Author Topic: RC tank  (Read 4036 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline polar bear6Topic starter

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 98
  • Helpful? 0
RC tank
« on: March 17, 2006, 04:23:21 PM »
I'm kinda new to robotics and electronics, so i thought it would be cool to make a RC tank for the first project.
I'm using motors and gears from old CD drivers and like old stuff.
and i found a cheap 6 channeled RC receiver on internet that i bought.
but when i came to connecting the motors to the receiver, i got problems.
how do i make the motors servoish ???
do i have to buy like lots of servos and rip out the circuit boards?
or is it any neat hack i can do to make it work?

thanks for all the help  ;D

Offline Admin

  • Administrator
  • Supreme Robot
  • *****
  • Posts: 11,695
  • Helpful? 173
    • Society of Robots
Re: RC tank
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006, 08:58:19 PM »
Hey good question.

Servos are not just motors, but instead a motor with complex feedback control circuitry connected to it. So the only thing the reciever does is send a signal to the circuitry, and then the circuitry makes the motor go.

Read this to understand servos:

This to learn more about RC robotics:

and read this on a method to control DC motors (not required for RC, but could help you devise a hack):

my recommendation is to buy servos . . . the cheapest available anywhere would be the HS-311 by Hitec, for around $9/each. they are really good for the price. ive bought dozens.  ;D servocity.com has them and others types. plus more RC stuff.

good luck on the tank treads, they arent easy . . .

Offline polar bear6Topic starter

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 98
  • Helpful? 0
Re: RC tank
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2006, 04:22:30 AM »
yay, i got the best idea ever!
i buy like 6 servos, take out that little curcuit thingy, and attach it to all the motors that i use (old lego motors and motors from old stuff). then i have custum built servos!
and i save the rest of the servos to future projekts like Mini Sumo!

that will work right?

but there is another problem, servos cost like LOTS, i mean like 15-20$ here in Norway.
anyone know where i can get them cheaper?

Offline polar bear6Topic starter

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 98
  • Helpful? 0
Re: RC tank
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2006, 02:33:17 PM »
since none has said it wont work i will asume it will work...
if anyone wanna sell like some servoes i wanna buy :D
i live in norway tho, so like the shipping will be a mess :P

Offline dunk

  • Expert Roboticist
  • Supreme Robot
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,086
  • Helpful? 21
Re: RC tank
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2006, 04:59:34 PM »
i'd recomend going this route if you are going to be buying the servos anyway:

i used servos as drive motors before and while not the fastest they provide plenty of torque.
my bot is well able to get over small obsticles in it's path.
ideal for a tank i would say.


Offline garriwilson

  • Supreme Robot
  • *****
  • Posts: 345
  • Helpful? 0
Re: RC tank
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2007, 05:49:31 PM »
nvm  :-[
« Last Edit: October 15, 2007, 06:30:40 PM by garriwilson »

Offline cooldog

  • Supreme Robot
  • *****
  • Posts: 751
  • Helpful? 4
  • be nice to nerds, one day they will be your boss
Re: RC tank
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2007, 12:42:08 PM »
i am thinking of going the same route let me know it it works
robot will rule the world and i will be building them

favorite web sites


Get Your Ad Here