Nov 282011
 

I’m dreaming of my own Cnc

http://www.mydiycnc.com/complete_kit

 

A cnc has never been so cheap, Granted this is not that powerful. But if your not in a hurry you can mill almost anything in this machine. I’m really trying to Find a way(economically and practically) that makes me own one of these sweet little  factory on a desk.

As it it now i’m so limited of what i can make, hardware wise.

 

 

Nov 162011
 

I finally managed to take the boat out for a test drive.

I must say I’m not that impressed so far; the boat does not stay true when steering and the controls feels uneven for left and right. I might also have fucked up a bit and managed to get the boat stuck not once but twice, leaving me no choice but to go after it.

I will decide what to do with the boat during the next few days.

 

Nov 092011
 

Got the boat today.

The  package was in extremely bad shape so my hopes was pretty low, but the people over at nitrotek  made a good job packaging it  and the boat was safe underneath a  “boatload”  of padding.

 

I will try to run the boat in a local lake tomorrow if I get the time.

I’ve started looking into the hardware of the boat. It’s a simplistic TX/RX solution based on TX-2  from Silan Microelectronics, so it’s Full Right/Left or Full throttle forward. Looks to be running at  a 3,3v level, so overriding the commands will be easypeasy.


While trying some overrides, I caused a small fire on the board but this was easily fixed later on. The best part with the board being so “pre 2000” is that it’s easy to repair if you’re a “do first and think later”-kind of guy like me.

Don’t think I will mount any of my own  logic on the boat today. I want to see it run at least once.

 

 

Nov 062011
 

We’ll be moving back to work on the boat again.

I’ve been looking for a used rc boat to prototype on, but the market for used, cheap rc boats here is almost non existent. Therfore I decided to buy a new, cheep one. Found this boat on www.rsb.se forum.

The best part of this boat is that it’s big. It’s a full meter long = Loads of space to build on.

I’m hoping for this to arive the coming week,

http://www.nitrotek.se/1-14-skalas-spurt-radiostyrd-motorbat-1m.html

I will write more on the boat when I get my hands on it.