I am definitely a n00b still, but have done enough that I'm confident I have the skills to do this project, just maybe not the experience to avoid problems.
I'm planning a Time lapse dolly rig. The plan is a for a pully driven platform with a control station and adjustable settings. I'm really looking for help identifying which areas I may have problems with and if there are any major flaws here. I expect to spend several months getting it all worked out once I begin. Thanks in advance.
Part list: Flex DSLR skater dolly http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Skater-Stabilizer-Slider-Camera/dp/B00803N2AY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370539130&sr=8-1&keywords=flex+dolly
AdaFruit Motor Shield http://www.adafruit.com/products/81
USB Host Shield for Arduino http://www.circuitsathome.com/products-page/arduino-shields/
2x 12V Stepper Motors http://www.adafruit.com/products/324
The build: The Arduino, motor shield, usb host shield a couple Pots and nixies would form a control station behind the rail. One motor shield feed would run along the rail to the pully stepper motor on one side of the rail. The Pots would control steps to take each movement and time delay between shots and rotation.
From the control station, a camera control feed and stepper motor feed would go to the platform. The platform will have some parts not listed, like a ball head camera mount, a tripod extension to raise the whole, thing, etc.
The rails would just be a smooth sanded wooden board, with either some 1x1" strips as edges, or whatever works to keep the wheels on track.
Was planning on using a LiPo from my last build (quad copter), but open to suggestions on power source as well.
Does any of this sound crazy to anyone? Thanks for any input!!