::UPDATE 28 August 2003::
Well, everyone so far has got theirs (as far as I'm aware). The guy who makes tham is sorting out a web page so they can be ordered direct. I'll post a link as soon as I get one from him.
He has said he will try to keep the prices the same as they were here, but when they are done individually, he has to pay more for the parts. It's cheaper for him to do them in runs of at least 5.
If there is interest, I'm happy to keep arranging runs of these whilst we get 5 or more. Post your interest here. When we get to 5, I'll take payment and start over.
::UPDATE 7 August 2003::
All units ordered on the list below have been shipped.
Estimated 5 - 7 days shipping time.
Hope you like 'em. LMK when they get there, and don't forget to post pics/movies once they are installed.
::UPDATE 4 August 2003::
All units have been made and posted to me. I should get them Wednesday at the latest. I'll bag 'em up and ship 'em as soon as I can which will be this weekend at the latest. Shipping time from me to you is likely to be 5 - 7 days.
Should be there in plenty of time to install it for D Con Mirax
::UPDATE 24 July 2003::
OK All the units have been ordered. He has ordered the parts and anticipates starting on them this weekend.
Mirax, I told him about the AAA - AA switcheroo, and he'll do this if he can get the AA battery box right away, or he'll get out the AAA version ASAP if not so you should hopefully have it in plenty of time to install it for Dragon Con.
Updates as they occur.
Cheers for now.
::UPDATE - 18 July 2003::
OK guys and girl, All payments received for those that are going ahead in this run. I'll put the order in tomorrow. He has confirmed it should be a 7 - 10 day turnaround depending on parts availability (the battery cases, mainly)and I'll ship them as soon as I can once received.
He's in the process of trying to get the AA battery cases from another source. I'll keep you updated.
Mirax, he has the AAA ones in stock and I'll let him know we want this one ASAP, rather than sat waiting for the others if there's a delay.
Chhers for now.
:: UPDATE - 10 July 2003::
OK all, as you know I received the prototype back. I had a good play with it last night for quite a while and couldn't replicate any of the earler glitches. I'm as happy as a sand boy with mine. It goes up and down, the lights work in both sequences and there are no problems that I could find in almost an hour of fiddling around, turning on and off, etc.
I'm ready to take payments, so if you'd like to paypal me at email@example.com that'd be great. I'll PM everyone individually regarding the cost of their particular set up. Don't forget to include your screen name as well as your real name and address in the paypal message section.
Watch your PM inbox guys. *EDIT - I PM'd everyone on the list, I think. If you didn't get one, LMK and I'll shoot you the details ASAP - END EDIT*
Once I have all payments, I'll put the order through. Initially he thought it should take about a week to 10 days to make the order in runs of 10, but I'll ask him to confirm a timescale when I put the order through as I know there's a change on the PCB since he gave that estimate.
Any questions, post, PM or mail them.
::UPDATE - 4 July 2003::
Hi all. De-bug appears to be complete. Here's a copy of the mail I received from Mike, the maker of the unit, this morning:
I copied and pasted it from his mail as it's all technobabble to me, but thought some of you might be interested/know what he's on about!Quote:
You will be pleased to know that I am now happy that the servo control is working reliably and it will be in the post back to you tomorrow.
For your interest the problems were mainly caused by noise from the on/off switch on switch-on. The cure has been to set a feature in the chip called 'brown out detect'. This resets the chip if the supply voltage drops below 2.1v. So if noise from the switch leads to a short interruption in supply the chip is reset and starts again.
Check it out. I think we are now ready to produce. I might even have a new supplier for AA boxes!
The short version: Get your chequebooks/paypal ready!
I'll test (play with) it once received and let you all know how it goes. If it works, I'll be able to receive payments and put the orders in pretty soon. We may also get the AA holders. I shall leave the AAA orders as is unless those who specified them contact me to the contrary.
I'm away this weekend, so won't be at home to receive the package (going away tonight after work), but will post my findings as soon as I can. Either sunday night or Monday.
::UPDATE 2 JULY 2003 - Progress report - The de-bugging is going to plan. He's found some of the minor faults and thinks it might be down to a one off faulty chip. His breadboard (test) version works 100%, so he's going to replace and update me ASAP.
Watch this space. More when I have it - END UPDATE::
::UPDATE 27 June to confirm switch wire and connector price - for 42" of wire and the connectors to the PCB (You supply your own switch, don't forget). In kit form (you get the wire and the connectors and stick 'em together yourself) $1.50. To get the wire already set up to the connectors is $5.00. Apparently fiddly and time consuming for him to do this on all of them, hence the hike, but money well spent if you have no idea what to do with the kit, perhaps. LMK which (if any) you'd like ::
1. Bounty Haunter - <font color="#00FF00">SHIPPED Wired, AA, No LED, switch wire made
2. DreadPirateRoberts - <font color="#00FF00">SHIPPED Wired, AA, No LED, switch wire made
3. Vadersfavourite - <font color="#00FF00">SHIPPED Wired, AA, No LED, switch wire made
4. Nerf Herder - <font color="#00FF00">SHIPPED 1 x w/less, 2 x wired, All AA + No LED, switch wire made
5. Malcfett - <font color="#00FF00">SHIPPED 1 x w/less, AA, No LED
6. Mirax H - <font color="#00FF00">SHIPPED wired, AAA, No LED, switch wire made
I have wanted an RF servo since I first got into this hobby. Buying one of the great units from Hyperdyne was a goal, but I don't have the $$'s for the product plus the international shipping, sadly. I have looked on in awe as some have made their own Servo set ups to raise and lower the RF stalk on Boba/Jango buckets. I thought about trying it myself, but knowing my limits and how stretched my spare time is already, I thought I'd try another option.
Working with a small electronics company (I give them the idea and the information, they do the R&D work) over here in the UK we have developed a set up that will control the RF by way of a servo so it goes up and down.
There's no screen accurate time for the RF to move through it's arc, so I applied the following logic. If it's too fast, people will miss it if they blink. If it's too slow, it will lose peoples interest. I eventually settled on approx 2 secs as a good time.
What they also did was get carried away with their research and did something I didn't ask them to do, but is quite cool. They made it so it also controls the LED's on top of the RF so they come on when down. It's not a tilt switch like Bobo's great piece, it's controlled by the small PCB they've programmed to do the job. This means you either have to have a hollow stalk, or dremmel a channel in your existing stalk.
The software and pins to add the LED's are on all the PCB's. To add the LED's, connectors and wires to the package, all made up and ready to go is an extra $10. To add just the parts (LED's, wire, connectors) to make them up yourselves is $2.50
LED's can either go on/off alternately (1..., 2..., 1..., 2..., 1..., 2..., 1..., 2..., .... etc), or mimic the pinging scan sound in slave one whilst it's tracking the millenium falcon in ESB (1..., 2, 2 , 1..., 2, 2, etc) (See brak's buddy's tutorials on TDH). To change sequences, you just insert or remove the small bridge (supplied) on the PCB. It's marked on there.
Here are 2 clips showing the stalk moving and the 2 LED sequences. It's only roughly mounted in my DP97 with Tape on the inside, just to give an idea. I'll be doing the full install on my MLC soon.
Sequence 1 567k
Sequence 2 613k
With the Servo inside, I can still get the bucket on.
They have come up with 2 options.
Option 1 - Wired version:
PCB wired to battery box with on/off switch
Connections via 10 way pin header:
3 to servo
3 for LEDs (2 x negative, 1 x shared positive)
2 to momentary switch in gaunt
2 for jumper to select alternative LED flashing sequence
(note I have not provided for 3rd LED for the RF "Screen" like Bobo's)
PCB size approx 1" square.
Battery box 4 x AA or AAA '4 flat' arrangement. (no cost difference but AA bigger and lasts longer)
Cost $67 plus Shipping.
High security wireless link (more than 1 can be used in same area)
Transmitter - keyfob type (Like your car alarm sender) - option to have two wires for external button.
Receiver/decoder - wired to battery box with on/off switch
Connections via 8 way pin header:
3 to servo
3 for LEDs (2 + return)
2 for jumper to select alternative LED flashing sequence
Cost $140 plus shipping.
Prices include the battery box, programmed PCB, Servo and connectors between these three parts. LED's extra, as above and below.
I thought it was going to be quite expensive and I'd just get it for me as a one off, just to save on international shipping, but the prices weren't that bad so I thought I'd run this interest thread (I've spoken to them and they can mass produce without a problem).
EDIT - SHIPPING PRICE CONFIRMED
Shipping internationally will be $6 airmail (5 - 7 days delivery time) in a padded bag. For those with multiple orders, shipping will be $3 extra per item, so if you have 2, it'll be $9, 3 = $12 etc. I'm happy to combine shipping for those of you that live close, if this helps.
Please post your interest here so I can start a list and give the guys some notice re: numbers. Any questions, please post them, PM me, or mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The prototype is what you see in the clips. It has gone back for some minor de-bugging (thought to be a faulty on/off switch) and it will then be ready for production.
One minor hold up - the AA battery holders are currently unavailable until August. The guy is trying to find another supplier, but might not be able to get any more until August. AAA holders are in stock. If you want the AA, you might have to wait, but you get better battery stamina - recommended if you're going with the wireless version as there's a higher battery drain. If you want AAA, these are available sooner, but you have less battery stamina. I've asked and 9v is not an option.
When posting interest, please state:
Wired or Wireless
AA, or AAA battery holder
With LED's made up (Extra $10), with LED kit (Extra $2.50) or without LED's.