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Old Sep 11, 2012, 03:02 AM
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MQX Ladybird Hybrid Nano Pontoon Fan Boat

I've been wanting a micro boat for a while now, today I fried one of the motor ICs on my MQX board installing new motors with L.E.D.s I was sad and was about to chuck the brick out when I thought, WTH I can use it to make a boat! And guess what else ... The yaw gyro still WORKS!!!

Waterproofed the brick with liquid tape, tested the gryo and reversed the ailerons

Got some bath tub video. Hopefully I can get some lake video tomorrow.

MQX Ladybird Hybrid Nano Pontoon Fan Boat (2 min 49 sec)


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Old Sep 11, 2012, 05:39 AM
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i imagine this would also be really good on a hovercraft, the natural gyro would help keep it going where it should. great job!
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Old Sep 11, 2012, 11:40 AM
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i imagine this would also be really good on a hovercraft, the natural gyro would help keep it going where it should. great job!
Wow I didn't think of that! It has 1 more motor channel available and could rig some rubber on the bottom with a fan pointing inside.
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Old Sep 11, 2012, 04:24 PM
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Nice. I'ld really like to see it in open water.

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i imagine this would also be really good on a hovercraft, the natural gyro would help keep it going where it should. great job!
I have to disagree. You will get better straight lines, but maneuverability will be drastically cut. Hovercrafts need side ways action to properly get through turns.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 02:17 AM
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all the hovercraft ive built liked to spin out when turning, the last one i added a gyro and it seemed better with it, but that was a while ago...
the gyro on mine mainly improved all the drifting it did when going slower, and helped keep straight while accelerating too. i really didnt notice any reduced maneuverability.
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