Project Thunderbird is an automated predator and pest control system. It consists of a pellet gun mounted in a motorized base. The icing on the cake is a 60x zoom camera that has cross-hairs superimposed on the picture. This reminds us of the Internet hunting for the handicap we heard about years ago.
In the video after the break you can see how the motorized base works, watch the trigger-pull motor, and observe a demonstration of some target practice. The creator, [Gadgetapodimus], mentions the possible sale of plans and kits as soon as he completes the system. Perhaps it would be better if this was not easy for people to build.
38 thoughts on “Remote Control Pellet Gun – With Scope”
Trivial to adapt to more powerful weapon.
is that the fastest speed it can move??
Finally someone else realizes that airsoft and paint ball guns aren’t ant fun! This thing looks pretty awesome!
That reminds me of the movie ‘The Jackal’!!!
Where is jack black to try this one out??
Perhaps it would be best if people were judged on their actions, not on the toys in their garage?
ill buy that for dollars!
sorry, i meant to say:
ill buy that for X? dollars!
but i suppose if an illiterate was making the claim, it would be just as funny
Let me know when the pdf instructions are available. id like to develop stuff like this with my ideas but CAD software just doesnt let me do it
machine cad …anyone?
He needs to get a more powerful motor…
Very cool, I’ve been toying with the idea of building one of these for a while now. I’d probably start with an airsoft gun and switch it out for a 10/22 once I got everything working.
What if the motor was controlled by an iPhone with the crosshairs being displayed on the screen and it had an option to be accelerometer-based? I’d buy that. Or possibly one of those rangefinders with an accelerometer in it used for golf? You could aim it at the target and press a button and it would fire. Or it could be PC or Mac-controlled via a joystick and WiFi. The possibilities are endless.
It needs to move slowly so he can control it when he has the camera zoomed in. If it moved too fast, it would be difficult to make any fine adjustments.
Though ideally he should have a high-speed coarse movement, and then the slower fine adjustment. If you read the project page, he mentions that he currently plans to implement a system where the drive motors will receive double voltage for exactly that purpose.
A nice touch would be to have it switch from coarse to fine movement once the camera zoom exceeds a certain magnification. Or even better, have motor speed proportional to the level of zoom, so that the motors slow down and speed up gradually as the zoom level changes.
I for one welcome our grandfather of SkyNet overlord.
all he needs are stepper motor’s
Well, i pass here to see what is new and dont have time to see what others say so i will say what i think about your comment “Perhaps it would be better if this was not easy for people to build.”
want ot not this is REALY ease to make BUT the hard part of this is to take out of the paper and make the code and move one the right angle that you need… so we can say that is a ease project but to much work is needed to work perfect like we want…
Scott Belcher i am going to build this and shoot you in the face!
using threaded rod as it does, it is inherently not going to be able to move very quickly (though it will certainly be accurate).
Take this, add the previous post about the repeater crossbow…… Know what? I’ll just shut up now.
I’ve never seen a robot quite like the one used here, This seems very clever. Simple way to get a wide range of angles accurately and with minimal backlash.
I can see going for a really high end version, with basically the same mechanism, swapping out the threaded rod for ballscrews and much larger servos, and then the aim would be very precise with the possibility of rapid motion.
Now all I need is to build an IFF system into my cat…
I want one! Exactly what I was looking for.
Somehow you’re reminding me of a Tom & Jerry episode. lol
The problem with this device is the air gun.
There just aren’t any magazine fed semiauto air guns that have the power or accuracy needed for humane pest control. I’m not against shooting animals if there is a good reason ( I do it myself ) but I think they deserve a quick clean kill. That Crossman is little more than a toy.
All the magazine fed air guns that do have the power and accuracy needed are bolt action single shot. He needs to find a way to operate the bolt on one of these remotely. Not an easy task because you have both linear and rotary motion plus the effort of cocking the striker.
Use the same motors he has just use 4 stat Acme rod and he can quadruple the speed and make it more accurate.At first glance I thought stepper motors also but the control would get WAY more difficult since the control would be based off a “home” position.He wants simple remote control…that he has achieved. Add a self sighting system like the auto face recognition in new digital cameras and this thing could be insane! I like it. I want one. Time to fire up the mill…
Meant to say 4 start acme rod
Good thing pests don’t have ears; my cat’s freaking out by the sound of that motor. If it could be more silent – the word stealth I think was used somewhere in the post? Regardless I’m thinking a solution of cayan and water in a reservoir and nozzle control for stray cat control. Humane and annoying.
That would get it done.And you could mount the camera on the rails to boot. 600 fps,250 rds per cartridge, 30 shot mag and it’s a Beretta!
If one of these arrive through your mail do not follow the instructions to connect it up to your wireless router, destroy it immediately
And in other news…
Nice post! I am perpetually searching for recent paintball gun reviews and writeups. I am currently searching for a brand new gun, I’ve had my Spyder for a very long time, and wish to create certain I choose the most effective and find a smart deal.
I could use one of these for Chipmunk control
Even better…with a Ruger 10/22 and a triburst trigger limiter and a 30 rd. clip (I KNOW I can still get one somewhere!)…I could have my own mini Phalanx Anti Chipmunk system.
make it twitter what you killed … people will want to know HAHA. other then that good design
high tolerance for 5 yards
you can re calibrate he shooting coordinates to
get ur best shoot
us can reduce the the size &it will be so affordable for more info. contact me
bye brilliant mind :)
is there a link that has the plans to build one of these?
trigger pull need only be a motor with a cam lobe…so long as it is semiautomatic weapon …oops if the motor spins fast you will empty magazine too fast….wonder A. what the max cyclic rate the average semi auto would allow for assuming one could use any rpm desired to rotate trigger pressure cam. And B. would this qualify as an “automatic” weapon as far as batf is concerned?? There was at one time hand crank kits for ruger 10 22 etc that allowed a person to fire their rifle assumably as fast as they could turn the thing…I instantly realized way back then that all someone need do is replace the crank handle with a variable speed drill motor ….I never bought one and tried that, but it sounded fun and maybe?? illegal
Seems to me that some company already would supply remote turrett outfits for 35mm cameras? If so I would think such a setup might already be stout enough to support a semi auto .22….ruger 10 22 (better yet .17 calibe?!) has the most after market support INCLUDING drum magazines…50 rounds at least as I recall? Remotely fired from one’s PC? On a portable pole in the middle of gopher infested field or garden? Money making operation? How about integrating facial recognition program to target ONLY gopher profile etc, and put an automated targeting elimination package into play!? Have a secondary safety system with camera(s) constantly scanning for human, canine, wildlife (other than target species) as a fail safe back up that prevents firing if anything enters live fire zone….could have an amplified recording/automated warning “WARNING you are on private property and in grave danger! Retreat or risk live rifle fire! WARNING WARNING WARNING! There could also be audio files that species recognition system could play if intruder is other than human…whatever audio signal would best serve to drive away non target livestock or wildlife….hmmm COULD on future models even have secondary non lethal armaments designed to ONLY drive away without harm! A pellet fired to the rump of any dog, cow, cat etc…concussion noisemaker to drive away birds like crows etc. Could be a farmer’s very own “RoboCop”!….no? I LOVE IT!
And should a farmer get bored? Switch her back to manual and use the old joystick and fire buttons!
that is cool! I would love to build that
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