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Old 08-31-2020, 09:20 PM   #1
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New project time... Just got the first part to my TRX6-based M8...

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Old 08-31-2020, 11:39 PM   #2
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Looks interesting. You going to tell us what you have plans to build exactly?
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Old 09-01-2020, 08:38 AM   #3
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Old 09-09-2020, 09:53 PM   #4
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Well, here is the second part...

The detail is amazing. I am even more amazed it arrived in great condition, it was sent in a plastic bag, with not protection at all.

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Man, I was Traxxas sold the TRX6 as a kit, with no body or electronics...

Oh well, I have abused my TRX6 body, and will need replacing soon.
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:31 AM   #5
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That is an awesome start! Surprised no one yet has really come out with a semi/truck style body, the chassis is perfect for it.
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Old 09-10-2020, 09:40 AM   #6
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Oh man that thing is going to be so cool. I agree it would be nice if the TRX6 came as a kit, even a Chassis kit.
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Old 09-14-2020, 07:00 PM   #7
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Finally got caught up on my school work, and carved out a little bit of time to work on this project.

First, I ripped apart an old servo and turned it into an ESC. It works great, the next step is figuring out the resistance balace between the two directions so I can replace the pot with resistors. I think it is 2.5kohm on each side, but I need to play with it to find out.

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Next, I used the ESC to figure out what channels are what on this thing, thankfully, after the multi-ESC circuit, the wiring is straight forward. I was a bit surprised, the wiring going into a slip-ring, so I do not have to limit rotation at all.
If you are interest, here are the colors:
• Blue/Yellow: Winch
• Purple/Green: Boom in/out
• Black/Red: Back lift (single)
• White/Orange: Front Lift (dual)

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The little board on the base is a 5 ch ESC, that gets power and signal through what looks like a standard 3-conductor servo connector. Given that I have no plans of buying the radio needed to run this guy, it will find its way into a landfill via my trashcan; after removing the servo lead, of course.

At a tipping point between deciding if I am going to rip apart five servos for their controllers (will use the rest of the servo as a servo winch), or just get five HW1060s. Given that this thing runs off of 30awg wire, I am leaning towards the servo controllers.

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Old 09-14-2020, 07:23 PM   #8
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Oh wow this is going to be sweet!
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Old 10-08-2020, 08:23 PM   #9
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The first speed control is built and tested, four more to go. I also have to design cases for them... fun stuff!!!!

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Old 10-09-2020, 12:29 AM   #10
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Thisíll be awesome! canít wait to see the progress. I like that you are actually making the boom work, and not just a prop.


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Old 10-13-2020, 08:12 PM   #11
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I am making slow, but steady progress on this.

I have four of the five ESCs wired and installed, #5 should come in sometime around the end of the week. These are all getting wired up to a DX6e six channel RX, and will be powered off of a CC 2.0 BEC fed off the main battery.

I designed and printed the ESC tree and stand, a cover that looks like a GENSET will go over the top of it. The GENSET has working doors that line up with the pots for easy access for adjustment!

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In case you are wondering...

P = Pedestal (the base at the bottom)
W = Winch
B = Boom (extend/retract)
RS = Raise Single
RD = Raise Double
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Old 10-13-2020, 09:25 PM   #12
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Off to a great start and can't wait to see more progress. what else do you have planned?
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Old 10-13-2020, 09:41 PM   #13
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Wow! 5 ESCs! Props for the wire organization


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Old 11-23-2020, 08:11 PM   #14
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this is awesome any update
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Old 11-25-2020, 07:11 AM   #15
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Yup, I, sadly, am not an electrical engineer....

These servo controllers are VERY difficult to center, and will drift wildly in a matter of seconds. This made for some very comical tests of the crane when trying to control the whole mess through my DX6e. Even when replacing the pots with resistors, they still would not center properly. But, failure only happens when you give up. I have found small cheap ESCs on Amazon that should work for this project; I have test one with success, now I just have to wait for the rest to get in.
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Old 12-22-2020, 10:51 PM   #16
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You ever get done wiring something up, and say, "My God, what have I done?"

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Its actually not as bad as I thought it would be, I still have the signal wires to connect to the RX. After testing I might get rid of the switches, but for right now they allow me to turn on only what I want for testing without having to break connections.

Once everything gets tested, no one will know this mess is there...

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Oh, and incase you are wondering, the servo controllers didn't work out well. No matter what I did the controllers would go out of balance and start driving. It actually made for some hillarious testing, I wish I would have gotten on camera. But, it became obvious very quickly that I would have to find another solution. I found some low power ESCs with instant reverse that seem to be perfect for this project.
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Old 12-24-2020, 08:47 AM   #17
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Superb. I love seeing functionally in RC trucks. Put them all to work!

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Old 12-24-2020, 10:16 AM   #18
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Yeah, have to agree. If there was ever an example of why Traxxas should package the X6 as a slider/roller kit, this is it.

I am in for the ride, this is cool stuff.
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Old 12-24-2020, 01:59 PM   #19
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Are they going to do the TRX-6 as a kit? I've seen a few people mention it bit I can't find any other info....

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Old 12-25-2020, 11:45 AM   #20
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Are they going to do the TRX-6 as a kit? I've seen a few people mention it bit I can't find any other info....

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It will go on a TRX6 chassis. My orginal intent was to modify the TRX6 to an 8x8, but I am thinking for now, sticking with 6x6.

Everything is wired up and works. I have a couple of things I want to do before I button it up.

One of the things I am trying to decide if they are worth my time to try to fix is the boom extension, it is painfully slow. Between the more powerful ESC and extending the channel limits out as far as I can, it is faster, but still painfully slow.
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