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ever built or played with a small r/c car and got nowhere but a very flat surface? those little cars can't go much of anywhere and can't carry much of anything either, what you need now is a heavy duty vehicle. Now your in the Pro league. This Instructible will teach you the basics of what you might electronically need to build such a vehicle.
 
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Step 1: Electronics

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This will include the all the necessary components to control the bot.... you will need motors around 12v, the motor-controllers that change their speed, signal boosters (for use in my set up),Tx & Rx ( transmitter and receiver),tank signal mixer, main power source, battery for Rx, and chargers for all power sources.(also a fuse or breaker is needed for safety)

Step 2: Motors

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The motor i used is from http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexpro, this company offers many of the parts needed to drive this project. well not just any 12v motor can work this hard. you will need something with a little more 'Umph' or 'kick' you will need a motor that can supply the torque and speed  you need for your desired vehicle.other motors you can use can be scooter motors,electric car motors, and any other large motors. Along with the motors you will need an equally qualified ESC ( motor controller), that can handle the amp draw of the system.....

Step 3: Esc

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these are the ones i used for my motors... they can be any make , but they have to be able to stand up to the amp draw.( once again from Vex pro )standard receivers will not be able to transfer the signal, so you will need a signal booster...

Step 4: Signal boosters

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simple inline booster used for in between Esc and Rx....
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Step 5: Transmitter and receiver

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any transmitter you have will do.if you do not have one ,for a cheap and reliable system, i would recommend Spectrum 2.4ghz radio with receiver....  i use it for all of my new r/c projects.

^this is my fb ID I'm telling you because I also built a robot and am thinking to make additions to it I like your chassis very much can you help me make one just like yours if yes then contact me on the above ID (Facebook User name: LivinglikeaDemon). Here are a few pictures of my robot.

P.S. Its the Black one.

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directorstark (author)  LivinglikeaDemon13 days ago

what part are you referring to? the frame? the tracks?,if the frame its just a thick piece of sheet aluminum thats bent into its shape, that has been first cutout on a plasma cutter.if you are reffering to the tracks that should be easy to tell by the pictures... that and they are a little flawed use double chain instead so you would not have to cut sprocket teeth.

The whole chain sprocket tires suspension etc... if you still have it please disassemble it and reassemble the bot making a video and post that video. If you can. And can I use an attachment chain ( one of the types of a rolling chain)?

directorstark (author)  LivinglikeaDemon12 days ago

I am unable to access my tank at this time..suspension system is faulty to say the least... I have redone that part a while ago.. the tracks itself is just roller chain with brackets bolted to every other chain link... if you can, yes use attachment chain if you can find it.. that way you do not have to cut off every other tooth of your sprockets.... the suspension works with a spring that pulls an arm that is attached to a rotation point. all you need is a drive sprocket, a idler sprocket up front and if you can some spring loaded arms with sprockets known as trucks...if you need any more look up homemade rc tank tracks. as before don't forget to look at the other pics in this instructable.. many more pic angles.

JesraelD16 days ago

What steering mechanism is used for this tank? Nice project btw :)

directorstark (author)  JesraelD16 days ago
tank drive via, electronic tank mixer, from a robotshop, just look for rc tank mixer...
Thank you. If it doesn't take too much of your time, could you please explain me how that works? I have a school project on rc tanks and I initially thought of just the skid mechanism but it seemed tricky to control.
directorstark (author)  JesraelD15 days ago

The mixer is sold by robotmarketplace.com , all it does is mix reciever output signals so that the two motors drives it like a tank. the mixer sets it up so that you can use regular steering instead of two throttle sticks for moving ... meaning the left stick is throttle and the right is steering on your remote.

Thanks a ton:)
G.J. Dyason4 months ago

Is the track made with bicycle chains? and where did you get those sprockets? I'm planning on building a nitro tank with the suspension of the ripsaw ms1 made by howe and howe tech. Your tank is great inspiration and I'm glad to hear that tracks like yours can handle speed since I intend to go very fast!

directorstark (author)  G.J. Dyason4 months ago
this thing has vex pro parts in it. they are number 35 sprockets and roller chain and work off of cim motors,of which i now learned are useless with the heavy battery on board. all of it you can get from vexrobotics.com .and in terms of the sprockets i had to machine every other tooth off to get this set up to work. after my experience with those chains i would suggest to use 2 double chains instead of 2 single chains, that way you could do without cutting the sprocket tips off. learn from my mistake... but this setup is the strongest possible,it will take whatever power you put into it. it is extremely strong and able to put a high power motors or engines on it.if you can, stay away from vex, those parts are ridiculously expensive and the motors are rather weak for the chain setup.. i'm assuming your nitro is gas, so.. that should work..Good luck and Happy building!
nmaidan1 year ago
I like ur tank track design and intended to build one resemble to this. What kind of sprocket r u using?
directorstark (author)  nmaidan1 year ago

#35 sprocket with every other tooth machined off, but as i am learning while i am building this, i found that
it would be worth it to get doubleroller chain and attach the track
plates to one piece and keep the sprockets whole

Halphinian1 year ago
AWESOME!!