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Fivetide
08-09-2012, 08:17 PM
I have just bought a Heng Long Bulldog tank 1/16th and was wondering if anyone had made treads or parts for this scale of tank? If so could you give me some tips on the process? I was thinking of some ally t-bar as a base block.

blackburn mark
08-09-2012, 09:31 PM
I have just bought a Heng Long Bulldog tank 1/16th

you cant say that and not put some pictures up !!

Fivetide
08-09-2012, 09:45 PM
I will do Vid for you Mark :)

boldford
10-09-2012, 09:37 AM
Sounds an ideal candidate for lost wax casting IMHO.

i2i
10-09-2012, 12:36 PM
i looked at making tracks for the king tiger in 1/16th, the link pin hole was the hard bit. Are you going further, making panels and running gear.

Fivetide
10-09-2012, 12:51 PM
Sounds an ideal candidate for lost wax casting IMHO.

I had thought of low heat metal casting puter etc but without rubber cleats they would were out fast..


i looked at making tracks for the king tiger in 1/16th, the link pin hole was the hard bit. Are you going further, making panels and running gear.

Yeah I think they will be hard to CNC , casting is much better Idea, perhaps a 2 part mold, like I said using low heat metals. Not sure about the running gear etc that looks like it could be complicated.. need some time to look at it.

i2i
10-09-2012, 01:09 PM
there are always options

New Style Metal Tracks for Heng Long 1/16 & Taigen M41A3 Walker Bulldog RC Tank | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Style-Metal-Tracks-for-Heng-Long-1-16-Taigen-M41A3-Walker-Bulldog-RC-Tank-/221081883167?pt=AU_Toys_Hobbies_Radio_Controlled_V ehicles&hash=item337981d21f)

WandrinAndy
10-09-2012, 03:05 PM
Hmmm, there are times when one of these could come in useful.... What calibre, range, and accuracy does the main gun have?

Fivetide
10-09-2012, 03:23 PM
Hmmm, there are times when one of these could come in useful.... What calibre, range, and accuracy does the main gun have?

I reckon you could hit a Cats third eye at about 50 ft quite accuratley , they quote 75ft and i shot my self in the leg from about 20 ft and it bloody stung, calibre .. BB size I reckon about a .177 without the wieght , of course thats not to say a bit of DIY on the gun and steel BB's would'nt make it sting even more lol, I'm working fixing a 1g nano cam on the barrel for bore sighting with my FPV set up, .Though of course you could use a laser sight, but fall off is rapid after about 50 feet

this is the bumf on mine



Full function radio controlled snow leopard tank, moves in all directions
Excellent Maneuvering Performance 2-Speed System Turret Movement
Auto reload bullet system with simulative shooting recoil action
Super chassis with realistic suspension system
Shooting range: up to 25m
Powered by 7.2v rechargeable battery
Controller requires 8x AA batteries (Not included)

WandrinAndy
10-09-2012, 04:08 PM
... I shot my self in the leg from about 20 ft and it bloody stung, calibre .. BB size I reckon about a .177 without the wieght , of course thats not to say a bit of DIY on the gun and steel BB's would'nt make it sting even more...

Sadly not big enough for what I had in mind... and by the sound of things they use non-explosive shells.... :heart-borken:

Fivetide
10-09-2012, 04:44 PM
Sadly not big enough for what I had in mind... and by the sound of things they use non-explosive shells.... :heart-borken:

I did see a real Chief for sale somewhere lol

boldford
10-09-2012, 05:32 PM
I had thought of low heat metal casting puter etc but without rubber cleats they would were out fast.I'm sure there's a grade of cold cast silicon rubber that would be OK for that job. Mix a bit of pigment if you want them coloured. Try Modern Materials Technology from John Burn (http://www.johnburn.co.uk/index.php)

WandrinAndy
10-09-2012, 06:15 PM
I did see a real Chief for sale somewhere lol

Trouble with a real Chief is that the treads will mess up the roads.

Lol... I will stop my sillyness now.

Fivetide
10-09-2012, 09:05 PM
I'm sure there's a grade of cold cast silicon rubber that would be OK for that job. Mix a bit of pigment if you want them coloured. Try Modern Materials Technology from John Burn (http://www.johnburn.co.uk/index.php)

Wow now thats an awesome Idea .. will be looking at aquireing some of that :)


Trouble with a real Chief is that the treads will mess up the roads.

Lol... I will stop my sillyness now.

What BPH and tonnage where they Andy ?

i2i
11-09-2012, 01:07 AM
1/6 scale or 1/4 scale are the ones to go for, plenty of scope for fire power.

Fivetide
11-09-2012, 01:23 AM
1/6 scale or 1/4 scale are the ones to go for, plenty of scope for fire power.

I'd love to do a 1/4 scale and have a paint ball gun in it, remote over the internet and shoot people who want to rob my stuff lol .. i'd make a hammerstien hes like my ..want to do robot

i2i
11-09-2012, 11:36 PM
going back to the 1/16th scale, the tamiya versions are far better quality and the sound is amazing

Fivetide
16-09-2012, 02:56 PM
Well two things to update.. first CPC dropped the price in the last week of the Snow Leopard by 32 !! I paid full price of 81.24
http://\http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/search/productdetail.jsp?sku=LH0176861&N=0

But on the bright side after a following a post about avertisment .. didn'nt understand it but anyway I might have found the thing I'm looking for .. cheap wide tracks for an Arduino robot ..

Drag Chain (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/18mm-x-37mm-Flexible-Drag-Chain-Wire-Carrier-Black-1M-Length-/200817574196?pt=UK_BOI_Metalworking_Milling_Weldin g_Metalworking_Supplies_ET&hash=item2ec1a90134) 18mm x 37mm Flexible Drag Chain Wire Carrier Black 1M LengthThis stuff could work ! may have to strenghten the pins somehow but cheap ! wow..

Washout
16-09-2012, 04:20 PM
Hi Fivetide,

Does this page have what you're looking for perchance? WGC Shop - Reliable Airsoft / Softair Supplier ( Worldwide Delivery from Hong Kong ) (http://www.wgcshop.com/wgc2008/main/content_page.php?search=category&rs=RC Model&catid=5&cat=561)

Chris

Fivetide
16-09-2012, 07:31 PM
Hi Fivetide,

Does this page have what you're looking for perchance? WGC Shop - Reliable Airsoft / Softair Supplier ( Worldwide Delivery from Hong Kong ) (http://www.wgcshop.com/wgc2008/main/content_page.php?search=category&rs=RC Model&catid=5&cat=561)

Chris

Thanks for the link Chris I would really have liked to make my own but I think it might end up with something bought.