Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:40 PM
I'm aware of that it isn't beautiful moc but the goal was to build the lightweight construction rather than good looking one. Even now it weights more than 1 kg.
Thanks to remote controll by mobile phone with Bluetooth it can sail far (about 50 meters) from the shore without risking losing control. Steering has defined endpoints and "center" function. Propusion has only forward/backward on 100% power functions.
The boat is quite stable and turns well. It could be a bit faster but even now it in fun to play with. The farthest I sailed it was about 10 meters because I couldn't clearly see what is happening with it and I was afraid that it could sink...
If I'll be building a new boat I'll put in it more powerful motors and bigger screw propellers.
Posted 04 May 2010 - 06:08 PM
In the third picture, have you covered up the NXT by something to keep it watertight?
Posted 05 May 2010 - 02:27 AM
Can't wait to see subsequent versions of this very interesting concept
Posted 05 May 2010 - 08:06 AM
Generally the NXT is one of the most expensive parts in the Lego universe. I would certainly not want that to drown.
Thanks for showing this extraordinary MOC! I once tried the cell phone remote thing as well, but then it was a car.
Posted 05 May 2010 - 12:58 PM
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Posted 09 May 2010 - 08:24 AM
Just switch a few things around and you'll have POWER GALORE to go through the water!
Leaving aside the fact that we are heading a bit OT (including me), there are clearly two schools of thought, one would rather stick to plastic and TLC parts and the other will pull in all sort of components from modeling world.
Personally I think that the performance of the boat will clearly improve with some NON TLC part (see engine or propellers, there are no real efficient water propeller out there), also aluminum parts can help in getting that little stiffness required sometimes in chassis etc. ...
Overall i would not demonize completely the NON TLC parts especially when they are completely compatible or when they dramatically improve the playability/performance...
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