Well, after a lot of soul searching, I've decided to start droid 3. I had planned a few upgrades for BHD, and it was becoming such a big job that it seemed like more fun to start again.
So the upgrades that i had planned were; Brushless hub drive using Kevin Holme's setup and Fredrik's Tyres. Batteries in the boxes, and isolated legs, just signals needed. Brushless dome drive and a few other trick bits. With all the drives on order, I looked at the 24v upgrades needed, and it is a MAJOR job, so not really an option on BHD. But at least I will soon be able to set up a test rig and see how these new drives perform.
Here is my box so far:
Plus a new style R2 Rockler. :)
So why do a 3rd?
1. I've not done R2-D2 yet.
2. I now have access to CNC and other tools to make it a very different project.
3. I'd love another crack at 2-3-2 on a lighter droid.
4. The new brushless options need testing.
5. This is a chance to really finish off the hobby i love, applying all ive learnt. :)
What will it include?
Ali Dome, Eye, Logics and HPs
Styrene legs and body with ali subframe
9 dome doors as per BHD with carbon custom hinges
3 HPs Chld-proof Single Axis motion with custom carbon mounts
2-3-2 with room for body gadgets.
Brushless hubs, with Omni wheels centre
Main batteries in Battery boxes
Brushless Dome drive
5 body doors
Volume Octo knobs
Click off dome
Click off body unit
Louder audio running at higher voltage, will need bigger speakers
This time i will not be focusing on removable legs. Fixed and lighter, will have to change the car in a year or 2. :)
I have been tinkering with the ideas for some new carbon fibre dome hinges for the 300mm dome, and droid 3 is the perfect excuse. These will be based on the X2's hinges, they have been amazing so far. :) I hope to use black M3 hardware, black Ali standoffs and push rod ends. Fingers crossed they end up looking as good as they work. :) But then realized I couldn't do those without a dome!
This is what I have so far. Not much to see and in red not black, but you get what I'm gong for. :)
So after nearly a week of trying to talk myself out of it, I ordered a 300mm hydro dome. And Radar eye, and Logics, and 1 more HP to match the 2 I had bought for R6. Just dome bumps and i can really get cracking. I'm so weak when it comes to R2. :(
I MUST resist buying more for the body or legs just yet. Dome and core first, then I can add the rest later.
Having received the hubs, I stripped them ready for welding the clutches, and turning down. Jobs for a pro. :) Thanks James. :)
But game on. Cant wait to get cracking. :D
Need to get BHD on 4.0, X2's batteres swapped and the tracks retested, and both droids serviced for CE3, then a little more work on BHD 4.0 before then, but should be a fun summer. :)