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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Modular All-terrain Platform & Jeep Willys

I am here again to show you something new and I think very insteresting.

Some months ago a topic started by piterx, inspired to design a little, fast, simple and funny 4x4.

My original idea was build again a Land-Rover Defender in small scale to help to the people who likes my previous Defender but it is too much big and expensive.

But when I was starting the car I though about that will be even more interesting if I design a chassis which can be used in many differents 4x4. I finnally designed a modular 4x4 platform.

I have called it Modular All-terrain Platform (MAP)

This platform can be used in almost all 4x4s with live axles. I this category you can find many Jeeps, Land-Rovers, Toyotas and many other famous 4x4.

This MOC has been designed to be easy to built, very strong and light, funny to drive and as cheap as possible.

The width is 17 studs.

The chassis comes in two versions RC and MANUAL, with many features, some of them common, and other specific for one version.

Common features

- Wheelbase

The most important feature in this platform is the option to change the wheelbese very easily and quickly. You only need to change 3 parts, yes only 3 parts to use any wheelbease you want between 22 and 30 studs, without change any other part in the chassis.

With all this options you can use it in any vehicle you want and the bodywork will always fit correctly and very proportionate.

I have studied many 4x4 and the wheelbase between 22 and 30 with 17 studs of wide is enough to built almost any real 4x4 ever built.

- 4WD

The chassis has permanent 4x4 traction with two differentials. This platforn has not been designed to be used like a Truck Trial, so it is better use differentials and increase the usability on smooth surfaces.

- Live axles suspension

Like the bests 4x4 this chassis has live axles with 3-links configutation in front and rear. Also it has good suspension travel, specialy in the rear axle .

- Steering by push-pull bar

Again like the real 4x4s the front axles use a bar system to make the steering works. Very realistic, strong and reliable.

I have measured more than 30 differents 4x4 to fix the steering wheel in the best possible position.


- Interchangeable fake engine

To be used in all possible 4x4s, it is necessary to have the options to use differents fake engines. I have included 3 differents engines: L4, V6 and V8. I have not added a L6 because there are not enough space to fit it.

You can change the motor in less than 10 seconds.

- Working steering wheel

The position of the steering wheel is exactly the same as the RC version.


- Powered by PF

Like the name sais, this version has Power Functions. It uses a servo motor fot the steering and 2L motors for drive. Actually the whole PF system is exactly the same as the set 9398 (Crawler).

- 2 speeds gearbox

This version also includes a 2 speeds manual gearbox. Perfect to go fast on flat floors and slow cross-country.

The gear ratios:

Low - 1:1 - Max speed: 1.3kph
High - 1:3 - Max speed: 4kph

Jeep Willys

One of the most famous 4x4 vehicles ever made.

This is the first bodywork I have designed because it is small and simple to build, and at the same time very famous and

The exacly scale for the Willys is 1:11.6

Now as always a little video showing how it works.

Complete instructions for both versions available now!!

All info HERE


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I think that this was (and is) to easy for you. I understand the thought of the MAP and it's genius but to simple for me. :(

Anonymous said...

this is a real great idea...thanks a lot!!!

Anonymous said...

Cool,get it up.

Unknown said...

Do you think, that steering controlled by m motor is possible?

Sheepo said...

Maybe, but I am not sure about the space to fit the M motor.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant idea, thank you!!

superfield said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing! I like the simplicity and sturdiness of the design. And it almost has all I need for an off-road chasis! I hope to see a lot of great MOCs based on the platform. Is it possible (easy) to add RC for the two-speed gearbox?

Sheepo said...

Add a motor to the gearbox is very easy, but you lose the bodywork compatibility.

Superfield said...

As an engineer I understand compatibility is not for free. Many times you have to make compromises in performance/ functionalities/ aesthetics to achieve compatibility. I hope this kind of compromises are minor in the process of this design. I look forward to seeing more great bodyworks based on this platform to show the power of the modular design (I really like the jeep willys but only one bodywork is not convincing enough:))

Anonymous said...

Como siempre una maravilla. Esta vez en una escala más pequeña.

Una pega: No nos lo has presentado en Hispalug. Menos mal que miro tu página a menudo y por eso lo he encontrado. Saludos Fernando.

Anonymous said...

!!!Good job sheepo!!!!

Lego360 said...

A very nice design, simple but effective. Both strong and fast and multi-usable. Great job sheepo.

Unknown said...

Would a series one landrover variant be possible ?

Sheepo said...

Yes, but not easy, because the front is more dificult to do, it should be in dark green to look really well, and there is not dark green technic parts...

Anonymous said...

i brought this its great,a very good finish,very pleased

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