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    ๐Ÿ“ Lockdown Complaints
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Graham93,

    Just love the binocular bolt. Wonder if anyone ever tried drilling the (in)appropriate holes?!

    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Lockdown Complaints
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    jbkiwi,

    Don't forget the butchers sky hook either, we couldn't use the butcher, it was for 'posh' folk, but I do remember being asked to get an 's' shaped sky hook, to give to the local butcher!

    By the way, RookieSailor, Is Tea what we used to get when Dad dried the grass cuttings and I know what milk is, we used to get it by pretending the neighbours milk bottles had been attacked by birds!

    what's sugar anyway?!

    Andy (who seriously has no complaints, apart from the ones the special clinic is clearing up!!)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Brushed or Brushless.
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Doug,
    Talking an immense amount of sense with that post.

    I totally agree with your 'read the specs' part. With so many users buying off the web, the temptation to buy the cheapest, say, '380, or 540', straight off the shelf can cause endless problems.

    Don't assume that one brushed or brushless motor with the same 'id' and type markings is in fact the same. Stall currents and volts draw are markedly different on some of the 'low cost' options out there.

    To replace your fried ESC will always be more expensive than the time it takes to check out the spec sheet.

    You must ALWAYS have in line fuse, but remember cheapest may cost a lot more in the long run.

    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: connectors for upper cabins (Water/ Electrical)
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Bruce1946,

    Purely personal view - I tend to use cheap (a couple of ยฃ for 10) micro super neo magnets set into the upper deck(s), hull, lower decks with a foam seal to give extra water resistance. To electrically join upper and lower structures, I tend to use 9 or 18 way 'D' shell computer connectors - they're strong enough for repeated connection/disconnection and they are good for signal quality. You could also use cat5 cable plug and sockets. There are probably many more / better ways, but that's what I've used for multi connections and indeed if only one connecting wire is needed, they still work.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Brushed or Brushless.
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Bill,
    As a matter of purely personal preference, I've always used good old fashioned brushed motors. I like the 'grunt', one ESC (as long as stall amps are covered) and easy to swap out if one fails- cos generally they are cheaper!
    Hope you go well with the build - I'm getting my new boat soon and am also starting build log No.1 when I get going.
    What I can say is the warmth and mountain of help from other members should ensure that any foul ups we make are dealt with via good teaching and a bit of rib tickling! Me, for one, like the humour and community that you find here.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Brushed or Brushless.
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Bill,

    It's still a matter of personal preference:
    A trawl through the web brings up a useful basic comparison-:

    Brushed

    Low overall construction costs;
    Can often be rebuilt to extend life;
    Simple and inexpensive controller;
    Controller not needed for fixed speed;
    Ideal for extreme operating environments.

    Brushless
    Less overall maintenance due to lack of brushes;
    Operates effectively at all speeds with rated load;
    High efficiency and high output power to size ratio;
    Reduced size with far superior thermal characteristics;
    Higher speed range and lower electric noise generation.

    As for equivalence, well that depends on your use of each motor.
    All motors have specs published (amps, torque, dimensions etc). So unfortunately, whilst I haven't come across direct comparisons between brushed and brushless of the same size, it really doesn't matter because, it's what you want to do with it that will govern your choice.

    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Lockdown Complaints
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I think it's also a reflection that the older generations who fought tooth and nail to give us/our younger generations unbridled freedoms never foresaw that those unbridled freedoms have recently been given with a total lack of any teaching of self-responsibility.

    Therefore all that they endured and conquered is now replaced by feelings of 'I/we deserve everything now' and 'just give it,you have no right to take anything away from me/us', oh and 'I don't need to contribute or pay in any way for anything".

    Society has, to a degree, fallen apart and I suspect the generations who gave so much for us would be ashamed of our modern day attitudes.
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    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Martin,

    Of course I do!,

    But even funnier is my youngest daughter will alter the voice, say when I'm asleep, and not say anything until this high pitched Barbie-style voice emits a distinctly male request!

    The other time she gets me is when (as I've done this pm) I get so involved in painting a figure (YES! I do really use my mouth to hold the brush!) and get so engrossed by what I'm trying to do that I seem to 'zone out' and when I 'return' the voice is changed. She's even found a way to make it sound a bit Scottish - great fun.

    Andy
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    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Colin,

    I take my hat off to you both. I know the terrible loads I place on my family - and I'm only one disabled person with, hopefully, boundless energy slightly tempered by age. So to take groups of disabled children away for breaks is truly exceptional - I hope you are rightfully proud.

    I know the efforts it took my wife and oldest daughter to get me to the boating lake at Newquay in Cornwall so that I could launch my Flower on her maiden voyage. They carried her, lowered her into the water and rescued her when it glitched (luckily still reachable with a very long pole from the hire center). All I had to do was make her move, steer her and enjoy the moment.

    Taking care of disabled people is a lot harder than being the disabled person, I've seen it from both sides and I know!

    Bless you both

    Andy
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    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Martin555,

    I haven't actually ever done it one purpose, in fact, my speaking machine now knows some very choice words! Even with it's perfect baritone English accent, it's lovely hearing it repeat any of my expletives.
    However, you have given me an idea for a bit of fun, i.e.drop a depleted dry brushing-brush on the living room carpet 'by accident' and watch 'em run!
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Damn Doug!,

    you've not only spotted my long lost cousin floating above the ESC, you've likened me to one of my great heroes!
    'Crip' is a self derogatory term that I use to confound people to state that in reality I am anything else- it gives me a laugh!
    Andy
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    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Martin,
    I'm never offended by anyone's views - except when they're blocking my own!
    Seriously, Disability is not normal, I accept that and indeed I champion it.

    People can feel about me however they like, all I ask is that they remember that we are all actually living beings (although I'm sure at times I'm brain dead!) and stop trying to invent new ways to 'help' disabled people feel included.

    I like that there are still old shops I can't get into, I like there are areas I cannot get to. Don't change the world for me, just let me be in it and accept that I accept that some things, places, activities are beyond me and I'm happy with that.

    Now, seriously, I'm going back to painting a miniature with my gums as the brush holder - who needs hands anyway (well at least someone else does when I drop a part or my brushes!)

    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just a quick follow up. This was a main cooler from an old failed Chromebook. Turned out to be perfect size to fit Viper marine esc onto. 5V supply from the onboard multi volt output board and the fan ducts cool air via a deck vent, through it's own metal duct. Heat sink and fan in one go - cost NOTHING!
    Simple bit of recycling PC components

    Andy
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    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin555,

    Sorry if I offend, but, in humour, I use that term because in our so over the top 'PC correct' world, it causes a lot of people real confusion and worry when someone doesn't really know what to call me, or the many like me - and I say just call me Andy or the 'crip', they either then join me for a chinwag or retreat in embarrassment, whichever, they have at least 'met' me.
    Also using a speech unit can, in the main, cause a lot of interest and I like to use my robot voice to make them laugh with a 'crip announcement warning'!
    I also 'suffer' from uncontrolled movement problems - which I call 'spazzing', again the term gives me a laugh at myself, when all you really want to do is have a good scream at elements of your life.
    But by using self- deprecating terms and enjoying the challenge of keeping part of a loving family, my modelling and bombing around in my electric wheels, I find plenty of moments 'in the sun' of life and keep living it rather than existing.

    All the best
    Andy
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    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Started going out for local 'drives' on my scooter or wheelchair, luckily they both have a range of several miles and we can do the local country lanes.
    I'm wearing a face covering (though who would notice!), my youngest daughter says I look like a robber. My reply was we'd better soup up the wheels a bit!

    I promise this is true, the few people we have met have been courteous, friendly and, for a wheely crip, the strangest thing is that although we all keep a distance apart, they actually talk to me, not asking my family how I am, or talking over my head, but actually to me! They are then amazed that my 'voice' comes out of a machine and they engage even more! They even ask if we'll be there again tomorrow, as it's lovely to see people out and about.

    If that interaction continues then for one person only, the horrible suffering of countless others will have brought about a tiny change for the better.

    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Redpmg, there is an upside to being a wheely person - we have a lot of time on our hands (not feet though!) Apple was named because Steve Jobs had just come back from an apple farm (he was into a weird fruit based diet at the time) and he thought the name was a bit cool, trendy and wouldn't be intimidating to new users- sort of cosy, cuddly almost.
    So there you are and where's my application for 'who wants to be a millionaire' (I can still cough quite well, if required!)
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Thrusters
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Agree completely with Doug. Another interesting fact (courtesy of Wikipedia) is the apparent 'corkscrew' effect that has been shown to kill seals and probably porpoises.
    Still like the reason they are used and are a great asset to limited size model props.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I used to think I might be mad.
    Then I looked in the mirror and it made me really mad!!!

    Just drove the old legs outside for the family clapping of our amazing Health and Care staff. More and more people are joining in, even in the remote rural area I live in. We owe so much to so many. Personally, I'd like to say thanks again.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Which to build?
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Commodore-H,
    Thanks for the encouragement and ideas. Being a crip limits funds so I have to do bits at a time, but I like the idea of trying some basic turning.
    I'll dig out some photo files I took when I was building HMCS Regina and post them up.
    All the more kudos for teaching yourself and that's the way I love to do things.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ships wheel and skylights.
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Now that's what I call excellent
    Well Done.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Martin,
    EXCUSE ME!
    I'm mad and proud of it (or at least I think I'm mad, maybe it's the 'others'!!!)
    Great we can share a laugh on here.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Redpmg,
    I agree with your comments, there are lots of us with limitations in any one area of our modelling lives. I am a non starter at turning, carving and fine rigging (to name a few). Not trying to be clever, or in any way smart, just trying to help a little. Youtube (as much as I dislike the interweb thingy, I am an older wrinkly), has some great starting point videos on just about any subject.
    I taught myself as much as I needed to know to achieve a certain something and then tried it out. There were many false starts and burned out 'bits' but as it's all low voltage / current then all it cost was a few pence and try again.
    So I really am sorry if I speak an 'alien' language, but there are, I'm sure, many electronic 'starters' like me and many more 'experts' in our group of modellers who could, I would hope, provide ways forward to each other in search of that little gem.
    For me, for instance, I would love to work out a way of planking with the one good hand I still have. Then I could tackle HMS Victory, that I've always wanted to build in wood and if someone on our pages has a way, then I would gladly take any help on way forward.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hey JBKiwi,

    The old water cooling rads and fans on those 486's, that we used to mod to get to the dizzying speeds of about a modern day alarm clock and the early pentiums/ amd alikes (yes I used to build them from scratch - shows my age!) are fantastic as coolers on ESC's that are running a bit hot - waterproof, sealed and electrically sound,with a nice low current draw.
    Also if you interrupt the pipework, I can see a great bilge pump simulation just coming out the side of a larger scale model.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just had another thought about old printers. It's beyond my ability for turning purposes, but for all you needing totally straight steel bar, either for use as is (bit big maybe!) of for turning down, there are 4 or more really good quality ones in most printers. So don't write of that old printer. round stock, good pieces of angle ali (or maybe steel ones) and motors, gears galore. Why should we not use a 'dead' item before we bin it?
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Doug,
    No problem!
    On the other side, if your old HP doesn't have anything useful, you could always remove the rotor - some great (depending on scale) rigging and antenna wires are to be found for free in these old motors, just unravel and years of supplies to be had. Some of the gears from printers are great for converting to windlass and anchor gear.
    Andy
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi All,
    The concept that stepper motors need fancy controllers is not totally correct. They will happily turn continuously with only a 555 and a driver chip, a few off the shelf caps and resistors, LED to show rotation. All cheap and very simple. The speed can be controlled by a simple variable pot. I only say this because so many assume (not pointing this at anyone in this post, just a general observation) that steppers are complex and mysterious. The one advantage most steppers have over 'other' style motors is a very high torque and capability to withstand the rotation being stopped whilst under power. To try and assist the average user to make use of printer / steppers there are great resources on the web. I use Arduino and drivers to power a long redundant engraver (the control cabinet went u/s year ago) - now I have a functional engraver with dvd laser conversion ability to burn balsa wood - all for about ยฃ45.00 in motors and drivers (the mega expensive engraver was donated free from a company that had binned it due to the cabinet failure). Try this link for a simple demonstration http://diyprojects.eu/how-to-drive-stepper-motor-beginners-g...
    http://diyprojects.eu/how-to-drive-stepper-motor-beginners-guide/#can-run-continuously
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    How to Run a Stepper Motor Without a Driver
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    ๐Ÿ“ Which to build?
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A quick background. I'm too old to die young, but too young to die old!
    I'm very attached to my electric wheelchair, one working hand, and the other one is useful only as a stop weight (but it does work!), legs are pretty grotty (or that's what my wife says!), and brain is not fully functional.
    I had decided to tackle the 1:35 Schnellboot but something is nagging me.
    My last major build (5 yrs worth)was a matchbox 1:72 Flower class. The reason it took so long was that I decided to make as much operable by RC as possible. It has - working led Aldis lamps (morse programmed via Arduino), working anchors, working (rotating and elevating) main gun, working rear AA gun, fishing line deployable depth charges and full lighting. Also I loved (or hated!) making all the hand rails from copper wire, and the stanchions, (masking tape holds a lot of tiny things to mdf for soldering), bollards from plastic caps etc. It galvanised a "I can do this" challenge in me, it gave me a sense of "me" again and although not the best in the world, for me it was such a sense of achievement.
    Hence the trouble from the Schnellboot - it seems I could only make the handrails, some crew and make the guns, torpedoes operable. That's fine, but it doesn't seem 'enough'.
    Do any of the incredible shipmates on here see the (perhaps selfish) point and if so, do you have opinions on what would be a challenging, yet satisfying long term build.
    I'm trying to do the best I can within my many limitations. I think 1:35, 1:72, 1:200 is probably the sizes I could manage and plastic kits are more suitable because I'm fairly sure I can't do planking or any metal turning - I'm crap at a lot of things!

    Sorry it took a while to explain, but opinions from the great contributors here would be immensely appreciated.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Grosery Shopping
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Bob,
    Here in my part of UK, it is boiling hot with wall to wall sunshine (you are allowed to not like me for that!). Seriously though, I have help from the Bulldog brigade - namely my two daughters. Both teenagers, they make sure on our weekly shopping, that any one who approaches my wheelchair is 'persuaded' to keep back (hence the Bulldog brigade!). Although wheelchair bound, no great upper limb movement and no speech, it doesn't mean that I am considered vulnerable and therefore require to self isolate, but it does mean I have to go to the stores or the kids and the dogs/cats won't get fed!. My wife has bad asthma and that means she has to isolate. The main thing is the kindness and strength of purpose I see in all the shop staff, security, social distance enforcers - they all deserve our profound gratitude and respect. I do use the 'old and infirm' shopping hours and the stores make it as easy as possible and for that we all thank them.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Italeri S38 Schnellboot colours
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Doug,
    Thanks for information it led me to:
    https://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/03/in-boxed-italeris-s...
    Seems to have a lot of box info on the kit. It also led me to realise that S130 is only about 35 miles from where I live! I'm going to try and arrange a trip to the boatyard and see the real thing. Anyone coming to Cornwall via train can see the boatyard about 15-20 minutes after the Royal Albert bridge at Devonport, it's to starboard as you cross the high ground and a great view of the yard is always visible. The S130 website seems to have expired, so I'll try and find out what state the restoration is at.
    https://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/03/in-boxed-italeris-schnellboot-s-38-in.html
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    ๐Ÿ“ Thinking out loud
    2 months ago by Spock66 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    What a brilliant way of putting it. I echo your superb sentiments exactly. Keep going all and keep asking to give help.
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