Someone reached out to me in a PM asking about what I use for a control system. I’m going to post it here, just to lay it out:
Pun-Slinger I through IV have run on the same control system:
- AndyMark Cheap and Dirty Radio
UBEC for powering the radio receiver, since the FRC-legal motor controllers don’t provide a BEC the way that hobby-grade motor controllers do.
V-Tail mixer for putting the drivetrain on arcade drive
- 3x old-stock Talon SRs, as they are rated for up to 28V input (as is the Talon SRX). SPARK and SPARK MAX are rated for 24V systems as well.
- One Harbor Freight 18V NiCad drill battery pack. This is the one that comes with the $20 drill, so for Pun-Slinger I I just bought the drill to get the charger and chopped the handle off. I have found many ways to lose a fight at Fight Night, but never for the battery going dead. And since I have flown to Fight Night the last two years, not having to deal with TSA’s lithium battery restrictions is a side benefit. Lots of folks run Kobalt 24V packs they found for cheap, others just use what’s in the garage. Your call.
- When Fight Night mandated a kill switch for 2019, I bought these and they were bulky but fine. The flag and the mounting flange were both dremeled down for clearance.
The Cheap and Dirty was already going to get replaced this year as the whole thing was starting to wear out from abuse, but a dire shot from Nathan in my second fight last year murdered the receiver, UBEC, mixer, and part of the housing on one Talon. So I’ll be in the market for more things, though I expect most of my purchases will be in the same vein. Now that 1293 has means to do PowerPole connectors, I may borrow their crimpers and do a removable link instead of the switch to make things more compact (if, of course, we can access the shop before Fight Night).
Of all the things I got entangled with while working at AndyMark, Fight Night was the most horizon-expanding both as a competitor and in my day job. (The 2016 edition was grounds to learn Premiere and make a found-footage recap video, while the 2017 edition had me learning OBS enough for a serviceable fly-on-the-wall stream. The 2018 edition after I left was lost to Twitch, but the 2019 edition blew the doors off anything I did.)
If you’re on the fence, do it.