Volvo Laplander born again

In the early 1950’s Volvo began producing a military vehicle designated the L2304 which eventually became the L3314.  It was nicknamed the “Valp”, which means puppy in Swedish.  This nickname comes from the fact that the wheel and tire combo on the vehicle appear overly large compared to the size of the truck itself.  Just like a puppy’s paws are over sized compared to it’s body.  Throughout the following decades this flexible, mighty little workhorse was produced in various versions and employed in both military and civil capacities.

One of these civil capacities was fire fighting.  My friend Tedd Soost had a military version previously and now sports a fire truck version which is a kind of double cab configuration with a truck bed in the rear.  This truck is currently undergoing restoration to help restore it to it’s former glory.  These trucks became particularly popular with the public due to the trucks flexible configurations and military grade construction.

You can see Tedd’s videos about his adventures with this truck on his Youtube channel and Instagram account.  Because Tedd is such an obvious fan of this truck, he started a what-if discussion about turning this truck into a radio controlled version in the 1/10th scale.  This immediately peaked my interest and we began to plan this new and exciting project out.  I have always wanted to create and 3D print custom bodies.  On the upper end of the 3D printing spectrum we have Shapeways.  Using Shapeways for this task could be cost prohibitive.  On the lower end of the spectrum we have the desktop type 3D printers. These printers don’t have the level quality or detail that we want with this project.  Maybe there is a happy middle ground that can be found somewhere?

What if we took the printed truck, cast a mold, and then created copies with plastic resin?  That sounds doable.  There are many examples of this process on the Internet and instructions on how to do it.  This can work.  With that line of thinking in place the first step is to model this truck into a printable form.  As great as it seems, what if we took this one step further and modeled the truck to fit an existing chassis?

The Axial SCX10 is a popular chassis among the scale crawler crowd.  This seems like a natural place to start.  It just so happens there are already two models created dr.CYBORG for Sketchup.  dr.CYBORG did a fantastic job of modeling the 313mm and 298mm wheelbase SCX10 chassis.  We are going to be using the 298mm wheelbase which is what the Axial Dingo is based on.

With these ideas in place we can start laying the ground work for the project and put ourselves one step closer to making this idea a reality.

– Nu är det på riktigt!

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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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