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#1 rcdave

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:43 PM

I have been building radio control cars on and off for 28 years and recently started using static models to make scale r/c vehicles. I have always wanted a semi so I decided that should be my next build. Got some good tips from this site so I thought I would share my build. I will be using the Losi Micro Crawler for the axles,transmission and electrics and Italeri wheels and tires.
Starting with the chassis I extended it 2", reinforced it with 2mm and 3.2mm styrene and lots of glue, attached the floor for the sleeper and removed all the stuff I don't need.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:32 AM

Thats awesome! Can't wait to see it.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:21 AM

oh man!....I DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN! :lol: :lol: :lol: ....NO WAIT.....im still breathing! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:43 PM

Glad you guys like it, here's some more!
For the rear suspension I am using leaf springs made from a 1/8 scale engine pullstart recoil spring, 1/16" steel for the airbag mounts and I simulated airbags with compression springs covered with twist balloons. They are attached with small pins and I used heat shrink tubing for the bushings. The axles are connected together with with brass rod and tube brazed together to accept the stock driveshaft. Next I made panherd bars out of lexan and attached them with pins.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:15 PM

Very cool conversion! I've never seen a 1/25 static kit converted to R/C... I will be watching this one closely!

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:58 PM


For the front end I used the same spring steel and 1/16" steel for the hangers and they are attached with a small pin and I used heat shrink tubing for the bushings. Airbags with compression springs covered with a peice of a twist balloon. The axle is cast alloy from Kit Form Services.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:30 PM

Very nice going to watch this one close

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:48 AM

Very Impressive Dave. This is the first time I've seen a static kit transformed into a working R/C model. I never knew parts like theses existed, thank you for posting your progress.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:00 AM

Wow! I'm putting all my models back in the closet, never to see daylight again. Unbelievable !

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:36 AM

Super nice work taking model building to the extreme

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:16 PM

Thanks for the comments!

Did a quick weight test on the frame. Lipo's aren't heavy enough.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:49 AM

i would say your frame passed the test lol

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:35 AM

The Transmission is also from a Losi Micro Crawler and I screwed it to the frame on one side and used a peice of styrene to connect it to the frame on the other side for added strength. I plan to use a 70-90 turn, neo mag 130 motor but for now I have the stock one. For the driveshaft I used a peice of antenna, it's small, strong and somewhat light weight. Glued it to one side and slotted the other end and put a pin in it so it could slide.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:48 PM

wow that is some awesome work when you get this runnin you need to make a video and post it on you tube i wanna see this run. I have a peterbuilt i bought thats remote controlled its pretty cool But never seen one made out of a model

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:23 PM

Sweet. I like the concept and your work so far.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:55 AM

Very Nice! Your workmanship is fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing her on the road. Do you plan on building a trailer to pull?

Gary.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 01:39 PM

wow that is some awesome work when you get this runnin you need to make a video and post it on you tube i wanna see this run. I have a peterbuilt i bought thats remote controlled its pretty cool But never seen one made out of a model


It will be awhile but I will have a vid. What scale is your rc Pete?

Very Nice! Your workmanship is fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing her on the road. Do you plan on building a trailer to pull?

Gary.


Thanks, I plan to make a lowboy and a Nascar type transporter.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:38 PM

This is so cool,I really like the dual drive set up,amazing how you have done this,I am soooooo watchin' this one....

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 12:55 PM

That is so cool. Love it. Can't wait to see more.
Ben

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 01:45 PM

That is amazing. I dont think I'm ready for anything like that yet. I'll get there some day, but your build is mind blowing.