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Thread: Freestyle RC ZRD Build

  1. #11
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    One of the quirky but cool things about monster trucks is the transport tires that they use for when they are hauled down the road inside a regular semi. These beasts get reduced to overpowered tractors when being hauled between venues. :)

    No scale MT build would be complete without a set of transport wheels and tires. I have seen a few 3D printed sets for sale in various places, but none of them looked that realistic to me, and they were plastic tires. So I set out to design my own set from scratch...

    The wheels are a two piece design that are 2.2" in diameter. I used some M2 screws and nuts to both simulate the lugs and hold the two halves together. The planetary housing is what holds the wheel assembly on the axle and is simply hand tightened. A nut was embedded into the housing during the 3D printing process which worked really well. I wanted "rubber" tires, so I decided to try out some flexible filament for the printer. The results are pretty good, even though the flexible filament shows the layer lines a little more so than other filaments. The durability is unknown at this point, but they really do feel and squish like a rubber tire.





    -Jeff
    IG: @RexRacer19

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    Made a little more progress on the build recently. I made some lexan panels for the sides and driver's compartment using some .030" material.






    To fit the overall theme of the truck, I decided to tint all the panels using Tamia Smoke for lexan. After that I added some contingency decals like what are typically found on the 1:1 trucks.





    -Jeff
    IG: @RexRacer19

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    It's been a while since I have worked on the ZRD or given any updates. Looks like I may get back to working on it a little more. Recently I pulled it into the new shop to get a couple of projects completed.

    I added the second set of shocks all around. They are just the cheap standard Savage units for the time being until the nicer aluminum ones get back in stock. (I'm losing hope though...) I also got some different springs besides those horrid orange stock ones.

    I also 3D printed some body mounts for it and installed them. That can only mean that it is getting a body soon...and it will finally have a name. I'm kind of getting excited about the "reveal".





    -Jeff
    IG: @RexRacer19

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    That is a killer build, digg'n your creativity and fab work.

  5. #15
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    Thank you, sir. It has been a fun project so far.
    -Jeff
    IG: @RexRacer19

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    Looking forward to whats coming next...

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