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RED, with optional Pan & Tilt head, SRF08 range finder and electronics cover plate.

VIDEO 1 MSR-H01 & HexEngine walk tests
VIDEO 2 MSR-H01 & PS2 Controller
VIDEO 3 MSR-H01 & Basic Obstacle Avoidance


MSR-H01 Hexapod ISO Sleep
BLACK, Standing Position
MSR-H01 Hexapod Look
SILVER, Standing Position
MSR-H01 Red Pan
RED - With Optional Pan head & SRF08 range finder.

MSR-H01 is a 3 DOF hexapod kit consisting of 26 precision laser-cut 5053 aluminum body and leg components in one of three anodized colors: Silver, Red or Black. The kit comes with all screws, stand-offs, nuts and bolts for assembly (servos, electronics and batteries are not included).

The M3 & M4 machine screws included are high quality, stainless steel, hexagon button head type, with steel hexagon stand-offs. The top body plate has mounting holes for a p.Brain-SMB or SSC32 controller. With the electronics mounted underneath the top body plate, there is still enough room within the body for a 5 cell Sub-C battery pack. An optional PP3 battery holder can be fitted within the body frame for a clean, logic power supply. At the front of the hexapod there is a servo mounting point for an optional pan/tilt head.

Dimensions when standing: 280mm x 320mm x 175mm (LxWxH)

One aspect that lets many robot kits down is the control electronics, MSRL are pleased to announce the release of the p.Brain-HexEngine: with the HexEngine electronics & firmware, taking control of your hexapod has never been easier. The HexEngine can be configured using a PC serial port & terminal software, and comes with default settings for the MSR-H01 kit for fast configuration. Once configured controlling your hexapod can be achieved via a serial link using a separate controller such as a basic stamp, or over an optional bluetooth link from a remote system. Further information: HexEngine product, Hexengine information, HexEngine projects.

There are two sizes of servos used in the kit, the coxa servos are Hitec mini size HS-225BB/MG, with the femur & tibia taking a standard size servo such as the HS-645MG. There are several servo configurations for the hexapod, listed below are the bare minimum, recommended, full metal gear, and digital metal gear configurations:

MSR-H01 Servo Configurations
  Bare Minimum Recommended Full Metal Gear Metal Gear Digital
Coxa 6 x HS-225BB 6 x HS-225BB 6 x HS-225MG 6 x HS-5245MG
Femur 6 x HS-645MG 6 x HS-645MG 6 x HS-645MG 6 x HS-5645MG
Tibia 6 x HS-475HB 6 x HS-645MG 6 x HS-645MG 6 x HS-5645MG

Remember, digital servos deliver more power than their analogue counterparts, but at a cost of taking more current, therefore reducing battery run time.

Assembly Guides

In order to keep kit & shipping costs down, printed assembly guides are not included in the kit, therefore it is necessary to print the following on-line guides when purchasing the kit.


Battery options

The kit can take a 5 cell Sub-C battery pack within the body frame. The servos will run at either 4.8 or 6.0V, so either a 4 or 5 cell pack can be used. Although the p.Brain-Hexengine can run from the same supply as the servos, it may be necessary to provide a separate clean power supply for the logic, such as a 9V PP3 battery.

Kit Options

MSR-H01 Hexapod ( no servos, no electronics )
This kit includes 26 anodized body & leg plates, fasteners, servo mounting hardware, stand-offs & rubber end caps.

Other items are required to complete the kit, such as servos, electronics, battery etc, please see the optional extras below.


MSR-H01 Hexapod SILVER -

MSR-H01 small

MSR-H01 Hexapod BLACK -

MSR-H01 Black

MSR-H01 Hexapod RED -

MSR-H01 Red
Electronics, Servos, Batteries & Optional Extras
Pan Head Kit
Pan & Tilt Head Kit
p.Brain-SMB Cover Plate
12 x HS-645MG Servo Pack
6 x HS-645MG Servo Pack
6 x HS-475HB Servo Pack
6 x HS-225BB Servo Pack
6 x HS-225MG Servo Pack
6.0V 4600mAh NiMh pack
Battery Pack Switch Harness
9V PP3 Battery Holder
Cable Ties 100x2.5mm Pack of 100
Items You May Require For Assembly
Cable Ties You will need some cable ties or cable sleeving to tidy the wiring on your robot, I suggest miniature 1.8 or 2.5mm ties if you can find them. Its best to buy a pack of 100, as you are likely to get them in the wrong place and need to replace a few :).
Tools You will require a small cross head screw driver, a 2mm socket key and a 2.5mm socket key. A small pair of pliers can also be useful
Patience Take your time.. its not a race ;)
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