All people’s Scalin’ – Massive Truck Driver
Hey everybody, what’s up? Completely satisfied Thursday!
Right now we aren’t precisely speaking monster vans, however we’re speaking a few truck that’s monstrous!
So final yr I made a decision to get a Tamiya Globe Liner semi truck to transform to an off-highway log hauler. Effectively, as I discovered the Tamiya actually wasn’t the instrument for the job. I went wheeling with some buddies over the winter that used some actually heavy responsibility rigs. Because it seems they had been from Cross RC. I wrote about it right here.
That lead me to purchasing a Cross RC HC-6. I’ve not likely talked about this truck a lot, however I’ve been engaged on it. And man, what an excellent construct it’s been!
For these unfamiliar with the Cross RC model, they make some VERY good stuff. I’ve gotten to see most of their army truck kits in motion and it’s fairly loopy the quantity of abuse they will take.
They beautiful a lot all function machined, properly, all the things, together with laborious our bodies utilizing ABS plastic and styrene. Many even include lighting or sound modules (the HC-6 has lights). They’re true builder’s kits.
When it was time to select what to get, I went with the HC-6 as a result of I’m an enormous fan of basic US army iron. The HC-6, which is unlicensed, is a little bit of a mixture of a number of old skool rigs, and I believe it bares most resemblance to an M809.
The HC-6 comes with a cargo mattress, however I wished to do one thing a bit totally different and provides it the configuration of a civilian log hauler. One thing like perhaps you’d see within the Pacific Northwest from a small logging firm that took one in all these vans and transformed it over.
As she began to go collectively I noticed I wished all the factor to be painted to present it that industrial look.
I did the chassis with an undercoat of a rust wanting paint, after which went on high with an orange yellow. That method, when the truck begins to get dinged up, the paint will chip to indicate rust….giving it a weathered look. It turned out superior!
The truck incorporates a cab with a full inside and it appeared like it might be a missed alternative to not give it a driver….so after some modification I bought a big GI Joe that I discovered on the native division retailer to suit simply fantastic!
I then completed portray the cab and the small print, in addition to plumbing the included lighting package.
Up so far, all the construct was by the instruction e book. I wished to do a logging truck, so the included cargo mattress wasn’t going to work. And no cargo mattress meant no place to mount the battery field (which itself seems like a toolbox, which may be very cool!), as is within the manufacturing facility config. I laborious mounted the battery field to the body by the use of 4 small screws into the body rail. It labored!
The wheels/tires had been final. They’re all beadlock, they usually go collectively much like the favored RC4WD Wagon Wheel. Which means A LOT of screws! I wound up placing the wheels on backwards which provides the truck extra offset for the crawling I plan to do with it.
With the truck collectively, it was time for a shake-down.
Oh hell yeah, what a monster! It feels heavy, however in a great way. Regardless of having a full leaf spring suspension, the truck is sort of adept at crawling numerous terrain. For the final word check, I took it via a creek. The ol’ woman had no points.
That is my kinda truck, of us. Typically you want the proper instrument for the job, and the massive HC-6 certain looks as if it. I’m very impressed.
I’m now engaged on getting a fifth wheel hooked up to it, and determining a trailer. I’ll speak about that once I get it performed and begin hauling logs.
Till subsequent time, hold it on all 4’s!