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Mass Effect, Mako - Model Reference. by Troodon80 Mass Effect, Mako - Model Reference. by Troodon80
Mass Effect, Mako © BioWare/EA.

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Tounushi Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I've always wondered... How do the front wheels on the Mako turn?
If I only look at the model, I can't see much any way for the wheels to turn at all. The suspension is firmly attached to the wheel hub and there doesn't seem to be any kind of actuators or rods or any other classical method of turning the wheel/tire.

I'm trying to figure out a wheeled vehicle for my own fiction following the suspension principle seen with the Mako, but I can't figure out a robust and non-exposed mechanism for turning the wheels... Maybe if I turn it like a tank with the wheels going in different directions...
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Troodon80 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
As far as I am aware, the mako doesn't look exactly as it appears here. Chalk it up to game engine limitations. For the most part, I can imagine it turning similar to a tank, one set of wheels turn one way while the other set turns the opposite way. Other than that, I'm out of ideas.
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Tounushi Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
That's what I thought the last time I played ME1, but when I look at lets-play videos, the front wheels appear to turn. Just slightly so. Maybe a version difference?
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CrashLegacy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I always figured that there where motors in each of the wheels.
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Tounushi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
That is so, but I'm trying two wrap my brain around the issue of turning. The power plant is definitely in the hull, but the wheel hubs contain electric motors. I'm wondering whether the wheels turn like with a car, or if the wheels are spun in different directions like with a tank to facilitate turning the vehicle.

Oh, well... Some footage from Hardware: Shipbreakers gave me an idea to facilitate wheel turning: a piston in the swing arm that pivots the wheel on its contact point with the arm.
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CrashLegacy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
in the game it seems to be a mix of the two. When your mobile the entire front axle turns, but the Mako is also able to turn while stationary with none of the axles moving.
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Perturabo93 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Aww I miss the Mako so much! Having a trip in an uncherted world, with that impressive suspension xD I was even thinking about making a RC model, or even a robot, so this reference will be really useful =D
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Stevolteon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is potentially a fantastically useful reference for a little project I have on the go.

One thing I've noticed is that in half the shots the wheels aren't slung so far below the chassis, it kind of makes them look bigger. Do you know if there were different models used?
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Troodon80 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
There was only one version of the Mako model, to my knowledge.
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Stevolteon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome, thanks.
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