My rebuilt Twin Detonator

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croccodillo
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My rebuilt Twin Detonator

Post by croccodillo » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:12 am

Hello all,

I bought a Twin Detonator a long time ago, in 2004.
This is it in its stock form:
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The whole gallery:
http://www.nanito.org/000_old/images/td ... index.html

Of course, I (tried to) modify it, changing the stock chassis with a custom one, and switching to Clod wheels/USA1 tires (I know, bad idea...).
This is it in 2005:
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The heatsink in the trunk is, believe it or not, a custom ESC.
The whole gallery:
http://www.nanito.org/000_old/images/td ... index.html

There are even others intermediate stages of development, but they are not so interesting.

Of course, it didn't last too long; dogbones (elongated with aluminum tubes) ddid not last, and even the internal gears of the rear, locked diff left me after a while.


So, I sold the chassis, the Clod wheels, the original chassis, the original wheels.
The left parts have been stacked into a box in my garage, up to now.

Life goes on, I got married in the meantime, got a daughter, she is now 8 years old.
Few months ago she asked me for an RC truck for her, since mines she can't use too much (I own a Clodbuster, an Asmann buggy and a HPI Sprint 2); so, I remembered the old TD, took the box, rebuilt the two gearcases, and collected the missing parts.

First of all, I decided I didn't like the original dogbones, so I find a nice alternative:
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They are longer and thicker, fit nicely into stock cups.
New dogbones are longer, so I had to build new, longer, suspension arms.

Once gearcases were ready, with suspension arms attached and dogbones installed, I measured the new width (they are about 30 mm. wider than stock) I searched for new wheels/tires with bigger offset, and found these:
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They come from a chinese seller on ebay.
They are very nice, the tire is really soft, but who cares?
This truck is for my daughter, so speed and power will be limited.

Once found and received the wheels, I installed them and passed over the chassis.

In the beginning I wanted a longer wheelbase, but then I decided to go stock, because my daughter is still a small child, and a too big truck will be difficult for her to handle.

So, I milled an entire chassis out of 8 mm clear polycarbonate sheet.
Here are all the chassis parts, already brushed with a fine sand paper (220 grit):
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And here it is, (almost) complete:
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As you can see, I filled it with an EVX2, stock motors, and 4 E-Maxx shocks I had around.
I need to mill some body mounting bar (today).
Even more, I have to install battery mounting points.

It runs great, it is actually so funny I'm using it for one month now, instead of my other trucks, using the excuse that I'm still trying it with my daughter.

Here it is with the original body (yes, I still have it), mocked up:
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I didn't like the steering, so I ended up building a double arm steer system (I don't know how to explain):
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I also had to modify the front wheel knuckles, to fit the bigger wheel offset:
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I tried to dye the chassis black, but it didn't work, don't ask me why.
After all, I think I'll disassembly it in the future, and paint the chassis black.
What do you think?

And, if you want to give it a llok, here is the whole gallery:
http://www.nanito.org/Gallery/index.php/td_01?page=1

Ciao,
Giovanni

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rex21
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Re: My rebuilt Twin Detonator

Post by rex21 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:34 am

That turned out great Giovanni! I forget if you ever told us, what are you using to cut your parts? CNC router?

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Re: My rebuilt Twin Detonator

Post by croccodillo » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:25 am

Hello,

Exactly, a CNC router.
Actually, this one:
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Here is milling the last parts for the truck, the body post mounts:
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Ciao

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Re: My rebuilt Twin Detonator

Post by 132NHAF » Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:20 pm

"Oh yeah, I just whipped up a new chassis on my CNC machine" :roll: LOL Great build. I bet your daughter is thrilled.
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Re: My rebuilt Twin Detonator

Post by SafetySteve » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:31 pm

Nice work. Sweet machine to have access to.

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Re: My rebuilt Twin Detonator

Post by shadowfocus603 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:39 pm

You are the wizard of polycarbonate. I read your entire clod thread and browsed all your albums. Outstanding work.

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Re: My rebuilt Twin Detonator

Post by croccodillo » Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:49 pm

shadowfocus603 wrote:You are the wizard of polycarbonate. I read your entire clod thread and browsed all your albums. Outstanding work.
Thank you!!!

Actually I completely redid my clod, I milled a new chassis (a lot nicer!), added cantilever suspensions and a novel way to install links to axles...
I'll show it soon!

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