Rocket Riders of the 27th Century

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by drmoreau, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. drmoreau

    drmoreau Active Member

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    I'm a scifi writer, I write mostly retro-themed pulp science fiction, and as a way to start drawing more attention to my table at conventions I decided to start working on some props from my books.

    I started messing with this little guy, he's called MI-3 (Maintenance Inspection #3). He's super simple. It's an outdoor faucet covering (Lowes/HomeDepot for $3). He's going to be mounted onto a cheap little $12 Radio Shack RC car frame that I've been having for years. There will be an eye-stalk with a glowing "eye", an assortment of little flashing LEDs, and a bluetooth speaker so I can remotely send sounds to him. Trying to keep the entire "shell" and electronics under 200 grams since the RC car's original body was a whopping 22 grams. I've tested the car with 400+ grams and it does move, just not fast. I definitely want to try and keep it under 300 grams for sure.

    The housing alone is 62 grams but the rest of the electronics should weigh very little. The eye-stalk and the speaker are the only two things I'm worried about as far as weight. If the speaker is too heavy I will just rip apart another RC and use its four commands (up, down, left, right) to control some kind of on-board sound chip.

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    Very cool. And the best part of making props from your own work, it's 100% accurate :)
     
  3. drmoreau

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    Very true and thanks for the response. I should have more pics up later today.

    My biggest conundrum so far is how to attach the hollow shell to the RC car body.
     
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    Okay, a little more work done. Will start installing the LEDs later today.
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    Okay. Got most of his electronics in place. Now just need to figure out how to attach the RC car to the shell.

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