AxeSlash

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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    I'm not familiar with the clod steering system, and google just seems to turn up images of a servo on each axle. However, I think I understand what you mean - solid rods coming from the centre of the chassis instead of an axle; i.e. it's a linkage instead of a gearing system. I like the idea, but that's a pretty major redesign to fit it in. Plus it would necessitate more ball links than I currently own. Definitely something I will investigate in the future though :) I've redesigned the steering transmission now, and there is only one set of gears involved now. Tomorrow I will test how much backlash there is between two knob wheels and between two 12z gears to determine which will be best to use. I've basically split the drive transmission in two, and fed the steering transmission down the middle of it (i.e. the opposite of what I was doing previously). So the drive will have more gearing (and thus more friction) in it, but the steering should be much better. It does, however, mean that I'm only using one servo, so I'm hoping it will be strong enough to turn the wheels. If not I think I've got room to chain two servos together without any extra gearing.
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    Future Ultimate Technic Sets

    Cizetta V16T...but it won't happen - too obscure, it would make more sense for them to do a Diablo instead Ariel Atom Lotus 7 (or Caterham 7) Lister Storm (but I guess that's already been done by the recent 24 hr car) A Range Rover or Land Rover. They're made close to where I live.
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    So I've had a go at redesigning the axles a bit. Kingpin incline isn't possible until I can afford another Brick Owl order, so for now this looks a bit better...although it's physically much bigger. Some ground clearance has been sacrificed. The pivot point is much further out now, which should mean less stress for the servos and hopefully a bit more steering lock, but I've still maintained the 1:3 gearing at the axles. It should be a bit stronger as well, I was always dubious about the strength of the 0.5L thick parts used near the shock mounts on the previous axle design. The problem I'm having now is the steering transmission. It seems to be almost impossible to do without having the servo stick out somewhere awkward and/or making the wheelbase much longer. At this rate I'll end up with a motor on an axle, which I was hoping to avoid.
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    Thanks for the encouragement guys. If the speed problem was down to a lack of torque, I'd be expecting it to accelerate much more slowly, but it's actually pretty quick to accelerate to top speed. I already tried it with a 12 -> 20 -> 12 tooth combination in place of the 12 -> 36 combination, and it was VERY slow - it had plenty of torque, but was basically a crawler, which isn't what I wanted for this model. I have a crawler design that I'm working on already that will be a torque beast, but for this model I wanted to aim a bit more for speed. I'm aware of the limitations of lego - I just want to achieve the best that I can. It's quick enough for my liking on a flat, smooth surface (a wooden floor), but outside on a slightly uneven surface (crazy paving), it really struggles. Maybe some slight reduction is needed...but I'm in the middle of redesigning the axle completely at the moment anyway (I'm completely removing the portals, and moving the reduction to the other side of the UJ...hopefully the UJs can handle the torque with snapping :S This should move the steering pivot outwards quite a lot). The steering transmission is the bit that really needs work though...but that's a big job :P As for stickers...I guess I'd have to have some printed. I tried to find a 1:15 Digger sticker set, but couldn't find anything. I don't own a colour printer, so that idea is out of the window. Does anyone know of any (cheap) sticker printers that do one-off stuff (based in the UK)? Thanks
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    Just tried driving this outdoors...it's rubbish. a) it's too slow, b) it has nowhere near enough torque to get over any decent sized obstacles (i.e. it needs more motor power if it's going to maintain a good speed and have enough torque to do anything sensible), c) the steering is absolutely atrocious. It's almost undrivable, and d) the body roll is a major problem. It definitely needs sway bars. I won't be posting a video until I've fixed at least the steering and roll issues. I haven't got any more XL motors to put in it so that issue isn't going away until my bank balance looks a bit better. I might try a LiPo in it instead of the 9V box that's in there at the moment.
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    It's not bump steer I'm concerned about. It's actual slack / backlash / play in the steering - with servo centred, you can still manually move the wheels up to somethign like 30 degrees EACH WAY. That's down to the backlash from the UJs and gearing in the centre; it's nothing to do with the pivot point. And yes, the wheels DO rub on the 4 suspension links at full lock, hence the belt wheels to space the wheels out further. I could potentially lose the belt wheels if I sacrifice (and limit) steering lock instead. I am aware that the pivot point is in a stupid place, but the portal hubs limit my options for the moment. As I said in a previous post, the axles will be in for a complete redesign anyway, so stay tuned for that - I will be dealing with this problem then. In the meantime, everything else is now complete; there were some slight changes to the bodywork due to me failing to order a few parts from Brick Owl, and the bonnet (hood) needed strengthening. The entire body is removable by removing 4 quick release pins (the grey bush pins at the bottom of each side of the main bodywork. The battery can be turned on and off by a pulling/pushing a beam via at the rear (forgot to take a pic). The battery box is removable by 2 quick release pins as well. Hopefully performance testing and a video will follow tomorrow. After that I will attack improvements to the steering and assess whether I can get away with more speed and less torque. I suspect that I will need an anti-roll system as well - it's fairly unstable now that the extra weight of the bodywork is on. Also there still isn't enough sag in the suspension for my liking, and the whole thing is riding too high right now. I might have to order 4 more soft shocks and replace the yellow ones with them. That's gonna make the body roll horrific... It's not the slack in the rack/pinion that's the problem - it's the transmission from the servo to the pinion that has the slack.
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    Just done some more work on this - the quest to reduce steering play continues! The result...a more primitive rack & pinion setup: Note the rack is now half a stud further away from the chassis. so that the red parts clear the diff (you can see how close it is to fouling). The play has been reduced by getting rid of those wobbly links between rack and portal. There is now only one frictionless pin on each side instead of two, There is still too much play, but at least now the wheels are both pointing in the same direction :P Ironically, for some reason I seem to get more lock out of this setup as well. So much so that I'm a little worried that the tyres might rub on the suspension links. And as for the return of the UJs...the CVs couldn't handle the torque of turning those big tyres. I'm going to have to look into reducing the backlash in the gearing in the centre of the chassis instead, which will be difficult. In other news, the motors are now geared up 3:1 in the chassis, then 1:3 at the portals. Accounting for the diffs as well, that gives a final ratio of 1:1.4. It's definitely not a 'fast' model, but it's not a crawler any more. It feels like there's some torque to spare. Depending on how it copes once the bodywork is on, I might see if I can get away with going up to 5:1 in the chassis ( a 40T driving an 8T instead of the 36T driving a 12T that it now has). That would give a final ratio of 1:1.2. The area where the suspension arms mount to the axle isn't strong enough either, needs some reinforcement.
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    For anyone that's interested, here's the drivetrain and steering, although the UJs on the steering shafts are now CV joints:
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    That probably comes from the lack of limitations that Sketchup imposes :P I suspect that something LDD might not let one achieve some of those not-quite-pythagorean triangles :P The green stuff is loosely based on the real thing, as far as lego dimensions allow.
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    More progress. Changed some bits at the very front of the axle to reduce rack twist. Strengthened the bottom shock mounts a bit (they were prone to coming apart) Swapped out some UJs for CVs in an attempt to reduce backlash in the steering. It's a lot better, but still not very good...it's as good as it will get without redesigning the entire centre chassis section and/or doing away with the option of crab steering. Whether the CVs can cope with the strain of moving those big tyres remains to be seen. Added a beam across the bottom of the portal pivots to strengthen. Haven't checked if it's helped yet - ran out of time to do the other side. Added some retro axle safety chains, 80's monster truck style :P Bought a PS4 controller so I can use the SBrickController app (never could get the Xbox One controller to work with my M8) The two tan 20T gears visible in the last shot are the main culprits in the steering backlash problem. The axle on the right is now in it's finished state. The axle on the left still needs some bits changing to match the other one. Next up: battery and SBrick supports, then bodywork (during which I will almost inevitably change something and as a result run out of black parts, then have to wait for a Brick Owl order to arrive...)
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    The truck in Fury Road is not a Bigfoot. In fact, there were two trucks used in the film, both of which were Australian...I'll try and find the source on that info. I toyed with doing that as well (Fury Road is pretty much my favourite film ever), but the curves would be difficult/impossible to make look good without going with a full stud body...which my bank balance can't cope with right now :P EDIT: Ah I see, it's called 'The Bigfoot' in the film, although in real life it is not a Bigfoot 4x4 Inc. truck (pretty sure Bob Chandler's lawyers are itching right now): http://monstertruck.wikia.com/wiki/Shattered_Silence
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    Built some more on this tonight: The steering is a joke - way too much play. Once I've added the bodywork, the steering at the axle will be in for a redesign (when I know what parts I have left to play with). Probably going to use the longer racks and cut out the two 3L beams completely. It's also a bit slow. There's plenty of torque available so I think it's time to gear the XLs up a bit. The suspension has no sag at the moment, but hopefully the weight of the bodywork will help with that. Other than that the suspension works quite well at the moment, although I had to flip the saddles at the top of the shock assembly around to make the shock assembly longer so that the chassis did not bottom out when fully compressed. Body roll might be a problem when the rest of the weight is added, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Might need to add a sway bar system. The lunchbox tyres can hold the weight easily so far - no sign of deformation yet. We'll see how they hold up when the bodywork is on :P The axles might need some lateral strengthening - I get a slight (unintentional) kingpin incline at the moment ;) Slapping a 7L beam across the top of the diff will probably do the trick, although that may limit the suspension travel a bit.
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    Build progress: You can see the triangulated 4-link suspension arms there (and the horrific steering geometry). Lunchbox tyre + 44772 just to show that they fit together, in case anyone was dubious. You can actually fit two 44772's inside a Lunchbox tyre, but this happens: You get an unnatural looking bulge in the sidewall because the bead is being pushed outwards (the rims are slightly too wide). That's kinda the opposite of the effect most monster trucks have - they usually use thinner rims than recommended for their tyres so that they get a more 'balloonish' effect on the sidewalls. So I'm opting to just put one rim in there, and leave the other bead entirely unsupported. I reckon the tyres can handle it. If not I'll make some foam inserts for them. So far I haven't had to modify the original design at all (apart from having to use a grey worm gear - one of the black ones I own turned out to have too much friction inside), and everything feels fairly sturdy...the only minor problem so far is that at full suspension compression and extension, the worm gears on the driveshaft and steering shaft foul on each other. That said, I suspect that once the springs are installed that they will limit the travel before it gets to that point - if my calculations are right I should get around 6L of axle travel with the springs in place, which is less than the approx 8L of axle movement at the moment (with no springs)....we shall see. I may need to give the racks more guidance as well, there may too much play in them at the moment. I'll deal with that once the chassis is built and I can see whether it causes an issue or not.
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    [WIP] Grave Digger

    Yeah the OD and width is correct, but I was talking about the RIM diameter - lunchbox rims are too big. There are some older monster trucks that had rims of a similar size, but most modern ones are much smaller.