Bruder Mack snowplow conversion

It feels good to be making some progress on a project for a change. This weekend I built a plow mount that bolts to the chassis and is way overbuilt for a rc snowplow. Good thing the 1200kv motor and low gearing limit the top speed.

Snowplow plow mount by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

The stock plastic plow just needs so much modification to work, I am just going to build my own plow. It worked okay but it needs to be heavier and metal.
Snowplow plow mount by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

This mount looks good on the truck and saved the Bruder bumper from getting hacked up to make the Bruder plow work.
Snowplow plow mount by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr


And the video. Thanks for the kind words it means a lot. Also let me know what color the dump box should be: aluminum, black or color matched to the cab.
 
After a little redesigning, I have gotten my own wheels to fit the tires correctly and mostly happy with how they look. They have a little flex, but it won't take much to add a little more material to them. I made them two piece to cut down on the amount of support needed to print them which cuts down on print time as well.

You might ask why not buy wheels, and the simple answer is that despite the hundreds of wheels in; fullsize, scale and video games, I hate 98% of them.

Waiting for the second part to finish printing, but pretty happy with how the first part turned out.
Rear wheels by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

Rear wheels by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr
 

Frizzen

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That plow mount is looking pretty sharp.

Still think the body rides too high, but its really coming along.
 
That plow mount is looking pretty sharp.

Still think the body rides too high, but its really coming along.
Compared to a normal 6x4 Highway department truck it is. If you look up photos of the Mack defense M917, it looks like I forgot an axle and painted it blue lol. I did a little trimming to see about getting the cab and hood a bit lower. I can't lower it too much from where it is, because the headlights wouldn't be above the bumper... Actually that is the way you get a powered front axle under a heavy duty truck, mount the cab higher and change out the rear suspension brackets. A good example would be the 4x4 and 6x6 Internationals or Freightliners the power utility companies use.

I am super happy with the way my new wheels came out, they fit the tire awesome and have the right back spacing. A little tweaking and I will put them up on my Thingiverse page.

Custom wheel by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

Got the A frame for the plow welded up, not thrilled with it, but it is serviceable. Couldn't hide the lift servo under the truck no matter how funny of an angle I tried it at. I am a bit more interested in function at the moment. Linear servos for lift and blade angle would be cool but I think the water proof ones are way out of my budget. Plow is going to be 10 inches wide as the Bruder one is a bit narrow even for a highway department truck.

Snowplow frame by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

Snowplow frame by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr
 
No video today, had sound problems... Did get a little more work done. Got the blade cut out and welded to the square tubing. Also did a little test run with the lift servo. I was a little worried about the weight, but the Hexfly didn't complain. Also the RC4WD Armagedon dump truck leaf springs on the front end don't squat at all with the plow raised, I might take the second leaf out.

Snowplow by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

Snowplow by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

Snowplow test by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr
 

2Beers

It's me again.
Coming along fantastic.
Your building 2 right ?

Tizzy's the season for giving...:laughing:::D:

Really though, Looking good and stout.
::2thumbs:biggthumpup:::2thumbs
You should go ahead and do the side sweep blade too.
 
Coming along fantastic.
Your building 2 right ?

Tizzy's the season for giving...:laughing:::D:

Really though, Looking good and stout.
::2thumbs:biggthumpup:::2thumbs
You should go ahead and do the side sweep blade too.
It will have a wing plow for sure, and sorry only built one lol.

Did get more work done over the weekend and forgot to upload photos and a video here. Got the dump bed bolted to the dump frame and the 3D printed battery box is now bolted in place.
Test fitting everything by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

The battery box just clears the dump bed, still need to print the cover for it.
Test fitting everything by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

Got the cab a bit lower on the chassis, still needs a little work, but happy with how it is mounted.
Test fitting everything by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

I am pretty sure it will work better with the tires glued to the rims. No hesitation from the 1200kv Hobbywing Fusion pushing even a wet snow.
First test drive by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr

And build video with some driving and plowing footage.
 
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