As a long time Robot Wars fan and someone who was in a John Findlay cardboard antweight workshop, I had a bit of free time over the Christmas period to do a mock-up cardboard antweight flipper robot (within the 4-inch cube parameters). But then, after browsing the Nuts and Bots store this month and noticed the NanoTwo ESC & receiver were being sold, I ordered one along with 30mm wheels and motor mounts, there was no going back - I'm building an antweight robot for the first time, and one that is within the current rules and hopefully will be combat-ready.
Since then, I ordered a high-torque Turnigy servo, and 5 180mah LiPos with safety bag and balance charger from Hobby King, Tamiya on/off switches from Robot Shop, and a Devo 7e transmitter and two 6V 300rpm motors from eBay (the latter of which will take bloody ages to get here as its a cheap overseas order but I'm in no rush). I will also get numerous fixings from places like Leyland SDM, RS Components and Screwfix (the latter two being 5 minutes from where I live). Any other bits I need for things like soldering and cutting I can get from a friend or sort out in workshops or services in my area. The only thing I haven't got yet is chassis and armour material, though I am considering getting 1.5mm polycarbonate and some kind of metal. If push comes to shove, I may go the 3D printing route.
I've been taking advice from this forum, Alex and Rory's NanoTwo suggestions, and the antweight building video from Team Panoramic in terms of what to buy and how to put together stuff. All the internals will definitely fit in my flipper bot, which I intend to make it wedge-shaped along the lines of Eruption, Gravity, RONNY and some of the Oink bots. That said, here comes the questions...
- My servo is the Turnigy S306G-HV, and I have no clue what to do in order to mount it to the body of the inside of a robot, nor how to attach the motor end to the flipper arm. What steps should I take in order the have it properly fastened?
- I bought a few 3mm nuts, bolts and washers. Will they be useful in any way such as armour attachments or are they too thick? I know Alex has recommended 2mm bolts for antweights here though.