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I've finally settled on a prototype critter that I am patterning my 1:13.7n2 critter after:



I had a couple of free hours the other day while sitting in Toronto. Using some cardstock I put together a rough mockup to get an idea of how this build is going to shape up:





Power supply will be a Losi 7.4V LiPo while control management will be done with the Losi ESC that I've got on hand.

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For a second there i thought you might've gone and bought the real thing ;)

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Nice little prototype! I really like the little detail items - headlamp, stack, generator(?)...they'll look good used on the model to bring out its individuality.

Oh...and those pedestals...both different...very neat.

James

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Sullivan wrote: Nice little prototype! I really like the little detail items - headlamp, stack, generator(?)...they'll look good used on the model to bring out its individuality.

Oh...and those pedestals...both different...very neat.

James

I've noticed in many photos of critters that the pedastals are often different from one another. Not sure why but a close study of photos will reveal that front and rear don't match most times.

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Finally got started on building my critter. Had to wait on my local hobby shop getting some .080 styrene. Also used a couple of different sizes of L-shaped Plastruct pieces. I also began working on the engine cowling using .020 styrene. Still waiting to get a run down through OKC so I can pick up the 2nd Losi ESC receiver at my buddies house that will go into this unit.








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Dwayne-Excellent start. In that large scale, you should be able to have all the detail that's on the real one. I am still interested in 7/8 but really love my old 3/8 junk. I admire your work, keep going.

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Thanks Woodie. When I first got interested in 7/8ths I was wondering if it would be too large as well. My critter measures 5-1/2 inches long by 3 inches wide by 5 inches tall. But when I discovered that a lot of guys and gals are playing with simple little critters, then the size didn't seem to overwhelming. I can see my little critter actually being engulfed in an outdoor setting when I reach that stage of modeling. Detailing definitely will be a challenge as the larger size actually might force me to be more scutinizing of what is added if that makes sense.

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Very cool!! Looks good, you can add many details that in 0 or minor canĀ“t see. And this critter is a good point.

Keep up the good work!

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Looks like you're off to a good start.

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Very Nice!

Isn't it nice how crisp and clean you can keep things in the larger scales?

Looking forward to seeing your progress shots DW!

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It's been awhile since I last updated this thread. Life and work has keptme busy, busy, busy. This weekend I found myself with 48 hours to kill at a truckstop (which sucks to be honest). But it afforded me time to work on my critter. Photo below shows the under construction critter beside my RC transmitter.



The second photo shows the progress to date. The cowling is removable (as evidenced by it's slightly cantered tilt which I didn't notice when I took the photo). The four AA batteries will reside under it in a Radio Shack supplied holder. Battery swaps should be performed in only a couple of minutes.

The Losi ESC will reside in the fuel tank at the rear of the critter which has a removable top in the event servicing needs to be performed.

The four stanchens will support the canopy which I'm currently working on.

With the canopy installed it's a simple matter of hooking up the RC wiring and then detailing followed by a paint job. Forgot to mention that the body lifts off of the AristoCraft motor block too.

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Dwayne-

Must be nice to have lots of space in a small critter for the RC stuff! Any idea of how much run time the AA battery pack will give you?

As Woodrow sez-- expiring minds want to know


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No idea on the run time Herb. If I can get 30 - 60 minutes of slow running (critters ain't racers) I'll be happy. With the run time an unknown that is why I designed it for quick battery swaps. My charger can top up a set of four barreries in 20 minutes.

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DW-she's looking very nice! Must be all those truck stops cutting in on your modeling! Keep going and don't forget us.                 Woodrow


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