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Make a Fire Breathing Animetronic Pony from FurReal Butterscotch or S'Mores

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For Maker Faire Detroit 2011, I displayed a hack I made to a FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony. My fellow LVL1 Hackers and I had taken control of the motor control system of the toy and added a flame thrower to it.  It seemed to go over really well with the crowd, so I am putting up the information for anyone to make there own.  It was a blast to make and I hope everyone has as much fun remaking it.  Just remember that this project uses Fire and should only be built and operated by no less then 2 adults with appropriate experience in fire safety and proper fire safety equipment on hand. 



 
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Step 1: Get it before you hack it

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At one time, Butterscotch and S'more ponies both sold for around $300, but they seem to be discontinued.  I would  never suggest someone pay this much for something new, just to make it better. Thankfully, there is a fairly steady stream of them showing up on Craigslist and second hand stores.

I purchased my first Butterscotch off of Craigslist for $20.  I have since picked up a second one for $25 from a peddlers mall.   I commonly see them listed for ~$100, but with a little negotiation and/or patience you should be able to pick one up for dirt cheap.

Step 2: What you will need.

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The tools you will need vary in this project.  I will try to tier it based on what you want to accomplish with your FurReal pony.

Hardware you will need:
  • FurReal Butterscotch or S'More Pony
  • Arduino Mega
  • Wire 18g
  • Solder
  • Electrical tape
  • Wii nun-chuck
  • Wii Nunchuck breakout adapter
  • 0.1" 16-pin strip male header
  • 1/8th OD ptfe tube (trade name Teflon)
  • Bowden cable (brake cable for the back wheel of a bike)
  • Scrap PVC tube around 3" at about 1' long
  • Scrap plexi glass

Tools you need
  • Wire Strippers
  • Razor blade
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Multimeter
  • Soldering Iron
  • Computer to program the Micro Processor (Any OS)
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JKPieGuy9 months ago
Aw man, I could have gone to the maker Fair in Detroit, since it's not too far away!
Ha, just imagine how much fun all the Bronies would have with this!
charge115952 years ago
Looks like this pony, got 20% cooler.
i felt like I was reading cupcakes all over again when i looked at the pictures. I honestly believed that I was in the basement of Sugar Cube Corner.

also,
10 seconds flat!
fluttershy is a tree!
spike is a pony!
scootaloo is a chicken!

Good to see a fellow brony on Instructables. XD
AmpOwl jensenr309 months ago
Yeah, it reminds me of the robot/cyborg ponies in the fanfictions and fan-made videos, like Fallout: Equestria and My Little Portal.
Bro-hoof /)
BTW, who's your fav pony (mines Rarity)?
/)*(\
-=-=-= brohoof accepted =-=-=-

Pinkie Pie is my favorite. Rainbow dash is a very close second. RD used to be my favorite pony, but I converted to PP because she is just so awesome and hilarious.

p.s. have you seen the season 2 finale yet?

Hay yeah!
This Day Aria is best song ever!
yeah.
"Shining Armour will be... MINE! all mine."

i REALLY liked BBBFF and Love Is In Bloom

"My big brother, best friend for-ever!"
"Love is in bloom. A beautiful bride, a handsom groom..."

good to see another brony outside of 4chan, EQ Daily, Ponychan, etc...
How about a mode where it goes from an adorkable purple pony to a flaming Ponyta?
http://youtu.be/UYdJT_KY5_s
I just want to loop the part of the video, "Hey, we just got back from the Detroit Maker Fair, and... this is a Fire Breathing Pony."
kb0brd1 year ago
Did you use the single AA battery or did you have to up the voltage to the ignitor?
if you put the skin back on it will be a really super scary "kids toy"
YES! do it! do it now!
HAHAH!!!! this thing is friggin fantastic, man. i love it. did you happen to see an episode of Robot Chicken where they did some "My Little Pony" ponies as the horses for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? this reminds me, somewhat, of what they did. but yours is EXPONENTIALLY cooler since it's bigger, motorized and, oh yeah, BREATHES FREAKIN FIRE!!! :)

keep this good stuff comin LVL1 homies.

av
tdinges2 years ago
FOR PONY!!!!

Richard from "Looking for Group" would love it!
frenzy2 years ago
It was so good to see this at detroit maker fair. Glad to see it here!
But i've come up with a better name:
"My Little Pwny"
thealeks frenzy2 years ago
ha! that name is perfect!
jonjeys2 years ago
Now for the next project. Perhaps a fire breathing reindeer? Hmm......
nerd122 years ago
i think such a demonic animal also existed in greek mythology. if you give this a dull metal paint job and add a small red horsehair plume to the horses head it will look the part. good job.

PS- this is also good for scaring away people at halloween
lvl_joe (author)  nerd122 years ago
I actually did have her out on Halloween. Fire breathing pony in the yard and candy shooting pumpkin in the door way.
nerd12 lvl_joe2 years ago
Remind me to come in full battle armor with a fire blanket when i visit on Halloween.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
I want to ride this!
lvl_joe (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
One step at a time .... but I am working on it.
rmarras2 years ago
Hey guys, I know a lot of us at i3Detroit loved the fire breathing pony and had a good time hanging out at the party. Hope to see you back at Maker Faire Detroit next year and remember our workshop is your workshop!
lvl_joe (author)  rmarras2 years ago
We will definitely be back next year and we look forward to getting back to i3Detroit. Likewise, LVL1 is always open to guest..
menahunie2 years ago
Fire breathing pony? Hmmmm.
It would have been allot more funny if you had motorized the tail to lift up and over then had the fire come out that end instead.
lvl_joe (author)  menahunie2 years ago
The tail is motorized but with the current code I can turn it on but not turn it off. I hope to have an update to the code in a few days. After that I will start to work on shooting glitter out of the back end.
Farrelbark2 years ago
This is when Bronies actually achieve some sort of CREATIVITY and become EPIC BRONIES!
Taerzik2 years ago
Awesome. nuff said
paqrat2 years ago
Considering the season perhaps you could transform the pony into a reindeer. A flame throwing Rudolph would be pretty cool.
thebeef22 years ago
I was at the maker faire!! That pony was one of the coolest and funniest things there, hands down. We're naming my school's battlebot Buttercup after it. Thanks for the cool Instructible!
tomtortoise2 years ago
My Little Pony: Fire is Magic? possibly, I must make one
chuck_292 years ago
that guy in the vid is wearing the utilikilt. awesome
the pony is awesome as well.
lvl_joe (author)  chuck_292 years ago
There are two people in the video with utilikilts. To help sort out the people in the video one of the members of LVL1 made this nice Venn diagram.
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A fire breathing pony is awesome and so is this Venn diagram!
bgepp12 years ago
the true crazy horse!!!!!!
browfurd2 years ago
This reminds me of one of the Four Horseman's rides - awesome job!
mcraghead2 years ago
Beautiful!

One question though: When will the unicorn horn that fires lasers be added? Just a dot or projected grid... would add to the feeling of impending doom that objects must feel just before ignition...

Laser or no laser, when you start your world takeover and need minions: I'm there dude.

Mike
Way cool. Who wouldn't want a fire-breathing pony? Add this bad boy to your stable and never worry about coyotes again!
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