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newracer
January 15th, 2008, 12:18 PM
I just ordered a Kyosho Blizzard to run on snow days. :P It should be here by Friday. Like I need another R/C project but I just couldn't help myself. :D

http://www.kyoshoamerica.com/images/specialtyvehicles/30983-01.jpg

Roll over any terrain with this fully functioning electric tracked machine!

Easy to operate electric vehicle cruises up steep slopes and easily rolls over gaps as it powers across the rough surfaces and etches its track marks in snowfields, sand and dirt piles. Kyosho has reproduced the distinctive ?DF300? from Japan?s major tracked vehicle manufacturer, Ohara Corporation. The sophisticated mechanics of the motor control features a combination bevel gear and brake control system that produces forward, reverse, left/right turning and also pivoting (the Blizzard can turn in its own tracks) for fully operational tracked vehicle control. And all the main components are pre-assembled so only a short time is needed for the finishing touches. Only a true tracked vehicle can back-up your go-anywhere spirit and be enjoyed anywhere you want to take it!





Here are some good pictures of one in action.
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p12/Minnmaxxer/new094.jpg
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p12/Minnmaxxer/Idaho2007270.jpg
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p12/Minnmaxxer/new079.jpg

And a video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E1JAQ9B9-k

cheftyler
January 15th, 2008, 12:40 PM
You officially suck...how much did it run you?

newracer
January 15th, 2008, 12:44 PM
The hobby shop up here quoted me $230 which is full retail, he might be able to do a little better once it comes in. Best price on line is $210 with free shipping from Ultimate Hobbies. I don't mind paying a little more to support my local shop. I have extra radio gear, servos, an esc, and batteries already to run it.

Brutus
January 15th, 2008, 12:45 PM
NICE!!! I would fit it with an tank model body though... oh yeah!

newracer
January 15th, 2008, 12:47 PM
Tanks are available.
http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/category.php?sub-id=14000|33000

kPs
January 15th, 2008, 01:03 PM
NICE Mike! That thing is pretty awesome, I am headed over when you get it.

OrangeCrush
January 15th, 2008, 01:43 PM
Kyosho are good products I raced Mini-z's for a while when I worked witha bunch of engineers

Jake_Blues
January 15th, 2008, 02:31 PM
Those tanks are cool, but $1500 for an R/C model tank? Crazy!

-E

ColoradoSkier
January 15th, 2008, 03:34 PM
That thing is ripe for an LED mod to run it better at night, when the real ones do! Too cool.

newracer
January 15th, 2008, 03:36 PM
You read my mind, I have a couple of LED kits laying around collecting dust. I working light bar would be nice!!!

Pioneer
January 15th, 2008, 03:57 PM
Sweet, I thought they quit making those a few years ago and gave up looking. I may have to start lookin again. I know Colpar carrys Kyosho:idea: But I just bought a Ofna Violator damnit....:mad:

Big Dave
January 15th, 2008, 04:08 PM
How does the drive system work? I had a Tyco tracked R/C vehicle back in the day and it was actually two separate motors IIRC, one for each track.

newracer
January 15th, 2008, 04:14 PM
Single motor, center diff with shafts to a drive wheel on each track. Brakes on each shaft to slow down or stop that side to turn.

http://www.outcastrc.com/craig/blizzard/difflock/2006-04-04,007.jpg

Colorado 5.9
January 16th, 2008, 01:30 AM
Sweet, I thought they quit making those a few years ago and gave up looking. I may have to start lookin again. I know Colpar carrys Kyosho:idea: But I just bought a Ofna Violator damnit....:mad:


Hehe, I walked into Colpar south today. One was sitting on the bottom shelf as you walk in. They have rearanged the store a bit If you haven't been in for awhile.

They are selling it for full retail. $250.

ColoradoSkier
January 16th, 2008, 09:02 AM
I'd want to add a plow in the front (an active one mind you) and the tool on the back that they use to groom the hills. Both individually actuatred - that would be cool!

newracer
January 16th, 2008, 10:20 AM
Check out this one.

http://making-trax.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=30

ColoradoSkier
January 16th, 2008, 10:42 AM
That is AWESOME!

Pioneer
January 16th, 2008, 04:17 PM
I'd want to add a plow in the front (an active one mind you) and the tool on the back that they use to groom the hills. Both individually actuatred - that would be cool!


Here you go Chester.

http://www.snow-groomer.com/thumbnails.php?album=201&page=1

TJ_Shunk
January 17th, 2008, 08:47 AM
that is pretty cool. It'd be nice to plow the driveway from the warm insides of the house.

ZooMad75
January 17th, 2008, 10:16 AM
That video reminded me of a video on youtube with a european track vehicle hauling ass over snow, marsh and everything in it's path. Just smaller. I'd take one, but we don't get nearly enough snow in P-town to have enough fun with it. My boy got a 1/8 scale snowmobile for x-mas a couple of years back and we ran it once. I was so slow it was worthless. An uncle gave it to him...I wouldn't have paid money for it.

ColoradoSkier
January 17th, 2008, 12:24 PM
Here you go Chester.

http://www.snow-groomer.com/thumbnails.php?album=201&page=1

When are you going to fire all your drivers and start using a fleet of these? :)

supremebeholder
January 17th, 2008, 12:41 PM
When are you going to fire all your drivers and start using a fleet of these? :)

He could hire some 12 year olds and pay 'em like $5 and hour.

Pioneer
January 17th, 2008, 12:54 PM
He could hire some 12 year olds and pay 'em like $5 and hour.

I already have some 12yo's, Dapozer and Dickeyp:flipoff2:

newracer
January 21st, 2008, 11:42 PM
Picked up the kit today from the LHS. Need to order some bearings. I hate bushings!!!! I think I am going to paint it red.

formatt
January 24th, 2008, 12:54 AM
No F'ing Way!!!

newracer
January 24th, 2008, 01:05 AM
WAY!!!!! Here is the chassis.

ZooMad75
January 24th, 2008, 10:19 AM
So I take it the steering servo is just connected to the brakes on either side to allow for turning? The single motor kind of threw me as other cheaper tracked units I've seen just run separate motors to each side. Controls are more like a skid-steer. Both forward=straight and so on. This looks like you would have more car-like controls with throttle and steering staying independent of each other.

newracer
January 24th, 2008, 10:31 AM
Yes there is a brake on each side of the diff. Two control rods go from the servo to each brake.

You can see it pretty good in this pict I stole from another forum.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i169/jimbiss/Blizzard/mamba_blizzard_sml.jpg

ZooMad75
January 24th, 2008, 02:19 PM
Holy cow is that mamba max brushless setup in there? That same motor/esc/battery combo could push my rustler to 50-60mph, what the hell would it do to the tracks on one of those? I'd love to see a video of that one hauling over the snow...

newracer
January 24th, 2008, 02:31 PM
It is the smaller motor but it does get up and move. Here is a kind of crappy video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYE6894dr3E

ZooMad75
January 24th, 2008, 04:28 PM
That moving fast for tracks in the snow! Brushless is the way to go. I'm just going to save up and hope the prices come down a little.

newracer
February 3rd, 2008, 07:31 PM
It is up and running. Still need to paint and detail he body. Also still waiting on bearings. It turns kind of twitchy but once I put some heavy grease in the diff it should be better.

newracer
February 21st, 2008, 04:24 PM
Body is painted but still needs decals and accessories. I received the bearings but have not had a chance to install them yet. Maybe by the end of the weekend.

ColoradoSkier
February 22nd, 2008, 08:53 AM
Just in time for summer! :flipoff2:

newracer
February 22nd, 2008, 09:06 AM
There is still plenty of snow up in the hills. :flipoff2:

newracer
March 17th, 2008, 12:33 AM
Still need to detail the body with decals and trim pieces but it had it's maiden run tonight in the backyard. Pretty slow with the kit motor. I tried running my 11.1 lipo packs in it and the motor didn't like that too much. I am going to try a stock motor and if that's not fast enough I'll go brushless.

I put some heavy diff fluid in the diff to limit the slip and it's too thick. Makes it turn too wide. I'll need to change that out too.

Hopefully get some picts tomorrow in the afternoon.

formatt
April 16th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Still waiting on these pics, buddy!

newracer
February 21st, 2010, 01:03 PM
Stock setup was way too slow. Put in a brushless and 3 cell lipo pack.

Batteries were getting a little low so it was glitching a little and not quite top speed but you get the idea.

http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/RC/?action=view&current=MVI_6544.flv

newracer
March 24th, 2010, 08:01 PM
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/RC/IMG_6787.jpg (http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/RC/?action=view&current=IMG_6787.jpg)

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/RC/IMG_6786.jpg (http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/RC/?action=view&current=IMG_6786.jpg)

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/RC/IMG_6785.jpg (http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/RC/?action=view&current=IMG_6785.jpg)

And a better video

http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/RC/?action=view&current=MVI_6789.flv