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    Iíve always wanted to covert a Model Tank into a house guard or a garden rover, but never actually got around to starting one. There are certain things I want from it. Good range, lightweight and tracked, ultimately to have the ability to climb stairs. I see it as a little home sentinel, that can detect movement, sense smoke etc , that I can control from a web page or an android phone. It might sound silly but as a contractor I often spend a lot of time working away from home, although I have good neighbours who watch out for each other, they wouldnít be able to sense a fire immediately and warm me, or want to tackle a burglar. Thatís what Iím aiming for in the long term with a bespoke built robot, the tank is my R&D phase and if the Robot never appears then I have RC FPV BB tank I can play with in the garden.
    Anyway I bought a Heng Long Walker Bulldog

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    *Not my tank but for reference.

    Thereís nothing fancy about it , no smoke or sound, and after a few hours playing around shooting various things (badly) it got a tad boring lol

    So now it looks like this:

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    The idea is of what to create... is evolving as I go along. I first thought of using a wireless camera via my Wi-Fi network. This is fine but is very very limited. First of all the range would be poor unless I added repeaters or boosted the signal somehow. Anyway I decided to go for first person view equipment. Lots of range , lightweight for RC planes and lots of things on the forums to help me decide the correct equipment for my project.

    The ultimate idea will be to use my CNC / Casting equipment to build a really robust rover , so this is my R&D phase plus I can have some fun.
    So for the camera setup so far I have:
    RX / TX


    1.2GHz 800mW 8 Channel Digital Wireless AV transmitter & receiver


    Camera


    WDR700 OSD Color Camera 550 Lines SONY Super HAD II




    Pan and Tilt


    260 Degree Pan & Tilt Camera Mount

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    However as I said before this is evolving , mainly due to the fact I underestimated the space I have for the equipment.. next post will be control equipment.
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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ID:	7010 iv just been looking at what it would cost to use t2.5 belt for tracks :( ....a tad pricey once you get towards 1m lengths and 50mm width .... especialy if you use double sided
    a shame because im guessing they might climb carpet at 45 degrees and would be nice n quiet for sneaking up on any cats taking a dump in your garden lol

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by blackburn mark View Post
    . . . . would be nice n quiet for sneaking up on any cats taking a dump in your garden lol
    And fire a BB right at their tea-towel holder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackburn mark View Post
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ID:	7010 iv just been looking at what it would cost to use t2.5 belt for tracks :( ....a tad pricey once you get towards 1m lengths and 50mm width .... especialy if you use double sided
    a shame because im guessing they might climb carpet at 45 degrees and would be nice n quiet for sneaking up on any cats taking a dump in your garden lol
    Quote Originally Posted by boldford View Post
    And fire a BB right at their tea-towel holder.
    I'm saying nothing lol :) but your not far off the "Mark"


    Hence why I’m thinking of swapping cameras to

    1/3 SONY Colour 700TVL CCD Waterproof Camera, IR Distance: 50m

    Give me more of a Stealth ability at night lol !

    Fiction is far more plausible when wrapped around a thread of truth

    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  5. #5
    So part 2 Controller.


    Well Iím not sure here, I have an Arduino Nano, which would server the purpose in all honesty, mainly because thereís actually not much to it.

    It uses 6 motors and 2 servos.
    The 2 x servos are for the pan and tilt camera,
    and the motors are :
    2 x motors for the final drive
    1 for turret rotation
    1 for Depression and elevation of barrel
    1 for winding the plunger back for the gun.
    But thatís leave a bit of problem, I have the
    Arduino Servo & Motor Shield for 2 Servos and 4 Motors (Adafruit)

    Which means I fall short by one motor control otherwise it would be perfect. Size weight control all excellent.
    I thought about replacing the gun mechanism with a solenoid type of device, though good in theory Iím not sure, anyway thatís the least of my concerns it tertiary to the actual use,( though slotting a bb in the rusty sheriffs badge of a squatting feline at a 20 paces would be pretty kewl, and rewarding for that matter ).
    The wireless control comes from marrying the Arduino with 2 Xbee proís

    On 2 x Adafruit XBee Adapter Kit - Point to point and mesh wireless networking Arduino

    Cheap kit / Prepare to solder
    They rate at about 1 km
    I have been able to control the Pan and tilt using Processing and Arduino sketches. Very simple, tutorial. Be careful though so far I have only found my Mega AXT has been able to supply enough power to the servos and servo board at the same time, I have now 9v external powers on each and every board and it works spot on. This is one of the reasons Iím looking into a power distributor similar to RC helicopter boards, either buy one or make my own.

    Fiction is far more plausible when wrapped around a thread of truth

    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  6. #6
    Why not go for something like this? we are using one for an octopod we are building.

    32 Channel Servo USB Controller board for arduino MCU PIC | eBay
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2e0poz View Post
    Why not go for something like this? we are using one for an octopod we are building.

    32 Channel Servo USB Controller board for arduino MCU PIC | eBay
    Can you run motors off the board ? I'm worried about the amount of heat and load on it, aircraft are great as they blow air over electronics constantly

    Fiction is far more plausible when wrapped around a thread of truth

    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  8. #8
    Caution is always good advice. We are actually using a 16 channel version and it is not being built for speed so heat is not a big issue but a fan would not go a miss.

    Check out the octopod builds and you will see what others are using. You can get a lot of servos running ok on these.
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2e0poz View Post
    You can get a lot of servos running ok on these.
    what about drive motors like ones on the tank ?

    Fiction is far more plausible when wrapped around a thread of truth

    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  10. #10
    DC motors may be a problem with this type of setup?
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

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