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by MySolderIsOlder
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: "Bend and sketch..."
Replies: 1
Views: 116

"Bend and sketch..."

Bloody typical. Now that I've taken the plunge, invested in a 3d printer and started to get my head around designing antweights in printed ABS, rather than in cut and bent polycarbonate sheet, I find the latest update of Fusion 360 has finally added a load of 'Sheet metal' functionality. Haven't pro...
by MySolderIsOlder
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Coping with the demand (An EO's perspective)
Replies: 24
Views: 4261

Re: Coping with the demand (An EO's perspective)

3-way battles for dbl-elimination round sounds intriguing and could add to the excitement if the software could cope (though I wouldn't go above 3 bots in a standard arena). Obvious downside is that individual fights would take longer, though whether significantly more would go the full 3 mins is do...
by MySolderIsOlder
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Antweights
Topic: n20 gearbox front plate thread size?
Replies: 2
Views: 1462

Re: n20 gearbox front plate thread size?

Hi Daniel, Like George says, it's M1.6 but do check the clearance behind the holes on your motots. The generic N20 gearboxes vary a lot in design; sometimes you'll find there's a gear wheel close behind the front plate (so a screw that protrudes through by more than a mm or so will literally screw i...
by MySolderIsOlder
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Antweight World Series 58 - 29th June 2019
Replies: 84
Views: 15150

Re: Antweight World Series 58 - 29th June 2019

I might have missed something but... I'm seeing various mentions of 'Sheffield' and 'September' in relation to AWS 59 but can't find any details (and nothing on Antlog). If this is 'a thing' then it would help if someone could start a thread with whatever details are known at this stage.
by MySolderIsOlder
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Antweight open/AWS 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 6372

Re: Antweight open/AWS 2019

Signed up Anthony and myself. May help get over the disappointment of not being able to come to Dunchurch.
by MySolderIsOlder
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Antweight World Series 58 - 29th June 2019
Replies: 84
Views: 15150

Re: Antweight World Series 58 - 29th June 2019

Absolutely gutted about this but we're going to have to drop out (both 'Team Antiquarian' and 'Anthony's Ant Army'). Anthony took a tumble playing tag at school this morning and damaged his shoulder. X-ray has confirmed nothing broken but it's a nasty sprain - he's now in a sling, can't physically o...
by MySolderIsOlder
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Team Antiquarian new build diary
Replies: 10
Views: 2633

All ready for AWS58

Well, I scarcely dare say it but... I think we might actually be ready! Wasted a lot of time last week trying to implement a last-minute crazy idea for a flail-bot (going to leave that particular challenge until I've got a 3-d printer!) but with deadlines looming, I decided to spend this final weeke...
by MySolderIsOlder
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Events
Topic: What to bring to AWS (advise for first timers please)
Replies: 6
Views: 1872

Re: What to bring to AWS (advise for first timers please)

Great - so I'll leave the bandsaw and large drill-press at home but otherwise... bring everything that will fit in a suitcase! :lol: And spare wheels! Greatly relieved to receive an email from Nuts N Bolts on Saturday to say my order of wheels was ready for posting - otherwise I'd have been swapping...
by MySolderIsOlder
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: What to bring to AWS (advise for first timers please)
Replies: 6
Views: 1872

What to bring to AWS (advise for first timers please)

This time next Friday the boy and I'll be hopping on a train to Rugby ready for our first ever AWS event (we're overnighting at the Dun Cow) and it occurs to me that I don't have a clue what to bring. I'm probably not the only one in this situation so I was hoping some of the old hands might share t...
by MySolderIsOlder
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Team Antiquarian new build diary
Replies: 10
Views: 2633

Re: Team Antiquarian new build diary

Hmm...
Some interesting thoughts there. Might not give up on the silicone tubing tyres just yet then, least not until I've done some more tests (narrower tyres and/or cut-in treads).
Thanks guys.
by MySolderIsOlder
Fri May 31, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Esc and Receiver
Replies: 13
Views: 2609

Re: Esc and Receiver

Best thing I've found for bending Polycarb is a cheap sheet-metal clamp, like welders use. These are the ones I got; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-633638-Sheet-Metal-Clamps/dp/B000LFV9UO/ With those, I can bend 1mm pc with a little effort by pressing against the workbench - and 1.5mm with a bi...
by MySolderIsOlder
Fri May 31, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Team Antiquarian new build diary
Replies: 10
Views: 2633

Introducing PolycarbonAnt

With AWS 58 approaching fast, I thought it was about time I made a couple of antweights for my own team, rather than just for my son. So here's my first entrant - PolycarbonAnt - a rough and ready, hard-wearing 4wd invertible pushbot, hand-bodged out of (predictably) polycarbonate. Emphasis very muc...
by MySolderIsOlder
Fri May 31, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Team Antiquarian new build diary
Replies: 10
Views: 2633

Re: Team Antiquarian new build diary

Well that was a bad idea! The slick silicone-hose wheels looked great - and worked great for the first few minutes. But once they picked up even a hint of dust, all traction disappeared. In a fighting arena, that design will be utterly useless - so reinventing the wheel is now on hold until the day ...
by MySolderIsOlder
Fri May 31, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Team Pompidou First Antweight Build/Questions
Replies: 34
Views: 5872

Re: Team Pompidou First Antweight Build/Questions

Is this a bit clearer?

Image

The four wires leading to the Rx are
Brown (Ch1 - Gnd)
Red (Ch1 - Vcc)
Orange (Ch1 - Signal)
Orange (Ch2 - Signal)

Don't worry - we've all been there!
by MySolderIsOlder
Mon May 20, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Pre modded servo boards for escs?
Replies: 39
Views: 5370

and another thing...

OK, promise this will be my last update on this thread (if anyone's still reading) Treated myself to an el-cheapo servo tester (HJ Digital Servo Tester - 7 quid from Amazon) to see if I could get a bit clearer about the discrepancies I was observing between these different servo boards. Results were...