The RC Nerf Tank: The Coolest Homemade Fighting Robot Ever?
By Elizabeth Fish
Meet the RC Nerf Tank–proof that a pile of junk combined with a little bit of tech can make an awesome homemade robot. Canadian modder “Travis7s” created Nerf by putting together metal from scrap bins, a toy gun, an iPod Nano, 24V Valco gearmotors, magnets, a 24V 3000mAh ‘Battlepack’ NiCad battery and a wireless camera. The robot even has a laser.
With these–and a few other handy extras–combined, the 23-year-old made a super cool fighting robot, hence the name Nerf Tank.
Its main weapon is a modified Nerf Vulcan on a movable turret and some wheels off a toy truck to drive the whole thing along. The gun’s trigger is fired remotely via a servomechanism, which is a form of sense controller.
Inside the modded gun, a camera has also been placed that can take pictures and muted videos, all the while being relayed back to a computer. The laser pointer was also added to the top of the Nerf Vulcan.