Everyone that knows me, knows at least 2 things. I am a HUGE CAT fan and a HUGE PETERBILT fan. With that said, guys in the hobby have done plenty of versions of the “Peterbilt” some more accurate then others. I will also one day do my own version but now I figured it was time to really put myself on the map and solidify my position in this hobby and show a little of what i cando! I sat around my work bench for a while when it finally hit me. Im going to make the new CAT truck, it has never been done or attempted to my knowledge and the new style body was something that really had to be fabricated from scratch and would be a good candidate for the use of my 3d printed parts. The truck me a total of 107 Hours to complete from start to finish between designing parts, printing, manual labor, paint, and assembly. EVERY single part on this truck was hand made or custom made just for me by me. The rims, steps, rails and tanks were made by Steve at IHB Scale Models, The Exhaust stacks were made by Benny at Fat Stacks. The visor was made for me by Rod at Custom Drop Visors. Everything else was design and manufactured by me in my work shop. I also have to give the guys a Foley Caterpillar in Edison NJ some credit for allowing me to go into their facility to take pictures and measurements for this beautiful truck. I wanted the truck to look exactly like the real deal with a little custom “Exclusive” touch to it. The truck is equipped with lights and sound (MFU). A 3 speed transmission with a 4:1 gear reduction capable of pulling 100+ pounds with ease. The paint and body work was all done in house as well. I wanted to keep the traditional CAT yellow but added a little twist inspired by a proto-type cat I saw on the web. Mudflaps were also done inhouse along with the diamond plate accessories. Every single 3mm /2mm hex head bolt has been replaced with scale miniature bolts including the bolts on the wheels to give the true scale appearance. The rear air lines on the truck are fully functional for sending electrical signals to the trailer for all lights including turn signals and brake lights. The lift/ drop axle is also fully functional being controlled by a servo from the radio to lift and lower on command. I used a turnigy 9xradio because Ive been hearing some good reviews on them and since they are 3-4x cheaper then a spektrum of the same calibur i figured, what the heck let me see what this thing could really do. to my surprise it was solid and got the job done. I will admit, it is definitely not as user friendly as the spektrum but for the price, I didnt mind spending an extra hour or so behind a computer doing ggogle searches. Overall radio impressed me and saved me a few pennies on an already expensive build. That is pretty much the story on the Custom CT 660 CAT truck, with PLENTY more to come.
I've always had a fascination with 18-wheelers. I got into r/c trucking this year, when two of my friends, recent new members got their trucks and I was hooked. I knew I needed to get one. This is my Military Tamiya Knight Hauler. I've always honored and respected the United States military. I am running a Tekin FX-R Esc and an 80t Motor. I don't have a MFU at this moment, but am looking forward to getting one installed soon. My trailer is a custom made Abrams tank transport made by fellow member 'Scraps'.
I was first inspired by the trucks I saw at the WCMT display at the RCX Expo in Long Beach, CA in 2013. My first project was this Grand Hauler and before long, I was building a car-carrier out of scrap metal. I am really happy with the outcome and that is what this hobby is all about. I am running a Tekin FX-R, 85-turn motor, and a SM7 Servonaut.
Chemical Transport Trailer
The world of model making is my greatest passion. The construction of this tank was commissioned by a friend of mine and was very challenging for me to build. It is based on a real trailer that my friend has. He owns a transport company that utilizes these tanker-trailers and dreamed of owning a scale replica one day. I used the manufacturers blueprints to aid me in my construction. The creation of the tank is completely artisanal; the chassis, toolboxes, suspension, flaps, piping, air-boilers, filling nozzles, ladders, pilots, rails, support legs, and a long list of other items. All with brass sheet in various gauges, round-tube, and square-tube in various sizes. Here is more-or-less the construction step-by-step: http://www.rctruckandconstruction.com/showthread.php?t=9118
Truck is a replica of Bob Mulvihill owner of Hillwick Trucking out of Hackettstown NJ 1966 Pete.
It has a four channel remote,RC 4wd disruptor transmission, custom made front and rear axles as well as a handmade exhaust. IHB 10 hole aluminum rims as well as a two piece custom grill, handmade fuel tanks and straps, front and rear light bars PMD, wedico air cleaners. The paint is House of colors...
Special thanks to Ben Bellini, Steve IHB, and Ed Richardson without these guys I could not have done this.
This build started after seeing a European D11 on YouTube and then finding out there was nothing commercially available. This model is 100% scratch built using Auto Cad and Okuma CNC machines. The material is 99.9% aluminium. When it was suggested to build a D11 my Nephew said it would be good to have one as well, so three of them went into production. They will all run Leimbach Hydraulic pumps and valves. The Cylinders are self made.
The radio gear will be Futaba FC16 as I use these on my other construction models with success and are expandable for more functions. The ESC, sound and light units are from Servonaut. When painted Cat Yellow will be the color.
I wish to thank Michelle and Rob Boutilier over at Krawler Konceptz for helping with the custom decals and plates for my 1989 Cab-Over Freightliner High-rise ..."Frostbite". The trailer is a scale 53ft Wabash Tri-Axle Dry Van. The driver is carrying his bike with him to ride. The lenses are all-clear and the visor, as with the cab and trailer, are scratch built by me. Hope you like it... it was a lot of work. I'm glad it's finished.
This model is complete build from scratch Designed on cad. 40% of the parts are laser or CNC cut, the rest is made by hand. 95% of the parts are aluminium, the bucket is from cupper. There are glued together with UHU 300 end-fast. Tires are from Barmhausen, rims are custom made. Lights from Veroma. The ESC and sound module are from Servonaut. The Hydraulic pump is from Jung, with a brushless motor, the valves and cylinders are custom build from brass. pressure around the 20 bar. Every tire have his own RB35 drive motor. The battery is a 3S 4000MHa lipo that gives a 25 min operation time. The radio is a Spectrum dx10t with 6 functions: driving, steering, boom up/down, bucket, sound, hydraulic pump and lights. Some of the parts are made on a 3D printer, like the interior of the cabin and the steps on mudguard's.
My base kit started out as a King hauler... Stock with just the fenders chopped off and styrene ones made up. Paint is a silver base coat with electric blue top coat. The only after market items were the tires. Rears are fulda crossforce from Ric at PMD and fronts are, I think, Tamiya hummer tires. I also have a 3-to-1 gear reduction unit. Radio is a Hitec 4-channel and will evenually swap the Turnigy 9-channel to add a few more functions. ESC is a Hitec as well and servos are basic. I would like to upgrade with a stronger steering servo. Rims , mirrors were cnc machined with a bobcad program that I have designed as well as a Head-ache rack, a Trailer, and a Jeep. I find different aluminum/ brass profiles and scrap peices at the metal recycle center (Micro expanded metal for the steps on the fuel tanks/air tanks/etc. ) as well as my material to run through my Taig CNC mill. I have attended the show at the ATHS chapter Duncan show, Vancouver Island with it.
I always wanted to build replicas in scale and this is one of them. I extended the chassis 3", I used k&s aluminum tubing to make the tops of the exhaust higher than stock to match the real truck. I purchased A-model aluminum steps from true scale r/c and polished them to the mirror shine. This truck will be up-graded to a spektrum dx6 2.4 radio from the Futaba and I will be building a scale 40-ft white van trailer to go with it. The cab was bought from a gent a few years ago who actually did the custom styrene, Travis Biddle's aluminum grill was used for this build. I used the Knight Hauler rims because they look more like the alcoas from that time era.
This truck has a custom drilled and tapped frame near to the wheelbase of the actual truck. I got Steve at IHB to make me a set of aluminum 10 hole buds,it has a mfu ,and custom decals made by a lady in New Brunswick at Krawler Konceptz. The radio is the new Futaba 4YWD 2.4 Attack radio and custom painted by me and pinstriped. The grill is from PKD Designs as with next will be a custom aluminum bumper to replace the styrene scratchbuilt one I made that is currently on it.
This model is complete build from scratch. Designed on cad and 90% of the parts are laser or CNC cut. The roller is 110mm stainless steel pipe. chassis id from 4mm mild steel and the rest of the parts are aluminium. They are glued together with UHU 300 end-fast. Tires and rims are from AFV, lights from Veroma. The ESC is a 40amp from Graupner. The tires and the drum have both a separate RB35 motor. In the drum sits a small motor for the vibration of the drum. 2 batteries, 1x 6volt 2400MHa for the 30kg servo and a 12 volt 2400MHa for driving. The radio is a Spectrum 5e with 4 functions: driving, steering, vibration and lights. Some of the small parts like the patrol cap are made on a 3D printer.