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planger

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Samson tugboat
« on: July 01, 2018, 10:34:49 »
This is my first hand build RC boat from a box kit. This kit is really simple with not a lot of details. So I decided to add some but more than that, add animations so it has more "life".





The boat ends up now with 32 features/animations/functions. They are all controllable through the radio which is a 9XR Pro running ersky9x and a custom script. The receiver is a FrSky RX from which I only use the SBUS output to decode the signal encoded by the script in the transmitter. There are a total of 4 Arduino Nanos controlling the integrality of the animations with a serial bus to exchange data. The boat also supports full sound not just the motor but also all the animations and moving parts.
I haven't purchased any equipment. All parts are made using my 3D printer with ABS and flexible filament. I've also written all the programs for the Arduino Nanos from the motor sound generation to all the animations.

Below are a few videos:
 - The boat has 2 demo modes. One showing the full capabilities around a scenario for table presentation which is the video below (make sure to watch the full video to see all the animations). A second one for deck animation while in navigation.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XvVSZfSMNQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XvVSZfSMNQ</a>
 - I've also added recently a micro zodiac and crane. It enables me to put the zodiac in water, navigate with the zodiac (remote controlled as well) and put it back on the deck.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1X_6JP-9rg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1X_6JP-9rg</a>
 - Other videos are available here
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqb9x7UiIO9SHp1dG2-tX6dv9Ku4KeowZ

More pictures, videos and details can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/SUImlgmftyXjn7Vv2

Let me know what you think about it and feel free to ask questions.

 - Pascal

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Re: Samson tugboat
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 21:27:43 »
Looks great. The crane/RIB function is pretty cool.
That's some fairly complex electronics, and nice work on the printed parts.
Well done, and welcome.

planger

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Re: Samson tugboat
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2018, 06:34:33 »
Thanks  :)

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Re: Samson tugboat
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2018, 12:38:36 »
 Très bon!

Magnifique!

This was very interesting to watch and see the achievement that can be had. I liked the officer being able to raise his binoculars and the other deck hand moving. It helps to see what may be available for other motion on other vessels from tugs to warships. Making landing craft work...4 in my HMS Intrepid 1:96 model progressing not finished.  Making 1:48 and 1:96 helicopters operate for warships and the likes of working davits and anchor winches and the crane on my Vliestroom buoy laying ship.

Clearly you are  great at electronics and programming. I wish that I were too but at present not. Always interested in the how's of such things.  So keep posting and sharing your great ideas.

Toby

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Re: Samson tugboat
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2018, 13:06:16 »
Pascal Je vais maintenant regarder vos autres vidéos YouTube. Je trouve cela très intéressant. Je suis désolé si mon français n'est pas bon, mais l'allemand est ma deuxième langue.

Cordialement

Toby

planger

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Re: Samson tugboat
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2018, 01:36:34 »
Thanks Toby, we can continue in English this is for sure not an issue for me.
Let me know if you want to get specific details on how it's done at the back end.

I can start for example with the top cabin screens animation. You might have seen that the screens are animated:

It's in fact a single 0.91" oled screen with an I2C connection to an arduino nano. It's the 3D printed part which makes it 3 screens.
I've done 3 animations on it using an Arduino Nano:
 - radar which rotates with each dot becoming bigger when the line goes above it like seen on the movies ;-)
 - the second screen is linked to the boat motor and rudder position. The top "slider" is the position of the ruder. The left "slider" is for the propulsion, centered the propulsion is stopped, going up the propulsion is forward, going down the propulsion is backward. The milddle "counter" represents the motor RPM. All these animations really works along with the boat, if you move the ruder on the remote control it does move the slider at the same time as the servo, same goes for the motor.
 - the 3rd screen flicks betwen GPS and depth. The depth is displayed along with random fishes for fun. The GPS is a map with an animated triangle showing the boat position.
You can see it live in this video:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNVUt9l8YyQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNVUt9l8YyQ</a>
- Pascal
« Last Edit: July 06, 2018, 06:02:07 by planger »

planger

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Re: Samson tugboat
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2018, 06:00:19 »
Let me know what you want details on.
- Pascal
« Last Edit: July 06, 2018, 06:02:54 by planger »