|04-15-2008, 02:48 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2008
It's certainly not anything overly impressive, but I figured this was the best place for it.
The two things that have always bugged my about the HISS (nope, don't care about the glass canopy, or the fact it would by stymied by a not terribly steep incline) are the treads, and that solid wall of plastic across the front in between them.
So, the latter is easily fixed, I simply cut the plastic between the treads to about 1/3 of the way up, and then heated it so I could bend it backwards, so it's got a little bit of (apparent) ground clearance. To me that makes it look so much better and it's so easy I could do it.
The first issue was a bit trickier. I've never been a fan of molded tracks. I don't even care if they move, but I think in most instances, rubber looks better. So, I've kept my eyes open for something that might work.
Today I was wandering around Walmart and I found the Tonka Real Rugged Front Loader with real rubber treads. It looked like they might work, and it was only 10 bucks. Lo and behold they do, and I think the HISS looks much beefier now!
Last edited by Dake; 08-13-2010 at 11:20 AM..
|04-15-2008, 02:51 PM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Los Angeles
that does a lot for it.
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|04-15-2008, 02:54 PM||#3|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ordovician seas of Ohio
That tread looks good. Did it need any modification, or did it just slip right on?
|04-15-2008, 02:55 PM||#4|
Join Date: Mar 2008
I thought so, it's amazing the difference it makes in my eyes. The treads just stretched (tightly) around the regular ones (I did pop the little rollers out from the bottom). edited to add: I shaved down two tracks about 1/3 of their length to allow them to wedge in between the hull and the tread a little better, which allows the whole thing to slip on a little further.
I'm sure some more enterprising soul could probably make new rolling bogies, but I'm not sure about myself.
This is what the Tonka truck looks like if anyone else is interested.
I'm going to go buy two more of these things b/c I want to buy two black HISSes when they come out.
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|04-15-2008, 03:13 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Midway, PA
Outstanding! Looks a helluva lot better. (Hint hint, Hasbro)
|04-15-2008, 03:23 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver, BC
It's amazing what simple mods can do for a vehicle. Looks nice.
|04-15-2008, 04:26 PM||#7|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chicago Suburbs
D@mn. Doing that!! (Though, it kinda sucks you gotta double the cost, just for the treads... T_T")
|04-15-2008, 06:24 PM||#8|
Join Date: Mar 2008
|04-15-2008, 06:28 PM||#9|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: M.A.R.S. EVERGLADES ARMORY
Wow man. Nothing new to add here, but I definitely agree. Amazing what a difference those treads make.
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