This is only a 1/10 scale, but the suspension and wheels look pretty nice. Check out the website. I would have posted better pics, but it was too huge for the blog. $149.99

 

http://www.venom-group.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=8300GR

 

 

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Comment by Bernard Michaud on February 9, 2011 at 1:58pm

We did have a look at this Crawler.

Actually it was our first choice for price and flexibility. Very well built.

I personnaly saw and view demonstration and numerous video. All interested in GUV should look at this little marvel.

Since we are a team of two 67 years old, in top shape friends, we choose the RC4WD for the available space that it offer mainly because of its size. It permit our unflexible old finger to DIY every thing.

It is our intention to develop a much sheeper  version immediately after we master this 1/5 scale one. 

The complete project that we have in mind about this GUV Rover/Crawler vehicle will be reveale within 2 weeks.

We are observing with enthousiasme the DIY Drones activities for 4 months now. We are just crazy about all this. 

After DIY annonce the ArduCrawler project , we decided to go ahead because of the DIY available community support.

Bernard

Comment by Ron Jacobs on February 9, 2011 at 5:33pm

Yeah I know, the scale is too small, although scale is relative, right some 1/10th are bigger some smaller. 1/8 and 1/5th really are quite huge.

 

It was the suspension and drive I thought was interesting.

Comment by Bernard Michaud on February 10, 2011 at 7:46am

Why dont we talk about inches or centimeter

That is straight forward and enough for me.

What do you think ?

After all,  aren't these scales for marketing purpuses ..... ?

Comment by Darren on February 10, 2011 at 9:40pm

sparkfun has a new crawler out...

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10336

Comment by T.D. Gonzales on February 10, 2011 at 10:06pm

whats wrong with a $50 rc truck? I have seen big ones at Sams, RadioShack, etc. Just rip off the plastic and get to hacking. You don't really need suspension since your not going to be going super fast...

 

In Jr high my friends had Traxxas vehicles and I had something from radioshack that I put paintball springs onto and it raced just as well. For a first ground vehicle why not go cheap and big with 2 motors and something easy to disassemble?   

Comment by Darren on February 10, 2011 at 11:43pm
To me, the first order of business is survivability. Standard trucks will more often get stuck in the mud (so to speak) I've been akin to things that can get out of situations like being upside down.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2011 at 11:53pm
@T.D.  The important think to get is 4WD. Most of the $50 RC trucks don't have that.
Comment by Darren on February 11, 2011 at 12:14am
the sparkfun unit does have 4 motors, altough the pitch of each arm is manually set... would be better if they had independant movement.

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