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October 26, 2015

RC Car Hack with Toy Gun

at 11:49 pm. Filed under Toy Hacks


Brian Henderson had built quite a few car hack projects. He has found that the very popular chips that are used in cheap RC car controllers have an extra unused output. He connects a button onto the remote and buffers the output from the controller on the car to allow him to power the toy gun. He uses a nerf gun for the first hack and an airsoft gun in the second. Both provide a bit of harmless fun. The common chip that is used for lots of RC cars is the 5-Function Remote Controller TX2C ATS302T/RX2C ATS302R (PDF).



January 11, 2014

Robo-Raptor controlled by an Arduino

at 12:15 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks


Long time maker Bob Davis has made a Robo-Raptor that is controlled by an Arduino. When the stock electronics in a product don’t do what you want just hack some new brains into them! This robot is from the pages of his book, Arduino Robotics Projects.


October 30, 2013

at 5:21 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks

Using a Parallax Propeller chip Luis created a way to add some realism to his RC truck. Hazard lights flash and even make the clicking relay sound when activated. The propeller plays the wav files that bring the truck to life. Nice effect when the truck starts moving, you can hear the motor start to pick up speed. There is a product called sound racer that lets you bring your real car to life by making it sound like it is much more powerful than it really is. You can see it in action below. I would like to test this system out with a car that has some massive subs.


October 24, 2013

Inside an Inexpensive Air Hogs RC Helicopter

at 5:02 am. Filed under Toy Hacks


There are a ton of these tiny RC Helicopters around, lots of them use IR light to send signals from the remote to the RC Helicopter. Arduino versus Evil took one apart to see what makes it tick. The helicopter doesn’t have much payload capability but it seems to be quite nimble. Since it is just IR it should be simple to reverse engineer the commands for various movements. Once the codes are in hand you would be able to use something like an Arduino to take control although without a complex vision system I am thinking you would just be giving a human another way of flying the toy.



October 21, 2013

Arduino RC Car

at 9:20 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks



RC cars are fun but why let the fun end at driving it around with the supplied remote? Shazin Sadakath got a car and tore it apart to see what made it tick. He took an Arduino and was able to hack it into the car circuit to be able to control all of the car functions with the digital IO Arduino pins. After learning how to interface with the car the next step for him was to connect an ultrasonic sensor to the Arduino so it could see some of it’s surroundings. The end result will eventually include GPS, camera and an Android cell phone connection.  I am looking forward to seeing the end result.


September 1, 2013

DIY RC Hovercraft

at 9:21 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Toy Hacks

  DIY RC Hovercraft_2


ScratchBuiltAircraft had some extra parts laying around and decided to slap together a quick RC Hovercraft. It looks very controllable even though the control system is a simply small serve that deflects the air. Looks like the heavy duty garbage bag does a good job and sure keeps the cost down!

70mm EDF 
60amp ESC 
1x 9gram servo 
4cell 3000mah LIPO Battery 
Deans extension
Turnigy 9x  TX/RX

Dollar Tree foam board
Clear Packing tape
Heavy duty black garbage bag
Rubber Foam with sticky side
Bamboo skewers “



DIY RC Hovercraft

August 20, 2013

Thunderball V2 – Heavy Lift Bicopter

at 4:17 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Toy Hacks


Our friend Rodger Cleye just sent in his latest creation. The Thunderball V2 is a Heavy Lift Bicopter that can lift 13lbs! It was built from PVC, bolts tie-wrap and tape. The mannequin makes it look great. I think if this was launched from a platform that allowed the copter to launch with the mannequin legs to remain in the standing stance it would look totally amazing. I am thinking scaling this up about 10 times would make for a great flying vehicle for a small person!

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