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    Default M548 tracked vehicle - Cooper

    Hi guys!

    I fell in love with a truck some time ago. It's big, heavy and ugly and I didn't see any built until today(as far as my research went)


    Your halftrack builds left me with a feeling that i need one of those to but not an halftrack, I should go to a full tracked vehicle.
    The Unimog build it's in a bit of a standstill because it needs a good amount of metal fabrication and I needed a styrene build to do on the weekends. And when I revealled the idea to a coworker, he said that rode those in the army so he is my official consultor

    Introducing the M548, a cargo and transport vehicle from the 60s:






    To the build!


    It's a big one, measuring 25x58cm, in true 1/10 scale:


    IMG_20170107_152627_zpsm5x3yqdd by pedro azevedo, on Flickr



    First cuts:

    IMG_20170107_173707_zpsxz984cmu by pedro azevedo, on Flickr


    IMG_20170107_183541_zpsztib5meo by pedro azevedo, on Flickr



    IMG_20170114_180202_zpsvpe13ncw by pedro azevedo, on Flickr



    the nose:


    IMG_20170115_175033_zpssjsiyxni by pedro azevedo, on Flickr

    IMG_20170113_134853_zpsfuhnsshz by pedro azevedo, on Flickr

    IMG_20170114_180152_zpsni9rxbao by pedro azevedo, on Flickr



    Test fit:

    IMG_20170114_162024_zpshuc1sr3z by pedro azevedo, on Flickr





    Back to the nose:

    The 1:1 has 2 headlight clusters, containing regular headlights, blacklights for stealthiness, horn, blinkers,etc(depends on the variant). on mine I went for regular lights, red lights to simulate the blacklights and horn





    Tought in machine them but 3d print makes it easier,machined only the housing and the lenses were cut from 1:1 car lights:

    IMG_20170119_191758_zpsxi3xxh6l by pedro azevedo, on Flickr

    IMG_20170120_134047_zpsu5mefwgr by pedro azevedo, on Flickr


    IMG_20170120_134043_zpsdu1w3de3 by pedro azevedo, on Flickr

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    Excellent work!

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    Whoa... this looks really cool.

    The headlights are money.

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    Very cool.

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    Awesome project my friend! I need to see it with my own hands!

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    What a bizarre looking truck! But I dig it.

    What's the running gear going to be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Small Factory View Post
    Excellent work!
    Quote Originally Posted by BadWagon View Post
    Whoa... this looks really cool.

    The headlights are money.
    Quote Originally Posted by ShopGTR View Post
    Very cool.
    Thanks guys!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGamer View Post
    Awesome project my friend! I need to see it with my own hands!
    Don't you worry, you will play a little :)

    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    What a bizarre looking truck! But I dig it.

    What's the running gear going to be?

    It's kinda cute, in an angular, strange kind of way, it's almost a russian truck :)

    The running gear will be metal heng long gearboxes:

    received_10211755783000793_zps9gf6lgoc by pedro azevedo, on Flickr



    They came with tiny motors(280 or 370) so I'm in a process of adapting them to 540 motors. Seemed easier, one it's done

    received_10212259514313761_zpsj60watwf by pedro azevedo, on Flickr



    This running gear is perfect for this truck. 2 gearboxes with 1 motor each seems that would take too much space but no:


    68dc920e-c635-4fac-bcfe-f73c0b49cee2_zpshcsscu29 by pedro azevedo, on Flickr


    They sit perfectly under the cab floor like the 1:1 and the bottom of the gearboxes align perfectly with the underside

    The complete running gear it's 2 motors, 2 ESCs, 1 (or 2) bats. I was afraid of having to buy a stick radio like all tank guys have but I've tinkered with my usual radio that offers 4 mixing slots and have found the perfect way. Progressive control in both throtle and steering

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    I wasn't aware of those gearboxes. They look good.

    I've used a few of these in my dual motor tracked builds, they have the mixing built in, so it simply uses your pistol-style transmitter, and mixes it all for the dual motors...

    https://www.dimensionengineering.com...bertooth2x12rc

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    If you want to spend a little more, you could choose the Mato gearboxes,those are nicer.




    I think i saw that ESC. It's what the Blizzard guys use for the builds, right?

    I don't doubt it's good but I don't want to stretch the budget. I even want metal tracks but this truck needs about 2m of them so I went with plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooper View Post
    I think i saw that ESC. It's what the Blizzard guys use for the builds, right?
    Yes, it's really a battle-bot controller. It has a series of switches: one will turn on mixing, so if its on, it'll drive like a normal RC car/truck. For instance, turning accelerates one track faster than the other, more turning input, more difference in speed. If it is standing still, you turn, and one track will go forwards, one in reverse. If you flip the switch, then you can plug in a dual stick controller and it's like a tank. Other switches for lipo cutoff, gentle build up of acceleration, ect...

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