How it works
The Stag Beetle is equipped with two gearboxes, one that controls the right legs and one that controls the left legs. While working in the same direction, the gearboxes allow your robot to move forward or backward. While working in opposite directions, the gearboxes allow your robot to turn right or left. The remote control allows you to control the two gearboxes; each lever controls one gearbox. After some practice, you will be able to make your beetle go anywhere you want.
The beetle’s legs are connected by plastic linkage rods that produce a six-legged walking gait when the motors are running. The mandible parts of the beetle’s head are linked to the right front leg, which causes them to open and close as the beetle walks. The Stag Beetle’s body is made from a transparent purple ABS resin that allows you to see all of the motors, gears, cranks, and linkage rods in action.
Compete with friends
If you have a Rhinoceros Beetle or another Stag Beetle, you can enjoy head-to-head games such as wrestling and soccer! The following video shows a Rhinoceros Beetle wrestling with a Stag Beetle: rhino_vs_stag.mpeg (7MB mpeg).
Note: This is a kit. Assembly requires using a screwdriver and snapping parts together. No soldering is required. A screwdriver is included. Requires two AA (a.k.a. R6 or UM3) alkaline batteries (sold separately). Run on flat, smooth surfaces; avoid running over slopes, on bumpy roads, or on thick carpet.
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Exact shipping can be calculated on the view cart page (no login required).
We deliver Australia-wide with these options:
- $3 for Small Items (3-7 days, not tracked, only available on selected small items)
- $6.95 for Standard Post (2-4 days, tracked)
- $8.95 for Express Post (Overnight for Australia Post Next Day Network, tracked)
- Pickup - Free! Only available to customers who live in the Newcastle region (only after we email you to notify your order is ready)
International Orders - the following rates are for New Zealand and will vary for other countries:
- $11.49 for Pack and Track (3+ days, tracked)
- $16.50 for Express International (2-5 days, tracked)
If you order lots of gear, the postage amount might increment based on the weight of your order.
Our physical address (here's a PDF which includes other key business details):
Unit 18, 132 Garden Grove Parade
Take a look at our customer service page if you have other questions such as "do we do purchase orders" (yes!) or "are prices GST inclusive" (yes they are!). We're here to help - get in touch with us to talk shop.