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Radio Control Strandbeest

Posted: April 25th, 2015, by AircraftWriter

Not prolonged ago we became preoccupied by Strandbeests.  These extraordinary walking machines are a brainchild of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, who has been conceptualizing and perfecting staggering scale versions for a past 25 years.  By all means revisit Theo’s website to watch his enthralling videos.  I found out about Strandbeests – Dutch for “beach animals” by one of Adam Savage’s interesting One Day Build YouTube videos, and we couldn’t wait to build one of my own.  It turns out that kits can be purchased on eBay for usually a few dollars, so we squandered no time in building a integrate of them.

The elementary Strandbeest is dictated for breeze power, and on a spacious day it’s unequivocally interesting to set a integrate of them giveaway in a well-spoken parking lot to ramble during will.  But these smashing tiny mechanisms also lend themselves to radio control operation.

I contingency give credit for a radio control judgment to my longtime crony and drifting friend Mark Wolf.  we done a few changes to make a expostulate complement a tiny some-more compress and to urge handling.  Following are a few elementary stairs we can follow to build a Strandbeest of your own.

https://youtu.be/Yi2Rm4Jps1M

 

  • Parts List:
  • Mini-Strandbeest kit
  • 2 X sub-micro servos – Hitec HS-55 or similar.
  • 4 X 2.5K 100 milliwatt resistors.
  • Sub-micro receiver.
  • External BEC section – Suppo 3A or similar.
  • 450-2S Lipo pack.
  • 3 X 8-3/4″ pieces of 0.078″ song wire.
  • 3 X 2″ pieces of 3/16″ styrene tubing.
  • 1/16″ Styrene sheet
  • 2-56 nuts (optional)

The usually partial of this plan that’s during all formidable is converting a servos from 45° transport to continual rotation.  Online suppliers like ServoCity.com yield converted versions of some servos, though we haven’t found anyone charity continual revolution sub-micro servos.  The following print how-to shows how to accomplish this conversion, regulating Hitec HS-55s as an example.


Loosen a 4 box screws and kindly mislay a tip of a case.  In Hitec HS-55s there's a tiny add-on subsequent to a hole for a outlay missile that prevents a rigging over-rotating.  Carefully passage this add-on off with a #11 blade.

Loosen a 4 box screws and kindly mislay a tip of a case. In Hitec HS-55s there’s a tiny add-on subsequent to a hole for a outlay missile that prevents a rigging over-rotating. Carefully passage this add-on off with a #11 blade.

Gently examine a outlay rigging off a pot shaft.

Gently examine a outlay rigging off a pot shaft.

Use a 1/16 cavalcade in a pin vise or cordless cavalcade to delicately ream a hole in a base.  This will make a rigging a lax fit on a pot missile so that it rotates though branch a pot.  Replace a rigging on a pot missile and reinstate a tip on a case.

Use a 1/16″ cavalcade in a pin vise or cordless cavalcade to delicately ream a hole in a base. This will make a rigging a lax fit on a pot missile so that it rotates though branch a pot. Replace a rigging on a pot missile and reinstate a tip on a case.

Now mislay a bottom of a servo box and shake a amp (the tiny circuit board) free.  Inside you'll see a feedback pot, that in a box of HS-55s is reason in place by a tiny Phillips screw.  Remove this screw and shake a pot out of a socket.

Now mislay a bottom of a servo box and shake a amp (the tiny circuit board) free. Inside you’ll see a feedback pot, that in a box of HS-55s is reason in place by a tiny Phillips screw. Remove this screw and shake a pot out of a socket.

Note a colors of a wires connected to a pot.  On HS-55s a core handle is yellow, and a others are red and green.

Note a colors of a wires connected to a pot. On HS-55s a core handle is yellow, and a others are red and green.

Snip a tabs off a pot, reinstate it in a socket, and reinstate a maintaining screw.  The pot is now out of a circuit and is usually providing a focus for a outlay gear.

Snip a tabs off a pot, reinstate it in a socket, and reinstate a maintaining screw. The pot is now out of a circuit and is usually providing a focus for a outlay gear.

Twist a span of 100 milliwatt or 1/8 watt 2.5K resistors as shown.

Twist a span of 100 milliwatt or 1/8 watt 2.5K resistors as shown.

Solder a lead that was connected to a core add-on on a pot (yellow in this case) to a disfigured connection, and solder a other dual leads to a giveaway ends.  These resistors reinstate a pot so that a servo will stagger during non-static speed in possibly direction.

Solder a lead that was connected to a core add-on on a pot (yellow in this case) to a disfigured connection, and solder a other dual leads to a giveaway ends. These resistors reinstate a pot so that a servo will stagger during non-static speed in possibly direction.

Tidy things adult by covering a resistor gold with cringe tubing.  Carefully things a resistor gold and amp house behind into a box and summon a servo.  That's it!  Repeat this routine for a second servo.

Tidy things adult by covering a resistor gold with cringe tubing. Carefully things a resistor gold and amp house behind into a box and summon a servo. That’s it! Repeat this routine for a second servo.

If we haven't built one before, a Standbeest pack looks a tiny bewildering, though there are a integrate of factors in your favor.  First, a instructions that come with a pack are positively first-rate; a illustrations are excellent, and a content is created in unequivocally transparent English.  Second, while it seems like a lot of parts, you're unequivocally usually creation a same leg sub-assembly twelve times.  These sub-assemblies are afterwards built adult into a span of half-frames.  It's unequivocally a flattering easy and rather fun project.

If we haven’t built one before, a Standbeest pack looks a tiny bewildering, though there are a integrate of factors in your favor. First, a instructions that come with a pack are positively first-rate; a illustrations are excellent, and a content is created in unequivocally transparent English. Second, while it seems like a lot of parts, you’re unequivocally usually creation a same leg sub-assembly twelve times. These sub-assemblies are afterwards built adult into a span of half-frames. It’s unequivocally a flattering easy and rather fun project.

As we can see, a 12 leg sub-assemblies are identical; once we figure out a initial one, a rest are easy.  While assembling, greatfully check any square and trim divided any peep or mold waste on a mating surfaces - we wish a finished public to be as low-friction as possible.

As we can see, a 12 leg sub-assemblies are identical; once we figure out a initial one, a rest are easy. While assembling, greatfully check any square and trim divided any peep or mold waste on a mating surfaces – we wish a finished public to be as low-friction as possible.

The usually place where a radio control Strandbeest public deviates from a batch skeleton is that when convention a legs to a A-frames and crankshafts, we wish a masculine ends on a A-frames and a womanlike sockets on a crankshafts to face a same way.  This allows a dual halves to be fabricated as counterpart images, with a servos mounted between.

The usually place where a radio control Strandbeest public deviates from a batch skeleton is that when convention a legs to a A-frames and crankshafts, we wish a masculine ends on a A-frames and a womanlike sockets on a crankshafts to face a same way. This allows a dual halves to be fabricated as counterpart images, with a servos mounted between.

Continue a public as per a instructions.

Continue a public as per a instructions.

The dual halves are matching and will be total confronting inward.

The dual halves are matching and will be total confronting inward.

The pieces of 0.078 song handle and 3/16 styrene tubing are used to arrange a dual halves finish to end.  The outlay shafts of a servos are cumulative in a sockets on a crankshafts with prohibited melt, PFM or matching glue.

The pieces of 0.078 song handle and 3/16 styrene tubing are used to arrange a dual halves finish to end. The outlay shafts of a servos are cumulative in a sockets on a crankshafts with prohibited melt, PFM or matching glue.

The ascent image can be elementary ply, or piece styrene as shown here.

The ascent image can be elementary ply, or piece styrene as shown here.

The servos can be taped or glued together.  A styrene or timber spacer fits underneath a servos, and they're cumulative to it with 2-sided tape.

The servos can be taped or glued together. A styrene or timber spacer fits underneath a servos, and they’re cumulative to it with 2-sided tape.

To save space, we bundled a micro receiver and U-BEC section together with cringe wrap.  The 2S lipo battery is mounted with Velcro.

To save space, we bundled a micro receiver and U-BEC section together with cringe wrap. The 2S lipo battery is mounted with Velcro.

The batch Strandbeest is reason together with a figure-8 rubber band, though we motionless to harden a ends of a tip song handle rod and thread a ends to 2-56.  For sum on threading song wire, impute my HeliTalk mainstay in a July, 2015 emanate of Electric Flight.

The batch Strandbeest is reason together with a figure-8 rubber band, though we motionless to harden a ends of a tip song handle rod and thread a ends to 2-56. For sum on threading song wire, impute my HeliTalk mainstay in a July, 2015 emanate of Electric Flight.

Install 2-56 nuts on a ends of a threaded song handle to reason a Strandbeest support together.  This completes a assembly.

Install 2-56 nuts on a ends of a threaded song handle to reason a Strandbeest support together. This completes a assembly.

Build your possess radio control Strandbeest

Build your possess radio control Strandbeest

Radio Programming:  The final step in in a plan is to module a Strandbeest into your transmitter.

1. Program a Strandbeest regulating an aeroplane template.  Set a wing form to elevon or delta wing.

2. Connect a servos to a aileron and conveyor outputs on a receiver.

3. Bind a receiver to your transmitter.

4. When we initial spin on a Strandbeest you’ll substantially find a legs solemnly crawling in one instruction or another.  Use a trims on your conductor to adjust a neutral points so that with a hang centered a servos are stopped.  Depending on your code of radio this will take some hearing and error, adjusting both conveyor and aileron trim.

That’s it!  Your Strandbeest is now prepared to run.  Moving a hang adult and down will make a Strandbeest travel brazen and backward, and relocating it left and right will means it to focus in place.  By relocating a hang diagonally a Strandbeest will travel in a winding path.  While a Strandbeest can negotiate carpet, we advise using it on a well-spoken tough aspect to minimize wear and rip on a drivetrain.

Be certain to check lipo assign turn periodically; U-BEC units generally miss a low-voltage cutoff underline of a unchanging speed control, as they’re designed to energy a radio no matter what.  I wish we find this plan as beguiling as we did.