Monday, 30 July 2012

DIY car light controller for 3-channel RC

Light systems for RC cars are available for relatively little money. But for our Dingo I wanted something custom, something special. So I made my own.

The goal was to be able to control the lights from a simple 3-channel RC car radio controller, such as the HobbyKing HK-310 or the FlySky GT3B -- both of which we own.

The following functions have been implemented:

  • Parking, Low-beam, Fog lamps and High-beam can be switched on/off using CH3
  • Brake and Reverse lights are automatically controlled by monitoring the throttle channel
  • Indicators only come on when you want to. You have to stay in neutral for 1 seconds, then hold the steering left/right for one second before they engage. This way normal driving does not trigger the indicators for more realism.
  • Hazard lights can be switched on/off using CH3
  • Programmable servo output designed to drive a steering wheel or a figures head

This video shows the functionality of the light controller:

Thursday, 5 July 2012

A new face for our Axial SCX10 Dingo

Since we joined the SG Crawlers on their trails the small Tiger Crawler didn't cut it anymore. So we bought an Axial SCX10 Dingo.

One thing that turned us off when we first saw the Dingo was the front area. The stickers of the grill and lights just looked wrong. That was definitely an area we needed to improve on ours.