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Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« on: June 04, 2014, 02:39:19 PM »
Alright peeps, here's the situation: this year's Maker Faire is going to be our biggest yet and it's going to hold another round of Power Wheels Racing. With our powers combined, I know that we can make a pretty fuckin rad car or two.

We weaponized the last one, but let's start brainstorming and dreaming of what else we could do with a mobile platform. We could make the car into a drawing machine or pimp it out with big spinners and subwoofers. We could always just build a new set of weapons. We could turn the entire car into a coat hanger only Pocky could handle. We could take down the neopixels from the classroom and cover a car in glowing panels, like bugman's latest project.

Let's dream big, put the family back in FamiLAB, and build some cool shit.
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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 02:40:05 PM »
Fuck lets just make the whole thing look like a 555 ic

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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 02:41:33 PM »
+5 coat hanger

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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 05:40:04 PM »
We could still use the laser box as the body. that might be amusing. with just a tiny window up front to see out of.

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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 08:17:23 PM »
I want to try a wood grain painting effect I saw on monster garage when I was twelve. Woodgrain stripes on a blue field with pearl flake. There would also be a lot of fun and learning involved with making a neopixel body. Covered in rear-lit squares, like a disco floor.


(Cool) Mike's comments from today's chat: I wanna make it blue with a flake in it. white racing stripes and a familab logo.
Jessica: Do some cross stitch look-alike painting on it! http://www.neatorama.com/2014/05/06/Cross-Stitch-Street-Art-On-Chain-Link-Fences/#!UymI8

(Cooler) Mike: Yes - Power Wheels Racing Hovercraft

(Ice) Cole: one of the best i saw looked nothing like [a stock power wheels car]. It had a whole rear section from a motorcyle
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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2014, 10:50:18 PM »
Should we try to do multiple cars? or just one?


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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2014, 11:21:33 PM »
No matter what the plan is regarding weapons body work etc., we should probably establish a list of parts that we need so we can get those ASAP.


So here's what I was thinking are essentials:
Motor
Battery(s)
Axel(s) strong enough to hold an adult
Tires
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Do we have a car we can use? Are we going to resurrect our previous vehicle?


Let's come up with a Plan of Action and start working towards that now while we vote on things like "How many Mario Kart Chompers are too many?"

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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2014, 11:24:56 PM »
I don't know much about welding, but would it be easier to scrap the old chassis and rebuild with it or to buy new tube steel? Does anyone know off-hand some guidelines for motor selection?

Tires should be easy to poach from the pretty princess car, and possibly axles. I think the battery is gone, but we can check out what kind of motor they used.
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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2014, 02:14:28 PM »
I can help with fabrication; cutting, welding, machining. Let me know.


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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2014, 02:39:19 PM »
I would love to learn to weld! And we'll need someone with some experience for a frame, so you're awesome

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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2014, 03:23:09 PM »
So here are my initial sketches for a car. I'm mostly interested in exploring geometric,  solid color, glowing body panels.
(Chicken scratch says: "Walls 1.5-2 inches thick to diffuse light within panels." "Raised panels along midline to echo stripes" "Use 30/45/60/90 degree angles whenever possible")


Here's a small lil box I made last month that got me moving in this direction.







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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2014, 03:49:27 PM »
There are two milk crates on top of the pallet rack that have some wheel in it that you guys can use. I think I have my set pulled out of it already. I can also lend assistance as needed.


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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2014, 03:56:01 PM »
So, Matt bought two really powerful brusheless motors for last year's power wheels. Not sure if that is still the direction we wanted to go, but we have them.

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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2014, 04:02:16 PM »
Hey if motors were bought and the owners dont mind them going into another car or two, then let's ask.

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Re: Some Goddamn Power Wheels
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2014, 04:02:52 PM »
They were bought specifically for the power wheels car last year, so I'd think it's cool to use them this year.