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  1. The last time I did an entire clod was more than 30 years ago. Fast forward to 2020, I find myself working on a few : Ghetto curing shroud Metallic black TS40 Ghetto paint booth Not impressed with the finish of the body that came with the kit. Decided to paint it. As usual, impatient me dumped 2 cans in 1 session. Now waiting for the paint to cure so that I can sand out the imperfections a bit then another coat to finish off.This first one is fairly stock. Tires will be changed out for original. Next build is in progress still using stock chassis but will sport 10.5t with 120A escs. Dual shorty packs but need custom CF bits to hold the batteries. Unfortunately, my usual guy is running low on CF stock. Let's see how. Good therapy for me since oil price crashing again...
  2. This started life as a Blackfoot 3 kit, with the intention of making it 4WD and possibly 4WS. I built it as instructed and bought the extra gearbox/ shafts/ arms/ etc to make it 4WD I then bought a 2nd hand wild dagger? roller for the steering and extra gearboxes. anyway, not so much a build thread but thought some of you might be interested.......................... The gearbox and suspension assembly is held to chassis with 4 screws( well 3 so far in this case, lol ) each side, very easy to work on. I could drill straight through and bolt it but haven't yet. It's a bit rough, first attempt at this, still has sharpie marks where I was going to remove more metal, messed up the steering servo, cut the hole too big and had to add the extra plate, not finished it off yet. I have created a weak spot where I cut past the angle to clear the standard shock tower, maybe next time, just cut it off and work round it? I have some very rough sketches of a chassis idea that I had. I did say rough lol,.. I think another gearbox could be added very easily. Tools used. Cordless drill Round file half round file 3mm drill bit. 2.4m of aluminium angle. (enough of this left to do another, possibly an 8x8) Took it out for a spin today and it drives quite well. I'd say it's better than it was 4wd. Will try and get video soon.
  3. Hello everybody! My name is Potatocat, also known as weeb_beano in other forums. I've always been a bit of an outlier in the surface R/C world but most of my projects have been Tamiya related... so here I am! I tend to build mostly monster trucks, but with a twist. They are either weird or 6WD/6WS rigs. I'll probably start off a thread for the projects individually but here is a quick rundown of some of the Tamiya stuff I've built so far: 1989 - Power Pig - 6WD/6WS Clod Buster Built for fun, Power Pig is something I have had since I was 13 years old. The original chassis was built as a favor for me when I was a kid by the folks in a local window and door fabrication company (Gamco). I have retained most of its spirit as a mildly 'super stock' Clod, with a few exceptions... the truck is powered by three SkyRC Toro 10T brushless motors, via triple traditional NiCD or 2s LiPO packs housed inside the chassis. It performs surprisingly well and despite a face only its creator could love, I have a strong attachment to this truck. Overall length: 28" (71 cm) Weight fully loaded: 18 lbs (8.1kg) Maximum power: 800 watts (3x SkyRC Leopard 10T 3930kv motors, 7.2V) 2001 - Tiamat - 6WD/6WS Clod Buster Built for power, Tiamat is an expression of brutalism. Everything about this truck was built on a holistic platform of functional and reliable parts. It has evolved greatly over the years over trial and error. The truck is currently undergoing a significant refit but the overall specifications remain mostly the same: Four 2s/3s battery packs are onboard - three powering the triple old-school Hacker C50MAXX brushless motors. Full steel driveline with aluminum gearcases is sprung and damped by HPI Savage long throw shocks. Tires are actually inflatable, since the extra mass of the truck increased the ground pressure (29 lbs) and required a fully pneumatic tire. Overall length: 30" (76cm) Weight fully loaded: 29 lb (13.2kg) Maximum power: 3900 watts (3x Hacker C50MAXX 10T 3600kv motors, 14.4V) 2004 - Mammoet - 6WD/6WS Juggernaut2/TXT-1 Built for looks, Mammoet is my take on what a 6x6 Tamiya Bruiser would be like. I did have the manual 3-speed transmission from the big rig lineup in play, but it had a bad habit of shredding driveshafts during shifting so I reinstalled the stock TXT-1 transmission. Powered by a pair of silver can motors, the truck won't win in the speed department - but the stock setup gives it plenty of oomph and the result is a fun truck which can be driven all day. Overall length: 29" (74cm) Weight fully loaded: 24 lbs (11kg) Maximum power: 180 watts (2x 540 Mabuchi silver can motors, 7.2V) 2014 - The Nut Buster - Clod Buster This truck is pretty ordinary except for the fact it has a chassis made of the STRONGEST material in the known world... a coconut shell. A pair of SkyRC Leopard 10T motors driven by parallel old-school JETI Master Car Sport ESCs does the dirty work. While I am working on a Lexan body for this machine of loving destruction, a temporary body will have to suffice. None other than the original style Clod Buster body will do. This fine example is from my 'guest' beater Clod, which wears its various dings, scratches, and missing foglights with pride. Overall length: 20" (51 cm) Weight fully loaded: 8.5lb (3.9kg) Maximum power: 500 watts (2x Leopard 9T 4200kv motors, 7.2v) 2017 - Pickle Time - 6WD/6WS TLT-1 I built this truck for my daughter, and it's based on a triplet of TLT-1 axles. Pickle Time actually has a number of innovations which may make their showing on some future projects. It's propulsion is a bit unique- the motor is an outrunner originally meant for airplanes. This lets me get a super compact drive spool and it has worked out pretty well. Overall length: 16" (41cm) Weight fully loaded: 6.5 lb (2.9kg) Maximum power: 155 watts (1x Leopard 3542 780kv motor, 7.2V) Well, that's all I have for now. Thanks for reading and it's good to be here!
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