I'm usually in the WJ forum, that's what I have for a 4x4 these days. My hobby is RC vehicles, specifically off road type of rigs in different scales. My favorite toy is a 1/6 scale MB military Jerp from Hasbro that has been converted into RC.
Tons of fun with the fabrication of the drive train and 'cage among other things. I'm in the process of making a CJ style grill for the front, right now it has the flat-slat style of the earliest MB's. I have designed the grill in Inventor and I have a 3D printed part made, now I'm designing some headlight buckets and lenses. Here's where I could use a bit of help.
Could someone possible post a very clear pic of the lense of an original head light? I want to add the appropriate detail to my 3D model so when I make a mold from the 3D printed part, the detail will show up in the acrylic part.
Here's a few screen shots of where I'm at right now.
That first picture fooled me!
I was thinking, WOW! Little flat fender doing it!
For an ACCURATE head light, you will have to find old military pictures. The type of head light used in MB (War Production) isn't made anymore. It was a CLEAR lense so it could be flipped back to work on the engine, or used as a spot light at work sites.
The clear lense was also for black out with a little paint or black out cover so the light didn't scatter when used with black out devices...
I tried to find some for my '48 for about a year, couldn't find any...
The closest I found was 80s BMW lights with clear lenses, but not the same back reflector as the war production lights.
You may have to stick with something like a BMW clear lense (no ribs or pattern) from the 80's or go with a modern head light...
The detailing could be from any Willys CJ, I'd just like to have some type of detail in the headlight lense. I've already cast clear ones and the just didn't look right to me. Thanks for the reply about the realism, it's what I try to do. The Jerps are mainly "trail ride" rigs, so everyone tries to make them as detailed as possible. It's always fun while someone sees the working winch for the first time.
Once a year, my CJ looks cool. St Patrick's day! Seriously, paint is my next project. And awhile ago you guys came through when I was waffling on the color & you guys threw up some Loden Green metalic. I forget who had a sweet Green Golden Eagle. Thanx guys!
Simply amazing. Those look more realistic than my real CJ does.
RC cars sure have came a long ways. How much money does it cost to build something like that?
This is generally how they all start out.
These were originally designed as a push toy for a kid to play with in the back yard.
With a bit of ingenuity they are able to be converted into a fun RC vehicle. The cost can be anywhere from a few hundred $$ to mind numbing amounts of money, it just depends on how far you want to take the realism. If you are just getting started into RC, the biggest expenses are quality transmitter ( radio) and receivers and batteries. I use radio gear made for air craft so I have 6 open channels to work with. Each 'operation' uses 1 channel.
For example, the steering uses 1 channel, the forward and reverse use another channel. The winch uses a dedicated channel. The lights can be turned on and off from the radio, so there's another channel used up.
If anyone is interested in seeing more off-road RC's, just hit up YouTube and search for 'RC Rock crawlers'. You can get into a mass produced, ready to run rig for around $300 that is a hobby grade RC, meaning that the vehicles are designed to be fixed if you manage to break a component.