Battery Buggy B

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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby Jocool » April 15th, 2010, 6:47 pm

thank you. but also erector set is good to use. it is precut and adjustable.
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby new horizon » April 16th, 2010, 1:23 pm

i've heard lots about the vex/erector sets. I think we're just going to stick with wood though. the person who is helping us told us to try to lose some mass by drilling lots of holes to reduce mass.

Yeah, I think a balsa wood chassis would be a good idea but a little risky, balsa wood is very soft and probably not the best sturdy chassis material, although is is extremely light weight.

sucks i'm going to be in div. C next year there's no battery buggy there =( haha who cares egg o naut sounds fun =)

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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby Jocool » April 16th, 2010, 7:41 pm

erector is better tho it is strong, relatively light, and good for everything. but if ur using wood, use bass. its stronger.
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby illusionist » April 17th, 2010, 12:31 pm

I have been using a balsa wood body, and i haven't encountered any problems with it. It actually makes building easier, while maintaining low weight.
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby Jocool » April 17th, 2010, 1:50 pm

it isn't very strong tho.
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby illusionist » April 17th, 2010, 3:02 pm

Unless you're trying to crash it into a wall, you won't need a lot of strength for battery buggy...
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby new horizon » April 17th, 2010, 5:04 pm

just wondering, but where did you get your balsa wood? hobby shop? online?

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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby illusionist » April 17th, 2010, 5:55 pm

I got mine at a hobby shop. They have a board 4 ft long, and 8 inches wide, and that you can cut down. Also, craft stores, such as Joan's, also carry balsa, but not as large boards.
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby new horizon » April 17th, 2010, 6:02 pm

just wondering, how thick would the boards be? probably half an inch?

and also, i think what jocool was referring by strength is maybe
breaking while transporting (shouldn't happen with padding, i think) or maybe it's too soft and screws fall out? I'm not sure. but you're probably going to have to use glue or something to keep the screws in place or it'll fall out because the balsa wood is just so soft.

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Re: Battery Buggy B

Postby Jocool » April 17th, 2010, 8:25 pm

that is correct. also, balsa just cant keep strong after many runs. it isn't very longevity-focused. and believe me, u want it to be strong. So bass is a better option for wood.
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