Don Quixote - "The Solar Quest"
Forward by :- Don Quixote - (The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha)
The Solar Quest - A legendary story powered by the Sun alone.
I Don Quixote of La Mancha hereby introduce my Solar Powered Horse "Rocinante"
(Rocín in Spanish means:- work-horse or low-quality horse ("nag") - ante means:-to go forward)
He started out as a 6 pieces of Balsa Wood which the carpenter no longer needed.
His legs come from the Blacksmith in the local village - (he donated 6 spokes off his racing steed).
From the towns Alcamist came the photovoltaic cells (photo means light - voltaic means voltage).
The Clock-Smith afforded me 6 cogs on approval (to be recycled pending wear and tear).
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Alternative Forward by :- Gareth - ( The indigenous Celtic-man residing in La-Suisse ).
The Full Set up consists of a Single Geared Pager motor, which drives
the six cogs.
The cogs drive stainless steel spokes set up as Linear actuators (kind of).
The timing/meshing of the cogs allow the horse to move forward 10mm
Originally the project was going to have 6 legs however it soon became
evident that the movement called out for a horse design.
Now he Trots on 4 legs (with two spare legs!!! in case he gets tired).
The Horse is carved by hand out of Balsa wood.
My project would not be complete without some PolyMorph.
Don Quixote referes to the hat as :-
"The Golden Helmet of Malbrino" - it has magical powers
However in truth its only a shaving bowl that the local town
Barber uses to shave his customers.
His rucksack doubles as his SolarPowered power source.
Hidden inside it are the electronics - a Miller Solar Engine.
The Solar engine supplies the pager motor with "Bursts" of current.
In full sunlight this is a continous stream of power - "Full gallop".
Under room lighting it gives more of a "Trot & Stop".
Six Pieces of Balsa wood make up the body of the Horse.
I choose Balsa as it weighs next to nothing and easy to form.
The axle holes are filled with graphite from a 6B pencil,
allows a very smooth slippery fritionless movement.
At the bottom of each leg is an eyelet made from stainless steel,
these are the guides for the spokes.
This was the First Test Setup, basically to work out the meshing of
the gearing system - as there are endless combinations.
Yes that is "Steri-Strip" on my thumb,
sustained from slipping with a 50mm X-acto Blade.
even on Glass
(put that in your pipe and smoke it)
Don Quixotes "Make over".
White Spray Painted custom cardboard By-Stander,then bronzed and oversprayed silver.
Cotton beard and Waxed moustache.
Giving Rustic Stressed "Olde Look"
Ending Quote :-
"Follow your Dreams - wherever they may take you".