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Post by Paul Wills » Fri May 20, 2011 7:58 pm

Hi Sym

The Possibility’s are endless and as someone once said to me, "You are only limited by your own imagination and ability".

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Post by Richie Wignall » Fri May 20, 2011 9:29 pm

Hi Guys.

Sym
Great work on the figure. :)

Paul

Looking good mate, I was playing with this baby http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Inex-16-Servo-Con ... 996wt_1139

It was really good at low speeds (frames) and no sound of any of the servo's :shock: , but it had it faults :evil: needing another board , and spending a full week on 6 figures !! well :evil:

The Pololu Micro looks good, but I would need more out puts, say 18, a full Tank crew with even MG :P

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Post by Mick Regan » Sun May 22, 2011 2:05 pm

Hi Richie

Pololu do a 18 and 24 channel servo controllers. Have a look at http://www.pololu.com/catalog/category/12

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Post by Churchill Creations » Sun May 29, 2011 11:13 am

Well I'm back from another useless show where it's blown a gale and poured down, May has been a terrible month weather wise! I only hope it picks up for June as I'm on my hols next week.

What it does mean is that I'm up to date with my orders and have started moulding some figures for stock. Terry's happily making some figures for James Tseliki and I'm taking the opportunity to mould some rotating bases that the existing finished animatronic figures can be mounted into. James has kindly given me the dimensions of the Tiger hatches so we can make them to suit the Commander, loader and driver. As promised I will upload some pics for the DIY version later.

I also intend to post a basic Pololu programming thread hopefully by tomorrow so please take a look.

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Post by Paul Morris » Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:13 pm

Hi Sym.

This is a really good topic on this forum I am glad you decided to go for it, all good stuff.
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Post by Churchill Creations » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:35 pm

Thanks Paul, I'm actually enjoying it on here. When we used to talk on the other forum it was a different atmosphere all together, nothing to do with the mods, just the idiots (or should that be idiot, lol).

Are you going to the Open Day in September? I asked Gill if we could come along and she said yes, it will be really nice to talk to some of our customers face to face. And hopefully talk to you and your good lady again.

BTW, I've moulded a bunch of new bits and pieces for the figures, I'll hopefully get chance to post them on here before I go on holiday this Saturday for a week.

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Post by Churchill Creations » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:06 pm

Well I'm back after a lovely week in Cornwall, it was even sunny most of the time!

I've finished some new mouldings that should offer more options to your figure build, I'll take some pics today and post them later.

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Post by Churchill Creations » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:09 pm

As promised here are some pics of the new options. I intend to list all moulded parts separately on the website so you can customise your build to suit your needs. Later in the week will be some more moulding options that will include pushrods for the arms for either left, right or both arms together, the last option being ideal if you want your Commander to use both hands to hold his binoculars.

Cheers,
Sym.

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Firstly a choice of left or right arms with the pointing option previously only available on the left arm. The standard forearm can then be used for either option. You will also notice an optional moulded horn to replace the kits aluminium tubing.
leftandrightupperarms.jpg


Next up is a jointed universal arm that can be used for either left or right arm. This should do away with the need to tear apart a donor figure just for the arms. Also shown in this shot is a new moulded horn to replace the aluminium tube currently used, again this can be used on any of the moulded arms available.
pivotingarm.jpg


Finally is my new laser cut rotate and tilt base...
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Post by John Fitzsimons » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:29 pm

Great news, I had two figures ready for amputation. Last minute stay of execution. Claus Von Stauffenberg gets to keep what remains of his arm.

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Post by Churchill Creations » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:40 am

Lol, Glad to hear they may not be quartered after all!

I've just added a lot of this stuff to the website - http://www.churchillcreations.co.uk/animatronics.html

I was talking with Terry today, he builds all the customers completed figures. We've got lots of ideas in the pipeline so keep dropping back here for more info soon.

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Re: Animatronic step by step build

Post by Churchill Creations » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:24 pm

Slightly off topic, I'm involved with another company who make RC scale ARTF model aircraft. They recently visited JetPower Messe in Germany where they asked me to make a full body jet pilot figure for display. Just though you would like to see the little fella...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cTgjzPP790

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Re: Animatronic step by step build

Post by John Fitzsimons » Wed May 02, 2012 11:23 am

Is it possible to power the card and servos from a small battery. Somthing like one used to power a receiver. I want to put all the animatronics stuff in the turret if possible and would prefer not yo have wires from turret tu batteries in the hull.
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Re: Animatronic step by step build

Post by leesellars » Wed May 02, 2012 3:40 pm

Hello John

Why dont you just get a small 12vdc battery ie 3.2Ah

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Re: Animatronic step by step build

Post by Churchill Creations » Mon May 07, 2012 8:58 pm

Hi John,

Sorry about my late reply. The controller will take quite a wide voltage range but you will be limited by the servos as they cannot take more than 6VDC. 6V does not mean 5x Nimhs or NiCads as they will give over 7V fully charged, ideally use a 4 cell pack for the perfect voltage.

If you wanted a more compact power source then your best bet would be to use a Ubec, this will reduce any voltage up to 30VDC (depending on model) down to 5VDC. Using this method would allow a small 2-3 cell Li-Po to be used, the higher voltage of the 3 cell pack would have a lower current draw, Volts x Amps = Watts and all that?

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Re: Animatronic step by step build

Post by sean kerambrun » Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:50 am

Hi guys,

The instructions say us the single joint shoulder figures. Has anyone done the double joint?

Cheers

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The kit was designed around Dragon figures but you can sometimes use BBi, Ignite, 21C and several others. The main thing to look out for is that the shoulder is a single joint and not the double jounted affairs that some of the later figures incorporate. These should have a short stub, often with a disc moulded into the end, you will need to trim this down so the 6mm aluminium tube can slide over, right up to the arm. Don't fit the tube yet though.

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