With no main Mech Warfare event this spring, all the enforced social distancing, and reduced commute time, I 'm taking advantage of the extra time to rebuild GS Marauder.
I started off thinking I would just add some “bling” to it, since Immortal was such a big hit with the crowds at last years Bay Area Maker Faire, but am ending up essentially rebuilding the whole Mech. I’m reusing all the main design features, hopper, loader, gun, electronics, etc… just repackaging them into what hopefully will be a stylish new package.
I’ve lengthened the legs, so it moves faster (can’t have Malum out running me), but I’m sure once I add on all the armor and body plates, it will be a net zero gain.
On my old mech '99, I experimented with dual guns, but with the extra weight on the AX12s and the fact that my gun shoots fast enough anyway (4-5 shots/sec), I abandoned it. I intend to revisit it on my new incarnation of GS Marauder.
Also, several of us at RTeam are experimenting with auto target tracking (once again inspired by Immortal). As mentioned in one of the Trossen Forum posts, we added an IR beacon on our last redesign of the target plates to aid in the tracking process. We’ll keep everyone posted on our progress and details so if anyone else wants to implement they can as well.