Fry's $10 RC/IR Tanks

I grabbed one of these at Fry's, will get another. $10 each, 5.5" long treaded tank. 2.4GHz RC, IR shoting/detection, turret rotates, lights & sound: That's 3 motors and a lot of hardware goodness! Says 8 tanks can play simultaneously. Good as-is for playing (Christmas gifts?) or hacking into an autonomous robot platform. I'll probably slap some Wifi FPV cameras on a pair. You DID buy some of those for $5 when I said to, not the current $12? :)

Think these are the same ones:

"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

- Pablo Picasso


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  • Nice!. I did see these over there the other day but passed on the urge to get a couple. They would be fun to hack and add other features though.
  • I had some good success with these, or models similar, a few years back, but they turned out to be a bit too fast for a robot tank base. I ended up robbing the treads and using them with a more traditional RC servo base. Sold them on the old Budget site a while ago.

    I got mine at one of the wholesale stores in south LA, some of which do cash-and-carry (for the really good deals you'll need a CA resale number). These are the ones near the Mission District and SoCentral LA. I think they were in the $5-6 range.
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