I would like to present this first reveal and video test of the first production prototype for Codename Colossus. His Majesty’s Colossus “Boudicca”. The T1 training Colossus.
So far I’ve uploaded drawings and pictures of the partial builds, and quite frankly, I could have faked a photo and video shoot earlier. I had all the component parts working. But I really wanted to make sure everything was working as intended before putting out this video. It would be the only honest thing to do. Which feels kinda strange because the only person I really have to be honest with at this stage is myself. However, it is important to me that I can say that “marketing” did not rush to get a shoot out early. Codename Colossus officially works, and it is a with great pleasure that I share it with you.
In the last week, I had a major problem with the servo controlling the front hatch that I burnt at least 3 servos (ouch!) trying to get it the geometry, the coding, and the physical assembly right. And I am glad to say that I have solved the problem and it works great now, as you can see in the video.
This video is also for me to get a sense of what I need to make a decent enough product video for Codename Colossus. My hobo freehand job, while not exactly Blair Witch Project, is not quite broadcast quality either. I have since invested in a slider/dolly contraption, and will probably stop relying on my camera’s Continuous Focus mode, hopefully that removes the last bits of the shakes, and give me more interesting camera movements. I realize that the videography and photography aspects of the project would be quite important moving ahead. The people who would commission and buy a Codename Colossus would be part of the building process. I want to constantly update them with build videos throughout the build process, as I have with the Commander (buyer) of HMC Boudicca, a long time friend who have been a moral support throughout this project.