IR Remote Controlled Tracked Robot

Step 1: Assembling the Double Gearbox

A basic hobby motor turning at 12,300 RPM is basically useless without a good gearbox. Just touching the shaft will stall the motor. I obtained a Tamiya double gearbox kit for under $10, which through a series of gears provided a ratio of 114.7:1 at 115RPM. There were a lot of small parts in this kit; and it looks a little intimidating; but the pictorial instructions were more than adequate. The drive train for a tracked vehicle would require left-hand and right-hand gear-head motors; so having both sides together in one package is a real convience (one gearbox to mount instead of two).

IR Remote Controlled Tracked RobotStep 2: 2 Plate Set for drive Train Body

This Tamiya kit will be used for the base and a parallel upper level. The angled pieces provide bearings for the wheel axles (there will be 5 axles and 10 wheels); which will attach to the bottom plate along with the double gearbox. The upper place will support the battery pack and the micro-controller circuit board.

Step 3: Wheel and Track Set

This is the third and last Tamiya set (each under $10) that go together for a tank tracked platform. Note that there are several different lengths of tread (you will end up with 2 unused pieces 2 3/4″ long).

Step 4: Underside of the Tank

The only wheels with sprockets are attached to the double gearbox hex shaft; all other wheels use the round shafts and are free turning (which will come in handy when the tank turns, and one track moves forward and the other in reverse).

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IR Remote Controlled Tracked Robot SchematicStep 5: Stand-offs for Upper Plate

Four each 4-40 hex standoffs are attached to the lower plate to support the upper plate. 2 layers of double-stick foam tape are placed on the gearbox to support the far end of the upper plate.


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