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Yet Another Potatocat 6WD/6WS Project - Pickle Time!

Discussion in 'Road Giants 6x6/8x8/10x10' started by potatocat, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Bluedually

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    Snotty Tot? Smashed Tater... Little booger. Cool little truck no matter what you call it.
     
  2. Mark Liersch

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    Hey... Snotter tots...
     
  3. Mark Liersch

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    Like snotty tots, but like tater tots too...
     
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  4. potatocat

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    Well, after reading off the following list to her, My daughter as picked a name..

    The contenders (narrowed down after the green truck body was chosen):
    - Bogey One
    - The Booger Wagon
    - Cartoshka
    - Big Green Snot Machine
    - The Green Glitter Machine
    - The Green Nosegoblin
    - Hot Boogers
    - Hot Lunch Special
    - The Jade Grenade
    - Little Miss Booger
    - Mostly Warm
    - Number Two
    - The Poop Patrol
    - Potoooooooo
    - Served on a Shingle
    - Slimer
    - Snotmobile
    - The Snot Sled
    - Tater Tot
    - Unicorn Poop
    - Wasabi Wagon
    - Yesterday's Lunch

    In the end she picked something not even on the list... "PICKLE TIME"
    It's a long story but when she was a little younger she burst into singing 'Pickle Time' for no reason at all. The moment was caught on video, and somehow she brings it up every once in a while. Against my better judgement, here is her saying it a few years back...
     
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    Unbearably cute .
     
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    Funny how they just go off like that, eh? Makes ya wonder sometimes... Too cute.
     
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    Lol! Pickle time is a cool name and it suits the color of the truck.
     
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    I love how kids can be so random at times. The name definitely sticks well. The thing is that every few months out of nowhere she starts chanting "Pickle Time" in a similarly enthusiastic manner. I have no idea why. She doesn't even like pickles at that much. So confused.
     
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    Hi all, just a few updates. Machining the center gearbox awaits for this weekend. In the meantime, suspension, steering links, and servos were fitted. I opted to go with full length T-Maxx big bore shocks for now, because the body actually interferes a bit with the front bellcrank mounting. I don't want to chop any of that plastic up, it's just too damn good- so the uglier but more functional big bores went in.

    Suspension travel is FANTASTIC for the little booger. Ground clearance is a bit on the low side, but that's okay. The ride height was dropped a little bit and the truck looks less like it is on stilts now.

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    It is kind of a pickle color.
     
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    Nice job with the cantilever suspension.
     
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    I guess it's time to build a Pickle Tanker to go on the back of that Rig...



    Dean
     
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    Thanks guys! I wasn't terribly happy with the look of the suspension- I wanted to keep the dampers relatively hidden and clean like the Tamiya TXT-1- but oh well. I might paint the springs black with flex agent and that shouldl be enough. A pickle tanker would be AWESOME. I like the idea a lot. I guess I will keep my eyes peeled for something like a 1/24 or similar tanker body- or just figure out something of my own.

    In the meantime, here's the secret sauce for making the truck run...
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    I second the pickle tanker idea lol.
     
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    IT RUNS!!



    Apologies for the messy video, but here are Pickle Time's first steps. This was shot right after I installed the motor... deciding to lathe the motor rotor down to 4mm instead of machining all new parts to fit a 5mm shaft.

    The truck is still not 100% functional- the rear axle needs to be flipped so it is not hooked up. What you are seeing is just the front and middle axles in 4x4. The electronics are hanging out the back of the sleeper too, held on with a single flimsy piece of electrical tape.

    ...but it works, and seems to drive quite well. The outrunner motor is nice and cool too.
     
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    You have convinced me with this video and your previous one that 6x6s can drift, I would have never believed it before.
     
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    I agree... drifting with a 6x6...sounds like BS, but after seeing the "big booger ", and now Pickle Time doing it, I gotta say "Good job, man"....

    Sent from my SM-T560NU using Tapatalk
     
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    Thanks guys! I don't blame anyone for thinking 6x6 trucks can't drift. It's just not a mental association that makes sense until you actually see it happen. It's also not intuitive that having a larger rig with all that contact patch actually makes drifting easier to pull off. Hopefully the Konghead will help change perception of this.

    In any event here are some more pictures as promised.

    This is the view of the rear axle, in its flipped state. The black aluminum bracket which the servo mounts to was a quick hack taken from a scrapped PC case. It works out though.
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    This is the underside of the truck in fully functional state.
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    Here is a close-up of the transmission. Yup. That's all it is. A motor mounting plate, connected directly to the drive spool. The motor is an outrunner so what appears to be the motor 'can' is actually part of the rotor. It spins, and there is plenty of clearance and protection from the chassis so nothing bumps into it.
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    Here's another shot from the rear quarter. You can see I wasn't kidding when I said the electronics are held in with a strip of duct tape for the time being :)
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    So what remains is finishing work. I have to make the battery retention brackets, mount the electronics, figure out what to do with that giant hole in the sleeper (where the ESC will live) and clean up some other odds and ends. It's almost ready for my daughter to start tooling around with.
     
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    Here's a short video under 6WD power, just tooling around in the basement. The driveline sounds loud on camera, but its actually quite silent... compared to my other trucks which generally sound like rock tumblers.

     
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    Really like this little truck. And you can drift anything with enough power and low surface friction lol
     

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