M548 tracked vehicle - Cooper

cooper

Member
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:


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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

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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
 

cooper

Member
Excellent work!

Whoa... this looks really cool.

The headlights are money.

Very cool.

Thanks guys!!

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

Don't you worry, you will play a little :)

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
 

cooper

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

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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
 

Small Factory

Fancy-Walkin'
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...
 

cooper

Member
Sounds good. In the end, it resumes to personal taste. Some don't like pistol radio and others don't like sticks
 

cooper

Member
more stuff:

Added the side windows
IMG_20170211_130435_zpsxa3cmols by pedro azevedo, on Flickr


these rear vents:
IMG_20170126_131725_zpskoipdfog by pedro azevedo, on Flickr







Most of the m548 I've seen online(and the ones on our national army) have canvas top but i found that are hardtop variants and knew right away that's the best option:

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so, stacked a couple of layers of pvc and tried to do the round corner windows


IMG_20170212_150842_zpszxoagapb by pedro azevedo, on Flickr

IMG_20170212_151255_zps6fhlosz7 by pedro azevedo, on Flickr


IMG_20170326_132020_zpsvkkiprzq by pedro azevedo, on Flickr


IMG_20170212_163408_zpstukgu3a7 by pedro azevedo, on Flickr
 

cooper

Member
I'm waiting for the tracks to make the chassis. Ordered 3 months ago, 2 months stuck in costums. I want to skimp in postages but i should have requested the plutonium to be sent in another parcel :)
 

TheGamer

Member
I'm waiting for the tracks to make the chassis. Ordered 3 months ago, 2 months stuck in costums. I want to skimp in postages but i should have requested the plutonium to be sent in another parcel :)

Plutonium would have arrived faster! :laugh:

Nice work on the curved windows! ::2thumbs
 

Halme

V.I.P. Member
Scratch building is always cool. Good to see some fine cuts in PVC board, well done so far and the size seems to be just right because it can take Jeep to places that Jeep couldn't actually go afterall.
 

cooper

Member
::awwcrap noooooooooooooo.... don't do that!


I can't promise you nothing :)




Today I took care of the passenger door. Driver's one was already made a couple days

IMG_20170409_110653_zpsauopx8si by pedro azevedo, on Flickr

I wasn't planning on opening doors but someone ( :) ) convinced to do them and being honest,looks better and helps with the interior



Next, I progress on the "dash",the real one it's barebones,military style

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Mine it's not 100% accurate but after paint and details, I think it will look good enough

IMG_20170409_145120_zpsuup7u2dw by pedro azevedo


IMG_20170409_145042_zpsv6lhbhw6 by pedro azevedo, on Flickr


IMG_20170409_145109_zps0vyp9x6x by pedro azevedo, on Flickr
The dials extend to the other side of the sheet,will have wires behind to simulate the connections and only the tip of the LEDs will be showing
 
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