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Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:24:34 PM »
Hi All,

With a view that HL have released their 1/16 4x4 RC crawler truck, my first thought was an Oshkosh MRAP, either M 153/M-ATV or MaxxPro MRAP.

MaxxPro won out.... :D though the HL trucks are so cheap that an M153 is on the cards, both of which will serve nicely with the Tami Abrams when it's released soon.

So, now I'll be building this seeing as I got school holidays on, hopefully the HL trucks turn up during the build so it will flow on to completion.

Pics, It's a very robust kit, I was really concerned that it was going to be a bit light on plastic mold wise but it's actually up to Tami tank spec ABS which leads me to think there's RC version down the road maybe.

The box art


Basic shell




The tyres are a nice rendition with all the markings though more than likely won't get used, it will depend on rim sizes etc which will get checked when the HL trucks arrive


Enjoy
Damo


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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 06:59:48 PM »
I like where this is going Damo, should be awesome!

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 11:55:14 PM »
Mmmmmm interesting indeed 8) go the trucks 
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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2017, 09:02:29 AM »
Please do keep us informed as you go through this project.  I have two of the trucks on pre-order.  I think they are roughly--very roughly--M35s, post WWII but long out of date.   Your plan to modify seems to make more sense as the toys are just 4x4 instead of 4x6.
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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2017, 05:56:05 PM »
FINISHED......not really, the fun has only just begun





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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2017, 09:31:42 PM »
It looks like a good fit. I look forward to watching your progress.

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2017, 09:59:26 PM »
You're a machine. I can't even finish one  :-\

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 07:45:10 AM »
Interesting. I'm intending to do something similar if & when my M35 turns up.

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2017, 05:18:55 PM »
Nor can I Greg.... :D So some progress, I now have a roller with some fiddling, chopping and slotting. I've figured out where the transfer case is going and seriously contemplating a redesign of the steering set up. The HL M35/37 truck is very rudimentary but is a good base to start and for less than $50 how can you complain. I'm thinking Elmod M16 board to run this sucker so at least I can servo the turret to give it a bit of life.





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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2017, 07:41:04 PM »
Looks great mate .....

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2017, 05:20:13 PM »
Thats almost rock crawler size,I really like the shove it up your arse look about!.
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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 04:27:41 PM »
Cheers Gents,

Transmission is fitted, tested and now complete. Took a bit of fiddling but got there in the end.... :D Lower/under hull armour fitted.







On to the wheels.... ;D

A substantial difference so there will be some fun to be had but I've got a plan.......



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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2017, 07:01:30 PM »
I love it when a plan comes to fruition,
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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2017, 08:43:43 PM »
Looks like those back uni's will get a work out... ;D
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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2017, 09:21:41 AM »
Nice work mate

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2017, 09:57:57 AM »
Jeeze no mucking about then, get new toy cut it up looking good  8)
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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2017, 06:30:09 AM »
What fun!  I have two questions.  1) Are you using the tires and wheels from the MRAP kit?  2) Did you keep a stock HengLong M35/37Sorta ;) just for kicks?
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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2017, 08:04:34 AM »
K'n hell...this is a really tidy build you have on the go here.

I think you have really started to blaze a trail with this one!!

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2017, 08:32:28 PM »
Thanks gents,

Thanks Andy, nothing great and it works though very basic. At least I'll have as near as cheapest way to convert to RC, I do have several upgrades in mind for a better runner. For now it's good enough... :D

Ed, yes and yes, though my second is going to the M 153/M-ATV. These things are so cheap you can bash them into anything. For a very rudimentary RC 1/16 truck they are fine, just don't expect high end performance. Bang for buck F'ing great to mod.

Wish Trumpeter did softer tyres for this, logic would be so you get the correct tyre sag especially for static etc etc. Dumb move Trumpeter... :o :o ::) ::)

Progress.....shoes are on, wow that was fun, the gait/gauge for the wheel set on the axles is close enough gauged from the kit diffs. So on with some more upper stuff... :D





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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2017, 05:28:20 PM »
Outstanding Damo, flying through this one...

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2017, 08:18:21 AM »
Hi Damo looks the dogs dangles,can see sales of the Trumpeter MRAP going up, outstanding work

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2017, 04:32:56 PM »
Thanks gents,

Got a little bit done on the weekend, fitted out the interior and did some basic weathering and started on the hull upper fit off











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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2017, 07:05:32 PM »
Nice mate it looks the ducks guts..... ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2017, 09:24:27 AM »
Unbelievable mate great job  8)
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Re: Trumpeter US MaxxPro MRAP Build and RC Conversion
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2017, 09:58:37 AM »
A great result from all the work you put in it, looking good.