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Hi this thread is for RC conversion of a Frank Wang Opel truck. The truck is static but all steel. I've always wanted an RC version. Using 1/8 scale truck parts from Veroma Modellbau: https://www.veroma-modellbau.eu/
Faulkner - apologies for not giving credit to your photos! I didn't want to post your name, but hopefully no harm done.
I'm using Veroma truck parts in 1/8 scale - link in my first post. Some custom brackets for their parts need to be made as well as modify the front wheel wells so the wheels can steer. So far so good. This truck is a pretty good base for RC.
Leonard - no its not an inexpensive venture. The truck itself is $1300 delivered to US. About the same as Metalbox Opel truck. No 1/6 project is ever inexpensive. The truck is all steel and pretty heavy ~15lbs (30 kilo) so needs a pretty heavy duty motor. I'm using the same motors in my printed Hetzer. Tamiya stuff is too small and too light weight for this project.
I"ve converted the 21st Century Patton to RC as well as a few jeeps, and even using Tamiya and other such parts, it easily gets to $600 for the jeeps and higher for the trucks per conversion. I"m glad to see what you are doing with the Opel, as I have a WC-52 that is metal and heavy and have wanted to make it RC for a long time. The truck is also heavy and didn't see Tamiya or other rock crawler parts as viable for the conversion.
Your build is the way for me to go with the WC, and like I said earlier, it is inspiring me to proceed with the conversion.
Leonard do you have RC axles for your WC? That will be the difficult part of that conversion.
Axial just came out with 1/6 scale Jeep crawlers (SX6) and these would make great axles for a RC conversion - if you can find replacement parts. Or perhaps a ROC hobby Jeep axle? Or you can always scratch build axles, not impossible but a bit of engineering required.
I'd like a Dodge RC Ambulance - but that's a distant future project.
Was able to find the Roc Hobby Jeep front axles on FMS Direst. but haven't found the rear axles. Didn't know about the new Axial SCX6, 1/6 scale jeeps. The price at horizon is a little steep at $ 1,099, though it would be a complete package for use with the WC-52 conversion and would probably save a lot of time from working with parts from different brands. Over the weekend will see if I can find the SCX6 specifications and then compare to whats needed for the WC-52.
Yeah Leonard the price of SX6 is a bit steep. Looks like on Axial webpage the SX6 parts are available - but it takes a while to separate them from all the other parts (1/10, 1/24) etc. If one could get the axles they would make good small truck axles. Usually the ROC hobby parts are all together on Aliexpress, but they may be sold out. For a while you could find both front and rear axles and tires.
No, not any more but like to call in from time to time to see what's going on. I might get back into it once I retire but haven't got any spare time right now. I've always liked the Opel Blitz and owned an RC Scratch built one a few years ago. Wasn't the most accurate but good fun towing the Pak 40.
Inching closer to driving test. Got the suspension and axles mounted. Motor is ready to install. Battery box is 3D printed and has fake spare tire that helps hide it. Access battery by hole in load bed. All up weight is nearly 20bs (9kg). Nice thing about 1/6 scale is there is plenty of room for electronics.