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BMoscato
10-08-2008, 06:42 PM
Does anyone know of any a good track/tread based platform for a hobbyist? Something besides the Robotics Connection Traxster, LynxMotion J5 base, Surveyor SRV-1, VEX tread kit or Parallax Boe-Bot track kit. It seems like there is a gap for tracked platforms, they go from like $200 range to the $1,500 range with no mid range packages.

I want something that is a little larger than most of the above mentioned kits but durable and capable of carrying a little payload for outdoor roving. I guess if worse to comes to worse I can design a base and have a prototype made out of aluminum and use LM's treads but I really wanted something more of a tank base with some kind of suspension.

Bryan

gdubb2
10-08-2008, 07:06 PM
Hey Bryan,

Build one.. Check out the folks at RC tank combat. They build 1/6 scale tanks. Mine is about 3 ft. long. (The little bit I have built is 3 ft. long anyway.) Here's a link.

http://www.rctankcombat.com/

Gary

Adrenalynn
10-08-2008, 07:12 PM
Thanks for that link, Gary! +Rep

Bryan - totally agreed, re: gap. I'm leaning towards LM's tracks right now...

BMoscato
10-08-2008, 07:20 PM
Thanks Gary, I've seen this link before these guys have ingenious ways of putting together tracks. I was looking at these a while ago when I was debating on ways to create my own treads.

http://www.rctankcombat.com/articles/track-systems/

I still like the LM treads better.

BMoscato
10-08-2008, 07:36 PM
This site is also pretty good; they have a large selection of treads for toys and a lot of the rubber treads can be made to size:

http://www.classictintoy.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CTTC&Category_Code=RT

gdubb2
10-08-2008, 09:20 PM
The smaller treads are great. I can guarantee that making them is not a nice task. Mine are 2 rows of #40 chain with3" X .75" aluminum plates between. The sprockets were the toughest, I about killed my mill and ended up just grinding every other tooth out with an angle grinder after anealing them with a torch. Don't know if they will work, as I stopped on the tank to work on the Mech.

The tank is a Russian T34-85 1/6 scale and will have a Tippman paintball gun.

Seems since I quit the combat robot scene, I still have that need for a fight..Bwaaahaaha

Gary

Alex
10-09-2008, 01:39 PM
Homebot Robotics has a really awesome set of modular tracks (called RoboTrax XL) that you could build your own platform around:

http://www.homebot-robotics.com/


fyi to everyone, I found this in our Links directory that everyone can add links to:
http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/links/showlink.php?do=showdetails&l=81

hint hint;)

EDIT: I didn't catch in your first post that you are looking for something larger, but there's nothing stopping you from doubling up these tracks on each side of the platform. Depending on your load of course, they should do a great job:)

ScuD
10-09-2008, 02:24 PM
Reely has a nice all-metal tank chassis (http://www.shopping.at/Truckmodellbau,16976/p_1-s_shopasc-i_bnJ7Xn0yMDU3NDF7QH1zaHB7Xn0xNzc5/Kettenfahrzeug_Untergestell_mit_Antrieb.html), though it isn't cheap and might be too small for your liking.
However, you can get the parts separately so I presume you can make longer treads and increase the amount of rollers.


If all else fails, you could check ebay or something for an old/defective bobcat (http://cgi.benl.ebay.be/Minipelle-Bobcat-337_W0QQitemZ200259639705QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item2 00259639705&_trkparms=72%3A1399|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A13 18&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14).

Now there's a tracked base for you :veryhappy:

Adrenalynn
10-09-2008, 02:35 PM
Homebot Robotics has a really awesome set of modular tracks (called RoboTrax XL) that you could build your own platform around:

http://www.homebot-robotics.com/


I think they're getting a pretty penny for really wimpy. I looked at 'em last time around and was really disappointed at their capacity. Alas, the LM system seems to spank it in every conceivable way, imho.

BMoscato
10-09-2008, 08:26 PM
I think they're getting a pretty penny for really wimpy. I looked at 'em last time around and was really disappointed at their capacity. Alas, the LM system seems to spank it in every conceivable way, imho.

Agreed, I believe that you get more bang for the buck and flexability using the LM treads.

Tymtravler
01-13-2009, 11:20 AM
Hi
I found a great source for tracks and wheels for a track based robot. Dyna-veyor http://www.dyna-veyor.com/ has several different options and the sales support is very glad to help. They supplied the tracks for the real Johnny 5 in the movies.

Tymtravler

Sienna
01-13-2009, 07:15 PM
Looks very promising Tymtravler. Depends if they are cheaper then LM then!