Trail Finder 2 chassis modeling

As anyone that has read this blog knows, I have an RC4WD Trail Finder 2 kit.  I have enjoyed a roller coaster ride of frustration and satisfaction with this truck.  My latest adventures have led me to desire an exo cage for the truck to protect the body.  RC4WD has a cab only exo cage and also a complete truck body exo cage.  They aren’t particularly expensive but I don’t exactly like the way they look.

On a website forum called pirate 4×4 there are many examples of cage work that people have done on real 1:1 trucks that look fantastic.  I figured I can safely take some of my inspiration from their work and apply it to my truck.

In thinking about this project, to build an exo cage for my truck, I realized that it would be best to mount the cage to the chassis and not to the body.  In order to do this I will need to know where I actually have mounting points on the chassis.  I also need to know the body size and curves that I am working around.  Quickly I felt that in order for me to create an exo cage or truggy rear end effectively I would need to properly model the chassis.  Doing this will also lead to other accessories that can be created and mounted to the chassis.

With all of this crazy thinking I am officially announcing an open source project to create the entire Trail Finder 2 chassis in Sketchup 2015 which will be downloadable by anyone.  I will also upload it to the 3D warehouse and thingaverse.  When I say model the chassis, I mean model every piece.  I will even have generic screws modeled to use throughout the finished chassis so that a person can disassemble it as they see fit.

I also have plans to model the transmission, transfer case, axles, etc.  I won’t necessarily be modeling it for 3D printing but I am using the same principles overall so it will be a closed and clean model.  I have actually already modeled the transfer case which I used when making my other motor and transfer case mounts.

trail-finder-2-transfer-case-01Download trail finder 2 transfer case models on Github.

And here at the Sketchup 3D Warehouse →

I will start posting up the chassis bits as I get them done.

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Continue the read about this in the next post Trail Finder 2 chassis modeling part 2 →

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Christopher lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden where he enjoys his passion for radio controlled vehicles. He spends his spare time working on various projects involving scale RC trucks and 3D modeling.

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