Saturday, April 21, 2012

K-9 Build - Day 48

If you can dream it, you can build it... least you can, as long as you can afford it.

This seems to be my little motto right now, of late it seems life just wants to hold me back.  If its not a bill its something going wrong with the car. however slowly I have been accumulating parts I need to make K-9 properly RC and not by simply placing some remote controlled vehicle underneath (Day 32).

As of now I have:

Two 24volt 280W Electric Scooter Motors (yes pretty overkill, BUT I want it to have no trouble on any terrain indoor or outdoor, plus I am only going to be running this at 12v)

Two rear wheels from a Razor Scooter

12v/12AH Rechargeable Battery (I got this from for $16.50, elsewhere this battery is around $50)

While I wait for other parts to arrive, I decided to get to work and plan where everything was gonna go.  I removed the RC car from underneath which meant that I had a bloody great hole that I had to work with.  Fortunately I feel I managed to accommodate all the new parts in to the housing with plenty of room for the remainder of the RC components.  I figure within two weeks K-9 will be motorised.  Then its to work on his voice, a friend of mine is actually friends with John Leeson so I'm going to have K-9's original voice, I just need to put together a couple of 'unique' phrases

Until then, here's the latest photos of K-9s base...

 DAY 48

ready for the chains to be connected
the underside

Patience was never one of my virtues, I hate to wait.  However with no choice I am left to find something else to occupy my mind.  No doubt in the next day or two there will be a post about my newest project.  Until then Allons-y! 

1 comment:

  1. You're coming along with this in leaps and bounds, my friend! However, a note of caution: the original K-9 prop was chain driven, and had to be abandoned very early as it was massively noisy, and very unreliable. I realise the technology has come a long way since 1977, but do be careful with your chain drives. Mind you, mine's just had his motors disconnected until they can be repaired or replaced, as one of them keeps trying to go up in flames! Loving the build, as usual. Very nice stuff!! An K-9's original voice, courtesy of JL will be awesome!!