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#26 D3K

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:36 PM

View PostDLuders, on 02 November 2012 - 01:29 PM, said:

WOW, that is a beautiful "love child" 8421+8053 hybrid mobile crane!  :thumbup:  Do you plan on making a video of it in action?

Sorry man, I made it yesterday, and it's already mostly disassembled as I needed parts for my next project (Remote controlled, 4WD, 4WS terrain vehicle, with 4 speeds (both forwards and backwards) and double wishbone suspension on all wheels!)

Also, I have to say; the extending of the boom is extreeeeemely slow!! Quite possibly because of the very low speed of the XL-motor compared to the buggymotor, and I did not take the time to make some simple mods to fix this..

However, the superstructure is still mostly intact, I'll se what I can salvage and modify, and try to make a short video! :wink:

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

WIP:
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Features:
-4 wheel drive, via two PF-XL motors
-4 speeds forward, 4 speeds reverse, remote controlled
-4 wheel steering with ackerman geometry (also, front wheels steer more than rear wheel, a la 8880), via PF SERVO
-Independent double wishbone suspension on all wheels

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Will make a short demo video later

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:05 PM

Good work on the crane love child.  I like the look of the larger boom.  I haven't built my 8053 yet but I'd try the MOD when I do.




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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:36 PM

Good work, but there are some weakpoints: you should try to place xl motors more lower and then you can place bb more down, then its more stabilize. Also the cv-joints connection between differential and protal axle is probably weak. Good luck with building!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

Some progress shots:
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Did some reinforcing of the suspension system, and also simplified it a little.

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Everything is working like I intended, but I see the weight is starting to become a little excessive.
It is extremely sturdy though, no problem dropping it from half a metre.
But anyhow, I might strip it down a little, make a short video to show the concept for the four speed drive system, and then dismantle it and try something new..

When I started this, I only planned to make the drive system, but then I wanted four wheel steering, and then I wanted double wishbone suspension, and then I wanted a V8 in it, and so on and so forth...
I really gotta learn to stick to the original plan! :blush:

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

So I finally made a video!
I want to apologize beforehand, as I've never used Windows Live Movie Maker before, so text and descriptions are a little all over the place.
Also, I want to apologize for the below-average quality of the video, as I only have my phone (which starts to get old) to record with, and it's not very easy to record and control the vehicle at the same time.



I also made a model in LDD of the drive system, if anyone wants to recreate it.
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The system works quite well, except when you hit a somewhat large obstacle. If it's running on only one motor, the other one will start to get back-driven (or whatever it's called). This can probably be negated by making a ratcheting mechanism on one of the motors (like the ones you see on many Technic winches), at the expense of all but one reverse speed.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:18 PM

I could finally dismantle the previous project, to start the next one!
This is the first time I have/will design a whole model in LDD before building it!

It is a loader, with (quite literally) a twist!
Still  a work in progress.
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Made some more progress since the last screencaps:
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Will hopefully start the real life build later today! :classic:

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And I know those wheels don't come in yellow

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#33 Alasdair Ryan

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:44 PM

I look forward to this moc being finished. :sweet:

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If you have four of the large yellow tread sprockets you could use them as wheel hubs like I did (that's if you want yellow ones). :classic:

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:51 PM

Nice, my komatsu has inverted portal axles too :laugh:  .

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

View Postjorgeopesi, on 13 November 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

Nice, my komatsu has inverted portal axles too :laugh:  .

I just made some for my loader....... :grin:

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#36 D3K

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:10 PM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 13 November 2012 - 12:44 PM, said:


If you have four of the large yellow tread sprockets you could use them as wheel hubs like I did (that's if you want yellow ones). :classic:

I know, and I don't... I have the black ones, so will try to use it with some yellow half-bushes or something... We'll see what looks ok until I get a hold of the yellow sprockets. Also, I only have the black rims, so it might get a little.. well...black! :sweet:


View Postjorgeopesi, on 13 November 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

Nice, my komatsu has inverted portal axles too :laugh:  .

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 13 November 2012 - 01:55 PM, said:

I just made some for my loader....... :grin:

Well, then inverted portal axles are definately the way to go! :laugh:

As for the rest of the build, the challenge will be to make a fairly big shovel assembly (including three big LAs) fit nicely and balanced on top of the turntable, while still making it look presentable. I will move it further up front, and at least two studs down.. But seeing the limitations of LDD, the actual front loader assy willhave to be made in real time I think! :sweet:

Still, I find LDD to be a brilliant tool once one gets the hang of it!! :classic:

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:43 PM

View PostD3K, on 13 November 2012 - 07:10 PM, said:

But seeing the limitations of LDD, the actual front loader assembly will have to be made in real time I think! :sweet:

If it is the sizes of the La's that is the problem then you can download the La's in different lengths Here.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:37 PM

The build has begun!
Had to do some minor mods compared to the LDD model, mainly shortening of the rear, the turning mechanism (I planned to use mini LAs, but couldn't find the room), and using the two lower axles for the future bucket/arm mechanisms.

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But the drive and the steering work really well already!

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As I haven't received the Unimog tyres yet, I went with these as a temporary solution, providing a whopping 1/2 stud of ground clearance!! :grin:

What remain is obviously the loading apparatus, but I'm short one turntable, which should arrive tomorrow. Also, I will have to design a driver's cabin of sorts.
Since this loader is not based on any particular real life loader, I can pretty much decide the scale as I progress! :classic:
Lastly I need to implement one more motor and an IR receiver in the front, for swinging the shovel.

Here is a rear shot (I'm quite satisfied with the look, being my first and everything :wink:

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:25 PM

So far so good.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

I have to be honest and say I don't like it. :sceptic:
The bodywork is poor,especially the back grill.
I am also not a fan of the steering design and the length of the back part of the loader.

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#41 D3K

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:54 PM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 14 November 2012 - 07:48 PM, said:

I have to be honest and say I don't like it. :sceptic:
The body work it poor,especially the back grill.
I am also not a fan of the steering design and the length of the back part of the loader.

Thanks for the feedback! :classic:
I agree, the grille looks hideous! Will probably replace it when I get more to the styling of the vehicle. The rest of the rear I am happy with though, there will be some more panels, but I had to remove them due to the temporary ballon tires, which are wider than the final ones,
By the way, when you say the length, do you feel it's to long or too short?

Also, keep in mind; I have absolutely no ambition of making as realistic looking a vehicle as for example the ones you and JorgeOpesi make, as I simply have close to zero system bricks! :laugh:
So there will definately be some black spots here and there :blush: What I truly enjoy are the technical/mechanical bits!

I have done a lot more work to the front this afternoon, and it is now absolutely packed with gears and stuff! Hopefully the turntable will arrive tomorrow, and I will have some pictures for you!

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:08 PM

Its the back section which is too long I would also move that battery box maybe behind the cab?
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:26 PM

Still no turntable (yet, Norwegian Postal Service is ridiculously slow), but have gotten some more work done:
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Replaced the big batterybox with a smaller AAA box, found a place to put the motor for turning the equipment, made a ladder and a railing, and also made a makeshift driver's cabin. Notice how the wiring for the lights up top doubles as a seatbelt for the driver! :laugh: :grin:

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It might look a bit tall, but the digging apparatus will be a lot bigger than usual loaders, so the driver needs to be a bit high

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A picture of the drivetrain. As you can see, it's pretty much identical to the LDD model I made! :wink:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:14 PM

Its coming on,I am still not a fan of the bodywork..... :blush:
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

Luckily, most of the sides will be covered by the huge wheels, once I get them! :wink:
Anyways; the state of things:
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Swing mechanism works great, can even to a full 360, which I wasn't actually planning! :grin:  Of course, only when elevated..
The loading arm and turntable needs some reinforcing, and relocation of the main LAs to get some more moment for the initial lift.
Will also do some aestethic upgrades to the entire thing (the fugly grille is still there :laugh:

The Z-link is a reeeal pain to get right... anyone got any smart tips in that area?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:11 PM

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The Z-link is a reeeal pain to get right... anyone got any smart tips in that area?

Does it need more dump or tilt?
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#47 D3K

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:16 PM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 15 November 2012 - 07:11 PM, said:

Does it need more dump or tilt?

To make one or the other is not really a problem, but both, and at the same time keeping it level for the entire travel of the main LAs, that's something different. I had the same problem when I made a small pneumatic loader earlier this year
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Finally I gave up, but it worked OK I guess, just not perfect. :sweet:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:20 PM

Try using 1/2 off set connectors,to off set the connection:

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:15 PM

Could you please be a little more vague?
I can assure you, the problem is not simply a half stud offset..;-)
However, I think I Found a solution that wont need a megablocking z-link at all! Yay!:-D

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:21 PM

View PostD3K, on 20 November 2012 - 01:18 PM, said:


Do you have a link for higher resolution pictures? I am doing some redesigning of my swingloader (mainly trying to implement  steering via mini LA's), and am looking for some inspiration! :wink:

Here is a idea for steering..... :wink:

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