Well, She moves. Sort of...

A project log for Remote Control Land Strider

I got it in my head to build a Land Strider, pretty much just because I think they're neat.

douglas-millerDouglas Miller 12/21/2015 at 00:310 Comments

Okay, so I got her ready for a test run, and set her on the floor. Fired up the transmitter, and gave her the juice. And she spins in a circle and crashes like a dog with three broken legs. First off, never should have set it on the floor. She now sits up on a stand with the legs swinging in the breeze. My bad on that one.

Got her fixed back up, printing and replacing about a dozen parts. Had to take a couple of days away, 'tis the season and all that, and finally got back to her this weekend. This time I spent some extra time getting everything adjusted just right, and even got the firmware started and to the point it was usable. So hooked up the arduino and tested out the whole control system. Seems like every thing is coming together nicely. I'm going to control it with just the right stick, using the left for the 2 axis camera gimbal. Another channel will start and stop video recording. The arduino code does that blending of the 2 channels on the right stick to set the speed of each side.

So where I am right now is wishing I had the camera set up and running a while ago. That way I could at least have a video of her moving across the floor for a whole two feet or so. I just broke another part. It's the cam's that go between the two different sections on each side. The current design is just not up to the strain it undergoes. I've broken three of them so far, and that's enough for me. So back to the drawing board, and I swear I'm not going to fire her up until those damn cam's are up to the task.

Two steps forward and one back. About normal around here anymore.... Lol.