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Building a 1/6 scale Bomb Disposal Robot
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Building a 1/6 scale Bomb Disposal Robot

Some of the most satisfying projects involve modifying existing products or "kitbashing". This project was very fun and mostly used scraps I had lying around the house.

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This is the toy tractor I started with. Funrise Toys markets this under their own label and under the Tonka Toy brand. It is available at Kmart, Pic N Save, Walmart and Target. I paid $5.99 for one at Kmart.

First is this toy is surprising large. Pictures cannot show this but it roughly measures 4" long by 2-5/8" high and 2-3/4" wide. Funrise also has a website:

http://funrise.com/

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My finished Bomb Disposal Robot

Some parting thoughts.

I used Brass rod for the antenna because it doesn't bend very easily.

The Video camera was a Barbie "knock off" I bought at Walmart with an accessory pack. I paid a couple dollars and got a ton of accessories from water bottles to cameras, watches, etc. Don't be afraid to cruise the "Pink Aisle", sometimes some really great buys exist there!

I also saw a party favor pack of 2 or 3 video cameras at a .99 cent store. These would work well and are surprisingly detailed.

The Laptop is an important accessory here. You have to be able to control the robot somehow! I used a refrigerator magnet and removed the base and sound box. I drew a new screen display for it in my Windows Paint program and added USDOC markings to the cover. Lately, Mattel has offered a few accessory packs for Barbie that have an excellent laptop that is about half the size of the one I used. However, I would expect an EOD department with limited funding would probably not have access to state-of-the-art equipment and would probably use the larger laptops. After all it also has to remotely control the robot as well as perform computer functions.

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