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I have to admit that out of all of the models I've ever made, this is the one that makes me smile the most.  It came out really well and with a decent weathering job will look even better.  In the attached pics it does look a bit factory new!

I will add some video of it in action, but it is a heavy model and only really likes running on smooth surfaces.  The servo for the front wheels had to be substantially beefed up too.

Incredible! Can you give me the first templates?????
<p>ill be making millions from this website it is genuis</p>
<p>Just now spotted this. Brilliant build! Nice work. Very, Very, Very Nice Work.</p>
it's cool
sweet as ible man!<br>when i start getting regular money i will be applying this method to make halo vehicles. a tad more complicated but a heap more fun :D
wow wonder if i could scale it up to my action fiqures scale hmm
I'd rather scale it up to life-sized.... what would the nieghbours think? :p
good luck with blind spots
man, if anybody's in your blind spot and you're driving a 12+ ton APC, do you really care?
wellcould be a few complaints
Me too, I wonder if wood would fly or if you would have to do metal just because you have to.
Wood would to heavy, fragile, expensive, and susceptible to the elements. one would want tor make a steel substructure skeleton and use a mixture of cast fiberglass and bent sheet metal
I just found out what I am going to put under it. An old aircraft tug, that's what they used originally.
Put me down for one too! Great for driving to work in! Road rage, what road rage? :)
Both turrets work and the front one is linked to the steering. The top turret doesn't slide down the back though.
I was just thinking about watching Alien tonight, shame I hadn't seen this earlier... I bet you could make a mechanism for the top turret using a loose belt drive from a dead scanner, that's how I'd probably do it anyway. The electric/hand drill drivetrain tipped this project over the edge of 'that's a pretty cool idea' to 'that is absolutely awesome' for me!
Dogone! That is SOOOO Cool! <br>I am SOOOO jealous! <br>VERY Nicely Done! <br>Bravo!
i am thinking of doing a similar project. <br>what electronize controller did you use? i looked at their site but was hoping for a north american equivalent so i dont have to spend as much on shipping (i know, im cheap) since the site i found required payment in sterling.<br>
I will get back to you on the specs of the controller, but since the advent of Robot Wars in the US and UK there are plenty of decent and cheap controllers.
Rivencole,<br>I've added a pic of the Electronize FR15 HVR controller. Simon.
thank you very much for answering. by the way, how heavy is this thing? i was thinking of cutting up some old computer tower panels to use for my version, both for weight and simply to use metal (more authentic i think), but was wondering if the weight saving would be worth the trouble. thanks again
Beautiful job and I loved the &quot;Alien&quot; series and especially that vehicle...but I was deeply disappointed that the &quot;Transaxle&quot; of the vehicle broke so easily. I guess that's what happens when corporations get &quot;No-Bid Contracts&quot; and build inferior Weapons Systems for our Marines. Ha, ha, ha! O.K. sorry, still, those movies I really enjoyed a lot...except for the last one with that weird human/hybrid Alien babything. I was actually laughing out loud when I saw it and was almost kicked out of the theatre. I build props, models and miniatures for Feature Films and Television Shows in Hollywood and I have to say that you have done an excellent job on this model. Bravo!
Thank you and I completely agree with your comments on the Alien series, the hybrid spoilt what was an interesting film up to that point! I would love to build some of the other vehicles like the Sulaco, dropship and powerloader, but will need a better workshop first.
Where do you live if I may be so bold to ask? If you ever need small parts manufactured for any of your models...and I deem it/them not TOO time consuming, I would be glad to put stuff together for you...unpainted. I built all of the Miniatures for the &quot;Miniature Killer&quot; Series for the Television Show: CSI: Las Vegas. I have built many, many models, and miniatures for numerous Feature Films and Television Shows over my 29 years in the Entertainment Industry. I can also cast brass or bronze parts (if you pay the casting fees...which if the parts are relatively small...within these dimensions: 2.75&quot; Dia. X 6&quot; Length can cost about $50 to cast) that is a very reasonable cost for this type of work. The reason why I am offering my services for basically free (minus shipping charges) is because I do not create my own models (I have no room for display or storage) because I live in an apartment and space is precious. My webportfolio can be viewed at: http://www.artbronzehardware.com Simon...have a great day and again...very nice work on the vehicle.
I'm based in Cambridge, England (for now), but that's a great offer and I'm sure I could make use of your skills. I never managed to sculpt, which would be handy for making a Sentinel from The Matrix and looking at your website I really like the giant Buzz Lightyear.
Thank you Simon. The big sculpts were a lot of fun to do...and a challenge to boot!
Why are there no moving videos of this, you made it in 2003, the only video is looking it over, I am exited to see the video. Also, wouldn't it be awesome to have the 4 wheel steering from the film?
Back then I never got round to taking some decent video of it, but once I've charged it up (and repaired my RC transmitter) I'll get some action shots. The APC has been sitting in a loft for way too long and there have been plenty of ups and downs since it was built. <br> <br>4 wheel steering would be great and if I ever built another one, I'd add that and make it much lighter too!
This is perhaps the most badass phase of your project. Does it move reasonably fast?
It's not too bad in a straight line, but it's not RC car fast. It probably wouldn't suit the model and there'd also be the worry of crashing it! Think I'd cry...
what do you mean by key ring items in relation to use as shock absorbers? what are the &quot;items&quot;?
If you type in &quot;suspension keyring&quot; on Google and look at the Image results, you'll see what I mean. Some of the designs are fully functional and work very well as simple shock absorbers.
When I saw this in the email I thought it was full sized! what a great model and what an excellent photo of it... I think you should get a job working for a film studio model shop. brilliant.
This would be nice as a model alone, but motorized it's sweetness. Very very nice man.<br>
Awesome! The use of the hand drill is brilliant.
&quot;Game over man! Game over.&quot;<br><br>Does this one come with a blown transaxle? Excellent job.
Thanks for all the amazing comments! They all help to encourage me to complete my other projects.
can u do it with a gas Eg
a gas engine would possibly make it perform better, since they can put out a fair bit more horsepower and torque than an electric motor. but torque usually depends on the gearbox.
A gas engine would be nice and more authentic, but the 18v drill motor has plenty of torque. The problem area is the power required to steer the front wheels, as it currently needs a very beefy servo.
does the turret work<br>
this a wicked build going to have a go
am a really big alien fan this is soooooooo sweet nice job<br>
Oh my god, my hat is well and truly tipped to you my friend this is simply beautiful, I will have to attempt to recreate it and robot it with arduino
Really amazing<br>first time i saw it, i thought it was real
GREAT JOB!!!!!!! <br>The Aliens vehicle is one of my all time favorite movie vehicles. <br>nice to see i'm not the only one
On game DOOM you casually didn't work. There the technics just the same was in some fragments of game
awesome! now add a video x)
Awesome! Great job!

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