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The odds and ends of our Dingo

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The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by laneboysrc on Wed 4 Jul 2012 - 22:09

Quiet around here lately Surprised

Ok, I know this is nothing compared to the awesome builds of many of the other members here. But one has to start small...

One thing that turned me off when I first saw the Dingo was the front area. The stickers of the grill and lights just looked wrong to me. That was definitely an area I needed to improve on ours.



Being loosely based on a Land Rover, I went with a Land Rover design for the lights. 2 mm Styrene, a bit of cutting, sanding and drilling, and the frame was finished. The lights are from the Axial accessory light kit. First I set the light buckets flush from behind, but I felt it looked to flat. So I removed the bars from the grills that come with the light and placed them from the front. Much better.



For the grill I wanted some shiny bits. I got some 2.7 mm bars from DVD drives found in the rubbish bin in the office, which were just the right size for what I had in mind. The sides are 5x5 mm Styrene blocks, with holes drilled to hold the bars in place. The mesh is from a pencil holder for SGD 1 from Valu$.

The Styrene bits are painted with a matt black plastic spray paint I got from Jet Hobby. The inside of the light buckets is painted silver which makes them "pop" nicely.



Our Dingo is now finally ready for painting. Tomorrow evening I will start masking, then hopefully Saturday lay the colour down.

building is good -- Werner

PS: the next project is already lining up...

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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by wyetuck88 on Wed 4 Jul 2012 - 22:43

Nice!!! whats your next project?
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by boolean21 on Thu 5 Jul 2012 - 0:51

Looking great Werner! Nice touch to the dingo. Smile
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by oceanic on Thu 5 Jul 2012 - 7:58

Dats a brilliant mod werner! Great job! Y didnt i think of dat. Very Happy

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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by laneboysrc on Thu 5 Jul 2012 - 23:32

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Another simple improvement to our stock Dingo is a moving steering wheel. Very simple to do: a tiny servo from HobbyKing is positioned behind the "instrument panel" of the body. The steering column directly plugs into the servo.

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The servo is mounted on a styrene plate where two struts have been epoxy'ed on. The struts are angled in the same way the steering wheel needs to be.

View from the top:




The steering wheel comes from Axial's "Interior Detail" kit. I've shortened the included steering column drastically. At the end of the column sits a piece of a servo horn, with the horn part cut off. The servo horn is screwed into the steering column and glued for extra strength.



In the mean time the body has been masked off. Quite a job...
Tomorrow I start painting -- I hope bounce
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by boolean21 on Thu 5 Jul 2012 - 23:38

nice steering mod!

cool servo mount! Smile
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by oceanic on Fri 6 Jul 2012 - 8:10

Steering so realistic! Very Happy

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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by RTECH on Fri 6 Jul 2012 - 17:55

Very Happy Nice and neat !
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Got some color on!

Post by laneboysrc on Fri 6 Jul 2012 - 19:49

Once more thanks everyone for the kind words.

Today I got some spare time and spent it in the carpark to put some paint on:


The orange is Tamiya PS-7, the dark color is "Gun Metal" AS23 from Mumeisha (Jet Hobby). The gun metal matches almost perfectly the color of the cage -- just like I wanted to have it! Very Happy

For the next lexan body I will use Mumeisha paint again. Seems to be the same quality as Tamiya, but only SGD 6.50 for 180ml, while Tamiya is SGD 10+ for only 100ml.

I am very chuffed how the paint job turned out, as artistic stuff is not my strong side. The 3 hours masking last night were well spent. The dark ring around the wheel arches will be (almost) covered up by the fenders. I made them dark so when you look from underneath (e.g. on a photo or video shoot) you will see dark, not the orange. Cool That was something I didn't like on Axial's original Dingo photos.

Now only some clean-ups, decals on, then it's almost-a-good'en. One of the last remaining tasks is to find figures that look like Patrick and me... What a Face
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It's done!

Post by laneboysrc on Sat 7 Jul 2012 - 15:36

All right. After an evening of trimming, screwing and gluing; a morning full of placing stickers and more gluing, it is done for now:






Now I need to hurry up with the electronics and firmware for my DIY light controller. And find some figures.


I am very happy with the outcome cheers
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by oceanic on Sat 7 Jul 2012 - 15:41

Yeh yeh! The outcome is great! cheers

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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by boolean21 on Sat 7 Jul 2012 - 15:50

Nice... The balloons are really the signature for your dingo. Smile

You using avr or pic?
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by Liew on Sat 7 Jul 2012 - 16:24

nice !
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by laneboysrc on Sat 7 Jul 2012 - 19:09

Thanks for the nice words everyone!

boolean21 wrote:You using avr or pic?

I am using PIC simply because I had a few at home, including a programmer. But if I would start again I would go AVR simply because the availability of a decent C compiler.

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Got a license!

Post by laneboysrc on Mon 9 Jul 2012 - 22:04

Today during lunchtime I drove down to the LTA inspection centre with our Dingo. The check was short but thorough. Everything went well and we got our license without issues.

However, since Patrick is only 5-and-a-half years old we got a "Restricted Use" license. "2006P" means that only persons who were born in 2006 and who's first name starts with "P" are allowed to drive:



lol!

On a more serious note: I made the graphics on the computer using a font named "Mandatory" (free download at DaFont.com). The plate background can be found on the LTA web site, easy to make. The edges of the "plate" and the letters are bevel-ed to make them appear "3D", since most plates in Singapore seem to have plastic letters giue'd on a plastic plate. I printed the plate, cut it out and then laminated it. Should be waterproof this way.
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by RJNG on Mon 9 Jul 2012 - 23:21

Oh no, looks like Ryan's Dingo will have problems on the road. We have not gone for any "inspection". cheers
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Post by boolean21 on Tue 10 Jul 2012 - 13:51

nice plate!
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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by RTECH on Tue 10 Jul 2012 - 16:26

Haha! cute!
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A transmitter for the RC car of the figure in our Dingo

Post by laneboysrc on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 18:09

Ok, maybe I need to explain...

Our Dingo has a figure that is supposed to be Patrick. In the back of the Dingo we placed a 4cm long toy car that 1:1-Patrick found -- perfect size of 1:10 of 1:10 Very Happy

1:1-Patrick immediately had the idea that we need to build a matching transmitter for this RC car. So today we built this:

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Now I consider the Dingo officially finished bounce

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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by boolean21 on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 18:13

Nice touch on the 1:100 car and tx!
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Post by wyetuck88 on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 20:24

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Re: The odds and ends of our Dingo

Post by RTECH on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 20:47

cute!
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