In Loving Memory of Simone Gauthier,
August 26th, 1915 - February 18th, 2008

Monday, April 30, 2007

Been way too long, part 2

See the original post at DieCastoms Website

Apr 29, 2007

Again, it has been WAY too long since my last post. Alot has happened that has kept me occupied with other things. Recently however, I was graced with a COMPLETE, brand new Radio Control system that can be used in any of my R/C projects, including this truck and the T-Bucket. Here is a photo taken from the ebay auction. Click on the photo for the auction's description.

One of the things I wish to do, starting the engine from the radio (and shutting the engine down as well) will be accomplished by using one of the servo outputs to control a relay that will directly control power to the starter motor. I searched the internet for countless hours trying to find a way to do this and was never able to. During a search for ""Radio Control" Battlebot" on Google, I came across a gem called a BattleSwitch, and it's little brother called PicoSwitch. They are made by Dimension Engineering of Akron Ohio and consist of a 240VAC 10A or 125VAC 1A relay systems respectively and are controlled off the output of a standard servo channel in a hobby grade radio control system.

Another step in the right direction is the engine that I found at SDScooters. It is a 33cc 2-stroke engine with electric start and including a 5:1 ratio transmission.