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#1 Zblj

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:32 PM

For the competition I decided to make a hybrid. A hybrid of the usuall offroad machines I'm familliar with and water vehicles which i'm totally unfamilliar with.

Here's the reslut:

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Its a bit underdetailed, because any more weight on top causes it to be unstable in water.
The same gears that power the wheels also turn the propellers in the back. The vehicle has skid steer drive and swimming ability.

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Notice the gears and propellers are half a stud offset to keep them from jamming.

All wheel drive is needed in order to get out of the water. Its done via a combination of 24 and 40 tooth gears.

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I also made a digital model in LDD:

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You can download it here
I DO NOT TAKE NAY RESPONSEBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE DONE TO THE MODEL DUE TO WATER.

The final result works in water thanks to the 6 wheels to keep it above water and the low weight, but its only suitable for still water.

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Its a good proof of concept though!

Also a short video, matey!



#2 Zaiocrit

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:48 PM

Nice!
Simple but efficient!

but does not enter the water !!?!? watching the video I got chills!  *oh2*

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#3 ciken

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:48 PM

awsome

#4 Zblj

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:54 PM

View PostZaiocrit, on 19 March 2012 - 04:48 PM, said:

Nice!
Simple but efficient!

but does not enter the water !!?!? watching the video I got chills!  *oh2*

Sure it enters water at 0:55

#5 Alasdair Ryan

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:56 PM

Nice job zblj.:sweet:
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#6 Zaiocrit

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:02 PM

View PostZblj, on 19 March 2012 - 04:54 PM, said:

Sure it enters water at 0:55

but the water does not damage the motor and battery pack  *huh* ?

#7 rriggs

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:09 PM

I think it looks good - and it clearly works!  I do wonder if it would be possible with either smaller submerged prop(s) or with no probs at all?

Did you try it without the props?  

I know some real-life 6x6 amphibs get all their in-water propulsion from the wheels.

Unfortunately, I don't have enough Technic to try it myself!  :tongue:

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:16 PM

yesterday when i saw the vid on youtube, i knew that this will be a entry for the contest.
i love this cute thing
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#9 davidmull

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:31 PM

Looks very good, does it lean slightly to one side for some reason in the water?
Have u tryed using lithium batteries saves a lot of weight!

#10 Thelonious monk

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:07 PM

Great entry!

I like that it actually can go in the water, you did a nice job keeping the weight down

#11 Tomik

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:47 PM

Another interesting and simple model that I like. When I was looking at pictures I found nickname for your vehicle - it could be called "toothed penguin" because front of vehicle looks like bird head and it contains many gears with lots of teeth... :wink:
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#12 Cypr-21

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

Well done, the concept is very interesting :thumbup:
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:15 PM

Small, nice, functions, wheels, rc and amphibious it has everything to be the winner, in my opinion.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:28 PM

This thing is awesome.  I saw one of these on top gear a while ago it didn't have props tho the wheels were enough to move it in the water. Good job :)

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:35 PM

Thanks guys! I dont know why it leans on one side a bit, but as long as its in still water water cannot come to the motors. I also named it Pingu (unofficially) as it DOES look like a beak and a white belly!

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:57 PM

Awesome MOC!  I was seriously impressed when i saw the video on YouTube.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:31 AM

Really nice moc!   Cool to see something that drive and float.   :thumbup:

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:02 AM

I like building all of your Technic creations!  :thumbup:  Here is the link to your LDD file and pictures on your Brickshelf gallery.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:46 AM

View PostZblj, on 19 March 2012 - 04:32 PM, said:

I DO NOT TAKE NAY RESPONSEBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE DONE TO THE MODEL DUE TO WATER.

The final result works in water thanks to the 6 wheels to keep it above water and the low weight, but its only suitable for still water.

The video shows it however in not-so-still water. Have you damaged any parts yet?

Awesome model anyway!  :thumbup:

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:24 PM

Nice Awesome creation, Zblj! It's not all days that you see a floating technic creation, especially one that has electrical parts as well, that takes "blocks"! Have you considered using the bigger, (presumably) more floatable cargo ship chassis?

View PostZblj, on 19 March 2012 - 08:35 PM, said:

Thanks guys! I dont know why it leans on one side a bit, but as long as its in still water water cannot come to the motors.

If I observed correctly, both propellers turn to the same side, right? I know that mono-engined propeller planes tend to twist to one side because of the engine rotation, perhaps that is what's happening here? Try making one of the propellers turn in the opposite direction...

#21 Zblj

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:13 PM

I didnt damage any parts ( :tongue: ) I cant use contra rotating propellers, as Lego doesnt make them. Bigger hull would be nice, but I dont have any  :sceptic: Bigger hull + RC motors would ba awesome though!

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:43 PM

I just love it, it is a 2 in 1 rc...thing. But it looks like it will one day flood with water as it leans pretty badly (in rough water), but it is still cool.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:09 AM

View PostZblj, on 20 March 2012 - 06:13 PM, said:

Bigger hull would be nice, but I dont have any  :sceptic: Bigger hull + RC motors would ba awesome though!

Double hull is the answer!
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