Rocket Riders of the 27th Century

drmoreau

Active Member
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.

IMG_4212.JPG

IMG_4213.JPG
 

drmoreau

Active Member
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.
 

drmoreau

Active Member
Okay. Got most of his electronics in place. Now just need to figure out how to attach the RC car to the shell.

IMG_4234.jpg


IMG_4235.jpg
 
Top