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Old 12-17-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default M26 Tank Recovery Vehicle, kinda ridiculous.

Well I've always wanted a scaler but wanted something different.
I also wanted great detail which all the toy bodies can't provide.

First I got a 1/35 Tamiya Steyr 1500, some WW2 German Jeep-like thing.
Although the wheelbase isn't too far off, it's just too narrow and has tiny wheelwells.


Unsatisfied, I got this 1/35 Tamiya M26 truck that is used to recover tanks from battle.
The wheelwell and width fit better to the Losi but I had to modify it considerably to clear the Losi transmission and chop an inch off the frame so the rear overhang was minimized.
It took 4 days to make this kit and fit it to the Losi.

I suppose it's more of a Mad Max vehicle now since the tall proportions make it look goofy but I had to keep the body high to allow full articulation.
I placed a tire from the model kit next to the Losi so you can see it's not too far off, but I'd guess based on the height of the figure the tire size on the Losi would be more like 6 feet tall in real life at 1/35 scale.
Still, if Mad Max drove it he could just run over Tina Turner and the entire Thunderdome.





Naturally it doesn't crawl as well with the top being so heavy, but I'm going to add some weight in the wheels to hopefully make it somewhat useable.
I guess in the end it will make a nice static model.

Tamiya makes the best armor kits.
I added nothing but glue and paint so the kit came with the metal parts, chains, string, and hoses you see here.
I also saw a Tamiya 1/35 Hummer that looked a better fit than the Steyr.
I may make one of them next.

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:45 PM   #2
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Definitely too top heavy for competitive crawling but it looks really cool. Are the towing parts functioning or just for looks? It'd be awesome to toss a couple winchs/servos in the and make it all run from the remote.....
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Definitely too top heavy for competitive crawling but it looks really cool. Are the towing parts functioning or just for looks? It'd be awesome to toss a couple winchs/servos in the and make it all run from the remote.....
I bought 2 Losis so the other is going to be my comp crawler.
This one has wobbly wheels so it's just for fun scaler stuff.

The winch spools do spin on this kit, but you'd really have to replace everything with metal to make them fully functional.
I think it could be done, but that's for someone else to tackle.
The M26 also has a winch under the front bumper.
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That thing looks totally wicked. Great job Taking the springs off of the shocks will help get the weight a little lower.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:09 PM   #5
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If you could somehow lower everything, body and suspension, it would be really cool looking.

Nice job on the paint and weathering, looks excellent...
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:37 PM   #6
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very cool!
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:16 PM   #7
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Definitely lower it
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:11 AM   #8
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or make it a actual scaler, using the frame from that model. which would make it really cool. basicly, you have a scale body sitting on a comp chassis.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:38 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input guys.

The height of the body was driving me nuts so I managed to dig out a little more of the plastic model to get the body down as much as possible.
Then I dropped the suspension to droop with rubber bands in the back.

The only way I could lower the body more is to move the electronics up into the model kit, but then it would be even more top heavy.
I'm keeping the Losi independent of the model kit so I can keep its full wheel travel and swap out scale bodies later on.
I added lots of steel airsoft BBs in the tires (40 in each front and 20 in each rear) so I could counter all the weight up top.
It actually crawls pretty well but my battery life will be shorter.
I'm quite happy with it's crawling ability so I guess this is as good as it's gonna get.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:44 PM   #10
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Looks a lot better lowered Great build you've got going!
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:18 PM   #11
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Looks a whole lot better lowered, nice job
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:32 AM   #12
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That looks ridiculously awesome man, great job!
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:07 AM   #13
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looks much better lowered! the detail work is phenomenal
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:07 AM   #14
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Looks better. That is a wicked, unique little rig.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:27 PM   #15
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That thing turned out pretty cool, good job on the detailing
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #16
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Beautiful!!! I looked at those at hobby lobby. Didnthave the cash to get one and I was worried the scale would be too small but that looks great! Cheers man.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:03 PM   #17
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Looks pretty cool!

Much better than the first mockup, but I'd still try to drop the body a bit more onto the chassis though.
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