I am looking at building a vehichal puppet, kind of like the Chevron Cars. The two things I am not quite sure to approach are the steering/suspension and the lights.
As far as the steering and suspension goes do you have any ideas to keep the motion lively? I first looked at using RC parts to get steering components but it almost seems like it might be easier and comparable cost wise to just use parts like this Animation Supply parts to craft a suspension system. If each wheel was on it's own arm it seems like this is seems like it could be pretty expressive:
Is that a good design to go with, or are there better ways to approach this? It also seems like in some of the commercials the body is detached from the wheels, likely mounted on some rig independently to let the wheels be manipulated independent from the body. I figure I might be able to make the attachment point be a bolt that can be removed if it need to be independently animated.
As far as lights go, does anyone know if there is a way to hook LEDs up to an arduino or something and control them through Dragonframe, or would you have to control lights through some kind of DMX setup?
Here are a bunch of commercials with the Chevron cars: