Its been nearly two months since R2’s last outing, a much needed break to get a whole load of repairs done to him. This year has been quite hard on various parts.
So far I’ve had two sets of tyres scrubbed down to the hub at events, mainly from trying to drive on rough concrete. The Banebot wheels are great for nice smooth indoor surfaces, but definitely aren’t hard wearing. R2 now has a nice set of Colson wheels which will hopefully last a lot longer! Along with this I’ve added padding and keyhole slots to the battery boxes to reduce rattle and make removal easier.
The week before Manchester MCM, R2’s amplifier decided to stop working for some reason. Cue a quick search on eBay and Amazon to find something I could get delivered in time. Unfortunately all I could get was a 2x50W one, which turned out to be way too weak for a busy event like an MCM. Since then, I’ve got hold of a 2x100W amplifier which is now fitted and sounds great (and loud).
I’ve had no end of trouble with my dome lighting, from my first set of teecees getting failed LEDs, to a set of RSeries having the buck converter blow and melt some wiring. Oh, and my fancy VADER PSIs seem to have started failing too. So now R2 has a nice new set of RSeries, I managed to get one of the VADERs to work again for the front, and I’m going to put an old Teecees PSI in at the back.
As well as constant repairs, I actually found time to do some upgrades. The code had a major refactor, as well as adding in options to control with a PSMove navigation controller. Other code updates are:
- Joystick change API
- Dome and drive both use packet serial with PS3 and PSMove controllers
- Config file updates (auto generates if not there)
- Made failsafe more safe
Lastly, I have created a smoke machine from an ecig, to give the malfunction effects a bit more magic smoke.