I Just Got In My New Project "sunshine".


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Just got my ominibot in for my Sunshine Project!

** I was going to give an actual realistic account of every step of the construction of the project. But, when I looked back, it seemed to be a collection of Negative thoughts. So, I have forgotten all of the Negative thoughts and have edited them out. It is sort of like having a baby. It is painful at first , but once the baby is born. Or, in the case of Frankenstein, "It's Alive!" "It's Alive!" , you forget all of the pain and behold your new creation. So, I will simply record the steps that worked and NOT the ones that didn't. Many times after finishing a project and making all the mistakes, I learn how NOT to do certain things.**


Good news, I have made arrangements to buy some parts over the next two months. I hope to find that the parts that I am buying will include enough for me to put this all together.

God Bless All of You that will follow and Support me in my journey.


Mel Addison

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Well, I have tried to mount the Lazi Susan to the bottom of the trash can. It is mounted. I used a piece of wood inside on the bottom. But, I am extremely unhappy with the results. I think I will need to redo this all together. I am jumping ahead, I need to finish the head first. I am waiting on some lights, as soon as I get them, I will finish the head.

Ok, guys. I was not happy with the wooden bottom that was fitting INSIDE the body. SO, I just figured to cut a Plastic piece and lay the whole body on top. This worked very well. Now, I have the body glued to the base and the base on the Lazy Susan all attached to the trashcan. And, I have painted everything. Now, I have two potential problems. I think you have to take the base apart in order to put the Head on and HOW am I going to attach the servos for the waist. Two BIG problems, maybe.
OK, here are some:

Here is the solid wood base that started cracking. Needed 3/4" plyboard, didn't have any, so i used plastic.

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as you can see, the hole is not aligned perfectly centered. I tried,but I did not have anyone to hold it or help me while I was working on it.

I tried wood first and it cracked. It was on the INSIDE of the body. Then I tried a plastic base on the outside that the body is lying on top of. The LS works Great. you can see the bottom of the trashcan with wood braces to screw the LS to the wood. I locktite superglued it to the top. the glue did not stick very well. It may be solid now, but earlier it did not stick right. I had something that happened that was quite funny. I was having trouble making the body fit on the just cut frame. And after about 15 minutes of seeing it go lopsided, to the right and left, I realized I had the body UPSIDE Down! Duh! Anyway, once I turned it over, it fit and worked fine. That is just the Lazy Susan part, not the servo. I also painted it camaflouge grey. I also show a picture of the supplies I picked up earlier. I had an item that I returned to Walmart so I could push this forward.
OK, I have finally managed to copy Bret's design. I did not do a perfect job, but I think it will be "ok".
I got a hold of Epoxy putty. That is easier to work with then Bondo. My wife does not like Bondo. So, I puttyed things in place and it seems to hold ok.

More Pix to follow. My camera is low on Battery Juice.

Hello, good Morning!

Here is a little Update:

I thought that gathering the parts was going to take about six months. But, I have most of them. I just need two more major purchases. The Mimo and the servo power boards. I discovered that if you have those powerboards, you don't need the rectifiers because they are built in. So, that is nice. Oh, I need about 100 more gallons of paint. I have been eating those 3 OZ. cans by the dozens. I can't seem to get enough of them.

I should be getting my second omnibot2k around Aug 15th or so, then I can start working on the arms. Things are going nicely. My Lexi (Sunshine) will not turn out as pretty as Mr. A's. But, she will probably do in a tight. I am not as artistic as he is. But, he has taught me a lot. I am anxiously awaiting Sept. so I can buy more goodies. I will have more pics later when I get some batteries for my camera.

Thanks for being here with me and reading my posts and helping me make it through this project. It is easier doing a project when you are not alone.

I look forward to reading your posts.
I admire your energy and determination, you are doing great.
Thank you for sharing with us.
Steve S
OK, I see now that you have a HORN inside attached with 4 screws. That was the mystery part that was not mentioned anywhere. I appreciate all the time and effort explaining this to me. This tutorial is priceless!

OK, Well .... I have got my two shoulders made. Getting ready to dive into the elbo. I made some mistakes and it was quite interesting. But, in the end, I got them to work if only temporarily. I now know the mistakes I have made and will correct them. I had ordered some 3" flex hose for the arms, but now , I think they are going to need 4" or at least 3.5".

Question 4U Mr. A. are we using more than:

one Lazy Susan in the kneck.
one LZ in each arm.

I ordered two LZ for the arms and one for the neck.

OK! here is my plan.

I will get the powerboards,Lazy susan,paint, and pay off the 2nd Omni. Next first which is September.
In October, I will get the Mimo Monitor and terminal strips.
In November, I will get misc. Hardware from my full allowance.
In November, I will be wiring Sunshine.
In December, I will be programming Sunshine.

That is my Plan. Wish me Luck!

@Steve S, Thanks for your support. Talk about determination. I was holding something. Things slipped. I forgot to put on my gloves and I just drilled through the palm of my hand by mistake. ouch! But, I kept on going. It is guys on the forum like you that keep me going. I have gotten the shoulders to work. I am waiting on the second omni so I can complete the arms and hand. I am starting out with already made hands and maybe will change them later.

God Bless! and take care.

Hey Guys, a little Update ****

I think I got the head pretty well finished.

I will keep you updated as I progress. Pix to follow once I get batteries for my camera.
Hey Guys!

I am still in the Hunt and Gathering stage. But, things are moving faster than I expected. Hope to have a good report for you soon.

@MCSDAVER, Hope to see you printing parts soon. But, be careful selecting a printer. Lots of Horror stories out there.

Thanks for your support!

*** Just a little update. I have decided to paint it White instead of gray. So, I just got that paint in. Also, the second omnibot was shipped to me. I should get it in WED or THU or FRI or SAT of next week. That is going to speed things up quite a bit. Because I will then have the ARMS that I can work on and finish hopefully.

**** Hang on, More to come . . . . . . . . .. . .

I just got the extra arms in. So, I can do quite a bit more on the project.

I have most of the stuff in, so all I need now are the voltage regulators, the ball casters, and the mimo monitor. I will be finished completely with my gathering stage. I have all the other stuff is collected. On the first, I will put a dent on what I have to get and by the second 1st of the month, I will be done.

I will keep you informed . . . .

Well, I have gotten the Hands, arms with shoulders and elbos made. I have to try a good way to attach the elbo section to the wrist on the hand.
OK, I finished the Arms,elbo,hands on both R and L sides.
For more plus Pix, please see "Adventures of Botchy" instead of here.
Thanks for your support.