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Old 09-20-2021, 01:20 PM
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So now that the howitzer is wrapped up, it's time for what's next. I was talking to a good friend in the UK a couple months ago and I was explaining that having accumulated so many kits that are still waiting to be built it was getting just a bit overwhelming. He suggested I put everything away, pull out one project, finish it, and move on to the next. The howitzer was the first since he said that and it's turning out to be very good advice. That went smoothly and I stuck with it til the end, we'll now see how the next project goes. With the howitzer I didn't post anything until the build was pretty much complete, with this one we'll do the opposite and post as we go. I just opened the box today so we're still at the very beginning. I've already decided it will be the three color camo on the top of the box, as opposed to the field gray on the side of the box. And do click on the photos for a better look. Then the zoom is actually pretty decent, but I really wish photos would post the same way they do in the preview when you start the thread. There they cover the whole page and look really, really great. But just clicking to the next level is a huge improvement from the tiny images you see without enlarging them.

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I have an axle to start with and I may try and cheat and use the ROC jeep tires since those are made for RC and would hold up much better. The wheel adapters are about 2mm too long but I can trim that down at the shop.

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I know this has been done before so if anyone has a link to a good build thread that would be very cool. One guy I know duplicated the whole front suspension in brass and aluminum and I think I can pull that off as well. I now need to spend a couple days studying the instructions and the parts.

Oh yeah, here it is next to the ROC jeep, just for size comparison.

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And being at the very beginning I'm open to suggestion on everything from motors to sound systems so don't be shy, let us hear from you.

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Old 09-27-2021, 10:44 AM
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Nice kit, I have the Schwimwagen! I need to get a Kubel. Like you said so many models!!!
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Old 09-27-2021, 02:39 PM
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I too have the 1/6 schwimmwagen, and the 1/6 DAK with balloon tires. I've even got the 1/16 DAK and a losi crawler, but I've had them for at least five years and haven't got around to it. But I never denied being lazy.

I have more photos and video of the project, just have to get them to youtube and post them here. I'm going the 1/10 buggy route for drive train, that will be here Friday. Or at least that's what fedex tells me, but fedex lies to me on a regular basis. Got large chunks painted with the base afrika mustard, and I'll airbrush dunkelgelb over that. I have a new brand of enamel paints out of Ohio so I need to try those out, maybe for the olivgrun and schokoladen. First I have to test for negative reaction with testors. I already know I can't use testors thinner with the new paint. I'm so POed at rustoleum for 86ing model master I could just spit.

There was talk of re-releasing the schwimm, but the the pandemic frakked up the world and that was put on hold. You can still get the DAK and the 82 on evilbay, but they get more expensive every day. Here's an example, and in today's market this is actually a decent price. I've had this kit for a while, so I got it for $88 delivered. Score of the week, that was.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/35329277438...sAAOSw5utabKbZ

Still a ways to go, but we're marching on.
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Old 10-01-2021, 05:44 AM
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I will be watching to see how you go through the process to convert it to R/C. What 1/10 Buggy get are you using as a donor? Is it 4 wheel drive?
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Made a bit of progress, and I thought about not posting the video of the buggy but I think it might help someone to see the process here and how we decide what parts to use in a project. First I got a bit of paint on the body, just a base coat of afrika mustard to act as a primer and later the entire thing will go under the airbrush.



And a dry fit of the larger pieces with the seats dry fit to see how it all looks so far



And now the video of the buggy arriving


but once I got the buggy outside and tried it out I learned it's just way too much for what I need here. I could probably tone it down by getting a lower rated brushless motor or installing a brushed motor or setting the end points in the TX, but the truth is this buggy is just so much fun as it is I'm going to keep it just like it is, and play with it just like it is. So here's the buggy outside


and here it is getting a bit of air. These next two videos are less than ten seconds each, but they say quite a bit



So I'm still figuring out the drive train. I may go for an axle and a screw gun motor/tranny and make the front suspension out of brass and aluminum, since the real thing was two wheel drive anyway. Even had I copied the English guy with the buggy it still ends up as two wheel drive, he just took the driveshaft out that connects front and rear. So while I'm thinking on that I can work on the upper body. I'm pretty sure I can complete the upper and then just drop it on the lower as a finished piece, and that will keep me moving forward as I figger out the rest. One thing I could use suggestions on is the canvas top. For this paint scheme I think the top should be dunkelgelb, but the top that comes with the kit is field gray. Any ideas what to do about that?
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Old 10-03-2021, 08:07 PM
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I'm interested in your next choice for a drivetrain and electronics. I started a jeep conversion a while ago and used the motor, axles and transmission from an HPI King Crawler 1/10 scale (not available any longer). I got about 1/3 the way through then put it on the shelf waiting for suspension parts. Then, WOW! ROC Hobby 1/6 Jeep. I looked, decided to finish my project, got diverted with other projects and broke down and bought it. So the original conversion project sits in a box, I'm hoping your project lights a spark for me to finish it, then I'll have two Jeeps in 1/6 scale to recon for my 1/6 tanks!
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Originally Posted by Crius View Post
Made a bit of progress, and I thought about not posting the video of the buggy but I think it might help someone to see the process here and how we decide what parts to use in a project. First I got a bit of paint on the body, just a base coat of afrika mustard to act as a primer and later the entire thing will go under the airbrush.

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And now the video of the buggy arriving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63rxeIBAYt4

but once I got the buggy outside and tried it out I learned it's just way too much for what I need here. I could probably tone it down by getting a lower rated brushless motor or installing a brushed motor or setting the end points in the TX, but the truth is this buggy is just so much fun as it is I'm going to keep it just like it is, and play with it just like it is. So here's the buggy outside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrcM7SD0N1g

and here it is getting a bit of air. These next two videos are less than ten seconds each, but they say quite a bit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4iMx4_tpZ4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3qbOOErsfg

So I'm still figuring out the drive train. I may go for an axle and a screw gun motor/tranny and make the front suspension out of brass and aluminum, since the real thing was two wheel drive anyway. Even had I copied the English guy with the buggy it still ends up as two wheel drive, he just took the driveshaft out that connects front and rear. So while I'm thinking on that I can work on the upper body. I'm pretty sure I can complete the upper and then just drop it on the lower as a finished piece, and that will keep me moving forward as I figger out the rest. One thing I could use suggestions on is the canvas top. For this paint scheme I think the top should be dunkelgelb, but the top that comes with the kit is field gray. Any ideas what to do about that?
That buggy is way to cool to be the donor!!! Keep us posted on what your next choice will be. Thanks for the great air video as well, so cool.

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