The topic will be a bit strange. I'm thinking about making a Hummer/Humvee supercar with the Unimog wheels for about three months now. I will buy the Unimog in about three weeks, but I wanted to make a WIP thread about it, because I see more and more people "discovering" how awesome the Unimog wheels are for trucks like Hummer, and I'm pretty sure sooner or later someone else will make that Hummer.
So I just wanted a thread about this original-for-me idea and about what features and solutions I want to implement for a bit of evidence (at least for myself) that I'm not just getting on some band-wagon with the project and not only copying features.
The features and solutions are nothing really new, but may be interesting, and if someone else is overtaking me with them I would um..., you get the idea.
So the features:
- I want it RC, but not fully RC. Steering and going, but maybe not more.
- Independent wishbone suspension with the Unimog portal axle hubs. It's something that tickles my brain for months now, I wonder why I haven't seen this here on Eurobricks yet.
- Suspension has all the realistic stuff: Ackermann, chamber angle, caster angle and toe.
- adjustable suspension: stiffness and travel. Stiff and short travel for on-road, stiff and long travel for high speed off-road, soft and long travel for rock crawling
- All the obvious drivetrain features (transmission with R, hi/low selection, maybe torque distribution selector, independent differential lock on all three diffs).
- Winch. They are integral part of the Hummers' face. I want to include a clutch for pulling the hook out by hand.
- Winch and suspension setting is motorized (maybe with one motor and a gearbox), but not RC.
- I want to experiment with the chassis: A semi-realistic ladder chassis, and the two main beams are made of 2x2 beams connected with pins and 2x2, or 2x3 studded plates. I don't know how it will look or perform.
- Modular design. Already late with that.
That's it for now, I will soon try some things out. My biggest fear is that the Technic wishbone parts don't allow too much play for the ball-pin, so it won't be possible to build a fine working suspension without overly complex structure.
Edited by Lipko, 17 August 2012 - 03:50 PM.