M548 tracked vehicle - Cooper

cooper

Member
This one has been delayed for a while, more than a year. Have the mounts in place, the tools but didn't found anything suitable for making the straps to hold everything

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When doing the strap for the goggles, remembered to do this also and the rubber strips do the job well. Tooling foil strips for the buckles(?)
 

cooper

Member
Now a small detail that it's almost invisible but wanted to do it anyway

Each road wheel arm has a piece atached to the hull where the axle pivots


So printed 8 of these:
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OD paint to cover it all

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These were meant to be bolted on but will try with glue only, for now
 

cooper

Member
My goal of closing off the drivetrain it's closer to finish.Needed something on top to keep away dirt and sand

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First idea was a standard cover but started to mess with the 3d printer and decided to do a more elaborate clear cover to see the gears working(might sound like a joke but many non-rc people who see this truck don't understand how this truck moves or why it needs 2 motors...)
 

cooper

Member
More on the drivetrain.

Put some rubber over the sheetmetal to cover 2 previous holes from the first gearboxes and to supress some noise

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And a small rubber lip on the cover to keep sand and dirt away

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cooper

Member
Well, the truck is rebuilt, didn't change the pinions but eliminate the weak spots....


Had the urge to do another accessory for Bishop, now a set of binoculars to spot other fellow truckers


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The binoculars are printed, the strap is a strip of rubber and for the lenses, I put a drop of green threadlock in place(designed those parts like small cups)
 

cooper

Member
didn't post anything anything new for a while...Truck is basically done. Just need some details.


One is a set of tags and labels, like this one:

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The other one came to mind a couple days ago. The seat cushions I've had were fine. Cloth with foam inside, just don't look very scale

So, took some modelling clay, did a mold to have a uniform thickness , the texture was made pressing cloth to the clay and the stitching was with a spatula. Roughed them up a bit and the next day, applied Tamiya XF-62


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What do you think?
 

Small Factory

Fancy-Walkin'
Those cushions look amazing. Great technique. All these finishing details are really adding up. The finest tracked vehicle build I've seen to date!
 
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