly didn’t disappoint in its level of fun.
What You’ll Need to Complete an Orlandoo Hunter OH32A03 Kit:
- 1 Orlandoo Hunter OH32A03 1/32-scale Assembly Kit
- 1 D4L Radio/ESC Set
- 1 Orlandoo Hunter Micro Brushed Motor (various speeds to select from)
- 1 Orlandoo Hunter OH35A01 Low Voltage Digital Micro Servo
- Quick-drying glue/Super Glue
- Your choice of paint
Once you’ve assembled all of those components, you’re ready to begin building. All of the tools that you’ll need to assemble the kit are included with the Orlandoo Hunter model, however, there are a few additional items that I’d suggest having on hand:
- Needle-nose pliers
- R/C body scissors (or a small hand scissors)
- R/C body reamer
- Utility knife/hobby knife
- A pit/workstation mat
- A truckload of patience
I’ll explain how these additional items come into play throughout the build process. I’ve found that it’s better to have everything assembled ahead of time rather than hunting for items as you’re mid-assembly. Trust me, I speak from experience.
The Orlandoo Hunter OH32A03 parts bags and assembly manual are well laid-out and easy to navigate. Each section of the build corresponds to an appropriately-lettered bag which contains all of the parts and pieces you’ll need for that section. There are a few exceptions but for the most part, you won’t need to do much parts hunting during your build.
Part One: Bags A & B
My first experience with a 1/32-scale kit arrived in the form of the Orlandoo Hunter OH32A03 kit, specifically bag “A”. This bag contained all of the parts and pieces for assembling the axles and axle housings. I’ve done this type of assembly before, so I was confident that it wouldn’t take too long to complete. That’s where I underestimated the size of my opponents, tiny as they were.
If I can offer up any advice for building this kit, it’s patience. It’s easy to get frustrated with the size of the hardware and the tools. Once you start putting the pieces together and see the OH32A03 start to take shape, it’s easy to feel the urge to rush. Don’t. Most of my frustrations with this build came from the first two bags and assembly and trying to rip through them as quickly as possible.
Now back to the build. The details for assembly were very clear and easy to understand, however, I did encounter a user-error when it came to the axle shafts. I incorrectly installed the rear shafts into the front axle housing, a mistake I caught when inserting the front spindles. With that corrected, I was back to getting the housing secured and installing the ball-ends.
These twist-in ball-ends were the bane of my existence throughout most of the building process. To their credit, they do have holes to insert the included hex wrench, but getting the screw to seat and grip into the plastic of the model ended up being tougher than expected. Using an R/C body reamer to widen the hole helps get things rolling a bit quicker. Be careful not to over-widen the hole (3-4 short twists seem to do the trick), but give just enough to help the screw fasten.
Once the front and rear axle housings have been assembled, the next step is bag “B”. This bag contains the pieces for the steering and suspension links. The assembly of these items was to the point, but you’ll need to pay attention to the length of the links as they’re used throughout the chassis and suspension setup of the OH32A03.
With bags “A” and “B” completed, it’s time to mount the micro brushed motor and build the chassis.
Stay tuned for the following steps.
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