However, Musk is also a businessman. And who would buy large quantities of vehivcles with this description, especially for use in barren to desert-like terrain with much sun, where you could fuel an electric car with raw solar power??!?
Post by Vermin King on Dec 9, 2019 14:46:04 GMT -9
I have yet to see the curb weight of these. Heavy vehicles and sand are usually not a good mix
But, I just remembered an idea I had last week. The tires on these stick out from the body. Not as much as on the Snake Truck and the Buggies, but they do protrude. What would be wrong with making 3d wheels that glue into a semi-circular cut-out in the wheel well?
Err... wait, what?, c'mon... Just watch this video - Russians will do (assemble/recreate?) Cybertruck earlier than Elon!!! (Yup, copy-paste - but still... kinda fully functional - firstly traditional gasoline, then electric)
Post by Vermin King on Dec 13, 2019 10:16:25 GMT -9
From the Resilience.org article posted earlier
Its bodywork is grey stainless steel, with black triangular windows and wheels. Its shape is angular to the degree that it looks like it was cobbled together in Minecraft, or has been pixelated so you can’t see what it actually looks like. It is the vehicular equivalent of brutalist 60s architecture, and we all know how that turned out. It looks like, for anyone who remembers it, the tanks from the 80s arcade game ‘Battlezone’, or like a Stealth bomber’s younger brother. I would suggest that 99% of people, if presented with the Cyber Truck modelled in clay, would immediately round it off, soften its angles, re-humanise its form.
Post by cowboyleland on Dec 14, 2019 12:45:09 GMT -9
What the author of the resiliance article doesn't realise is that the cybertruck's form follows its functions. Tesla decided that what people want most from a truck is durability. So they decided to make the body panels of the truck out of a very durable material: stainless steel. The thing is it is hard to stamp or press stainless steel economically and that is how you get curves in metal, so straight lines it is. They then realised that the stainless steel was strong enough it didn't need a traditional frame. It could support itself so, as I understand it, the outside dimensions are actually a bit smaller than an F- 150 (most common pick-up on the road) while the interior is a bit bigger.
On the other hand, maybe it's the herd that is crazy.
Post by Vermin King on Dec 14, 2019 20:30:18 GMT -9
Will we ever really know what Musk was thinking?
There is also the shock factor. It looks nothing like any of the other Tesla vehicles. It is also a truck that looks like no other truck. Remember when the Cadillac CTS came out, with styling that was not seen on other vehicles and saved the Brand? I think he was trying to shock people by re-imagining the truck.
And he successfully came up with a medium-duty truck without having a frame under it. U.S. regulations on the auto industry are pushing trucks to being unibody eventually. Does the Ridgeline even qualify to be light-duty? The Rabbit pickup, or the El Camino, or the Ranchero were hardly more than cars with the rear seat removed to allow for a larger open trunk.
And electric to boot.
Going back to the Resilience article, what he doesn't realize is that this beast does inspire thought. Besides the various models out there, for only being revealed so recently, it has all these people doing memes, photoshopping and CGI mods. They even are designing campers and houses to go with this. And some of the after-market folks are already working on ways to kitbash your cybertruck that isn't even available, yet.
It definitely does not fit into the idea of a traditional vehicle. And folks should consider that last statement to be evidence of it being inspiring.
When I first saw this, I was reminded of one of our Sci Fi Hoards when I was attempting to make an El Camino/Ranchero/Ute out of a Delorean/ Lambo/ Star Car.
I still am envisioning this fellow with Lambo or Ferrari styling cues
Post by Punkrabbitt on Dec 16, 2019 19:51:11 GMT -9
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Post by Vermin King on Dec 17, 2019 7:41:25 GMT -9
Is Rivian available? Going into production they already have contracts for fleet sales for 100,000 units
Would you agree with me on the Cybertruck design being purposefully done that way to show that trucks can be re-invisioned? It sort of reminds me of the major redesign of the Ram pickup many years ago. Dodge was considering dropping out of the market, and then came up with the semi-truck-looking hyper-masculine truck, which revitalized the brand. Musk has definitely set himself apart for this marketplace. And I'm sure there is a lot we haven't been informed on yet.
Internet rumor is definitely alive and well on the Cybertruck. I hope the rumor of an SUV version is true, or spurs him into doing one
oldschooldm Should you want other Tesla models, other than the Cybertruck--
Post by Vermin King on Dec 19, 2019 6:04:31 GMT -9
Yeah, but the El Camino was never designed to be more than a light-duty utility vehicle. This has a body like a tank (the bullet proof glass needs work), acceleration and power, and a spacious interior. I know that if I had one, I would go through tires at least annually...
This actually seems like it would be an excellent candidate to learn a 3d modelling program. BTW, the FoldUpToys and Wongday versions pointed out to me something I had missed on the front glass, and that is the shadow under the glass. The edges of the shadow don't go straight up. Now that I know to look for it, I see it in varying degrees in the images I collected. I still think that if you are going to model a real thing, you need to really look at it before you issue a model.
There are no strangers in this world,only people I haven't embarrassed ... yet!
Post by Vermin King on Dec 22, 2019 10:46:01 GMT -9
Well, in the spirit of the holidays, after church this AM, someone decided to poison everyone with some sort of apple-cinnamon fragrance. Even the policeman/detective who just happens to be the greeter propped all the doors open. Thank goodness I carry benedryl on me at all times or I would have likely had to go to the ER or at least urgent care. I just don't think I will be accomplishing much thought this afternoon. 57 Chevy is off the schedule, but I think I can do a little work on this fellow. Not the redesign work, but I should be able to get some work done on the re-paint portion.
Thus far, I've lost the 'Cybertruck' graffiti from the side and back, and took the taillights from this photo.
The back bumper has headlights shining on it, so I can't really use it. That photo really shows how the geometry of the bumper and rear undercarriage are best handled by the FoldUpToys model, in spite of its other drawbacks.
There are no strangers in this world,only people I haven't embarrassed ... yet!
stoff: These are the versions that i was talking about.
Jul 22, 2020 7:25:03 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I have a simple plan: never make money, never pay taxes! Kidding, I know taxes how we pay for civilization.
Jul 22, 2020 6:24:18 GMT -9
squirmydad: That's okay, so is the IRS. I'm pretty sure my tax return is one of the millions stored in trailers and unprocessed.
Jul 20, 2020 11:27:54 GMT -9
okumarts: My taxes are still at the accountant. They are backlogged.
Jul 19, 2020 20:00:04 GMT -9
Vermin King: Well, my day has been spent on work and taxes. Am I the last forum member to do their 2019 taxes?
Jul 13, 2020 16:50:50 GMT -9
Vermin King: It does help keep you from picking up unintended hitchhiker files, though. It would be better if they gave a notification that you are attempting to download multiple files and to check the box in front of each file you wish to download
Jul 9, 2020 10:37:15 GMT -9
Vermin King: Not all progress is beneficial...
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