Introduction: Capacitor Motorcycle

I've been desoldering a lot of boards recently, and now I have more components than I know what to do with. I got creative one moment and decided to make this tiny model motorcycle.

Step 1: Materials

To build the main body, I used a capacitor and two toroid coils. For details, use whatever bits and components you have on hand. I used some diodes, a screw, resistors, and an ir sensor/emitter. Use a soldering iron, (with solder) and superglue to attach things.

Step 2: Assembling the Frame

The toroid coil will have two leads, one coming from each side of the hole of the donut-like part. Solder each lead to a lead on the capacitor. Superglue another toroid coil to the flat end of the capacitor.

Step 3: Details

Use whatever electronic bits you have on hand to add handlebars, a headlight, a seat, engine parts, and any other details you wish to include.


BOOM+OWWWW made it!(author)2013-09-03


MikB made it!(author)2013-06-22

Very nice model!

If you add a headlight and tail-light, you HAVE to figure out how to convert the above design into a working Joule-Thief circuit to run the LEDs. You have the inductor (2 in fact), a capacitor, add a small transistor (or two for symmetry)... a little extra winding on one wheel is all it needs :)

In fact, with some creative sanding of the inductors to BARE the wire at the bottom of the wheels, you could pick up +ve and ground through the wheels, using the back wheel as "just ground" -- forget it's an inductor, and the front wheel as the part of the Joule-Thief tranformer (heavy current side) that goes toward +ve.

Then you'd need a little plinth to stand it on, hiding a 1.5v battery, with two copper
patches ... mmmm.

AmpOwl made it!(author)2013-06-28

Thanks for the brilliant idea! I'll do a little bit of reading on joule-thief circuits and see if I can try this out in a future model. I have lots of scrap parts to experiment with.