Let's Make Robots!

Icebreaker Lenin


I started this project this summer. It's a model of the Russian Nuclear Icebreaker Lenin. Originally I was going to use cupper as the skin but I had difficulty fixing it to the rib so I decided to take the easy way out and use fiberglass. The ship will be a robot in the sense that it will have DP 2nd class. What this means is that it will be radio controlled with the ability to hold position and move to specified co-ordinates while holding the desired heading just like a real ship would. The position will be held using a compass, GPS, and either a laser or sonar. I might take it one more step and also set up a taut wire.

 

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The ship has two screws on the sides and one directly in front of the ruder. So there will be three motors driving it. I am using 3 cheep motors that are 6VDC. I pulled these motors from my previous model that was too big for me to bring along. The model was a 8.25' long French battleship. I might eventually replace the motors with something more powerful.

I used to fly RC Gliders... I see your workbench there and all I can see is 1/2 of a 3 meter wing being built. All those ribs in neat-little order, waiting for some CA.

Good stuff.

As a kid I also made RC gliders.

The boat looks like it's off to a good start. Are you just going to have a basic prop and rudder or will you have side thrusters as well (I don't know the correct terminology).

"What this means is that it will be radio controlled with the ability to hold position and move to specified co-ordinates while holding the desired heading just like a real ship would."

Some serious stuff! I already want to try and move it, and see it getting back on track by itself!

Brilliant for smuggling, did you think about that? Or what about assisting people living on remote islands? Could bring the paper and some fresh milk over! And return!

Cool! What will drive it?