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    Dear Community:

    Lately, I have been interested in the old Radio Shack/Tomy Armatron. I have not found a website with good pictures on all of gearing. Where is there a good place to find this information? (Poke CrubFu)

    Yours,
    Steam Automaton

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    Ah the Armatron. Sorry I can't help with the gearing, but I do remember working on a project for one in a college electronics course over 20 years ago. It was an interface board and some mechanical mods to connect it to a C64. Those were some cool days in personal computing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamAutomaton View Post
    Dear Community:

    Lately, I have been interested in the old Radio Shack/Tomy Armatron. I have not found a website with good pictures on all of gearing. Where is there a good place to find this information? (Poke CrubFu)

    Yours,
    Steam Automaton
    just pop it open! You have to becareful of the first set of gears, they will full out but they only fit one way so it's not hard to put it back in the right order. I wished I had taken better pics when I had it apart, but no, I have not come across hood pics of the gearing. It's really a work of art, when you open it to see how it all works, all driven from one motor. I have not opened the arm parts, just the gears around the base to re route the power source. You looking to steam it too?

    -crabfu

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    Quote Originally Posted by crabfu View Post
    just pop it open! You have to becareful of the first set of gears, they will full out but they only fit one way so it's not hard to put it back in the right order. I wished I had taken better pics when I had it apart, but no, I have not come across hood pics of the gearing. It's really a work of art, when you open it to see how it all works, all driven from one motor. I have not opened the arm parts, just the gears around the base to re route the power source. You looking to steam it too?

    -crabfu
    Dear CrabFu:

    I would love to get hold of one to do just that, but time and money is currently putting the flame out on that. As for what evil plan that I would be doing if I had all the time and money to do this, is two metal armatrons on a steam shovel base.


    Yours,
    Steam Automaton
    Last edited by SteamAutomaton; 09-14-2009 at 11:25 AM.

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    2 seconds on google images

    http://www.starborneworks.com/?p=22
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    "Welcome to the Robolution"

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    and 2 seconds search on ebay.... past auctions have been going for mostly around $10-$20 range and there are a few of them in auction right now

    -Crabfu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orac View Post
    2 seconds on google images

    http://www.starborneworks.com/?p=22
    Dear Orac:

    I have seen that site before, I was hoping for something more detailed, but havent found a good picture/ drawings of a steam shovel base either. The closest I have got to that is this site,"
    http://www.steamhobby.com/face_shovel/index.html"

    Yours,
    Steam Automaton

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    Quote Originally Posted by crabfu View Post
    and 2 seconds search on ebay.... past auctions have been going for mostly around $10-$20 range and there are a few of them in auction right now

    -Crabfu
    Dear CrabFu:

    Problem #1: Currently, no extra cash.
    Problem #2: No Ebay account. Yes, that can be easily corrected.
    Problem #3: No access to machine shop.
    Problem #4: My current skill level might not be up two it.
    Problem #5: I have gone back to school, plus still looking for work, so time is very limited and this probably will be a multi-year project.

    Yes, a lot of problems, that might be overcome. I am starting with a simple rover first. Steam Arms is going to be my masterpiece.


    Yours,
    Steam Automaton

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    Dear Orac:

    Thank you, Orac.

    The link that is in the first website
    http://www.jeff-z.com/pinball/toys/a.../armatron.html is the most complete dis-assembly of an Armatron I have seen. Not only is there a short animated picture, it also has 3D drawings!

    Damn, there are a lot of parts. This might take a year just to the CAD drawings.

    Hopefully, the base and chassis is simpler.

    Y
    ours,
    Steam Automaton

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