Now that I have a boat, something needs to pull it to the water right? I wanted something unique and since there is already an xmods dually, I thought I would go for a 18 wheeler. It's not all xmods, but most parts not made by me or revell will be xmods. This is also 1/25th scale to match my boat and all my other builds. If I had enough money for a boat like that in real life, I would fork some over a little more dough for a Peterbuilt
and custom transport trailer. Why not right? So I have actually started building yet but I wanted to show what I will be starting with. I think I'm gonna hold off a little more on my dragster. I will want another powerful motor like the atomic stock r or chile for the dragster, but can't spend the money on it now. For this Peterbuilt
I'm going a completely different way with power. I want it to run for a long time slowly with tons of power. I decided I will use my traxxas XL-5 speed control from when I upgraded my slash to brushless wired with 2 xmod motors running on an old helicopter tail rotor gear(50t 48p) This will gear it down 8/1. I will then use xmod differentials similarly to how I'm using one on my dragster's rear end. All both rear axles will be powered. I have plenty of the awd gears and I think bearings to use for my inputs on these. I think I may make my own housings for the axles. Then for extra weight to help pull trailers I will run it with a 4200 mah NiMh battery. I will go with probably somewhere around 4 - 6 cells. I will then use the 4 channel radio I have on order on this. Steering, throttle, 5th wheel, and I'm not sure what I'll use the last channel for yet. Maybe lights or something.
For the frame, I would use the plastic model chassis but I want to stretch the sleeper to hold electronics/battery and for looks so it would need a longer chassis then. So I think I will first try to make an aluminum chassis. I have to try and see if my mini torch will get hot enough to braze this. It says it can, but who knows? If this doesn't work, I will go back to brass and then I will to go buy some. I will also make custom larger diameter stacks, windshield visor, custom bumpers and rear fenders. I'm thinking for springs Since this will not require much flex I should be able to get away with brass leafs. This way it has a little flex, but will not need to bend as much as a offroad 4x4 truck. If it needed a lot of flex I don't think the brass would work because to bend it a lot it would not spring back. My esc it waterproof, so I will also run my rx in a balloon to waterproof it. The necklace you see in the picture will be used to make tiny tire chains, and chains to secure stuff onto trailers. The hair ties will be used to make tiny bungees to secure stuff. And I have my box of miscellaneous micro hardware/xmod parts. Well her are the pics of what I'm starting with. In the next few days I will begin building. This will require lots of work so it may go slowly.
(Last edited by makaveliks : 1.02.12 at 5:20 pm)
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