Welcome back to the skilled builders guild, thanks again for watching today, we’re taking a first look run and review of the new g maid gso2 buffalo, and this is it right here it comes as a unassembled kit. You have a lot of parts, trees, a lot of parts and a lot of different screws to put this kit together, but once you’ve gotten through the construction, you end up with a very nice capable trail truck. As you can see, it is modeled after a chevy blazer. This is sort of a chevy blazer it’s, not licensed so there’s, not a lot about it that you could say, looks authentic to a real chevy, but there are some really nice features to this body uh. This nice chrome grille, as you can see, light buckets, are included and has a nice depth to it. Molded you get some nice exterior details, including this cool roof, rack uh, some wipers rear view, mirrors uh, and these really nice fenders. While they don’t conform to an obstacle. They are very rigid and will prevent the body from getting scraped. When you go across say a rock, for example, there’s also some molded door handles and front and rear bumpers. The front bumper does have light buckets and the option to add a light bar as well. There are light mounts and there are kits for lights that you can get from g made to complete the look for not just the front light bar, but also for the roof rack light bar as well.
The rear bumper is molded as well and uh. Interestingly enough is mounted to the body itself, not to the chassis and i’ll, explain how that all works in a second here it is a decent looking truck. I think the fenders add a lot of aggressive stance to the overall body and i just painted with some camel yellow you can see all these nice stickers are included. I also added a buffalo decal to the front hood uh. This was just printed out with my cricut and i thought it added a little bit of uh. You know aggressive uh kind of look to the truck and uh something that you would imagine nobody would ever do in real life. Gmat has gone the way of many other manufacturers and is working very hard to hide its body mounts. I really like that, as i don’t like seeing body clips hanging outside of the top of the hood or on top of the roof, for example, on an suv like this it’s nice to have them hidden and it’s a pretty unique system that they’ve designed the rear. Bumper is attached to the actual body and it functions as two tabs that go into the rear body mount uh from underneath. Let me see if i can get a good angle of it here. You can see right there that these two posts go into this body. Mount and it’s held in place with a couple of body clips and that’s what secures the rear of the body to the actual chassis the front is similar uh.
There are two posts that are mounted to the actual uh grille and they go through and slot into the front of the bumper and that’s how they mount there. This front bumper, is mounted to the chassis, so a little bit different on either end, but a really nice way to hide those body mounts and keep everything looking pretty scale. Another nice scale element of the buffalo is that there are inner fenders included it’s a nice thing to see more manufacturers need to do that and in fact most of the majors are doing it nowadays. These are hard molded plastic really great, to see. Now the meat of the truck that we should be talking about is the chassis itself. This is a fairly new chassis design, um. They are using an older style c channel rail that looks very similar to the scx 10 or the scx 102. But there are some major differences that set this truck apart and i think make it a pretty decent contender in the scale market. As you can see the truck’s a little bit filthy, i did take it out and put it through its paces before doing this review. So i could have an educated idea of how this truck was going to function in the real world and give you a proper, accurate review, it’s better than me, guessing at what it’s going to be like a fairly standard, typical layout. Nowadays, you can see that the motor is mounted up front, not super high on the chassis, pretty nice position, uh steering servos also right up front right beside the motor all paired to a transmission with a transfer case included uh this model, the gs02 buffalo is a Two speed you can see.
There is a second servo here that powers the two speed design and there is an actual sufficient amount of difference between first and second it’s, actually pretty surprising how fast second gear is, and while a faster gear isn’t, usually my style. I did appreciate the fact that they put enough of a difference between the two ratios uh. One thing that sets this design slightly apart from its competitors is the transmission and how the motor is connected to it. The actual motor plate keys into the transmission and is set with a actual m3 screw on the back of the transmission it’s. A really interesting way of doing it. A note on that hobby wing fusion as well. I am blown away at how smooth and quiet this system is at low speeds. It is incredible. Um the foc or, as i like to say, uh, is a really interesting uh application and works really well at low speeds. Uh, you approach an obstacle. The truck doesn’t really slow down it actually kind of senses that there’s a bit of tension on the drivetrain and will adjust the speed accordingly to make it feel, as if there’s been no change in throttle input whatsoever. It’S a pretty cool system uh, it doesn’t work. So well, when you’re kind of going fast, it does kind of get a bit herky, jerky and i’m wondering if there might just be a tiny bit of slack in the transmission on this gs02 that causes that to be amplified uh, regardless uh.
If you’re trying to film trucks at slow speed and get that crawl on – and you know really make this truck look awesome in videos – you don’t really need slow motion anymore on your camera. You can just run it at regular speed and this thing will go as slow as you want it to it’s, pretty awesome and, of course, that’s all related to how fast or how slow your gearing is and how the transmission is set up. But this truck really sings when it’s got that quick run fusion in there, and you know if you guys want to see a full review on that system. That’S, certainly something that i’d be willing to do in the future. As you can see, the battery tray is very large and mounted forward of the transfer case. G mate actually did a very nice job of making this interior space sort of modular. So if you wanted to, you could have this battery tray mounted where the esc case is here because i’m running, the quick run, fusion 1900 kv 540 can motor with the included esc. I don’t need to have anything in this case. I added it because it is part of how the kit goes together and i wanted to make sure all the parts listed were shown in the review and the running truck another nice feature of this chassis. Are the shock mount braces, it’s nice to see a little bit of added rigidity built into this, although it is still a fairly flexible chassis, you can see that there is a fair bit of movement and that’s, because this truck is really really light.
Uh, let me say that again, this truck is really light. It is um very, very light. I don’t have a scale here, but if i were to compare this to a truck, i would compare it almost to an original scx 10 that’s, how light it is, despite having molded inner fenders, a lot of molded details, steel chassis rails and a big transmission there’s. A lot of gears going into that thing all centered gears, but a really nice put together transmission. I didn’t notice any noise whatsoever, which is a lot more that i can save for gmail’s previous effort, the bomb uh. This is a much better refined transmission. Uh certainly puts the power down and also includes overdrive. Stock overdrive percentage is 14.29 and gmat offers two other options, one being zero percent overdrive, no overdrive whatsoever and a 22 overdrive as well. Those are optional, gearing sets that uh, you can purchase separately from gmaid. The construction went very well uh. The instructions are super easy to follow. Uh. There is a lot of different types of screws it’s, almost as if there were multiple people putting this truck together and nobody had a conversation towards the very beginning about what hardware they were going to use. It’S not a big deal. Everyone’S got a phillips head screwdriver. If you don’t man, where have you been moving further down on the chassis let’s, take a look at these axles. Uh they’ve definitely got a very interesting design, similar to a curry axle in fact, um really nice, uh kind of laid down sort of diff cover and a pretty smooth underside as well, not a lot of things to get hung up on and they performed very well.
Definitely put the truck under some stress in some of the rock crawling situations that i was in in my running test and found that it held up beautifully in regards to the construction of the axles. There are a lot of similarities between this axle and say an axle from axial or traxxas. They’Ve definitely been paying attention and there’s a lot of good bearing retaining in there um lots of bearings overall, in fact, and it’s really nice to see the amount of effort gone into making this a pretty stout but somehow very light kit. The spring rate on the shocks is pretty aggressive. It doesn’t articulate a lot because it is so light, but i did find that it performed very well because of that lightness. I was really impressed actually how well it did on the rocks, because it was able to float over a lot of obstacles having that overdrive really helped its performance as well and it’s nice to see more manufacturers are going with an overdrive setup. Gmat does include this waterproof esc case it’s nice to have uh because of the setup i’ve gone with. You, don’t really need it, and in fact i might try putting this battery tray in this rearward most position, which they do offer as an option. It’S really great to see the level of variability that a chassis like this has right out of the box. Without you having to do very much, you can change the whole driving dynamic and it’s really nice.
The g maid offers that sort of option much like other manufacturers. They definitely know that these are being sold to builders and people who want to modify and make the truck their own. Speaking of one other nice little modification or thing that you could do to this truck because of the way it’s been designed on the front shock tower brace, there is an option to mount a fan. So if you’re running a nice high kv brushless motor – and you don’t want to overheat that motor, you could put a fan here to help cool it down. All the links that are included are aluminum, it’s, really nice to see that as well. They are tapered and they also have a nice slot in them. So you know exactly which ones are supposed to be on the bottom and which ones are supposed to be on the top it’s a nice little design feature something that i’m very happy to see on a kit of this caliber and quality and price nice sliders as Well, they’re a little short overall for the body. I know that they’re sort of meant to just be for the, because this is a two door body. They are sort of meant to just cover that that only door uh it would have been nice to have them. Go a little bit further on the on the length, so this could work with other bodies, despite the unique mounting system that they have.
They do include body posts. So if you do want to mount a truck in a more traditional way, they do offer that as an option, no additional parts are required. One thing about the construction of the truck that i didn’t like, and this is something that gmade has done a number of times in the past. I really like it when a step in an instruction manual is packaged with the parts that you’re going to need, rather than all of them for all of those steps from all of part bag a it would be really nice to just break it down like most Of the current kits are doing whether it be from traxxas or from axial that’s. One thing that i’d definitely like to see, and while you can tell there’s, definitely been some influence in the chassis design from other manufacturers. There is enough original stuff here that i really feel like the gso2 buffalo is its own unique truck based on its driving capability and its construction and its unique body style. I definitely think that this is a truck that is worth picking up. I was not a fan of the bomb i felt like there were a lot of really weird quirks on that truck. That made it not very enjoyable to drive or to build this truck, though i think they’ve made enough changes and made enough modifications and enough improvements for me to definitely recommend it. There is nothing really to not like about it.
I mean, aside from it being an unlicensed chevy body. There isn’t really much here that i would say i would change right away, it’s a great looking trail truck and it performs at a pretty decent level. If i could come up with a criticism of the buffalo, i would say that the inner fenders well great, that they’re included don’t really conform very well to the body. That’S been included, and that leads me to believe that the body was maybe made by someone else, and they didn’t have the correct dimensions when they were putting it together. Because of that, a lot of debris will get into the inside of the actual chassis. Not a big deal, but it is certainly something to think about with that in mind, though, if you were looking to change out the body and put something else on it, it is a traditional 12.3 inch wheelbase, so you’re gon na find a ton of bodies that Are gon na fit it very well that kind of opens it up a little bit and makes sure that maybe those inner fenders will fit with your new body. The wheels are a plastic three piece: bead, lock uh. They do include all the hardware uh, the foams and the tires are typical of any rtr or you know, kit included wheel and tire they’re, not the best they’re, certainly not the worst, and they did perform on a pretty decent level. In the conditions that i was running in, it was a bit colder, but still lots of mud and uh still maintained a lot of its traction because of its light weight.
It certainly did well in the rocks and over obstacles where i found that light weight to be a bit of an issue was in side hilling. I wasn’t the best performer on side healing and, with that fairly aggressive overdrive, it did want to kind of pull itself over set up as a trail truck pretty decent performance. It is a pretty value based truck and if you put some value based electronics in there, like the fusion that i’ve chosen, uh you’ll get running for a lot less than you might expect and have a pretty decent truck to boot. And i said to boot: not a boot. I am canadian, but i try to say about as much as i can so there you go uh first, look run and review of the gma gs02 buffalo i’m pretty impressed. This is a pretty decent truck i’m. Pretty happy with it, and i think, with a bit of tuning and a bit of changing things here and there this could be a pretty decent performer as well. I hope you enjoyed this review and if you did – and you want to see more content like this hit, the like button subscribe. If you haven’t already and ring that notification bell, so you get updates any time there’s a new video from the scale builders guild. Do you think you’ll be picking up a gmail gs02 buffalo? Do you enjoy buffalo hot wings? Put a comment down below you know.
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