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VIPER FINAL ASSEMBLY AND TEST.

ASSEMBLING YOUR VIPER: STEP 6.

Your bot is ready for a test!

  1. The next step in your Viper final assembly is to test the wiring and functionality of the motors.  Make sure the charging cable is plugged into the connector you installed on the bottom of the bot.
  2. Set the bot up on something so the wheels aren’t touching the ground. This is to avoid the bot driving at you unexpectedly. A roll of masking tape set on its side works well, but anything that keeps the wheels off the ground is fine.
  3. Make sure the wiring is not near any of the wheels or where it can get caught.
  4. Turn your radio transmitter on.
  5. Remove the charging cable to turn the bot on. Moving the right-hand stick up and down should cause the wheels to turn.
Wiring the Viper - full wiring diagram

tinyESC LED color code meanings:

When the robot is on, the tinyESC signals status using small LEDs that are on the board. Each tinyESC blinks to say different things:  
Blink Speed Color Meaning
Slow Red No data coming from the Transmitter. (See troubleshooting section.)
Rapid Green Transmitter stick is in the forward half of its travel.
Rapid Red Transmitter stick is in the reverse half of its travel.
Solid Green Transmitter stick is at full travel in the forward direction
Solid Red Transmitter stick is at full travel in the reverse direction
Solid Green + Red Stick is centered, motor is neutral.
Alternating Green + Red Indicates calibration mode has been entered. *Not usually required.

Testing the Viper:  Motor and drive movement.

  1. The transmitter has been programmed with Channels 1 and 2 mixed for single-stick driving. It should not be necessary to reprogram the transmitter.
  2. With the robot facing away from you, move the right stick up. Both motors should turn forward.
  3. Moving the stick to the right should reverse the right motor and vice versa for the left. If either motor turns the wrong way, see the troubleshooting section.
  4. If the motors are spinning while you’re not moving the transmitter sticks, adjust the trim levers on the transmitter (located just beside and below the stick) until the motors stop. Trims are for fine adjustments to the way the transmitter makes the wheels move.
  5. When everything is running correctly, turn off the robot by plugging in the charge cable.
  6. Turn off the transmitter.
You’ve now successfully tested your Viper Robot!
Side view of Fingertech Viper combat bot

Adding Armor and Finishing Touches.

  1. Fasten on the top and front Polycarbonate Armor using ten 6-32 x 3/8” screws with the 5/64” (larger) hex wrench.
  2. Add a Fingertech and an ItGresa Sticker!  Paint it!  Do whatever it takes to make the bot your own.
  3. Your Viper kit is complete! Power your bot up and take it for a test drive!

TIP: We’ve seen many matches won by good driving, beating some great designs and great weapons. If you want to win, Practice Driving!

While your Viper assembly process is complete, we have a Spares and Upgrades section, a radio transmitter section, and a troubleshooting section for your convenience. 

Side view of Fingertech Viper combat bot

COMPLETE! SEE THE NEXT ARTICLE:

YOUR VIPER’S RADIO.

https://itgresa.com/t6a-transmitter-instructions/

PREVIOUS STEP:

VIPER BATTERY.

https://itgresa.com/viper-wiring/

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