It's like trying to clean the space shuttles windscreen in the middle of a launch....

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 01/04/2016 at 19:200 Comments

Spent the weekend regiggering things. Changed the legs a bit so they are each a little wider for more stability. While I had that apart I offset each leg from it's matching partner in the same row. That was so I could use my cute little feet without them knocking each other around when they came together at the center. Seems like it will work fine.

So got up today with the intention of making a decent video of it walking, which it does fairly well now, and promptly broke it again. :( The problems all come down to speed. The motors are just too damn fast for this use. This thing is a rocket, I can tell you that!

Reusing these motors was a bad idea. There, I said it. A real bad idea. Found the specs on them, and they run at 7,200 RPM, and that's simply ridiculous for this use.

So. What I'm going to do is shop for some motors that better fit this project. I hope to find some the same form factor, so I don't have to redesign the motor mounts. I don't see any sense tweaking things on the margins here, it's like trying to comb your hair standing out in a hurricane. :P

As soon as the motors get here I'll shoot some video of it walking, not trying to get off the ground. :)