I'm in the planning stages of a building project with a friend. We've been planning controllable spinning tops for a while. We have a number of design ideas, we just need a reliable site with a healthy catalogue of electronic and mechanical parts to sift through (difficulty with appropriate transmitters and receivers mainly)
any site suggestions?
Most of my electrical components are either from Sparkfun (for the more hobby, unique items) and Digikey (for the bulk purchase items). I've also purchased from Newark without problem either and they have a pretty wide catalog for electrical components also.
No clue on the mechanical stuff though, sorry.
@entish: There's always eBay! Sure electronics is nice, they've got plenty of stuff. I've bought plenty of stuff from them. Years ago they used to do more basic stuff they've given up today, like I bought bucket loads of SMDs (they used to have E48, E24 and E12 series in 1206, 0805 and 0604, E12 and E6 for capas and inductances), accelerometer kits, gyroscopes, PIC programmers, heat sinks and fans for power LEDs (20 and 50W a pop! Needs to keep its junction cool)... don't really remember everything they have, they don't always have everything listed, so you can write them a little email to ask what you want (if you do know what you want).
what do you call "mechanical stuff"? Cause there's quite a broad spectrum of "mechanical stuff"...
Also, have you tried that thing, very last century I'll admit, but still reliable, called yellow pages? It might be great to have a store near you when you're exploring like that, because you might need a little something that would hold you back for your entire project, and just being able to get your part in an hour is much less frustrating than having to wait a few days.
And, of course, there's the obvious for both your request: Amazon.com, they have sooooooo many things, you could almost build an entire shop with orders just from them. They have a healthy stock of electronic components (usually more expensive than the guy on eBay, but much faster to deliver), and they have the same kind of things you'd find in your brick and mortar hardware store, and more!
How are you planing to control a top? Not sure I get it, you just have to spin one thing and that's it... I must be missing something.