..............Boot's have arrived! The Boot's came week's ago [March]. But due to family health issue, I've not been able to do much more than for Jay to try them on, briefly. Hopefully, this project will be able to get going again soon.
Fitted the XT60 fly lead and plug into R5's dome, then looked at the Motivator electrical system. When testing the Bad Motivator system, connected to the main body power supply, the actuator's actions were 'pulsing/twitching' as if struggling to get enough power. So I disconnected the actuator and locked the Motivator in the 'blown' popped up position for events. I was baffled and a bit disappointed..... This is the simple layout of the system:
After some thought, I deduced that the only thing different in the system when connected to R5's main electrical system was the Voltage regulator. This is a 'switching' type, so no heat build up. This type is obviously fine with LED's, amps etc, but the 'switching' circuit [I believe] is the cause of the actuator's 'pulsing/twitching' problems. So I've bought a 'normal' voltage regulator [like every one else does] to test out my theory. Just waiting for it to arrive.....
I wasn't happy with my original slip rings thin wires! For low level electrical signals they were fine for, but when my Bad Motivator door motor actuator operates.....it doesn't???? Bench testing connected directly to a 12V battery, it all works fine??? I thought it could possibly be the remote part of the circuit, but this is part of the same circuit that's connected to the 12V battery when bench testing, so I can assume this is not a problem. These are the now 'old' wiring loom etc.
A fellow builder on the UK forum, was selling off unwanted parts, so I bagged me the slip ring he was selling. I then bought some XT60 connectors to connect up to the dome wiring. Next, is out with the old connection and in with the new.
Was in my local Tesco's store the other week and decided to have a quick look for suitable trousers for Jacob. They had some Chinos, which were soft and would be comfortable to be worn all day, result!
The only problem was that they are 'twisted' seamed and this could of been a problem. The turn-ups aren't stitched and the actual length of them will be possibly shortened to suit his leg length.
So a few days later I went in with him so he could try them on. Thankfully the 'twist' part doesn't start till way past his knee and below the top of where his boots would reach. They will need to have the fake rear pocket buttons removed, but these are on stitched on the outside of the pockets, no holes.
When I first started looking at this costume for my Son, years ago, one of the really off putting thoughts was the cost of the boots! But gradually as you search the internet, I found that long riding boots could be an option and second hand ones, even better [price wise]. For those who don't have kids [lol] they grow! My Son is one of these 'growers'. School shoes, out of school shoes, sports shoes for astro [football] & then football boots, sizes vary with make, then the thickness of the socks..... It's a nightmare! So the cost of buying him boot's that he might's only get to wear a few times in one year was a bit off-putting! Thankfully, second hand boot's are available on eBay. As I've said before, this costume is more for the look than it being 100% 'screen accurate'. So only go this route if your doing the same. For the right boot's check out the Forums etc. These were a bargin & at this price, won't break the bank if I need to ever get a larger size in the future.
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Just hope they work lol, they should be here Thursday this week.