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Modifications / Anyone Converted To Radio Control ??
« Last post by pac-va on Today at 01:00:17 AM »
Hello Everyone,
I've recently started an MB43 build.  I'm considering converting it to radio control (as if it was a giant scale RC car).  I'm close to installing the steering and motors, so I'm looking for ideas.   Has anyone tried this?

Right now, I'm considering using a 12V wiper motor as the steering servo, and an RC speed controller for the throttle.  Each would use a programmable servo controller, and incorporate a standard multi channel RC transmitter and receiver.  So, I'm wondering has anyone else done this w/ any success, and would they be willing to describe how?

By way of explanation, I'm kind of a jeep fanatic and I'm building this for myself to add to my collection.  Since I think I'd look ridiculous trying to actually sit it in to drive it, I thought radio control would be a cool way to see it "drive" around yard.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts,
Tractors / Re: Adding reverse .
« Last post by boatless on 08 December, 2017, 09:51:25 AM »
I did try wiring the joystick input to the processor through a changeover switch, however the whole caboodle seems to be digitised and any alteration in this wiring shuts it down. So I am using the relays in the raw DC supply to the motors to get reverse. The relays areonly 2 or 3 quid each, and it is a very simple and foolproof fix.
More pics to follow soon. Now working on the sound effects. 
Toylander 2 / Re: Barn (garage) find!
« Last post by jr2 on 08 December, 2017, 08:30:20 AM »
So after four years it's finally finished (well, I still need to bond the panels behind the door handles in place but that's being picky) I've enjoyed the challenges of extending the wheelbase and researching and making the period and fire engine specific parts. Now appearing on an Ebay near you!

Tractors / Re: Steering modification.
« Last post by jr2 on 05 December, 2017, 09:38:46 PM »
Aaah, scrub that - found a couple of your pics - I hadn't read enough posts - probably easier for us to follow if you keep all the build in one blog?
Tractors / Re: Adding reverse .
« Last post by jr2 on 05 December, 2017, 09:36:08 PM »
there's also information on the forum somewhere about a simple way to wire a switch for forward/reverse that doesn't require relays (every little bit of money saved adds up!)
Tractors / Re: Steering modification.
« Last post by jr2 on 05 December, 2017, 09:33:00 PM »
I test drove my T2 this evening and I was thinking that the steering could be easier ( I suppose an adults weight doesn't help) I might try a rack and pinion rack from a quad another time. What tractor are you building - I don't seem to able to find any of your photos?
Toylander 2 / Over on the tractor forum.....
« Last post by boatless on 05 December, 2017, 08:01:28 PM »
  I have put some photos of my arrangements for using wheelchair motors and controller, along with a steering alternative. This may be of interest to other builders .

Tractors / Steering modification.
« Last post by boatless on 05 December, 2017, 07:58:22 PM »

   A while ago I posted something about improving the steering on the models, so this is what I have come up with..

I cannibalised an old wheelbrace (hand drill) and operate it backwards,ie using the pinion to drive the handwheel. This gives a 8:1 reduction.
Here is the underneath .I fixed a lever to the handwheel and use a rose jointed operating shaft to work the steering arms. Seems to work.!
Tractors / Posting photos..
« Last post by boatless on 05 December, 2017, 07:45:20 PM »
   It would seem that I have tat last got the photo posting thing  sorted!! I am using Postimage.    Pretty straightforward. (touch wood!)
Tractors / Adding reverse .
« Last post by boatless on 05 December, 2017, 07:42:40 PM »
Following on from last post, how do I expect to get reverse?
Using the joystick, reverse would be got jst by pulling the joystick back, as in the wheelchair, but this is not possible using a footpedal.
So I had to find a method of switching the feed to the motors .To do this I used 4 relays,2 for each motor.They simply switch the  supply wires over.   Pic here....

As the relays(12v)  are in series/parallel,they need a 24 volt supply to switch them over , this is what the blue and red wires do.

The "black box" behind the bulkhead at top of the photo is the box of tricks which controlled the wheelchair..The footpedal/joystick will eventually be located on the footboard top right.
Hope these photos are of some interest. If nothing else at least there are now 2 new posts in this forum which seems to be a bit on the quiet side these days.
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