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Oh I know, I just generalized the ease of the project. You're a wealth of information Bret and I do appreciate it.

I should just be happy with a semi (which cost is not an issue) and stick a body on it, therefore having an easy future transporter (that is not the main goal) but the 6X6 idea and it might being my only truck makes me overthink it. LOL I want sound too (I know is extra $$$)... imagine a Tamiya tank with no sound at all or a wimpy one like a HL.

I'll get there soon. I'm starting to sound like the indecisive newbies on RCU. One thing I do like more and more is the CROSS. It's not that much more $$$ and it is more robust PLUS comes with a better body I would be happy with, even at first.

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Bret is absolutely right about not just having the axle to consider, Jeff. Along with a transfer case that allows both ends to be driven, you'd also have to decide on how much articulation you wanted (which leads you into a whole other world of complexity), and also you'd have to make/modify/buy drive shafts that would fit. Sorry for oversimplifying all that.

I've done a couple of these in the past, and for the money you'd need for the parts (as well as all the head-scratching to get them to work together), if I had it to do again - I would vote for the Cross. RC4WD has had some sales in the past for their kits, and that might be worth watching. Also, Ali Express has kits that are usually cheaper than elsewhere. And, you could always substitute a fifth wheel for the bed, (by screwing a plate to the frame and the fifth wheel to that). There are even aftermarket fifth wheels now that can rock from side to side, and not just fore-and-aft like the stock Tamiya ones. Would help with something you intend to take off road, hitched to a trailer.

A few people have converted the plastic Bruder flatbed into a tank transport trailer. Usually involves lengthening the bed a little and changing the kingpin to something that will connect to an RC fifth wheel. But, they're not very expensive; even if you wanted to splice two together to make a longer one.

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That's okay Mike and I thank you for your help. Maybe I shouldn't have oversimplified that I know nothing about trucks... it's RC trucks to be exact. But, I have learned quite a lot just being on this forum.

I have a fairly high degree of knowledge in mechanics since I once was an ASE Certified Auto and Truck Technician for many years and was not a 'parts replacer' like at the auto centers you will find today. I hand built my everyday drive to work street Camaro so, underneath it was not original or stock. So, that should explain that I know it's more than just getting the driveshaft up front.
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No sweat Jeff. Hanging around the likes of Daryl T and Willy has taught me a lot over the years. Yea, I did the bruder conversion as well as a goldhofer. Used the Actuonix stuff to get the ramps r/c.

https://www.actuonix.com/L12-R-Linea...ol-p/l12-r.htm
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Acknowledged... those 2 will do that.

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I cannot thank you guys enough for all your eye opening suggestions and advice. I told you I know nothing about trucks, only what I have learned right here. My fault for being so one dimensional with armor all these years, not that I'm a know-it-all in that hobby.

I didn't know the Tamiya semis were just a floor pan chassis with a ladder frame attached in the rear. I thought they were all metal framed. THAT'S the allure on the 6X6's. I kinda thought there would be more work to put a driven front axle in the semis and the matching of gear ratios plus all the hardware. They just don't have a section where it's all ONE package to change your truck over to (there should be but there's probably a reason why) all wheel drive. That's why I looked at the BEAST and just sacrifice the fifth wheel arrangement for now.

It'll be tough for me to just build one of these 6X6 trucks, as an RTR is not for me (or cost effective either) but we'll see.

Just when I think I know what to settle for...
Not sure what you mean by "floor pan chassis with a ladder frame attached in the rear". The Tamiya 1/14 scale trucks have as close to any 1:1 Class 8 truck chassis that I've ever seen in model form. Not being critical just trying to under stand the comment. I like 6x6 chassis' and have built one in mostly Tamiya 1/14 scale parts and I'm collecting parts for another one, the difficulty is finding TLT front axles. If money is no issue there are a few after market sets to choose from but you have to replace all of them. I did a build thread on here of my 6x6 using Photobucket so of course the pictures are gone from here but I still have the originals, if you want any help just ask.

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