Ez Robot Railroad Observation Car

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This is my latest EZ Robot project, first w EZB4.
Using a EZB4, camera, and servo to direct the view on the Silverton O Scale Railroad.
I have always wanted a camera to ride the rails on my layout, and can even control it.
Now w EZ Robot I have it, combining my hobbies.


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jstarne1
Commented December 2014
Robotrain!
Dave Schulpius
Commented December 2014
What fun Steve! Reminds me of riding the train across country when I was a kid. I loved the observation car when we could get up there.

You gotta do some more vids from the "upper deck" of your very cool set up. I know it was a ton of work and a labor of love. I really like the big gray haired life like conductor in the blue shirt. He looks very realistic! Maybe you should put a V4 into him to animate him more. :D

Next time perhaps you can make the grid lines transparent and use the video record function in the camera control.
Steve S
Commented December 2014
Josh, sure like the name.
How about RoboSaltwaterAquarium and RoboHomeAutomation!

Dave, that sounds like great memories and a great experience.
I have to refine the power wiring protruding out too far on my observation car, started knocking into scenery on the upper deck, tighter areas with tighter radius track. Thanks for the nice comments. The upper has a homemade simulated steel bridge, built w balsa wood, aluminum plates w tin punch to simulate bolts.
Great idea to utilize the camera controls and change the grid lines. I have not played w any of those features.
I am wondering if record directly, can I upload it to Youtube?
Might have better video instead of recording from the PC screen onto my phone?
I agree, that conductor needs more animation.
Thanks,
Steve S
Steve S
Commented December 2014
Fun with a couple of our grandkids (more animated conductors).
They loved the new EZ Robot Observation car, especially through the tunnels and when it caught them.

Dave Schulpius
Commented December 2014
Ah ha! Look at the smiles on those kids faces!
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Published on Monday, December 1, 2014