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by Rhys
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Kosmos Build Diary
Replies: 30
Views: 2408

Re: Kosmos Build Diary

To be fair, I think the chances of me making it to an event any time in the next decade are slim... But if I do, we could always have a grudge match for the naming rights. :wink:
by Rhys
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Kosmos Build Diary
Replies: 30
Views: 2408

Re: Kosmos Build Diary

A flipper called Kosmos? Well this is awkward... :P
by Rhys
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Das Mikro - £12 dual channel speed controller with mixing
Replies: 32
Views: 6999

Re: Das Mikro - £12 dual channel speed controller with mixing

I've also got one of these winging its way from vanuatu. I can't imagine I'll be using it in my ants unless it is absolutely spot on in terms of control. A decent ESC can last forever, so is worth investing in. But for fun side projects, it's finally nice to have a cheap option, that is (hopefully) ...
by Rhys
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Reala's Build Log - Expect mistakes... Lots of mistakes.
Replies: 4
Views: 1001

Re: Reala's Build Log - Expect mistakes... Lots of mistakes.

I'm so jealous of all the new guys posting their new bits and pieces. :p
by Rhys
Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Total cost?
Replies: 35
Views: 4585

Re: Total cost?

True. I might be underestimating hobojoes knowledge. But it does speak volumes that even amongst experienced roboteers only a tiny percentage make their own. I'm just thinking how frustrating it would be if you had all the motors, receivers, batteries but couldn't use them until your learnt enough t...
by Rhys
Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Total cost?
Replies: 35
Views: 4585

Re: Total cost?

But the kit is really just a good esc and a receiver. None of the work is done for you. And good speed controllers are very limited in UK antweights. Your choices are basically: 1. Rory's esc. Cheap, reliable and designed specifically for antweights. 2. Sabretooth. Expensive, heavy and only made in ...
by Rhys
Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: First Antweight help
Replies: 4
Views: 1311

Re: First Antweight help

Welcome. All looks like it would work fine, but just a few recommendations... The battery is way too heavy. You could get away with much smaller one. But if you're new, I guess it would be good for practice as it will last ages. For competition most people use batteries below 200mah. Sabretooths are...
by Rhys
Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Total cost?
Replies: 35
Views: 4585

Re: Total cost?

It depends on your design really. At the most basic you could probably get away with a soldering iron, pliers, mini screwdriver set, scissors, Stanley knife, a file, a ruler and some gaffer tape.

Luxuries might involve a multi tool, 3d printer and a lathe or mill.
by Rhys
Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Total cost?
Replies: 35
Views: 4585

Re: Total cost?

Motors are fine, but a bit pricey, just get some copies from ebay. And as far as I'm aware neither of those controllers are suitable. I use these https://www.pololu.com/product/1220 but they aren't plug and play. You have to program them with your own code. I think you'd be better just buying a cont...
by Rhys
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Newbie saying hello and looking for local(ish) events.
Replies: 12
Views: 1720

Re: Newbie saying hello and looking for local(ish) events.

Ah, I know it very well, drive through there every weekend. The hall where I've held my previous events is literally a 10 minute drive away. I say Caerphilly, but it's actually Machen.
by Rhys
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Newbie saying hello and looking for local(ish) events.
Replies: 12
Views: 1720

Re: Newbie saying hello and looking for local(ish) events.

There's been a couple of events in Caerphilly previously, and may be one coming up in the near(ish) future. But chances are you'll have to travel as those have been the only two events in Wales ever!

Where abouts are you from?
by Rhys
Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: 3D Printing - machine costs and 'hiring' enquiry
Replies: 10
Views: 1370

Re: 3D Printing - machine costs and 'hiring' enquiry

I'm very pleased with my cheap 3d printer. I have the hephestos i3, which was just over £300 I think. I know a few other people on here use the same one and have got some decent results. Printing costs are pretty negligible. You'd be looking at a few pence per robot. I'm going to be hopefully doing ...
by Rhys
Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Ant Freeze 2.5 - 26th September 2015 Nuneaton
Replies: 60
Views: 10129

Re: Antweight Open - 26th September 2015 Nuneaton

Ah, excellent! I will definitely be coming to this one.
by Rhys
Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: 2014 AWS Rules Debate
Topic: Proposed rule changes 2015
Replies: 58
Views: 5395

Re: Proposed rule changes 2015

Wow, that escalated quickly, I didn't even get to put my votes in before the whole agree/disagree posts... For the record: 1) None of my business as I don't build them, but I prefer the 50mm limit as it creates a nice differentiation between weight classes. 2) Yes. The 3 minute time limit is a real ...
by Rhys
Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: AWS 47 - Stoke Sub Hampton - July 4th 2015
Replies: 191
Views: 18893

Re: AWS 47 - Stoke Sub Hampton - July 4th 2015

Sorry for the late notification, but its looking unlikely I'll be able to make it this weekend. I think I underestimated how much damage I took at the last event. I had a look tonight and they're pretty much all damaged beyond repair. They certainly need more work than I can put in between now and S...