This totally black vehicle can spy invisible in the dark! Equipped with an HD on-board moveable camera and full remote control. Video included (bottom) Please rate it.
About this creation
I've always wanted to include a small camera in my MOCs. In my first attempt, I included one in a remote control cube. That camera did not have a quite good resolution, so I buyed another, better one. The yellow color was too obvious, even in the dark, so now I started to build in black. Also the camera moved too much up and down while driving, producing jerky footage. To prevent this, also a good suspension system was set as a criterium. Just at that time, the new Unimog tyres came in. How about making a 'boxy', very flat offroad spy tank? The result is shown here.
The picture above shows how flat it actually is. Only 8 studs! This enables a very high ground clearance, realizing good offroad capabilities. In the movie all this is showed.
In order to make it flat, no space was left for the cabin elsewere on the MOC, therefore it sits in front of the model. But how is the space used?
Large MOCs like this simply require 4WD because of the size of the wheels and due to the offroad criterion. This causes another problem: the power. It may be clear that the power required here only can be supplied by 2 PF XLs. But by default they do not have the same speed (slightly differ). So front axle and rear axle are separately driven by their own XL-motor in this MOC, a trick I used earlier. The different driving speeds are equalized by the relative large wheels. The two PF XL's are symmetrically located just behind the front axle.
At the very right side of the MOC, the V6 piston engine is mounted. In fact the space was so narrow that I couldn't use the normal V-motor hubs. What about the other space? Realize this MOC is only 8 studs thick, only one component like battery box or motor can be placed. So all electric components are located next to each other, not above each other, like in other MOCs. The battery box is placed at the back as a counterweight to the XL-motors at the front. The rest of the space is invested in... strength. I could take the front with my right hand and the back with my left hand and it did not bend! Also from right to left side and vice versa the strength is very well: a consequence of the 4-wheel independent suspension system. In fact, the front&rear axle are sort of rectangular cage, not enabling anything to bend.
And now the most important part of this MOC: the camera. It rests on a large turntable, which turned out to consume a lot of space, and has 6 LEDs for spying in the dark. The turntable can be rotated with remote control. The spy vehicle turned out to be reasonable stable due to the suspension and the large wheelbase.
The 4WD drive shown here. The two axles are separately driven.
At the very left side of the MOC, the 2 IR Recievers are mounted. They are integrated in the design so you can hardly see them at first glance.