and, here's today's update. mechanically it's done (minus glueing the tires).
and here's my tire situation. bashing on pavement with small pin tires is a good way to makes slicks in a very short amount of time. so i got 2 sets of tires. bow ties and ribs for track and dirt use. and dirt hawgs for general bashing.
tomorrow i clean up the workbench a bit, finish installing the electronics, maybe glue up the tires. and maybe, just maybe drive it a bit and start working the bugs out of it (i know it needs a wheel alignment). and hopefully i can start painting the body next week.