We’ve reached the end of the build!
I (Chris) am quite frankly exhausted, the machine shop I use are wondering what’s coming next (and not everything quite fitted together when I was over there on Wednesday), and I could do with a break.
We present – Catch Me If You Can – the fastest featherweight we know of topping out at an impressive 18mph!
What started out life as a CAD drawing 10 weeks ago, has now been made a reality thanks to the exceptionally talented people at GSD Tech in Havant. They have simply been awesome – we basically sent them the full model, and went “build it” – and it happened, with them fixing a few minor issues along the way.
We have a few little bits still to do (back plate, weapons test), but we’re basically there.
With just a few days until we head to Manchester – I (Chris) am really proud of how well it’s turned out for a project where I had no idea what I was doing when I first started. I’ve had to learn Autodesk Inventor from scratch, work out gearing ratios, belt lengths, etc. All of this has been new territory – I don’t normally do mechanical engineering. It’s not come out badly considering!
A few other people who also need thanking (in no particular order):
- Annette at Hoffers Bakery in Southampton for scrounging the tyres from her husband’s bike shop.
- Ellis of Team Pulsar for his extensive brushless motor knowledge.
- John from Roaming Robots for building a spinner-proof arena and keeping up the encouragement.
- Trevor from Roaming Robots for helping us out with transport to Manchester.
We’ll hopefully be battling this machine in all 4 shows in Manchester, then quickly reworking bits of it before Portsmouth two weeks later. We’ll see you there.