Tiki Tank @ Critical NW

Team Tiki Tank had a huge success in our first trial run at the Critical NW festival in WA.  There were a lot of lessons learned on what worked well and what needed improvement.

High level priorities before Burning Man:

  • Treads to be controlled by the Vehicle speed sensor
  • More Lights – Addressable and non.
  • Better shade
  • Working Passenger door
  • Generator cover
  • Weld speaker mounts
  • Redo all wiring / Pre-run all cables
  • Paint
  • Decorations

Full photoset available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/divide/sets/72157634776252833

Some Photos from the event (Click for larger version)

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Arriving on site, fully packed up with camp gear

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First day of the build. No lights installed yet

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First tests of the lights installed.

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Improved lighting once Seth arrived

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Close up pic with Tiki textures visible at night

Tiki Tank work 6/28 – 6/30

Friday Tasks:
Home Depot shopping
Clean up at shop to get table saw out
Build rear track assemblies
Door hinge assemblies weld
Mount front hitch
Design Generator box
Saturday/Sunday:
Transport equipment from divide’s house (lighting, speakers, extra wood, ladder, paint?)
Pacific industrial supply run for metal (after generator box design)
Weld generator box assembly
Finish top turret assembly ~2-3 hours
Gun barrel ideas
Any Sunday tasks that can be started
 
Sunday:
Mount threaded inserts on drivers side
Clean inside of truck cab
Repair drives rear door lock (make door open again)
Test all speakers, sound, wiring + sort
Design speaker mounts?
speaker + power wiring routing
Test existing LED lighting, inventory
Cur drivers side furring strips + mount
Burlap Everything.
Paint over new raw wood + touch up truck.
Stain furring strips (need to select color after burlap)
Start hanging tiki decorations/blinds/bamboo
Fender supports for track
New Door hinge mock up:
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Inventory of last years lighting and sound:
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Side view with final turret framing
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Materials mockups, seeing how different textures and materials work:
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Tiki Tank Work 6/16/2013

After several weeks of gathering materials, progress is starting to be be made.

Recent work done:

  • Turret design and construction started
  • Side treads to be built from ABS pipes and skinned with burlap sacks
  • Acquired lots of bamboo and tiki materials
  • $700 worth of LED’s for treads purchased from China
  • Custom Arduino controllers and sensors for lighting effects

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Seth Building the Top

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Testing the angles for the new turret top

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Temporary brace to get an idea of how it looks

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Tiki tank and Crash Industries are sponsored by PBR.

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Investigating materials for covering the vehicle

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Gathering bamboo and burlap.

Tiki Tank Mock-ups for DMV Registration

We spent some time putting together Photoshop mockups of the Tiki Tank:

Missing from these illustrations:

  • Lighting – Treads and general outlines
  • Shade configuration
  • Actual material textures
  • Rear view with the draw bridge / rear gate
  • Water cannons
  • Hula girl hood ornament

 

Side view, click for full size:

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Front view, click for full size:

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