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Posted by DTD_2112 | Feb 18, 2020 @ 03:28 PM | 3,789 Views
I think my last entry was the rickety old bridge. We calibrated the climb and realized it was 55į steep incline at the top of the bridge which is almost difficult to climb. However we both have crawled our trucks over it. We will be expanding the area where we crawl. I am currently building a teeter totter to put in the middle of our course and my brother feels that we need to work on the water feature. He wants a waterfall. I have a circulating pump so we will have something put together by summer. My brothers RGT took on some damage he broke an axle and we waited for the parts to come in. He was operating in 3 wheel drive for a while. He is now back to 4 wheel drive. I have been thinking about getting into 3D printing. I want to make accessories for my truck. Iíll let you know what I decide to get in the next couple of weeks. Our 3rd crawler the WL 10428 is out of commission we blew out the plastic gears in the steering servo. I have the servo on order but we are also thinking of getting a build kit and maybe making a truck out of the WL parts while waiting on the parts from that country that takes forever to send things out. I just really want to get that green buggy back on the track. For now Iíll leave a few photos. I have a climb video coming soon. For now enjoy whatís left of winter itís starting to warm up on the East Coast.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Feb 01, 2020 @ 10:44 AM | 3,612 Views
Not much to see with a camera mounted on front bumper. I will reverse the cam to see how it does looking out over the side of the truck in the next video. I have so much to learn.
FPV iphone on the front bumper or RC Gen 7 Crawler (1 min 51 sec)

Posted by DTD_2112 | Jan 29, 2020 @ 07:19 PM | 3,583 Views
The rickety suspension bridge (0 min 59 sec)

More photos and videos coming soon.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Jan 27, 2020 @ 05:28 PM | 16,805 Views
The Crawler (0 min 55 sec)

Posted by DTD_2112 | Jan 27, 2020 @ 05:23 PM | 16,549 Views
I visited a crawler track at the back of a hobby shop about 23 miles away. I got a lot of good info and picked up a few tips. Iíve started to make some changes and we are starting to add a second elevation on the crawl area of our track.
The boxes will be filled with rocks or boards of various offcut sizes on their ends that will have plenty of ways to get to the top. Tomorrow Iím building the rickety old suspension bridge. The red ink in the one photo is where the rickety suspension bridge will be built to get up to the next level.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Jan 07, 2020 @ 10:39 PM | 4,105 Views
I built this rope feature obstacle and it isnít easy getting down the ropes. One slip up and the truck drops right to the ground. I used a set of battle ropes. Itís a length of 30 feet folded in half. Once the track is completed there will be a few videos made showing each section.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Jan 02, 2020 @ 04:38 PM | 2,708 Views
Iím digging this optional white stripe that came with my Redcat Gen 7. There was also red and wood grain.
What do you think?
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 30, 2019 @ 10:36 AM | 4,050 Views
I never knew what color blind was like until my buddy told me about an app on the phone you can use to see how he sees color.
Here's how people with color blindness see the world.
Those that are non-color blind see about 1 million to 7 million different color hues. Those with color blindness see only about 10,000 to 100,000 different hues.

This is his green buggy on the left and the actual color (yellow)he sees on the right.

Now I know how he interprets color. Everything bright to me is dull to him.

My Redcat Gen 7 how I see it on the left and how he sees it on the right

I plan to get him the color correcting lenses but they wonít cure color blindness just improve his vibrancy to color.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 30, 2019 @ 10:13 AM | 4,080 Views
I got the trench dug covered in heavy plastic sheeting then it started to rain. Went out this morning to take a look and the trench filled up with rain.
This will make an interesting water crossing. I still plan to make a large water crossing with a few circulation pumps come warmer weather to get the water moving like a stream. I have a buddy bringing me some large stones and broken concrete but for today Iím building a wood platform maybe the beginning of a suspension bridge.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 29, 2019 @ 10:52 AM | 2,236 Views
This is just a quick update what I did today after digging up the track. A simple box frame up for benchtop with pallet wood slats on top and some screen to keep screws from falling through the gaps. Gaps in benchtop and screen is also for drainage from inclement weather.
A few action shots of the Redcat Gen 7.

Thanks for following my Journey
Happy New Year...Continue Reading
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 29, 2019 @ 10:36 AM | 2,270 Views
Did some digging and moved the dirt around. Iím still creating a big hill. Need lots of rock, gravel concrete, chunks of wood, chunks of broken cinder blocks etc... etc...
Iím still designing a water feature, Iíll install it after winter.
It would be nice to have help digging and moving heavy logs but Iíll get it done eventually.
I guarantee after itís built all my friends will show up to play.
Itís all good.
So these are some photos of my build just digging up the ground and moving logs around....Continue Reading
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 29, 2019 @ 07:47 AM | 1,765 Views
When I started my crawling course. I had no idea what I was doing just piling up boards and nailing things down. Oh no thatís not how it should be done.
Talking to many people who have existing courses say itís easier than it sounds. Just make everything almost impassible. Push people out of there comfort zone.

If you look at anything Iíve built I would say my course is super wimpy. Nothing over 2 feet in height or sloping side to side.
I have seen water features and giant boulders and tracks that seem impassible. I was building a course but not for aggressive driving, but for newbie drivers. Since receiving my truck yesterday and seeing how large 1/10 scale is in person it gives you more of a perspective of how crazy a course should be.
As of today in the rain I am going to dig up the entire area and make it a little more insane. I need to make this track look intimidating but not to where it is impassible. I need some 70į ramps and see if any trucks can climb higher than 3 feet while ramps is dry or in wet conditions. I need to dig a huge trench and fill it full of running water and rocks. Iíve got so much to do before the 31st when my replacement truck arrives. I will dig along side an area that has a water feature or a high hill that if anyone were to say I canít go through that Or I canít climb that I will have an alternate route around(chicken walk) which will probably be as difficult to pass by. I need to give them alternate choices. Letís hope I can build up to some expectations of these insane courses Iíve seen.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 28, 2019 @ 04:30 PM | 1,424 Views
Ok I got my hands on my new truck today. Everything is perfect except the transmitter has something loose inside. Do any of you ever hear a rattle inside your transmitter and is it ok ?
Just got off the phone with customer service and they are sending me a completely new truck and transmitter. This one is going back. I just didnít want to put batteries in it turn it on and short it out. Replacement truck will arrive on December 31,2019.
While I have this here I took photos of the new steering arm that has a nice curve to it and both steering stops have been removed by the manufacturer so the steering problem has been addressed.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 28, 2019 @ 04:12 PM | 1,458 Views
Well guys today is the day the new Redcat Gen 7 is out for delivery. I didnít try plan on working on the track today. I needed to occupy myself until the delivery so this is what I got started on today.
I know itís not much but I moved a boat load of leaves and expanded the track. I see these visions in my head of the track having high areas to climb up to but nobody wants to drive their trucks up 5í because if they slip off the track the truck breaks.
So I built this starter track until I can talk the guys into making higher hills and large platforms, spiral stairs wobbly bridges and deep mud holes.
Ok the mailman has arrived and my next update will have my new truck in my hands.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 27, 2019 @ 01:55 PM | 1,311 Views
I started to clean out an area in my yard today. A couple of hours raking leaves and moving logs around to make edges. The ground is covered with vines under the leaves which I cut most out. But today Iím excited to be setting up this track because tomorrow my new truck comes in. I still need to put down concrete, and gravel. I am not anywhere as being done but Iím just glad I have a somewhat of a track to drive around. Anywheres there is a pile of leaves Iíll be making a hill to climb. Iím so glad I have a large yard, I can just keep adding on as I go. Happy New Year Everyone.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 26, 2019 @ 11:24 AM | 1,057 Views
I just added a third crawler to the list itís not a top of the line model or it doesnít have all the bells and whistles like our other two. It is model WLToys 10428 1/10 4wd. I want to compare these vehicles head to head and it will get my neighbor involved in something he can do with his son. Plus Iíll get his help in building my crawling course. Will put something together (video)when it comes in.
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 25, 2019 @ 10:00 PM | 1,481 Views
Just purchased a Redcat gen 7 sport for myself.
My brother has the RGT EX86100.
Looking forward to compete against my brother and his RC friends. I am new to the Truck scene. I’m used to crashing foam built airplanes. This is going to be a game changer. We will be making videos of our challenges along the way.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 24, 2019 @ 01:34 PM | 3,461 Views
Had some help today. My brother cut up an old garden hose and screwed the pieces to the wood boards for obstacle bumps. Iím currently working on getting us some fill dirt for parts of this track. Plus Iím going to build a tilt table and a water feature. We are just in the learning stage we want to see what works and what doesnít.
Taking the day off for Christmas tomorrow.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Posted by DTD_2112 | Dec 23, 2019 @ 03:03 PM | 3,014 Views
Being new to this hobby of off-road crawling I wanted to give it a try. I Have several spots in my yard that can be a potential crawling course. I started to assemble some planks to climb to new heights for a new crawler Iím expecting after Christmas.
Not knowing what winter has in store for us we could get a blizzard and my crawling course wonít be useful until spring. They say you can use the new RCís in wet places but Iím a newbie and it took me a while to save up to buy a crawler Iím not just going to drive it in water. So hereís what I started today.
I had a few old pallets and long boards laying around and I just threw stuff together for a quick course. My brother has a 1/10 scale truck but he would rather sleep then help build a cool track. I have several other tracks I intend to build but working alone isnít fun at all. Iím sure the ideas will get better and better once lazy bones wakes up. So for today I took this old overgrown garden and I started to put some boards in its place. Tomorrow I hope to get some fill dirt and start covering some of the high spots to make hills. I have another wooded area in the yard I plan on building lots of downed trees and rock formations to climb on. I am also going to put a road track course in the yard for my buddies to use.