FingerTech 'Viper' Combat Robot Kit - WDJ Edition (Pre-Order)

Price: 198.20 CAD
162.71 USD 134.94 EUR
In Stock: 0

*For pre-orders placed after March 30th, it looks like we will be low on Twist Hubs / Snap Hubs. Twist Hub restock is expected mid-May.
May 7: tinyESCs have shipped and are expected to arrive the week of May 17.  If all is well with them, Vipers will start shipping a few days after.
April 29: PCB factory updated that they are still assembling wires and hope to ship tinyESCs next week.  If that holds, Vipers should start shipping second week of May.
April 8: PCB factory is delayed while they wait for wires. (Which of you didn't knock on wood??)  Viper ready-date now expected first week of May.
March 30: PCB factory has said they expect to ship within two weeks!  Keeping Viper estimate at mid-April in case anything goes wrong (knock on wood!)
March 28: No word from our pcb factory so I am pushing the estimated arrival to mid-April.
March 17: We don't usually do this but many people have asked, so we are allowing pre-orders on the next batch of Viper kits. The current expected arrival is around the beginning of April, when our restock of tinyESCs should arrive. This is not a guarantee! (Last time the pcbs needed rework and were delayed two weeks. Unfortunately this is out of our control.)  Vipers will be shipped out in the order that pre-orders were received. Purchasing this pre-order means you understand and accept delays. *If we run out of Twist Hubs you will be given the choice of waiting for them to restock or shipping with Snap Hubs.

• The Viper Combat Robot Kit is quite simply the best way to get into combat robotics. You will not find a cheaper robot kit with this functionality and expandability anywhere else.

• The Viper kit comes with everything you need to get started in competitive robotics:

• Chassis, motors, wheels, speed controllers, armor, and an easy to follow instruction manual.  Radio and lipoly battery options are available if you need them too.

• Includes a JST-to-9V Adapter cable so you can power it with a 9V battery instead of a lipoly battery (saving you the cost of battery and charger until you are ready to upgrade!)

• Once you've mastered the basics, upgrade your kit to a Lifter or a Spinner with optional add-ons!

Add Radio Transmitter and Receiver?
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Add Lipoly Battery and Charger?
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*For pre-orders placed after March 30th, it looks like we will be low on Twist Hubs / Snap Hubs. Twist Hub restock is expected mid-May.
May 7: tinyESCs have shipped and are expected to arrive the week of May 17.  If all is well with them, Vipers will start shipping a few days after.
April 29: PCB factory updated that they are still assembling wires and hope to ship tinyESCs next week.  If that holds, Vipers should start shipping second week of May.
April 8: PCB factory is delayed while they wait for wires. (Which of you didn't knock on wood??)  Viper ready-date now expected first week of May.
March 30: PCB factory has said they expect to ship within two weeks!  Keeping Viper estimate at mid-April in case anything goes wrong (knock on wood!)
March 28: No word from our pcb factory so I am pushing the estimated arrival to mid-April.
March 17: We don't usually do this but many people have asked, so we are allowing pre-orders on the next batch of Viper kits. The current expected arrival is around the beginning of April, when our restock of tinyESCs should arrive. This is not a guarantee! (Last time the pcbs needed rework and were delayed two weeks. Unfortunately this is out of our control.)  Vipers will be shipped out in the order that pre-orders were received. Purchasing this pre-order means you understand and accept delays. *If we run out of Twist Hubs you will be given the choice of waiting for them to restock or shipping with Snap Hubs.


The Viper Combat Robot Kit comes with everything you need to get started in combat robotics.
- The custom-formed 6061-T6 Aluminum chassis has plenty of strength and space for additional components and upgrades.
- A 6-Channel radio transmitter and receiver pair leaves four channels free to add any active devices you desire. (Optional, in case you already have a radio.)
- Two FingerTech "Silver Spark" 33.3:1 ratio gearmotors with 2.25" Foam Wheels provide both speed and pushing power.
- Two FingerTech "tinyESC" speed controllers translate the radio receiver commands into motor movement and provide 5V power to the radio.
- Polycarbonate combat armor keeps the components safe.

The Viper kit is fully intended to be sawed, drilled, modified, and upgraded. Recommended for ages 10+ (6+ with a parent).
Its base weight is only 313grams (11.0oz) leaving 141grams (4.97oz) for additional parts if entering the Antweight (1lb) weight class (We don't recommend running the Viper in the beetleweight class versus 3x larger opponents!)


Dimensions:
Body Width: 16.5cm (6.5in)
Length: 14cm (5.5in)
Body Height: 3cm (1.18in)
Weight: 313grams (11.04oz)

*Transmitter and receiver are required. If you already have them, you can say "No" to the Radio Option above.
*The Viper can be run off a 9V battery (not included), but for maximum competitiveness we recommend using a lipoly battery. Lipoly Battery and Charger are available as an option above.

Add-ons:
These add-ons fit right onto the existing Viper robot chassis - no machining or soldering required!


Viper Lifter add-on

Take your Viper Combat Robot kit to the next level by adding a powerful servo-actuated lifting arm!

Viper Vertical Spinner add-on

Knock 'em out with a ferocious vertical spinner weapon!

Viper Horizontal Spinner add-on

Add a vicious horizontal spinner weapon to your Viper Combat Robot!
Kit Includes:
Chassis:15gauge (1.45mm / 0.057in) 6061-T6 alloy Aluminum stamped and formed baseplate (pic). Has mounting holes for motors, armor and add-on kits.
Motors:2x 33.3:1 Silver Spark Gearmotors
Motor Controllers:2x tinyESCs translate the radio commands into motor movement and power the receiver.
Wheels:2x 2.25x0.75" Foam Wheels are soft and grippy.  A direct hit will be absorbed and won't destroy your motors!  Includes 3mm x 0.75" Twist Hubs and Twist Hub Key.
Battery:A JST-to-9V Battery Adapter is included for operating the Viper with a 9V battery. (9V battery not included.)
- One or two 9V batteries (two doubles run-time). We recommend Duracell Procell (PC1604) for over two hours of run time and bursts of 12A (using 2 batteries). Procell's can run a HXT12K servo at 1.5A continuous (while driving) for well over 15 minutes. (Robot matches are 3 minutes each.)
For maximum competitiveness, we recommend using the rechargeable 7.4V 300mAh "Galaxy" lipoly pack, available with Lipoly Charger as an Option below.
Power Switch:A Switch/charge jack that you unplug to turn on. Comes pre-soldered with a female JST connector and includes a pair of Mini Terminal Blocks for making wiring connections.
Plug has male JST end for easily recharging the lipoly battery. (Do not attempt to recharge a 9V alkaline battery.)
Armor:3mm (0.118in) thick front wedge and 1.5mm (0.059in) top armor made of high-strength polycarbonate.
Screws:Four 2-56x0.125" screws for mounting the motors. Ten 6-32x0.25" screws for fastening armor.
0.05" and 5/64" hex wrenches included for tightening screws and setscrews.
Instructions:Detailed instructions with many pictures and tips for getting more from your robot. (Download V3.3 here)(Download V4.0 here)


Requires:
• Transmitter and receiver are required. If you don't have them already, you can add them with the option above. "Radio Option" includes: T6A Radio Transmitter, TR6A receiver  (Transmitter requires 8 AA batteries.)

• The Viper can be run off a 9V battery, but for maximum competitiveness we recommend using a lipoly battery. Lipoly Battery and Charger are available as an option above. "Lipoly Option" includes: Lipoly charger, 7.4V 300mAh "Galaxy" lipoly battery

• If you do not wish to use lipoly batteries, the Viper includes a 9V battery connector. You will then need a 9V Battery.

• An optional Programming Cable can be used to reprogram the functions on the transmitter. Viper radios come programmed for mixed driving (most common) but if you prefer tank-style 2-stick driving you will need to reprogram.
Viper-v2-R5.STEP (full bot)
CAD files for individual components can be found on their own pages, by following the links on the Contents tab.
 
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FingerTech 'Viper' Lifter Add-On

• Take your Viper Combat Robot kit to the next level by adding a powerful servo-actuated lifting arm!

• Add a powerful servo and lifting arm to lift and topple your opponents.

• Mounts on the existing Viper Combat Robot

• No soldering required!

FingerTech 'Viper' Horizontal Spinner Add-On

New version!!

• Add a vicious horizontal spinner weapon to your Viper Combat Robot!
• High-speed Brushless Motor and Controller mated to a Titanium Weapon Bar!
• Mounts on the existing Viper Combat Robot. (Requires modifying the original plastic armor, or buy a new set here: Horizontal Spinner Armor Set)
• No soldering required!

FingerTech 'Viper' Vertical Spinner Add-On

New version!!

• Add a vicious vertical spinner weapon to your Viper Combat Robot!
• High-speed Brushless Motor and Controller mated to a Clamping Drum with AR400 Steel teeth!
• Mounts on the existing Viper Combat Robot. (Requires modifying the original plastic armor, or buy a modified set here: Vertical Spinner Armor Set)
• No soldering required!



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