A friend and I are attempting to build a 1:1 remote control car. I am quite familliar with RC, but lack the robot knowledge which would be helpful in controlling such a large machine. I've seen Monster Garage and Mythbusters 1:1 cars, but I cant seem to find any online specific details on what they used to control steering, throttle and brake, and how to tie it to a hobby RC system.
What we'd like is to use a hydraulic ram or actuator (or something similar) on the front axle of this car to steer it. The vehicle will have a gas (or diesel if we can find one) motor, so hydraulic pumps and the like can be powered, as well as alternators/genreators. Any links on information or parts that might help steer this project would be great!
We'll also need to actuate the throttle on the engine. I'm guessing this wont be as hard, and perhaps a giant scale servo could work.
Brakes will be a little trickier, as the car wont have a brake pedal to push.
One of the big questions I have is how do I control actuators and/or rams with a Futaba 9CAP transmitter? Is there some kinf of controller that can handle these big units that will plug into a standrad receiver?
Any thoughts or input will be helpful. We are still in the planning stages.