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Old 07-26-2017, 01:19 PM   #1
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I've gone and done it. Not satisfied with creating half-tracked Land Cruisers, I've gone off the deep end with this build.

With much thanks to Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs for some excellent reference photos and permission, I'm building a tribute to the Loco Hauk:



And, because I'm a glutton for punishment and failure, like the real 6x6, mine will also be powered by steam. "WHAT?!" You scream? "It'll never work, give up now", you say.

Well, no. I like challenges. Fun stuff to come. Gathering parts now. Starting with an Axial SCX10 JK.

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It'll be interesting to read, my curiosity will keep me watching this build as I have a 1/20 scale live steam engine, and I have seen videos on YouTube of another RC steam car.
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I'd be curios too see how it works also, is there away to have a reverse gear or would it forward only

There are a few Steam powered RC's video's but they don't have a lot of detail or explanation

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Old 07-27-2017, 01:48 AM   #5
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I really like to see a steam punk style rat rod crawler that would just chug along.
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Old 07-29-2017, 06:31 PM   #7
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It'll be interesting to read, my curiosity will keep me watching this build as I have a 1/20 scale live steam engine, and I have seen videos on YouTube of another RC steam car.
Small-scale steam has come a long way, there's some pretty incredible stuff out there, and gobs of power if required. The engine I'm looking at is capable of some pretty impressive output.

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There are a few Steam powered RC's video's but they don't have a lot of detail or explanation
There's a steep learning curve, but again, thanks to the type of engine I'm hoping to use, there is the capability of reversing the direction by way of a valve - which I'll mount a servo to and "drive" it with the throttle channel of my radio. SMRT.

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I really like to see a steam punk style rat rod crawler that would just chug along.
How about a Jeep instead?

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T-Maxx tranny?
All Axial driveline again. Going to stay true to that mantra as I want to drive it at AF2018.

No real progress to show, but I found the donor JK from which to build.

There's a couple nice parts on here I'd like to try and use, but truth be told, it's mostly just the frame rails and one of the axles that'll survive.



Also, sourced New Bright body to destroy.



Now, to braze the new chassis rails together, or just "join" them?
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Old 07-30-2017, 01:37 PM   #8
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wow, really hope you can pull this off That Loco Hauk is great inspiration. Going to follow along for sure.
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Very good sir. Another daunting task you have assigned yourself. I approve.

Oh, and no functional scale steam whistle equals not scale.
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Old 09-04-2017, 05:58 PM   #10
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wow, really hope you can pull this off That Loco Hauk is great inspiration. Going to follow along for sure.
Thanks, yeah, shouldn't be too crazy, as long as you think it through, anything's possible.

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Very good sir. Another daunting task you have assigned yourself. I approve.

Oh, and no functional scale steam whistle equals not scale.
Not to worry Dean, steam whistle was part of the engine order!



So after some noodling and measuring, I determined that the best way to approach making the frame longer was to make it longer. I added some length from another set of rails I had sitting around, and some drop mounts for the top links. Same height and width that they would be if mounting to the original skid.



Another look at the mounts. I made up my own links the only way I know how, with 8/32 all-thread and brake line. Brazing is fun too.

GCM transfer case for transferring cases. Nice straight drivelines, all the way to the third axle.



The idea here, was to make sure I had a lot of reduction from the outdrive of the steam plant so, using the trusty GCM front motor mount for the Axial transmission should give me plenty of oomph. Rather than use a spur, the outdrive will connect straight to the shaft.



Currie F9's from Vanquish look super badass and allow for the flip required for the third axle - so yay.



The whole chassis as it sits, I think this photo was before I sorted out the rear shocks (I need a flat skid to mount the boiler to).




A bunch of bits fell off the New Bright body.



And as it sits after a few more cuts an extensions.



More to come.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:50 PM   #11
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If your still trying to figure out the rear suspension to keep the flat skid I may have an idea for you.

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Old 09-05-2017, 05:02 AM   #12
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I've already got it sorted, but thanks.
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Another unique build, cant wait to see the build come on full steam ahead.
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Old 09-25-2017, 04:06 PM   #14
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what is happening with this rig?
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Old 09-30-2017, 02:11 PM   #15
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definitely wanting news on this !

Just to see how looks a nice lenghtened New Bright JK haha
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:57 PM   #16
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Another unique build, cant wait to see the build come on full steam ahead.
Choo choo!

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what is happening with this rig?
It's being built.

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definitely wanting news on this !

Just to see how looks a nice lenghtened New Bright JK haha
It's long, that's for sure.

Some progress has been made, but I'm still waiting on the steam unit. There's not a single word from the US distributor, but I'm hoping that it's being made.

With that in mind, I can't do a ton of work but I have made some progress.

I cut the roof down to size to make it fit.


It required some additional contouring on the back part as the body tapers slightly in the rear, and now it doesn't, because it's shorter. Fixed.


Until I get the steam unit, I'm guessing on how much actual space I need for it, or what modifications I can make to it's stock layout, so, here's sort of what the rear will look like:


The whole thing will be hidden under a faux boiler, like the actual truck, which is kind of a bummer, but all good. Leaves me room to hide a lot of the wizardry.

Body ride height also sorted. Required a few additional cuts to the body, but allowed me to use the Vanquish running boards as body clips. I like.


So New, much Bright.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:17 PM   #17
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Looking forward to seeing this when it's done.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:23 PM   #18
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you're tires are'nt all the same.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:09 AM   #19
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Looking forward to seeing this when it's done.
Hope you can wait. There's a lot of stuff to figure out.

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you're tires are'nt all the same.
WHAT. Oh yeah, I've got to order wheels still - but tires will match.

Final payment made on expensive German hand-built steam engine and tracking number received. EEEK! It's happening for real now.
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Choo-choo!!!
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