View Full Version : Tank tracks

12-01-2009, 05:15 AM
ive always noticed that virtually all the tanks on lbp use wheels to drive there tracks, most do this effectively and well enough but most also use multiple drive wheels. so in true tank nature i have been trying to make advanced tracks but instead of using multiple wheels to move them, only one drive wheel with a sprocket attached. using a sprocket means there is NO SLIPPING WHATSOEVER, and it looks and handles better. also if you stop the tank on a hill, the tracks won't slip and the tank will stay still. i have also been able to make this small enough to look to scale with sackboy whilst still performing well. the advantages are that it handles better and is more realistic, and that by allowing all the other wheels to be non motorized it reduces strain and makes the suspension (if the tank has it) simpler and easier to build. the disadvantage to it is that it is much more complicated to build (especially to get the sprocket to line up perfectly is a bee-atch).

any thoughts????:confused:

12-01-2009, 11:37 PM
Oooo! Awesome! You mean a gear or cog that has notches that fit into the individual gaps between the track sections, correct?

12-02-2009, 12:32 AM
I made one of them aaaages ago and then it all corrupted and I lost it. I was using an octagon with triangles cut out of it. The mechanism worked relatively well but my tracks were lame. Knowing what I know now I probably could do better.

Is this published?

12-02-2009, 01:05 AM
it isn't published yet but will be soon, also, the tracks take up 2 thick planes and one thin plane in the middle but the sprocket and cogs work off of the front thin plane of the tracks.

12-02-2009, 10:36 PM
rtm, that's much different...

12-02-2009, 10:50 PM
Hang on, what?

Isn't a sprocket just a cog / toothed wheel that pulls on a chain, rather connecting with other cogs. Like on a bicycle?

What have I missed?



Looks kinda similar to me....

12-02-2009, 11:01 PM
Well good pic :)

But I mean every average creator can make an octagon with impressions in it, making full tracks is much harder and with a much bigger need of precision.

Then again you're good at everything lol, I'm sure you could make one.

12-02-2009, 11:06 PM
Well I didn't just make an octagon with triangles in it, I did make tracks to go round it as well, and a funky cartoonish tank body (not like the impressive realistic ones - the kind that would look best painted red, with flames, or something :p).

It was quite naff overall, but it did have the sprockets to prevent slip. But then it also had rocket boosters that kicked in once you reached top speed so it could go really fast and up near-vertical glass too :hero:

12-03-2009, 12:10 AM
Nice time you make a tank, you gotta tell me about it :p

12-04-2009, 06:02 PM
it is a lot like the picture, but with bigger teeth/cogs, also i made one version where the drive wheel is 2 thick circles one in front of the other and the sprocket in between them, then on the tracks the cogs/notches for the sprocket to grab are in the middle thin plane. (this seems to work better as you can use the front plane for other things) if you wish.

12-08-2009, 09:49 PM
Sounds neat. Looking forward to seeing these tracks in action!

Do you have any pictures or anything to show us in the meantime?

12-12-2009, 01:59 AM
no sorry, and im not really sure how to upload them... any help???

12-13-2009, 05:18 PM
no sorry, and im not really sure how to upload them... any help???
You need some kind of USB memory stick, whether it's an MP3 player, flash drive or whatever you have to hand.

After you've taken a photo in LBP select it with the square button and choose to export it to your HDD. Leave LBP and go to the photos tab on the XMB. Press triangle on the photo and select copy, if you have your memory stick plugged in it should say you can copy it to that. Then it's just a matter of copying it from your memory stick to your PC, and from there uploading it to the internet as either an attachment on these forums or on a photo sharing website like Flickr or Photobucket.

12-13-2009, 05:50 PM
wow, thanks a lot. i didn't even know you could export photos directly from the game, this really helps thanks. :)