Star Wars R/C battle
The goal here is to have R/C tie figher vs R/C x-wing. I'll find an existing R/C battle solution and modify it to do what I want. Ideally I want the x-wing or tie fighter to fall apart when it has been shot enough.
1. I found these R/C battle quads. They use IR LEDs to simulate "shooting" at eachother. When they get shot 3 times they stop moving. They have 3 indicator LEDs. They begin lit and turn off, one by one, as they are hit. These appear to be perfect for this project. I just need to replace the bodies and add a circuit to eject the starwars parts when all 3 LEDs are turned off.
2. I debated between using the original toys or getting models for the x-wing and tie fighter. Ultimately I ordered a couple snap together models from Revel. They're small er than I imagined, so I'm not sure if they'll work.
yep... way too small. I guess I'll have to try to find originals, but they're so HEAVY.
3. I need to create a spring loaded release mechanism and corresponding circuit. It only needs to release when all 3 LEDs are extinguished. Anyone got ideas for the spring and release mechanism?
I have had the following thoughts on the subject:
- a.insert a femtoduino/teensy and have it poll the final LED. Once it goes out it could turn a tiny servo to release the body.
b.create an analog circuit (cheaper) to move a servo when the final LED goes out. Anyone have a good circuit?
edit -- video theme
I've gotten ahold of a local group of storm troopers. They're excited to shoot a video. I think the theme will be something like "storm trooper picnic". There will be horseshoes (vader cheating?), a giant inflatable deathstar, battling r/c cars in the parking lot, etc. Still working out the plans.