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Returned home to a nearly ripe strawberry. This will be first test of anti-squirrel defences... https://twitter.com/lilspik...
Checking out Concorde (one of the prototypes) https://twitter.com/lilspik...
Finished 1:144 Hawker Typhoon kit: https://t.co/XnOEqpN54D
lilspikey on Revell Micro Wings Typhoon (1:144) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Quite fiddly working at 1:144 scale, but looks quite cute when finished. Plus there are so few parts in only really takes a little time to put together." - John Montgomery
Revell Micro Wings Typhoon - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Revell Micro Wings Typhoon
Revell Typhoon main colours painted - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Revell Typhoon main colours painted
Revell typhoon primed - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Revell typhoon primed
Revell Hawker Typhoon kit in progress - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Revell Hawker Typhoon kit in progress
Anybody care to help with this Django Haystack/Elasticsearch issue? http://stackoverflow.com/questio...
Train throttle, turnout and decoupler controller board soldered - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Train throttle, turnout and decoupler controller board soldered
Mind slightly blown as William suddenly writes his name unaided.
lilspikey on Using Nexus 7 to control Marklin z scale turnout and decoupler (more progress) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Yeah, I looked at DCC. It would be *the way* to do it and there's an Arduino library to handle it, so it probably wouldn't be too tricky. The main reason I didn't go this route is the simple nature of the layout and apparent difficulty getting DCC for z-scale. Didn't feel comfortable trying to fit a tiny DCC decoder inside the train..." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Using Nexus 7 to control Marklin z scale turnout and decoupler (more progress) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I doubt my software will be that general purpose to be honest. It would be possible to make it that way, but it'd take quite a bit more time. I'm publishing all of the source code as I go though here: https://github.com/lilspik..." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Further progress on Marklin Z scale layout - testing control via tablet - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Yep will do. There's a guy who did something similar, who's got a series of posts here that you might find interesting: http://www.aerodynes.fr/2013..." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Further progress on Marklin Z scale layout - testing control via tablet - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"The computer will be replaced by a Raspberry Pi in the final build, so I can embed it inside the track. I'm doing it that way so I can do "proper" networking on the computer/RPi and then use the Arduino for the low level stuff. Running a web interface from an Arduino is going to get painful quick. I would maybe just use the RPi on it's own, but it's got a limited number of GPIO pins. I guess maybe a Beaglebone Black might be a better replacement, but I'm much more familiar with the Arduino..." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Using Nexus 7 to control Marklin z scale turnout and decoupler (more progress) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Got the decoupler and turnout working quite nicely via tablet. Managed to get rid of the lag from the UI too, so it's pretty responsive. The proceeded to spend about an hour to get the train running, due dust/dirt. Took it apart several times. Finally put it back together again having lost one of the springs for the front hook :( Does now run, but have ordered an electric wheel cleaner to make my life easier... Understanding now why z-scale is considered fiddly!" - John Montgomery
Arduino controlling train throttle, decoupler and turnout - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Arduino controlling train throttle, decoupler and turnout
Controlling LEDs (will later be train turnout and decoupler) with web interface on tablet. Less laggy than before. https://t.co/tRtoiAuF5a
Got my z-scale train set working with control via Nexus 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch... (very rough prototype)
Got my z-scale train set working with control via Nexus 7 http://t.co/2H7RQr0HdL (very rough prototype)
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lilspikey on Further progress on Marklin Z scale layout - testing control via tablet - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"It's a Nexus 7 tablet (Android KitKat), talking via a Javascript/Web interface (using web sockets) to a Python/Tornado server, that then talks via a serial port to an Arduino, that then drives the throttle. Plenty of places for lag TBH. Not too worried at this stage. I suspect though it's actually on the Javascript side of things though. I know that by default most tablets add a 250ms delay for "mouse" events. I'm also currently throttling how fast the events go through, which might be the other side of it. At the moment just trying to get it roughly working and then will optimise more later." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Further progress on Marklin Z scale layout - testing control via tablet - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Just a very minimal test, but able to get tablet to talk to server on laptop, which then sends commands via serial port to Arduino. The Arduino then does high frequency PWM (32KHz) to control throttle. Need to work on lag on the tablet, but does seem to at last work. Next step is getting the decoupler and turnout working too." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Running z-scale train on newly pinned down track (first proper step towards suitcase train) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I'm going to use IR transmitter/receiver pairs that turn on/off at random frequencies. Can then use difference between the on/off readings to detect when train over it. Should hopefully be fairly noise resistance and tolerant of sunlight etc." - John Montgomery
Alien symbiote as minifig https://twitter.com/lilspik...
lilspikey on Running z-scale train on newly pinned down track (first proper step towards suitcase train) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"My first train related project. Just pinned the track onto cork, that is glued onto foam. Next step it to get throttle etc connected to Arduino for control. Also have plans to then add infrared sensors below track and get some sort of web interface hooked up (so I can control it via a tablet)." - John Montgomery
My z-scale/suitcase train project progressing. Pinned track to board. Next step Arduino control. https://t.co/Znz3XWhMhd
Running z-scale train on newly pinned down track - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Running z-scale train on newly pinned down track
z scale model train track pinned to board - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
z scale model train track pinned to board
DIY LED lampost for model train layout http://www.flickr.com/photos...
DIY LED lampost for model train layout - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
DIY LED lampost for model train layout
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