RC Noob

I've never done much work with RC control, and i want to build a little rc car with tank steering (2 motors, one on a wheel on each side so steering can be accomplished by which motor is on).  I know I need a transmitter and a reciever (I dont know specifics of each :P).  All I know is that i want to PWM the motors and control with 2 home made H-bridges (motors require max current of 30 amps, so commercially made ESR's are too expensive) and control it via rc. I just really dont know what im looking for in the rc world.

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Guide to RC? Answered

So don't tell me to go and buy a small RC car, and hack it. I want to know how to MAKE one! Like, totally MAKE! Where can I find out where to make a simple 2-4 channel RC thingermabob with a range of about 50 feet? I just don't get it, everywhere I look, they make these huge units. My helicopter is 6 channels and the circuit board is no bigger than 2x2, and only has 2 IC's on it. Why can't I find instructions for some small and simple like the circuits you find in RC car! What about Zip Zaps! Their circuit boards are tiny, and work better then the huge circuits you find online! Thx!

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rc project

I decided to go for the rc car. I'm using the 1/5 scale  maxstone trying to combine it with the raspberry pi. I'm also using adafruit's pwm. I know this might be old to others but it is new to me. I am a beginner and I am very excited about it!    I am open to any suggestions, comments, feedback, links, anything would be great!

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Rc Boat making?

Hi i have decided to make a rc boat i have the motor all sorted out its just the body. I was hoping to make one from styrofoam or polystyrene dose any one have some tips. Will this be water safe in other word's no water seaping througth . Thanks

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First RC Plane? Answered

Hey guys I was wondering if anyone of you could help me select which project I should make (my first RC plane) Here are the requirements:- 1. Must be easy. 2. Its body should be DIY and made of wood 3. It should be under $100 4. The instructions should be really clear Sorry I didnt have time to make a well written question neither did I have time to correct my grammar 

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DIY RC toys? Answered

Just a bit of background, as a bit of fun and a learning (LOTS of learning) exercise, I'd like to make myself an RC tank, ie: http://woodgears.ca/tracked_vehicle/index.html I've aimed pretty high with this one though, as I've no experience with Remote Control applications, though I'm fairly comfortable with electronics. I was hoping for an overview of what I will require (transmitter, receiver, servos, etc) and good places to look for these components, so I can move on to actually planning. Thanks in advance.

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Modified RC car

I've been working on this sucker, and I have so far added a battery pack to it that consists of 8X AA NiMh rechargeables and it goes like sh*t on a stick! 13v when it's fully charged! Check it out! Wheel cam:

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Rc Airplane Guide

I have been thinking about building an R/C airplane. Here are the specifications I need. L:3ft W:4ft H:6in ( 15 with prop and landing gear Engine: Chain saw motor Prop: 12in Control surfaces: 2 ailerons, elevator I don't know anything about R/C and here are my questions: 1.) How do you assemble an R/C system? 2.) What is needed to run 4 servos(3 control, 1 throttle)? 3.) Where should I buy stuff? 4.) What else should I know? I know how to connect servos to an air frame and everything, but I need to know how to connect a full R/C system together( receiver, servos, battery, etc.). Any help? Please. P.S. My air frame will be, a wing, a wooden dowel going to tail, tail, motor and muffler. I used this design because I have no weight added other than required materials.

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My rc channel!

Id just thought id let you friendly bunch know of a new channel ive just creaated for anything rc related. http://www.youtube.com/user/mrfishin101?feature=mhum Feedback welcome! Thanks :) Sharlston

Topic by sharlston 


homemade rc plane

This sunday i will show everone how to make a rc plane from oround the house things. the things u will need is  1 motor 1 hanger 2 servos 1 shoe box so im am tellin you this so u will get ready to make it.                        if u are exicited about this please comment on it.

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HOMEMADE/DIY RC TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER?

Does any one know how to make a cheap 8 channel rc transmitter and reciver for a rc plane from scrath or house hold don't ask me to hack a rc car pls explain in detail and instuctable...thanks in advance

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What is a good but cheap rc transmitter and reciver??

I am planing on building a rc hovercraft and I dont know type of rc transmitter and reciver i shood get. I only have of $100-$150 so it need to be a good one but cheap.  

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How to change frequency on RC toys

Hi , i just got this Rc Nikko Heavy metal, i think it's quite rare because i can't manage to find it anywhere in the Internet. So, it was an old lady who gave it to me on a garage sale, and it came with a rechargeable 7.2 v battery pack, but the controller was missing, and i don't know how much MHz it's on. so how can i change the frequency, does it work with a donor car?like i change the whole electronics setup?   1000 thanks for answering

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how to make an rc car with functions of real car?

I want to know,how to make an rc car which will have all functions of real car.

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please help me Answered

How to increase my range in my RC car 

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Radio control question Answered

Would putting a 27 mhz frequency crystal  instead of the one shown, and a ajusting it to the right amplitude make a RC work  with this curcuit http://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/radio/am_transmitter.html?

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what are the factroy setting for each pin?

What are the steetings to get your car to run smooth no konkouts

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Radio control. Answered

I have radio control radio and receivers from different cars with different AM. They are all 49 mhz, can I change AM by replacing old resisters at  the right spot and put less resistive ones to make it work? Any way?

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how do you make a light bar for a traxxas bandit? i have the original body.? Answered

I have been wanting a light bar on my buggy for a year so that i can see where it is at night but i didnt want neon on it because its an off roader

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Rc car battery help?

Hi i have a 1.2v rc car batery and my car ran out of power early a then usal.So I got my voltage metre and it said the car still had 7.2v does any one know why this might be thanks.

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Rc Car baterie Help?

Hi i have a 7.2v rc car batery and my car ran out of power early a then usal.So I got my voltage metre and it said the car still had 7.2v does any one know why this might be thanks.

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Universal RC custom tweek

I'm not sure if I post this in the right topic, so let me know if I didn't, thanks.  My kid got two rc cars a couple of xmases ago.  One of the RC controllers antenna  broke off and want to know if there is a way to make a universal rc control unit so my kid can use one controller for both cars?  Kinda  like a similar function you have for a universal remote for a tv.  Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Rc Servo motor trouble! Answered

I recently took apart a RC Jet Ski. Within the Jet ski there was a servo for the rudder. I Need to know what wire leading up to the RC servo motor do? (green and brown). If I were to take the wires and use them on something else what shall I control them with? My first thoughts were that sending an electrical current though the postive, would make it turn one way, and by the RC control, electrical currents could be past though postive and negative to make it turn left and right. I know what all of the other wires. Thanks Oscar 

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RC car ¨tuning¨

So I have an RC car and so does my friend and whenever we race them he always wins so I was thinking of maybe tuning it a bit (you know add an extra battery or something) so how can I tell how much voltage my circuit board and motor can take. The car itself uses a 12v battery and is fully digital (you can go slowly or quickly and you can turn only a bit or all the way, you know what i mean) I can provide some photos of the circuit board if that helps, just ask.I know that RC cars are a bit childish but when Im older I want a job involving cars so thats a good place to get started =]

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replacement transmitter for an rc helicopter?

So i bought a rc heli from a thrift store and it turns on when the switch is flicked, but it came without the transmitter/controller for it, i checked the hobby shops and they said that they don't have any spares for it it says on a sticker that the heli is a 27MHz, so i was wondering, if i got a transmitter that was designed for helis and ran on the same frequency, in theory it'd work, right? can anyone lend me some advice?

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Mind Control RC Car

Hi my names Paul Im doing a project on building a Mind Control RC Car using the EEG Emotiv Headset. I was planning connect the headset to the laptop and use an arduino to connect up to an interface board(im not too sure) which connects to the remote joystick.  I was wondering if anyone has done this project before and it would be so awesome to get any tips or instructions of any sort.  Thanks please let me know

Topic by paulyshin 


RC bottle rocket launcher

Hello instructables users. I'm wondering if anyone has ideas of how to make a revolving bottle rocket launcher with an igniter. this will be going on an rc car. any ideas will help. Things I'd like to see in your idea -hopper -igniter that will turn on/off simply -place for bottle rockets to launch from Thanks for the help

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Reduce speed of an RC motor?

I took apart a RC helicopter and stripped everything so its just the motor operated by remote. I plan on attaching a camera to the end if the motor and my goal is to make a pan/rotate base mount thing. However even on the slowest speed (lowest on the throttle) the motor spins way to fast. Is there anyway to control the speed or slow it down? Please Help

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RC circuit with a transistor and an LED Answered

Http://tronixstuff.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/pic23.jpg Could someone please explain how this circuit works? I understand that while the capacitor is charging, current flows to the base of transistor and so the LED lights, but I can't figure out the discharging. P.S. I assume that by building this circuit I'll get an LED blinking constantly?

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3ch rc ciruit board

I would like to build my own rc airplane. I already know how to build the fuselage and the wings. I also have the landing gear. I have a 27mhz rc circuit from an old rc car. The problem is the car was only a 2ch board. I need a 3ch transmitter and receiver. (Throttle, left/right, up/down). I'll be honest, I don't know much about circuit boards, but I can learn. Does anyone know how to make the circuit board for this, or where I can get a custom board made for me?

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Rear Wheel RC Steering?

Ok, so before I actually get to my question let me explain what I am doing. I have a traxxas rustler, I wan't to put 4 wheel steering on it, and I wan't it to be very stable.  I know how I am going to set up the steering, but I need help with the electronics of it.  The stock reciever has a channel 1 output (to ESC) two channel 2's (for two servos) a channel three, and a channel 4.  I wan't this car to be able to switch one of the servo's from inverted to not inverted using channel three which is the output of a two position switch.  Is there a way to do this without mechanically connecting the whole fancy layout seen below?

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Waterproofing RC servo connections?

Hi everyone. I have used epoxy to waterproof my RC receivers. I have thought that there is no need to waterproof the connections because it is only 6V and not enough to corrode the connectors. I still want to be able to swap my receivers between models. I have splashed through puddles before but not completely submersed it in water. So is there any reason that I should be waterproofing these connectors? Or is the voltage not enough to cause any problems? Thanks, David.

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micro camera for Rc planes

If been wanting to film some of my Rc flights iv been thinking of two ways to do this: A.) buy a mini camera (not wireless could cause interference with other planes or mine although it should only affect 2.4GHZ or spreed spectrum channels which are designed to handle this kind of interference but i dont want to cause any accidents) or B.) Buy a cheep digital camera and mount it to plane Things to consider:Any thing will add weight to the plane which will affect balance (to solve this add weight till balance)I want to avoid wireless. How to power; battery's weight a lot and take up lots of spaceDragSize of cameraIf i do use micro camera where will it record too?Dose any one have any suggestions or ideas on the best way to do this on the cheep?Original form (it was origanaly posted in that group but it got separated) *update* i found a Camera called the flip video camera it has every thing iv been looking for its cheep about 150$, has a tripod mount, records 60 min of video, comes with editing software, runs on 2 AA batteries, and has a small (1.5inch) Lcd screen

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rc car no longer accelerating?

Alright, so ive got this rc car, it runs off of a 7.2v battery pack and has variable speed and turning. it is not a hobby-grade car, but it is still something id like to hold onto. today, when i tried to drive it, i discovered it could not accelerate, forwards or reverse. it can steer fine, but trying to accelerate does nothing. ive ruled out the controller and the motor, which means the h-bridge and associated circuitry must be to blame. i tested the battery in another car of the same model (not mine), and all was well there. the h-bridge must be PWM controlled in order for there to be variable speed, so heres what im figuring: the motor is making a clicking noise when i pull the trigger on the remote, looking at the motor, it is turning very little and then stopping and then doing this again, at a fast rate. when it stops turning for that split seond it returns to the original position, because it has turned so little. i know the motor itself is fine, because i connected the battery straight to it and it spun up and turned the wheels. i have a feeling the issue lies within the PWM control. i cannot guarantee the receiver chip is fine but it seems kind of odd that it would be the part to fail; regardless i cannot find a datasheet using the numbers on the chip. if i were to try and look for an issue/failed part somewhere, where might you guys think i should start? there are a number of transistors on the board around the h-bridge, some capacitors, and a lot of resistors as well. i checked all the resistors inside the h-bridge and they are all the same value as the bands indicate, andthere are no corroded or cold solder joints. i plan to test the h-bridge on its own once i find a diagram i can reference to, that way if the h-bridge works i can rule it out and narrow the possibilities. if you need any more information please let me know.

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Capacitor in my rc car? Answered

Hi. I just want to know what the point of this capacitor in my rc car is.

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Ideas for making an RC vehicle

Hey, i have recently bought an rc module and controller, i need some ideas for what to make, any rc vehicle. pls give me some ideas. thx!

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how to make rc airplanes?

This question also includes what material to be used ,how to fix the motor

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RC wired Tank to Radio? Answered

I have a Aoshima 1/48 scale RC Panther that I want to convert to Radio Control. Right now, it is wired(cable from controller to tank). Is there any way to convert it? And what do I need? Tank here: http://www.aoshima-bk.co.jp/en/product/4905083048658/ Detailed Intructions: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10098877z5/70/5 Info: Circuit board seems to be in controller, not tank Battery also in controller, not tank.

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Smallest RC remote possible

I haven't a clue where to begin. I'm trying to find or make the smallest RC thingie as possible with a single button remote. Can anyone please help. It would need to fit into a tube slightly larger than a tube of chapstick. I'm guessing a receiver of some type and a switch for the button cell batteries. Powered by 1.5 dc. Nothing fancy, just to turn on and off the power.

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RC ducted fan plane

My Mom recently aquired a new blender for christmas and I was able to salvage the very massive motor from it. it is a 120v 430w motor. I want to be able to make it remote control with an esc and some rc gear I have. I need help either creating one or somewhere to buy one that would work with this motor. I could also use arduino to control it if needed but would need a program. Thanks in advance for all help recieved.

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Coding a traxxas rc car?

Hello everyone I have a Traxxas funny car that I am trying to code using an Arduino with a motor shield. the motor has a brushless DC motor that is hooked up to a ESC then has a output the same type as a servo motor. and the front steering is a servo motor as well. I have a competition where I need to drive the car a certain distance then turn it between a set of cans and have it go back to the center line and land on a dot on the floor. Every time the distance is different and I need it to go to the dot at the fastest time possible. Right now I have the brushless motor set to input 2 and the steering is set to input 1. If anyone could help me write a code for that it would be greatly appreciated Thanks a lot.

Question by ConnorB62   |  last reply


would a mini rc stunt car work on a small plane?

As i have a small plane and a stunt car

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Connect ESCs with RC receiver?

I am trying to connect 4 ESCs with a FlySku 6 Channel Receiver. I managed to connect all four of them to the throttle channel and it works fine. However, is it possible to connect them to other channels wiht them being plugged in the throttle channel at the same time? I am making a quad-copter and I am not sure what channels to use? like I know that we need the throttle channel to change the throttle and the motor speed. but like to change the pitch, roll and yaw, we need the other channels too right? So can anyone please guide me through it? I am using a flycky CT6B transmitter and a 6 channel receiver.

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When will the winners of the RC contest be announced? Answered

When will the winners of the RC contest be announced? Its been stuck on "Winners will be announced soon" for awhile

Question by ScratchBuiltAircraft   |  last reply


is it possible to make a rc fan out of a rc car? and if so how? Answered

 i have a ton of rc cars but most either don't work or body,wheels, or something else doesn't work so i wanted to make a rc fan out of them.

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DIY REMOTE CONTROL CHEAP AND EASY FOR RC PLANE?

HELLO i want to know how to make a rc tx and rx of 8 channel for cheap and easy for a rc plane i am for india i want this project as cheap as possiable pls don't ask to hack a rc car....

Question by mihir.sahu.355   |  last reply


simple way for a kid to build an rc car, not from a kit?

I was wondering if anyone knows of a way that kids can build an rc car. Show the circuit. With motors

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