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lilspikey on Bought a Marklin z-scale starter set at xmas - here I'm testing it out with some DIY IR sensors for block detection. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Seeing that posted at Make, probably set the seed for doing this. Had been toying with the idea of train set for a while, but space is always a premium. Then seeing z-scale + arduino made me think it might be doable." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Bought a Marklin z-scale starter set at xmas - here I'm testing it out with some DIY IR sensors for block detection. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Yeah, I understand about not wanting to make it like work. I've been baby stepping towards a better understanding of electronics - mostly from the POV of trying to reduce power consumption etc. At least with the Arduino it's C++, which I've not used at work for over 10 years..." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Bought a Marklin z-scale starter set at xmas - here I'm testing it out with some DIY IR sensors for block detection. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I'm a coder by day, so a microcontroller makes things simpler for me. Slowly "getting" electronics, but generally I tend to try and keep component counts low to make my life easier. Plus even the arduino is pretty cheap. The final build will use a "pro mini" arduino, which I picked up for about £8. Hoping that I've not bitten off more than I can chew with this project though. Sort of keeping it simple in some respects, but there's a lot of pieces that need to be in place before I can really make a proper start on it. Hoping that by using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi I can actually tweak things further, once the physical side of things is done. We'll see I guess..." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Bought a Marklin z-scale starter set at xmas - here I'm testing it out with some DIY IR sensors for block detection. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Long term plan is to fit it all into an old suitcase: http://www.flickr.com/photos... I've bought a turnout and a decoupler too. Will then use an Arduino to control the throttle, turnout and decoupler + sensors. Then I plan to add a Raspberry Pi to let me add a web-based interface to control it all via a tablet. Will probably also have support for some sort of physical interface e.g. a joypad or similar. Not sure how long it'll all take in the end, but I am slowly figuring out the various bits and bobs I need. Edit: code so far is over here: https://github.com/lilspik..." - John Montgomery
Experimenting with IR sensor to detect z-scale model train: http://www.flickr.com/photos... Tweaked code last night and works better now. #arduino
Re-configuring the HC-06 (cheap) bluetooth serial module - http://www.psychicorigami.com/2014...
RT @alannewman: We are looking for a Java Developer with Python Skills to help us develop our auction platform down here in Brighton: http://www.sensibledevelopment.com/2014...
lilspikey on 1:144 Stuka (Revell Micro Wings) - bit fiddly, but quite good fun to make. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"This is one of those micro wings kits that usually sell for only about £2. Though this one was more like £4 via Amazon in the end (to get it to do the add-on price for free delivery). It all comes on one main sprue (plus clear plastic parts). Quite quick to make (just a few evenings), but did involve a fair bit of filler as the fit wasn't so good. Plus a few odd lumps and bumps on a couple of the pieces too. I believe that the moulds used are relatively old. I've got more pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos... Plus it perched on top of a 1:72 Fairey Swordfish to give you a sense of scale: http://www.flickr.com/photos..." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on 1:72 Airfix Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero (the recent retooled kit) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Yep I used the decals from the kit. Considered masking and painting, but decals went on ok in the end." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on 1:72 Airfix Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero (the recent retooled kit) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Oh and the underside is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos..." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on 1:72 Airfix Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero (the recent retooled kit) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Messed up one decal on other side of fuselage (got folded over slightly and couldn't quite correct it). Also ended up having to glue the prop in place, as just couldn't get it to stay glued and allow turning. Overall though I think it turned out pretty well. The kit itself has really nice clear (recessed) panel lines and seems pretty detailed for 1:72." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Revell 1:72 Fairey Swordfish Mk I (hand painted with lots of dry brushing) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Cheers. Actually though, this was the Revell kit. Though it is Humbrol acyclics." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Revell 1:72 Fairey Swordfish Mk I (hand painted with lots of dry brushing) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Cheers. Used watered down acrylic sepia ink for shading, then dry brushed heavily with original/base colours. Then dry brushed further with slightly lighter shades of base colours." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Revell 1:72 Fairey Swordfish Mk I (hand painted with lots of dry brushing) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Not too bad a kit overall. Definitely glad I painted as I went: http://www.flickr.com/photos... Though I missed a trick, as there were a few decals I didn't apply, as I left that till the end and they were too tricky to put on (e.g. on lower wing)." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"At that scale it should fly! He he. Well in my case [it would crash](http://www.reddit.com/r...)." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"1:48 just a bit too big for me. Got enough trouble finding a spot to out tge mossie at 1:72 scale! That said the detail difference does often make the 1:48 kits look amazing." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Paint the spinner stripes before gluing in place. Otherwise it's mostly fairly straightforward (though see other comments here)." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"It sort of worked. I used a brush, so it was more of a guide than a proper mask. It did at least let me get the stripes consistent between the two spinners. I suspect something less porous might have been better, but using the dremel cone shape tool did match the spinner shape quite well." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Ah that makes a bit more sense. It is the coastal defence variant, so might have been based round Banff." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Interesting to hear why the roundels are done that way. I guess whatever process they use only really works accurately for two colours. Not sure if it's a Banff one? Would that mean Canadian squadron?" - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"One piece canopy in this kit. Did have to cut nose off to fit alternative nose cone for xvii variant." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Build was varied. Some bits fit together nicely, but the wheel covers/hatches were quite a pain. Think the kit was designed with having undercarriage down. I should have spent bit more time filling in gap between fuselage halves. Beyond that transfers were ok (only a few of them and avoided silvering this time). Though didn't like the fact that the RAF roundels had seperate red centers - managed to put one in ever so slightly off center!" - John Montgomery
lilspikey on Airfix 1:72 de Havilland Mosquito (XVIII) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I think it's an older kit/design as the kit wasn't in one of the newer style red airfix boxes and had this art on it: http://www.airfix.com/shop... Obviously with crew painted too: http://www.flickr.com/photos... (though you can barely see them through canopy)." - John Montgomery
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lilspikey on FW190 Airfix - relatively happy with camo pattern, given I didn't have a working airbrush. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"That was exactly the trick. I started with the light blue, watered it down a bit, then added bits of the darker grey and/or green, painted then added more of the darker colours to build up the effect. I also did very watered down washes over the dots with the previous lighter shades too, which helped soften the contrast. For the straight edges I used low-tack masking tape (the Tamiya stuff that's yellow). It works pretty well, though sometimes bits of paint would bleed through underneath it." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on FW190 Airfix - relatively happy with camo pattern, given I didn't have a working airbrush. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Well I was glad I'd received two kits for Christmas, as I messed up one of the decals/transfers. Was good to have a spare. Also reaffirmed my preference for acrylic paints, so much easier to mix and apply in thin layers to build up gradual changes/blending etc. The years of painting w40k miniatures paid off! Should also point out that apart from a bit of "flesh" tone for the pilot and water colours/inks for weathering I just used the paints that came with the kit - one of those "starter" kits that airfix do that come with four tiny paints, a brush and polystyrene cement." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on FW190 Airfix - relatively happy with camo pattern, given I didn't have a working airbrush. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"It doesn't look so bad from other directions. I actually did use a bit of thinner on it to try and dissolve the plastic, but clearly didn't use quite enough." - John Montgomery
lilspikey on FW190 Airfix - relatively happy with camo pattern, given I didn't have a working airbrush. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
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