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LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« on: February 10, 2020, 09:52:12 AM »
Finally back at the bench and getting something done other than moving piles of parts and collected junk from one spot to another.

Here are the first photos of the construction of the LHI Rover Project, with a little help from our Quality Control Officer, Gunther:

Primary modules mated together


Roomy interior for those long survey/exploration missions


First of two drive units nearing completion


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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 12:37:16 PM »
That’s going to be a monster! Cool!

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 03:12:46 PM »
Oh this is intriguing!!  8)
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2020, 11:45:32 PM »
That’s going to be a monster! Cool!
That's for sure  :icon_surprised: !!!

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2020, 02:06:41 AM »
A modern Antarctic Cruiser?

One of many inspirations, to be sure.

**Updated** 2nd drive unit complete.  Mock up for sizing purposes.  Gunther is 1/35...
« Last Edit: February 11, 2020, 10:43:50 AM by LemonJello »

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2020, 03:25:21 PM »
A little on the small side but it looks like it could be a "Homeworld" inspired build, too. :smiley:
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2020, 08:00:38 PM »
The giant nails give it a look I can’t quite put my finger on.  :o   >:D
What are you glueing those boxes together with? I’m sure they are not polystyrene.

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2020, 03:04:49 AM »
Where did you get the blue boxes? They might be handy as cases for electronics.

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2020, 05:15:18 AM »
Where did you get the blue boxes? They might be handy as cases for electronics.

Carlon PVC 3-gang Zip Box, available at Home Depot, Lowe's etc.

https://carlonsales.com/techinfo/brochures/electrical/Zip%20Boxes_2B1.pdf
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2020, 05:31:27 AM »
Creative unusual and coming together fine.  :smiley:

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2020, 06:35:58 AM »
So "Skid Steering" for this vehicle? 
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2020, 06:49:15 AM »
Wooooo this is looking good !

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2020, 12:09:48 PM »
It just gets better!! :-*
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2020, 03:57:12 PM »
Just out of interest, where did you source the wheels ?

They look impressive already  ;D

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2020, 10:20:28 PM »
I'll try to catch up on answering questions.  I'm actually writing out a datasheet as I go, just as a little thought experiment.

The blue boxes making up the habitat/living space are as JCF noted, gang boxes picked up at Lowe's for less than $3 each. The nails may or may not stay in place as the build progresses.

It will be 8 wheel drive, 8 wheel steering with the wheel hubs containing the electric drive motors.  Power can be shared between wheels of a drive unit, or between drive units as needed.

I actually bolted the two gang boxes together with a pair of 1/4" bolts I had laying around.  The plastic seems to take Testors liquid cement ok. I do need to get some CA, just in case...

A majority of the parts, including the wheels, to be used on this project are sourced from a pair of 1/25 AMT Monster Truck kits I had picked up a long time ago. 


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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2020, 02:48:51 AM »
 :smiley: :smiley:

The PVC will glue with various solvent glues, I've used the medium body Testor's in the black container
with the metal point applicator tube, also Plastruct Plastic Weld which works really well, PVC plumbing
"cement" will also work, it's thick but can be thinned with MEK. MEK also works.
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2020, 02:55:55 AM »
I have all three of those: Testors, Plastic Weld and MEK.  I wanted to add some copper wires and when I went to use my CA, it had hardened in the tube.

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2020, 05:24:56 AM »
BTW Tamiya does not work.

Generally I hate CA, however I’ve been getting really good results with
the brush on CA for fingernails. I also keep all CA in the fridge, as it
stays usable for a much longer period of time.
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2020, 09:40:05 PM »
Gunther says it's time for an update. 

Details on drive units:


Head-on view:


Where we stand right now:



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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2020, 07:00:47 AM »
Captures "heavy duty industrial" look big time.  Look forward to next step.

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2020, 07:33:53 AM »
 :smiley: 8)
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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2020, 08:31:59 AM »
Where might this beast be roving around? Moon, Mars, one of those new planets that keep popping up these days?

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2020, 01:20:22 PM »
That does look like a big airlock!

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Re: LemonJello Heavy Industries Rover Project
« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2020, 05:46:10 PM »
That does look like a big airlock!

Is that anything like "Oh, my! What a big airlock you have!"? ??? ;)
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