RC and Animatronic build.

2Beers

It's me again.
Greetings and hello.
I'm going to try my hand at building a 1/6 scale RC animatronic person.
Pulling Lots of inspiration from (Danny Haynh Creations)
If you haven't seen his work check out his UTube.

I'm going to go a bit different route with looks though and Do a Tramp/Hobo theme.
Again pulling Inspiration from Norman Rockwell's Hobo and dog painting.
Hope to do it scale and give it some charm and what nots.
I love modeling the Depression era and have tons of respect for the old timers.
Was a rough life no doubts.

Lots of things ordered from a head, top hat, dog, Body and cloths, and ETC......
I'll be using small motors I have.
9g metal geared servo's ordered.
A spectrum 5 Chanel stick RX and TX.

That's just a start.
Lots of ideas on how to make him move and stuff.
Going to be a different build for me for sure, and I hope you all join in with ideas and what nots.
Now comes lots of research and the waiting game on stuff ordered...halfs coming from greater china..ugh.
In the mean time, I'll be starting a box of sorts with a false bottom to hide every thing from motors to power supply.
Thanks for the peeps and more soon.
 

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Thorsteenster

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Cool, looking forward to seeing what you do here. I have a 12" action figure as a driver for my 1:6 scale HMMWV. Going to put a micro servo in his chest to turn his head, would like to work it so shoulders turn slightly too. Haven't touched him in years, when I'd worked on the joints in his arms to move smoother.
 

2Beers

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You Guys Rock !
I'm getting super excited to play with 1/6 scale doll no doubts.
:laughing::laughing:::2thumbs

Question is ?
Ummm, what area do I post the new thread in ?
ahahahaha probably off road section, he is a tramp you know.
 
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2Beers

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Cool, looking forward to seeing what you do here. I have a 12" action figure as a driver for my 1:6 scale HMMWV. Going to put a micro servo in his chest to turn his head, would like to work it so shoulders turn slightly too. Haven't touched him in years, when I'd worked on the joints in his arms to move smoother.
Well bring on some inspiration and give me some cool ideas to steal my good friend.
 

2Beers

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Currently.....
Printing free Einstein head off thngiverse with a few stretches to experiment on.
Go Robot Go !
:laughing:
Needing to produce a bust of sorts close to this, the feller known as the hobo.
Going to be interesting and probably a fail but worth the efforts to try and recreate him from Einstein.
 

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2Beers

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Update on situations.
3d print a success.
Then complete and utter failure on reconstruction.
:paranoid:
aaaahum.
Bess to wait for expensive little head ordered.
:jester:
 

2Beers

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Nothing as of yet substantial for a update.
I tried my hand at making the head from clay with no luck either.

I also drug out some more piles of small motors and gizmo's from my RC plane days.
Micro E-Fight plane stuff left over from all the crashes learning etc....

I am looking round the interweb for some one that could do the Custom head...their darn expensive for sure for their talents.
Debating on going forth with one though.
The looks have got to be their is my thoughts.
That being said, the subject that Norman Rockwell used was only 5 feet 2 if I remember right researching.
That means I may try my hand at doing a custom down sized body.
Carve and vacuum form to get right looks and make the clothes baggy. He wasn't a very big fellow for sure.

Body and some Boots should arrive in a day or two, The rest of the littles are strung clear out to December for shipping.
Anywhoo, thanks for following along and hope to have a worthy update pretty soon. :beerchug:
 
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dagabba

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Very excited for this Beers, I too am a huge Danny Huyn fan. I'm sure you'll do something beautiful, will be interested to see how you work out all the electronics!
 

2Beers

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Please animate the bindle.
Whats a bindle ?
:laughing:
Im a n00b at these new terminologies..
Thanks "guy"

Had to google google bindle.
I now can talk hobo with you..ahahahaa
a bindle is ......
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I'll see what I can do,
 
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2Beers

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Very excited for this Beers, I too am a huge Danny Huyn fan. I'm sure you'll do something beautiful, will be interested to see how you work out all the electronics!
Thanks.
This will be mostly made for my granddaughters as they thought his work was cool and would be fun to see.
Lots of research on the subject of animating the little actions figures.
Some people use small cables in tubes to make the custom appendages move.
I'll give it a good go though, Sounds really challenging and fun to do.
 

2Beers

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I did manage to make a crate out of two.
It will have a false bottom to hide gizmos and stuff.
And the basics so far salvaged from my fly days.
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2Beers

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Experiment number 1 for bony little legs that a right hand foot will need to tap as if patiently waiting.
"Van Burt" was the fellow That "Norman Rockwell" used as his subject.
5 foot 2 inches tall.
So I scaled the legs down from a 12 inch or 1/6 scale figure.
Oh ..He also had a 8 inch mustache the lady's where fond of.:laughing:
Enjoy and thanks for looking.
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Frederik

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Very cool! I like how you did the articulations with those eye things and the piece of toothpick, neat idea! I had an idea in my mind when I was a kid, to animate a rubber monkey face with some servos lol I guess yours is the grown up version! Never ended un doing it though.

I like the cable idea to move stuff too, this can make the "muscles" hidden pretty far from their location. If you are looking for small push pull cable, the one I used for the Escort on the steering was pretty small (remember when I used cables to put the servo steering in the trunk? lol). I'll go dig up the part number if you could need it. You could run a bunch of them along the arms and legs to animate everything. They can put a surprising amount of push force too, not only pull. Seems like if you get creative you could end up with way more channels to control than what a radio can do though :laughing: Maybe you can combine two unrelated movements on the same servo though, if you plan them good enough. Depending on what movement you have in mind (a couple of complex and very specific movements, or just general free and independent animation of main articulations).

Edit: the name is: Sullivan S522 Push Cable .032 & Golden Clevis 30'

In retrospective, I think this might still be too thick of a wire at 0.032... I remember I could not really do tight bends, the limit was like 1 inch radius. But the one that came on the RC motorcycle disc brake kit (Preston's aka Trini2DBone's idea) was much smaller and thinner, but also pretty short. If you could find correct size tubing, you could use small plain guitar strings, most common sizes range from 0.09 - 0.015 in general, pretty flexible. Could even be one of the smaller wound strings, will be more flexible for a given diameter, but less smooth than plain steel.



With a 0.010" or 0.012" guitar string, and something like the tube below you might be on to something, 0.015" ID x 0.043" OD polyethylene tube is about 17$ for a 10ft roll, not sure what is the texture of polyethylene, does it stick like rubber (bad for this application) or is it more like plastic (better) ?

 
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2Beers

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Very cool! I like how you did the articulations with those eye things and the piece of toothpick, neat idea! I had an idea in my mind when I was a kid, to animate a rubber monkey face with some servos lol I guess yours is the grown up version! Never ended un doing it though.

I like the cable idea to move stuff too, this can make the "muscles" hidden pretty far from their location. If you are looking for small push pull cable, the one I used for the Escort on the steering was pretty small (remember when I used cables to put the servo steering in the trunk? lol). I'll go dig up the part number if you could need it. You could run a bunch of them along the arms and legs to animate everything. They can put a surprising amount of push force too, not only pull. Seems like if you get creative you could end up with way more channels to control than what a radio can do though :laughing: Maybe you can combine two unrelated movements on the same servo though, if you plan them good enough. Depending on what movement you have in mind (a couple of complex and very specific movements, or just general free and independent animation of main articulations).

Edit: the name is: Sullivan S522 Push Cable .032 & Golden Clevis 30'

In retrospective, I think this might still be too thick of a wire at 0.032... I remember I could not really do tight bends, the limit was like 1 inch radius. But the one that came on the RC motorcycle disc brake kit (Preston's aka Trini2DBone's idea) was much smaller and thinner, but also pretty short. If you could find correct size tubing, you could use small plain guitar strings, most common sizes range from 0.09 - 0.015 in general, pretty flexible. Could even be one of the smaller wound strings, will be more flexible for a given diameter, but less smooth than plain steel.



With a 0.010" or 0.012" guitar string, and something like the tube below you might be on to something, 0.015" ID x 0.043" OD polyethylene tube is about 17$ for a 10ft roll, not sure what is the texture of polyethylene, does it stick like rubber (bad for this application) or is it more like plastic (better) ?

Thanks Fred
You have my gears turning no doubts.
Great info and very appreciated. I'll dig around and see what I can find off your leads.;)::2thumbs
I'm not sure how far I will take things on this being my first build of such a subject.
There are body servo location kits to be purchased and I did see a couple of 3D printed parts too.
They have electronics that's programmable for memory movements also....Even walking to waiving.
Looks like a lot of large scale RC plane guys are putting them in ...and as RC Tank drivers too.
My DX5 does do Mixes..You need them to When you start flying the combat wings like I have.
Elevons and alerons ..no rudder etc. Flipping of a few switches and your in business , But yes on at least a 7 channel Radio I think to do just a few more movements and add more expo.

Great to see some awesome feed back and it's giving me the Inspiration to keep at it.
Hope to do it some justice my friends,
Keep it coming.
Body and boots should arrive today.
Servo's, head, dog, top hat, next week they say.
Clothes will be late oct to DEC...ugh
I may shop Ebay and try to get something sooner although probably different for the looks of the Tramps clothes.
Lots to do and I'm off to the man cave.
 
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2Beers

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Here is some reference examples and a couple of ways to do things that's on the market.
Giving me some ideas.
I'll probably scratch build things needed of course.
enjoy and more soon.
servo Head parts.jpeg
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