RS Zip Zap Mini RC RF Servo Tutorial

Jgbeerman

New Hunter
Quick question, I have a little remote control helicopter that I was thinking of dissecting to try this out. The helicopter is rechargeable and gets hooked up to the remote for charging. Will this potentially be an issue or would it be possible to hook up a battery pack to it when it is apart?
 

Jgbeerman

New Hunter
good call, I got everything apart and took some pictures!IMG_2280.JPGIMG_2281.JPGIMG_2282.JPG

I am not sure it will work now, because it has an antenna like a TV remote, IR? is that right? so that may not work well since it will be inside the helmet

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sorry for the cat paw, he was really fascinated!

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Megatron

Active Hunter
if you have to point the remote at it, yes its a light activated control. cat paw, they just want to help.
If its a radio remote it should say the radio frequency like 27mhz or something on the controller.
I got my mini car at Bi-mart.
 

Jgbeerman

New Hunter
thanks for the info! I am just going to head to kmart this weekend and see if i can pick up a cheap mini RC car to get this going!
 

Jgbeerman

New Hunter
SON OF A! I think I fried something on the RC car part...saw a bright light, then some smoke and there is a burn mark on the outside of some of the hot glue. The issue appears to be a drop of solder dripped on the board connecting multiple points so when i tried it for the first time....boom!

DANG IT!
 

Jgbeerman

New Hunter
well i was able to get a little 7 buck car from radio shack a few minutes before they closed tonight and made sure not to solder over the board! It works! This tutorial was a huge help, I would not have been able to built it without it! Thanks TD2253!
 

Jgbeerman

New Hunter
ok, one more question. The control board i have has little buttons built into it so it works without installing the SPST button. Here is a picture of the front and back.photo.JPG
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Is there a way to install the SPST switches? If not its not the end of the world but i would prefer to use them because it would be easier to work into a gauntlet.
 

Bernarr

New Hunter
You'd just need to desolder those tactile switches and wire up your SPST's. You'll want to look at the trace to see which hole is for your positive lead. The back picture is really blurry, so I can't see to help you out there, unless you can get a better image?
 

Jgbeerman

New Hunter
here are some pictures through an actual camera and not the ipod, hope they work, it was hard to not get a glare on it.
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post what you bought..name make
I have already thrown out the reminder parts and box. It came in a plastic clear globe from radio shack. It was not on their website when I looked because the cheapest one they had online was 11 and this was 7 in store and the last one they had in stock.

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DarkKnight6768

New Hunter
Hi Everyone,

I work part time for Radio Shack and as mentioned above the zip zap racer cars are hard to come by these days. I did however find another mini rc car sold there that might fit the bill. They are call atomic racers. Currently on clearance and will probably be out of stock soon as well. But you might be able to pick one up. The cost around $7. The tutorial above should still hold true for this type of rc with a few minor differences. The transmitter is different but still small and the receiver portion is different as well, but if you examine the atomic racer and compare it with the tutorial, you should be able to figure it out. I have purchased two of them and I am going to try it out tomorrow and see if it work. Hope this helps anyone having a hard time locating a zip zap racer.

-Frank

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DarkKnight6768

New Hunter
Hi Again,

I just finished testing out the Radio Shack Atomic Racer and it works great. If you cannot find the zip zap mini RC, these will work too, They are currently on clearance for about $8.00 at Radio Shack.

-Frank
 
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