WOW..........30,000 Blog Views!!

Just checked in to see my counter has rolled over the 30,000 views mark!

I never thought I'd get any when I started this Build Blog as there are so many better ones out there and in Aluminium & Styrene!

I hope you keep popping by to see R5 moving and the events he hopes to attend in the future.  I also hope that this blog is of help answering any build questions etc.

Thanks again for stopping by, from me & R5 :-)


Electrical: More components bought 1.1

Just a small update. I've bought some more bits to get R5 up and running.

Fuse Block

I've got cable (red & black) 12AWG, connectors to suit, a fuse block, another digital volt meter (these are great lol) this one does 3v-30v range and some XT60 connectors for linking up cables to the batteries.

This lot cost about £20.


R5's Speed Controller - Dimension Engineering dual x25A

Checked online at Technobot last week that the dual speed controller needed for R5 was in stock, but it wasn't. Three week wait! I had seen it out of stock a few times before as it is a very popular unit. Its made by Dimension Engineering and is THE controller of choice for R2 Builders as well as other robots. This was last week. I checked again on Saturday, three days later, and they are now back in stock!

The Speed Controller has now been ordered!
Dimension Engeering - Dual Speed Controller

For non builders, the dual controller sends signals from the transmitter/receiver to the motors that move the wheels. It does this in, whats known as, TANK mode. So both wheels are moving forward or backwards at the same time, but to turn, one stops and drives in the opposite direction, so turning your 'droid' on the spot, like a tank.

Next I bought a fuse block then [once my bank account has recovered) I need to buy two 12 volt 18amp batteries.

Other items I need are, cable, fuses, connectors, a dome controller and motor and a charger to recharge the batteries!


***** Chippenhan Sci-Fi Day, October 25th 2014 *****

R5-D4 will be attending a local event in a few months time.
A fellow R2 Builders Club member and friend Ian, will also be attending with his
R4 'Arther' Astromech Unit.

Event's facebook page:


R5 update.....electrics & weathering progress.

Having returned from holiday, am now saving up for R5's speed controller, batteries and extras needed to get him mobile. These two main items plus cables, fuse block etc are going to set me back almost £200.00 in total! And I only have nine weeks or so to get them, fit them and get R5 rolling! This is my small challange time frame as I would like him mobile for an event in October in Chippenham (UK).

I did install the first part of my batteries restraint. A strip of batton to the rear floor of R5, inside. Once I know for sure, dimensions for them, I can move forward with the rest to secure them in place.
Whilst I was inside R5, I swapped over the three centre leg securing bolts with hex cap head ones. These are much easier to work with rather than with a Phillips screwdriver!
I then did some more weathering, to the front center foot, rear skirt and rear area of the body, that I hadn't done. These are yet to be finished, once fully dried I can wipe more paint excess off.