This is a collection of electronic components available on ebay or IC station. Most of these electronics come from sellers who I buy my components from or if I haven’t bought from them I’ve tried to find items which have a high sell count as that usually means they are a reliable source.
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I use the 5 volt Arduino pro mini modules in the lower half of a tractor build to control the servos and motor drivers.
The Joystick shield plugs straight into compatible Arduino boards very quickly giving you control via a joystick and push buttons. The shield also has a socket for the NRF24 radio module.
A programming tool for a wide range of Atmel microcontrollers. This is compatible with the Arduino IDE.
I use NRF24L01 modules in my models as they are very cheap and there are many Arduino examples. Supply voltage is 3.3 volts MAX.
N20 gear motors have many uses from drive motors, steering motors or part of a screw mechanism.
This is the servo used in the lifting arms of the Massey 8680. It is very small but also very weak so it is good for lifting lighter accessories and hitching to trailers but not long heavy objects like large ploughs.
I'm using these 3.7 Volt 240mAh batteries in my Massey 8680 model and it seems to have reasonable battery life, around an hour but obviously battery life depends on whether LEDs are on or if you're pulling a load.
I used pure white straw hat LEDs on the front of my Scania R620. Pure white is blinding while warm white is a more realistic incandescent look.
A 16x2 character LCD is an easy way to add a user interface to your RC controller. Cheap LCDs usually aren't very good but they do the job.
When you are getting started with electronics it is best to have plenty of the basic components like resistors, LEDs, jumper wires and a breadboard. These are very useful for testing out circuits before you start soldering.
Ebay Electronics Stores
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