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In Topic: Steam Punk Robot Chief "rust-o" Conversion

02 May 2008 - 06:41 PM

WOW is right!  I love the multiple actions on this bot.  
Nice job John...will look forward to seeing it move as well!

Jim (designprof)

In Topic: Couple Of New Bots From Lil' O' Me

04 March 2008 - 09:20 PM


Love your stuff!  It's great to do both the robot and the box art.  You've inspired me to create box art for some of my "guys".

Keep it up!  

Jim (designprof)

p.s.  I hope we're not fighting for the same stuff at the recycle center... wink.gif

In Topic: Just Finished Two

24 February 2008 - 01:35 AM

QUOTE(Eagle @ Feb 23 2008, 12:13 PM) View Post
Welcome to the fold. Two very nice additions. What is the drive platform for the RC model?

Thanks Eagle and Tinman for your welcome comments.

The drive platform for the RC Radicon was a "Combat Hero" Mini Tank #3813D.  I bought it on eBay for $4.95 plus shipping from get_set_go (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110069520226).  The mini tank differs from others in that it has actual treads (not just wheels).  I think this is the one John said he used as well.  I went through all kinds of gearing changes...kept the original motor drive but pressed on geared pinions (instead of the pulleys).  I replaced the drive wheels with 64t aluminum gears to match the pinions.  These gears are the wheels of the robot and provide the movement.  It's a bit squirrely on hard surfaces but has a nice grip on carpet.

After this I discovered the Smart Trackerz and, not a surprise, they use the exact same basic motor/tread arrangement.  Only this time I found it was possible to mount the entire mechanism vertically and have the tip of the treads project below the robot to provide traction.  This proved to be a lot easier than my somewhat complicated previous gearing arrangement and I would recommend this as a solution to both modifications.

Hope this helps any future builders.

Jim (designprof)

In Topic: Just Finished Two

23 February 2008 - 06:41 PM

QUOTE(robothut @ Feb 23 2008, 07:57 AM) View Post
VEry nice Designprof. As for the up loading of videos you can't, you have to up load the video you some other web site space then place a link here. Or you can do what I have done many times and make a animated GIF of the action and post the animated GIF here.

Thanks John...both for the advice and the inspiration for the project.  I'll see if I can create some animated GIFs.
Meanwhile, here is a link to the videos (mp4 and asf formats) and jpegs of the projects.  Enjoy!

designprof's projects

Jim (designprof)

In Topic: Chief Piston Head Robot Conversion

07 February 2008 - 03:26 AM

Beautiful job John...especially the mechanical conversion.  

It's snowing today out here on Orcas Island, too!