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Bluebird K7 Print Booklet
Author: Midlife306   Posts: 45   Photos: 61   Subscribers: 1   Views: 3513   Responses: 82   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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Donald, a new approach - Posted: 5th Jul 2017
I found a 1/6 scale pilot on Thingiverse, a little bit of jiggers-pokery later & here is a low resolution head being printed at 1/4.2 scale.
It's not looking too shabby.
Think I'll do a high resolution version next weekend👍
Cheers
Wayne

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Response by Midlife306 on the 5th Jul 2017
Here he is finished enjoying a tab with me in the back yard.
I'm not going to use the face, well I don't think so but the helmet is spot on for my needs. High resolution version next weekend it is then👍
Cheers
Wayne
Response by none on the 6th Jul 2017
Looks a little like you...
Response by Midlife306 on the 6th Jul 2017
Should I be flattered lol
Cheers
Wayne

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Donald - Posted: 22nd May 2017
I found this 1/4 scale Winston/Hank head in a local model shop for £3.50.
Needless to say I glued the front & back together &reinforced inside the head with plasticard. When set I chopped his head off & Dremel'd off the headphones & head strap. I've just filled the resultant gaps & strengthened around the chin & neck area with Milliput. Best leave it until tomorrow to harden up, I may just need to Milliput inside the hair line as I'm guessing I'll have to grind his hair away to fit his head in a helmet.

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Response by Midlife306 on the 24th May 2017
I've got rid of his quiff & what was left of his neck. I realised that I'm going to have to reshape the whole head so I've completely lined the inside of the whole head with a few mm of Milliput.
I'll try out plastic surgery tomorrow & see if I can make him look vaguely like DMC.
Cheers
Wayne
Response by Midlife306 on the 5th Jun 2017
Been busy printing some 1/4 scale hands & im on with the animatronics for Donald.
The torso I bought but the instructions it came with were dire, the micro servos I bought didn't fit so I'm having to get busy with the Dremel, hopefully I'll have him moving this week..
Cheers
Wayne
Response by RNinMunich on the 5th Jun 2017
Dr Frankenstein rides again !!! 👍😎

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Steering wheel - Posted: 21st May 2017
Scratch built, 103mm diameter.
Outer wheel made from milliput & spokes made from plastic sheet.
Formed the milliput between some blue foam rings.
Cheers
Wayne

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Response by RNinMunich on the 22nd May 2017
and a h--luva lot cheaper !! 😉😎
Response by Midlife306 on the 22nd May 2017
Well it's getting nearer, a little bit of filler to dress then all I need is a chrome dome nut👍
The 9 little nuts were made with Milliput in some rubber molds I have, my first practice using them.
Cheers
Wayne
Response by Midlife306 on the 22nd May 2017
First stage of painting, still need to do a black wash over the silver spokes & the outer hub.
Cheers
Wayne

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Rivet spacing - Posted: 21st May 2017
Hi,
I've been searching for ages for something with loads of equally spaced holes in it to aid rivet spacing on my K7.
I was looking around a sewing department today & found this.
It's 12" long & all the holes are 1/4 apart.
Apart from the colour it's perfect 👍
Cheers
Wayne

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Response by RNinMunich on the 21st May 2017
Luuuuv the colour 😡
When I need such a template, e.g. porthole or stanchion spacing etc, I make it from 2 or 3mm alu on the milling machine, somehow the damn thing's got to pay for itself! 😎
Response by Midlife306 on the 22nd May 2017
Ohh how I wish I had some proper machinery 🤔
I've got some square brass tube that I need to put some accurate slots into, no way I can cut them at home so once I've decided exactly what I want I'll take it into work with a box of sweeties, wink wink.
The blue foam is used as wall insulation, if you can't find it in a diy store I'd hope any decent aero modelling shop would carry it.
Cheers
Wayne
Response by RNinMunich on the 22nd May 2017
Hi Wayne, good tip on the foam 👍 I'll start hunting right away.
Good luck with the printer, I haven't got beyond calibration yet 🤔
Cheers Doug 😎

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Donald - Posted: 13th May 2017
I'll tell you what, it's amazing what's inside this blue foam if you rub it hard enough, ohh Matron😂
Cheers
Wayne

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Response by Midlife306 on the 13th May 2017
Well, you learn something ever day, I wouldn't have thought she would have parted with it in a million years.
You live & learn!
Cheers
Wayne
Response by John on the 13th May 2017
Good to see your back at work Wayne!
Response by Midlife306 on the 13th May 2017
Omg I'm soooo thick, you never know when his head & hands are on I might get the odd wish here & there😂

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Bad day at black rock! - Posted: 11th May 2017
I always get home before the Mrs so I have time to hide any of my eBay bargains before she gets home, she beat me home today & guess what, there were seven packages behind the front door....
I'm proper in the doghouse 😳
Looks like I won't be allowed near the boat for a few days, grrrr.....
Cheers
Wayne
Response by RNinMunich on the 11th May 2017
Fold-away thermic lance on order! Hang in there 😎
Response by jarvo on the 11th May 2017
Word your postie, leave round the back, out of sight, just dont forget to look!!!

Mark
Response by Midlife306 on the 12th May 2017
She'll calm down one day, I hope😩

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Spars - Posted: 10th May 2017
Well, I got the titanium lasered for the spars today, I've got a welder lined up, I'm off to the shop to buy him some sweeties!
Cheers
Wayne

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Response by John on the 10th May 2017
Hi Wayne, did you enjoy the sweeties? Remember the three golden rules for welding titanium! Clean, clean, clean. Good luck!
John.
Response by Midlife306 on the 11th May 2017
I won't be doing the welding but I know a man who can👍
Response by rolfman2000 on the 24th May 2017
Sometimes its not about what you know, but who you know ;-)

Hope all goes well(weld)

Best wishes, Dave W👍

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Bluebird K7 - Posted: 9th May 2017
Thanks for the advice Stephen, I'm on with researching now, I'll post the motor specs when it arrives.
Cheers
Wayne

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Bluebird K7 - Posted: 9th May 2017
Well, Luke wasn't happy when I got the Dremel out....
I mean who designs a kids action figure that can't sit down, well, he does now after the Lancashire Dremel massacre!
The plan is to use Luke for 1/4 scale proportions to make my own lightweight blue foam figure from that will fit properly into the cockpit.
I've also cut the sponson profiles, after cutting them I found out they Uhu Pore is an absolutely terrible foam safe glue, basically it doesn't stick owt to owt!! I'm going to have to split every seam & redo it with Gorilla glue..
Cheers
Wayne

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Bluebird K7 - Posted: 9th May 2017
I can't either, but I appear to have lost my fast forward button😂
Cheers
Wayne
Response by Fireboat on the 9th May 2017
Hi Wayne, thought I'd chip in on this thread when I saw the words arduino!

The stepper motor mayyy need a stepper motor controller. Something cheap like a ULN2003 to go between the UNO and the motor. I'm not sure the direct outputs from the arduino UNO will offer sufficient current. Steppers can require quite substantial currents, especially if they stall or are told to "pause".

There are some great libraries available for steppers too. I recommend the Adafruit library. Just make sure the correct pins are identified in the software. If it judders instead of rotates, it's most likely the wrong pins have been assigned to the wrong motor windings.

If you get stuck, I'm happy to help with questions too 😁

Stephen
Response by John on the 9th May 2017
Wayne take your time and enjoy it! Building is half the fun.

John.

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