Tribute to fritsl's Trata
After looking through some of the robots on this site, seeing the videos of Trata, and then looking out of my office window to see the dwindling remains of 4' of snow, I decided to take action. On Sunday, intending to do something productive in my workshop, I found a nice length of PVC and some bookshelf brackets, and this project was born.
I have been flying R/C for several years and have a few old planes that I can pull parts from. For better or worse, all of my engines are glow fuel powered...and so is my little snow sled.
Following the comments from Trata, I build this to be fully steered by thrust - no rudder.
Last night was the first test run. After 4 years of non-use, the little glow engine sprung to life and provided more than enough power to pull the sled along. After several adjustments...and then a couple more...the sled kept trending to the left.
I think I'll add a rudder to see what difference it makes.