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Old 01-03-2021, 08:45 PM   #21
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Finally got the chassis for this build...

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Old 01-09-2021, 07:12 PM   #22
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If you have ever wondered what an almost naked TRX6 looks like, here it is...

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The last steps in the tear-down will be two replace the wheel well shock towers and replace them with aluminum towers, which are scheduled to arrive sometime next week. I will also get rid of the diff-lock servos, but I think I'll keep the two speed, the DX6e should have an extra channel or two on the chassis side of the house. Unless something changes my mind, I will more than likely use the XL5 in crawler mode. I will be using one of Castle's 20A BECs for power.

After the shock towers go on the wheels will come off and fabrication of parts and pieces will begin. I will build it starting from the cab, and working my way back. I am still undecided on what I am going to do for the back of it, flat bed or semi 5th wheel hitch; might make the system modular so I can go either way fairly easily.

I will certainly need to do some work to the suspension to accommodate the weight. My guess right now is that the whole rig completed with top the scales at around 20 pounds. I'll likely put limiters in the shocks, giving them about 50% movement, and the preload will be all of the way down. When I am putting the limiters in, I'll put 60wt oil in to control sway.

Right now I am not planning on putting outriggers on, because that is a whole new bag of cats to deal with, but I need to see how well the chassis behaves when the crane is operational.
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Old 01-31-2021, 09:23 PM   #23
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My slow motion commotion continues...

Between OT at work, school, other projects and a bevy of family issues, progress on this rig has been slower than what I wanted.

I finally got the frame stripped down to the point that I can start adding parts. I had to buy two sets of this towers to completely remove the wheel wells. From this point I'll start designing the mount for the cab, then I will shift to getting the crane platform mounted. Once those two are done, I'll start in on the engine compartment that goes between the two, then the bed.

Right now my plan is to put the electronics in the engine compartment, and put the battery under the bed. Of course, all of this is subject to change as the spirit moves me.

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Old 02-14-2021, 09:27 AM   #24
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wow... looks like quite project..got me in suspense
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:11 AM   #25
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wow... looks like quite project..got me in suspense
Me too...!!!

Between college and work I have had no time to work on this (or any RC project ). But, I am hoping to have my current class completed by the end of this weekend, an that will give me about a month or so before my next class starts, and will hopefully get some work done on this project.
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Old 02-27-2021, 05:46 PM   #26
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Progress!!!!

I finally got some hardcore time to work on the cab base, and its chassis interface. I printed a test piece in white filament (5% infill) to allow for easy marking for changes and adjustments that need to be made.

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Overall it fits very well. I'll fix and adjust everything that needs tweaking, make a mount for the servo winch, and throw in some more detail before I print it out in olive green.

UPDATE...

I am about done with the lower portion of the cab, and getting ready to send it to the printer (27 hours). I need to figure out what I am missing on the front to make it look "complete".

The big square in the middle is were a grill is going to go. The small square below that is for the winch line, and will have an aluminum fairlead. The two holes closest to the bottom are where the shackle mounts go. The four upper holes are were that portion bolts onto the cab itself.

So, with all of that, what other details should I throw on the front without getting the whole mess overly busy?

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Old 03-12-2021, 11:25 PM   #27
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Well, classes started up again this week, which means my build time has gone down significantly. But, I have been able to make a little progress. I got the cable mount done, and I have the mount for the crane unit almost done. Once I made two brackets (aluminum) that holes the front part of the crane on I realized that I need them to be longer than what I made them so they can be part of the subframe for bolting on other items.

But, here is what she looks like currently. After I get the brackets remade I will start work on the motor section above the front wheels. This is the section that will house all of the chassis electronics. The battery will be under the bed, behind the crane.

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Old 03-13-2021, 06:26 AM   #28
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Nice work there buddy.
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Old 03-15-2021, 09:08 PM   #29
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A bit more work...

To attach the front part of the crane I made some simple brackets out of aluminum...

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But, after just staring at thing thing for about an hour I realized that I would need a place to mount the details I want to put outboard of the chassis, in particular gas tanks and possum bellies. So, I went back to the drawing board and made longer brackets and giving them threaded 3mm holes.

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The tricky one was the left side with the shift servo.

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Some time down the road I will rough up these brackets and throw some flat black on them. If the parts work out right, these brackets should be completely out of sight.

Man, I have forgotten what a pain it is working in aluminum, it would have been SO MUCH easier to design these in Fusion 360 and just print them. But, I wanted something very sturdy without being overly thick, so aluminum got the nod.
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Old 03-26-2021, 04:28 PM   #30
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A little more work...

If you ever wondered what 54 hours of printing looks like... I likely could have cut this time down by a good number of hours, but I wanted it printer in a specific orientation to increase strength. Much of the print time was support material.

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This will be the e-tray, with a motor cowling going over the electronics.

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There will be spare tires mounted over the fenders/wheel wells. The spares will actually be attached to the motor cowling, this will allow clear access to the electronics.

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Old 04-05-2021, 07:42 PM   #31
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Well, had to play hooky from school a little bit to get some solid progress done. But, still a long way off from being ready to run the electronics, so say nothing about calling this project "finished". The next logical step from here is to build the bed, and that will show me what I need to do for the possum belly area. I pretty muck am thinking that I will have a fuel tank and tool box on each side, but until the bed's front fenders are done, I only have rough measurements for the rest of the stuff.

So, moving right along... I got the engine cowling done, and for now, I am satisfied with it. I can see at least a dozen little things to change on it, but I can go back later and tweak the stuff that really bugs me. The whole unit, cowling and spare tires lift off giving access to the ESC and RX.

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To solve the problem of not knowing what electronics I was going to put in it, and not knowing what I might want to do in the future, I made the whole mess, including the winch area under the cab somewhat modular. This will allow me, if needed, to design and print up another mount, if needed/wanted. I am already not liking the RX mount, so that will likely change.

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Old 04-07-2021, 07:28 PM   #32
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Thanks to a lot of poking a prodding, I went ahead and threw some of the files up on Thingiverse.

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Old 04-07-2021, 10:12 PM   #33
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Such a great project, so many cool mods - love the fact that this cab style will be riding on a more rugged chassis than the usual!

I love watching the 1:1 rigs tearing up the terrain, but the available RC versions just seem like they'd be too delicate.
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