Model aircraft nitro engine, computer-controlled

Posted on 2008-08-20 at 01:52 in Random, Videos by Robbi-985.

My brother’s new engine being controlled from a laptop. He made a little makeshift frame for the engine, the starter’s battery and the microcontroller. There is a program he made in VB6 on the laptop, which sends commands to the microcontroller via a serial cable, which controls a Futaba servo, which moves the throttle on the engine via a paperclip, which spins the propellor and spinner up to 17,000 RPM.

We’re just messing around here. =D

He intends to buy a plane chassis and RF transmitter/receiver to make a full remote-control plane in the near future – as soon as he has the money.

I apologize for the low video quality – I was recording with my PSP, and had to reduce the video quality because the memory stick was almost full. The video still ended due to it running out of space, though.

The engine is a Thunder Tiger GP42.
The microcontroller is an SSC-32 made by LynxMotion (yep, we use these in so many things).

…And to anyone who’s seen our “singing motor” videos – well, I’d love to do it, but he won’t let me. -_-

2 Responses to Model aircraft nitro engine, computer-controlled

  1. Rocky says:

    Aww, no singing motor? T_T

  2. Robbi-985 says:

    I’ll be sure to pass on the message. ;P

    It would involve quite a bit of work finding the exact throttle positions to make 2 octaves of notes, though… I’m sure the neighbours would get annoyed. xD

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