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DPRG: balloon wheels?

Subject: DPRG: balloon wheels?
From: R. Steven Rainwater srainwater at ncc.com
Date: Tue Jan 13 16:13:03 CST 1998

On Tue, 13 Jan 1998 14:16:22 -0600 you wrote:

>> I noticed that several robots featured on the dprg web pages use some
>> sort of balloon (pneumatic instead of solid rubber) wheels.  These
>> look similar to what is used for RC airplanes.  Are they just big RC
>> airplane wheels, or something different?  I'm currently using lawnmower
>> wheels for my robot, and I'd like something a little more rounded and
>> shock-absorbing.  By the way, I need them to be about 5" in diameter.
>
>Yep, just rc airplane wheels, you should be able to find them at
>a descent hobby shop.  Hold on to your wallet, the lawnmower wheels
>will be much cheaper, but the rc wheels are much nicer!  I think I've
>seem them at 5" or bigger.  You might try looking at Tower Hobbies at:
>http://www.towerhobbies.com (or something like that).

The largest RC car/truck wheel are also nice but they don't support
as much weight as the airplane wheel unless you buy special foam
inserts.  One advantage to car and truck wheels is that there
is a lot of existing hardware available to connect them to your
robots drive system.

- -Steve


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