Car No.02 Steering Wheel Drive R/C Car with Arduino, Webcam and net.USB etc.


Step 2: Assembling 1

Picture of Assembling 1
Assemble Tamiya M-05Ra Chassis in accordance with Assembly Manual. (http://www.tamiya.com/japan/download/rcmanual/m05ra.pdf)

The followings are different from the manual.

- Geared motor installation
  (if you do not want a low speed car, geared motor is not necessary. Assemble with 540 motor in accordance with the manual.)

  Modify A2 and B2 parts, and attach the geared motor with following parts;

Different diameter in-line collar 6mm x 4mm
Dia 4mm hollow shaft 10mm long
Dia 3mm shaft 19mm long
16T pinion gear
Adjuster 20mm long
Countersunk screw

  Skip Part 11 and 12 of Assembly Manual.

- Get the center value of servo and set up speed controller
  Instead of Part 19 of Assembly Manual (Checking R/C equipment), get the center value of servo and set up speed controller with connecting them to Arduino. Receiver is not required for this system.
  Upload the following Arduino code to Arduino.
  Arduino code

* Servo & Speed Controller
* Processing ---- SVSC_P
* Arduino Duemilanove ---- SVSC_A

#include <Servo.h>
Servo servo;
Servo speedcontroller;
int val1;
int val2;
int val3;

int servoneutral = 63;
int speedcontrollerneutral = 63;

int steval = servoneutral;
int velval = speedcontrollerneutral;
int reversea = 'F';
boolean reverseb = false;

void setup() {

void loop() {
    val1 = Serial.read();
    val2 = Serial.read();
    val3 = Serial.read();

  if(val1>=128 && val2<128 && (val3=='F'||val3=='R') ){
    steval = val1 - 128;
    velval = val2;
    reversea = val3;
  }else if(val1<128 && (val2=='F'||val2=='R') && val3>=128){
    steval = val3 - 128;
    velval = val1;
    reversea = val2;
  }else if((val1=='F'||val1=='R') && val2>=128 && val3<128){
    steval = val2 - 128;
    velval = val3;
    reversea = val1;


  if(reversea=='R' && reverseb==false){
    for (int i=1; i <= 5; i++){
    reverseb = true;
  }else if(reversea=='F'){
    reverseb = false;
  }else {

  Connect servo and speed controller to Arduino.
  (Servo --> D9, 5V, GND Speed Controller --> D10, 5V, GND)

  Run the following Processing code.
  Processing code

* Servo & Speed Controller
* Processing ---- SVSC_P
* Arduino Duemilanove ---- SVSC_A

import processing.serial.*;

Serial port01;
int x;
int y;
int steval = 63;
int velval = 63;
int reversea = 'F';

void setup(){
  port01 = new Serial(this,"COM18",115200); //COM No. varies by each PC.

void draw(){
  line(x, 0, x, height);
  line(0, height-y, width, height-y);

void serialEvent(Serial p){
  steval = 127 - x;
  velval = y;

  if(velval>=63){reversea='F';} else{reversea='R';}

void keyPressed(){
    x = 63;
    y = 63;
    steval = 127 - x;
    velval = y;
  else if(keyCode == RIGHT){
    x += 1;
    if(x > 127){x = 127;}
  else if(keyCode == LEFT){
    x -= 1;
    if(x < 0){x = 0;}
  else if(keyCode == UP){
    y += 1;
    if(y > 127){y = 127;}
  else if(keyCode == DOWN){
    y -= 1;
    if(y < 0){y = 0;}

  Once the display window appears, press ‘s’ key to start serial communication.

  ‘Right’ and ‘left’ arrow keys relate to servo (steering) and ‘up’ and ‘down’ ones relate to speed controller (forward, backward and speed).

  Make the first figure 64 in the Processing lower black screen by pressing ‘s’ key.

  Attach a servo arm as much as central. After attaching the servo arm, get the center value of servo. (Press ‘right ‘and/or ‘left’ arrow keys, make the servo arm center, then read the first figure.)

  Set up speed controller in accordance with the speed controller setup manual.
  (Press ‘s’ key, then the second value becomes 63 as neutral. Press ‘up’ arrow key continuously, then the second value becomes 127 as forward max. Press ‘down’ arrow key continuously, then the second value becomes 0 as backward max.)

  Disconnect the servo and the speed controller from Arduino.

- Longer Servo Shaft (Part 20 of Assembly Manual)
  Battery boxes and regulators for USB device server and wireless broadband rooter will be mounted above the servo. Ball connector (BA23) is attached to the opposite side of servo arm and the servo shaft becomes longer. The original shaft length is 89mm and I made 93mm one.

- Receiver is not required for this system. (Part 21 of Assembly Manual)

- Skip Part 23, 24 and 25 of assembling manual.

- Tire size (Part 26 of Assembly Manual)
  Instead of 60mm diameter tires, I use 55mm diameter tires.

- Antenna pipe is not needed. (Part 30 of Assembly Manual)

- Body
  Make holes and attach Lubic mount.