Old RC truck to tank conversion
I have an old nitro truck here that I can't find the replacement parts for (left front whell assembly is totally shot away.) It's a Kyosho QRC Dodge Ram with a reverse gear. Since the engine and rear drive train are fine, I was thinking it might be cool to recycly it as a scratch built tank. I have no problem making new components (I design models for a living and use lots of CNC, laser and RP tech.) As far as I know the engine is the same as in the Nitro Blizzard snowcat also made by Kyosho. The gearbox puts out barrels of torque and I think it could drive tracks without much trouble. The only problem is that I will have to install brakes between the wheels and the diff. Are disc brake units available, or could I scratch build them? I'm thinking it would power a 1/8th scale IFV, I have a Russian BMP in mind.
I can make my own wheels, tracks and any major structures. All I'm unsure about are the mechanices themselves, as I have little experience with tanks and tracked vehicles. So It's only how to get the power from the gearbox through the diff to the drive wheel with a brake in between I am having trouble with. If anyone can point in the right direction that would be great. If I can get a workinhg design together then it could be a great project! Here are some pics form various places of the chassis, hopefully it will shed some light on what i'm thining. All I would keep is the engine, gearbox, rear diff and drive shatfs. All the suspension would go etc.
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