The Wollongong crew held an antweight event at the Convoy4Kids charity event on 29th October.
I dug out some spares last minute and tried to put together Little Red Flipper (a prototype OG Botbitz GreenAnt kit).
It turns out I was missing a lot of parts…
The flipper servo.
The servo linkage.
The 2S batteries were dead.
The RX was missing.
First up was to print a linkage as I had the cad for it, however the servo I bought had a different spline. It took 8 goes to get it right for a press fit that worked…
It was 10pm by this stage, so I designed to flick a message to a friend and see if he could print one from CF Nylon over night and bring it to the event for me.
I packed up the bot and all my gear, loaded the car and went to bed…
Soon other builders arrived and we started getting some bot appearing!
However I ran into something odd. The servo was only travelling 50-60% throw, which prevented the robot from lifting all the way up and self righting 🙁
The other issue was, it would not failsafe correctly. Despite being bound to the transmitter with the drives in a neutral position, the motors kept creeping. Not something I (nor safety) could allow.
So I sat down for the day and watched all the fights, before getting a chance to sneak Little Red Flipper into the end of day rumble for the non-destructive class.
Sadly it was flipped and could not self right and then ended up going down the pit :P. Highlight of the day, I was given the change to drive Tossboss in the rumble for the destruction class (Tossboss had just won the main event!) and was one of the last 3 bots standing!
There is a Youtube playlist of fights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pwNudQRKW8&list=PLsvGjWpWp4gw241sEkaBS_2TH9emZeUNs