1/6 Dragon Jeep axles

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Postby Max-U52 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:35 pm

Jimmic wrote:RocHobby have just brought out a 1/6 41 Willy's jeep being distributed in the States for $270. On a rock crawler chassis but looks really good and seemingly a bargain. Sorry can't do a link.


I've been to their website and tried to order one with no success. First I registered, and then I tried to buy the Jeep, and it kept asking me to login but would not accept my login information. Please let me know if anyone is successful in actually ordering one of these. I plan to order one right away, mainly just to see what they're like. If these are sufficient quality I won't worry about my dragon kits, but if they're cheesy then I'll still build the Jeeps from the dragon kits.
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Postby Max-U52 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:42 pm

Managed to get one ordered, they say it will ship on 4/21, so we'll see. Brad, I think you should check this out

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I don't think it has sound, easily corrected with a das mikro, and I'm hoping for lights, but those can also be added. Now I'm wondering if you could mount the Dragon Jeep on this frame, since the Dragon most likely has much better detail.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:48 pm

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Postby downwind leg » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:09 pm

Hey Max, I did check it out and after close examination, I decided to go ahead and pre order one. Couldn't help myself. It's got lights, a functional hitch for towing airplanes, and a great price. However, I wont get mine for several weeks after yours so let me know your impressions when you get yours. I can always cancel mine if you think it's too cheesy.

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Postby Max-U52 » Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:13 pm

I know the feeling, and did the same thing with the 1/6 schwimmwagen kit. Can't wait for that one to come out, and I've heard ROC might do a schwimmwagen.
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Postby downwind leg » Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:45 pm

Yeah the only negative I can see so far is coil springs instead of leaf springs but I can probably live with that for my application. Just hoping the gearing is such that it will be able to tow that big P-38. It weighs about 38 lbs.

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Postby Max-U52 » Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:44 pm

A lot will depend on your landing gear. If it has bearings and rolls smoothly it might be OK, but at 38 pounds I'm not sure if the Dragon Jeep can pull it, either. I was assuming about 15 pounds, so i guess I was way off. Too bad you don't know anyone with RC trucks, someone who could try and pull the plane to see if they have what it takes. Either way I don't think you'll be able to tow it through grass, but tarmac might be OK.
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Postby tankme » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:57 am

They did show a real pickup truck pull a train once. A 1/6th scale Tiger 2 pulled a car. When the load is rolling pulling it is much easier. Adding some weight to the Jeep might help with grip and fitting a different motor (brushless maybe) probably wouldn't be too hard.

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Postby sassgrunt » Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:49 am

At about the 49 seconds mark on this video, it shows the jeep pulling a 1/6 P-51 around on the grass. Seems like it would do the job for a P-38 as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcIwfdnvF20

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Postby downwind leg » Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:02 pm

Thanks all for the input. The wheels on the P-38 are pretty large and I do believe they have bearings. Thanks for the idea about trying it with another rc car. My son and grandson may have a crawler I can experiment with. It will be on grass but I keep it very short and the one being towed in the video is also on grass. I could also leave the batteries out of the plane during towing. It carries four 5s 5500 mah batteries. What would be super cool is one of those tracked towing tractors used in WWII but I figure that would be pretty hard to come by.

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Postby Max-U52 » Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:55 pm

Wayne could probably print you an RSO tractor in 1/6 scale.
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Postby tankme » Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:57 pm

Probably referring to the M4 High Speed Tractor and yes the only ones I know of are custom built. Years ago someone made a conversion for an 21st Century M5 Stuart, but that kit is long extinct.

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Postby Ad Lav » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:02 pm

The ‘Clarktor’ is what was used as an aircraft tug/tractor.
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Postby sassgrunt » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:22 pm

They also used the Cletrac (or in official nomenclature, the M2 High Speed Tractor) for towing airplanes around. And, although it's not the same, the running gear looks very similar to an American half track. There was a GI Joe halftrack made by Hasbro in 1/6 scale that might be a good basis for the suspension.

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Postby downwind leg » Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:13 pm

I'm guessing a Cletrac or similar would be as much or more than the Jeep if it was custom made. Dare I ask?

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Postby sassgrunt » Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:29 pm

Oh yeah; far more. I think that Hasbro halftrack goes for over $200, and it's not motorized at all! But, if you DID use the jeep; you could always paint it in a "follow me" scheme.

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Postby downwind leg » Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:08 pm

Hey has anybody gotten one of the RocHobby Jeeps yet? I would love to hear a review of it. I have one ordered but it wont ship until May. I just noticed they did charge my credit card which makes me a little nervous. Most rc companies don't charge my card 'til it ships.

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Postby Max-U52 » Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:30 pm

There's a review in the thread at RCU. It looks like the suspension is really soft and we're going to have to do something about that, but otherwise it seems pretty good.
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