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Pro-Line Transformation: RC4WD Gelande II / Cruiser Scalin Topless!


In the Scale Crawler / Scale Truck market, RC4WD has been at the forefront with Scale Chassis, Truck Kits and a host of custom machined parts. One of their most recent kits is the Gelande II chassis with the Cruiser Body Set. This comes in a hard top version, but with a little custom modification, we are going topless to show a more scale / detailed look. In this build, we’ll be adding a host of Pro-Line Scale Accessories for the Ultimate Scale Rig.

Starting with the Chassis, the stock shocks were removed and a set of our 6060-00 PowerStroke Scale Shocks were added. The shorter / upper Primary spring and collars were removed to lower the truck down slightly on the body, they still have good suspension flex / crawling ability.


For wheels, a set of our 2748-15 FaultLine 1.9” Black/Black Bead-Loc wheels were selected. The outer rings were then custom painted to match the body color. At the same time, the wheel centers were painted white. For Tires, I dug into the vault and used a set of our tried and true vintage 1.9″ 1147 Flat Iron tires


The body was modified by cutting out the molded doors with a Dremel tool then sanding back into the Door seams. The rocker panel and Door jam gaps from the interior tray to the exterior body were filled in with Evergreen Plastic panels and plastic putty.

Tamiya AS-19 Intermediate Blue was used for the main body color. The interior of the Floor was sprayed with Rust-Oleum 7220 Textured Black and the body sealed in Rust-Oleum 267028 Clear Matte Finish before starting the weathering process.


Weathering and dry brushing techniques were then added to give it that Trail hardened look. Oil based Artists paint like Winsor & Newton mixed with mineral spirits were used for the staining process while Artists Chalk was used for the rust treatment by scraping it into a applicable chunky powder. It can be used for that as well as other dulling processes. 400 Grit Wet Dry sand paper was used to create some of the scraping and the fading process on the paint surfaces.


To finish the build off,  the Cruiser was loaded with our Scale Crawler Accessories. These were also weathered and stained to match the trucks appearance. We have over 10 sets to choose from with everything from shovels to full Fuel System detail parts. Check them all out on our Rock Crawling Performance parts Accessories page!


The Spare tire carrier was made from Evergreen sheet plastic and Tubing. It was then painted and weathered to match the exterior of the truck. The Knock off spinner holding the spare tire is from the spare tire body mount set on the Axial SCX10 Honcho kit.


We hope you enjoyed this article as much as we did building this truck. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a line at

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