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Author Topic: Klingon Bird of Prey ... on the mend  (Read 6846 times)

Offline Spencer

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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - Colors and Details
« Reply #75 on: May 19, 2018, 08:41:13 pm »
I've put my Arduino code and a few other things on GitHub for anyone interested ...

https://github.com/spencerwolfe/Klingon-Bird-of-Prey-Arduino-Code
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - Colors and Details
« Reply #76 on: May 21, 2018, 07:22:32 am »
I've put my Arduino code and a few other things on GitHub for anyone interested ...

https://github.com/spencerwolfe/Klingon-Bird-of-Prey-Arduino-Code

Spencer, while I am just getting my toes wet in programming in this language, I know enough about OOB to know this took alot of thinking. I also know that plagiarism only counts in an Academic setting! :) Still, I admire the work and thinking!

It looks like you are using a ATtiny85 module. Why this one over, say, a WeMos mini? Just curious as I am shopping around.

Thanks for taking the time to answer! I enjoy your builds!

Keep going!

Steve
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - Colors and Details
« Reply #77 on: May 21, 2018, 05:51:01 pm »
Hi Steve,

If I recall, WEMOS works at 3.3V right? 5V used by the ATtiny85 is a bit more convenient for me. Plus,
I'm a believer in not having more I/O pins lying around than what's needed.

It's also an exercise in designing my own boards should I ever need to some day, otherwise I would have gone with something like this:
https://www.adafruit.com/product/1501



I'll keep updating github as things progress. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll be limber enough to get back to the BOP.

Spencer
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - Colors and Details
« Reply #78 on: May 23, 2018, 07:21:40 am »


I KNEW that!

I wish I could say that was my first dumb question this year, but that would be lying! :D

Thanks for sharing your code though!

Keep going!

Steve
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - Colors and Details
« Reply #79 on: May 23, 2018, 10:48:17 am »
I wish I could say that was my first dumb question this year, but that would be lying! :D


Steve ... there are no dumb questions. I could actually make a WEMOS work with my circuit, but would probably
still go with a Trinkit if I had too.


I've updated my GitHub with some more info and the control board's gerber/fritzing/BOM files in case anyone wants to fabricate one at some point.
I hope to be assembling and testing a board soon ...

Spencer
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - Colors and Details
« Reply #80 on: June 26, 2018, 10:55:09 am »
Hi everyone, sorry about the lack of updates yet again ...

It's taken a bit longer for my fingers to limber up, but we're in pretty good shape now.
And I've been busy with work and summertime stuff.



Right now, I'm debating on primer color. I'm using Pale Green for the base color, and I've found that black primer
as an undercoat makes the green pop much more than using a gray primer. I was planning on doing some pre-shading,
but black primer would sort of defeat the purpose.

I'm thinking about spraying a darker green in the nooks and crannies and then pale green over that. Either that or just emphasizing
the raised details a bit more. Decisions, decisions ...

Spencer


P.S.
I've updated the links in my signature that includes a build blog, to make things easy to show on a mobile format.
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - and I'm back
« Reply #81 on: January 07, 2019, 10:50:24 am »
Hi everyone,

I've been away from the bench for too long, but I've been fighting a bronchial issue for the past few months.

While it still isn't completely sorted, Doc has given me permission to do some modeling, as long as I'm diligent with the respirator (which I always
take very seriously) and not push too much physical exertion.

So, I'm going back to work on the Bird of Prey.

I've tried not to be too idle during this time, watching some videos and reading posts to learn new things to try out.

Expect some updates over the next couple weeks / month while I work on opening up the rest of the windows and lights and building/testing the lighting control circuit.
As always, questions, comments and opinions will be welcome.

And I look forward to Boyd's plans for the new site ...

Spencer
« Last Edit: January 07, 2019, 10:54:34 am by Spencer »
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - and I'm back
« Reply #82 on: January 08, 2019, 08:54:33 am »
Hi everyone,

I've been away from the bench for too long, but I've been fighting a bronchial issue for the past few months.

While it still isn't completely sorted, Doc has given me permission to do some modeling, as long as I'm diligent with the respirator (which I always
take very seriously) and not push too much physical exertion.
Spencer, hope the bronchial issue is going to clear up soon.   Is it caused by something you were exposed to in model building or is it unrelated and could be further irritated without the respirator?

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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - and I'm back
« Reply #83 on: January 08, 2019, 09:15:06 am »
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Spencer, hope the bronchial issue is going to clear up soon.   Is it caused by something you were exposed to in model building or is it unrelated and could be further irritated without the respirator?

I wound up with a really bad case of bronchitis which took a while to get over. Right now, it's just dealing with some irritation and inflammation while things heal up fully.

The truth is that I have had a mild form of COPD since my high school days (genetic mainly).
Paint, cement or most other fumes have never caused real problems for me, even when I would catch a whiff. It's mainly cigarette or wood smoke that sets me off.

But my rule for modeling has *always* been "if I can smell it, then do something about it." So long story short, no worries.

Spencer


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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - and I'm back
« Reply #84 on: January 11, 2019, 01:35:10 pm »
But my rule for modeling has *always* been "if I can smell it, then do something about it." So long story short, no worries.

I'm really starting to think about getting a respirator to use during painting. I'd always thought "Acrylic can't be as bad as enamel;right?!"

Oh, well. It really is a surprise I've lived as long as I have. XD

Post pics when you get a chance.

Steve
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - and I'm back
« Reply #85 on: January 11, 2019, 10:42:12 pm »
I'm really starting to think about getting a respirator to use during painting. I'd always thought "Acrylic can't be as bad as enamel;right?!"

Yeah, it's still the particulate cloud you gotta watch out for. Most respirator cartridges can come with a particulate filter over top, or you can get them separately.

Plus some brands of paint, artist acrylics mainly I think, might still use Cadmium for yellow and Cobalt for blue, which are bad news to be spraying around. A lot of
brands have moved away from that, but there are still probably some out there.



Anyway, I'll see about posting some small updates over the next month or so.


Spencer
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey ... and I'm back
« Reply #86 on: January 12, 2019, 06:47:58 am »
Thanks for posting the code, it's interesting to see different approaches.   Although I think your engine fading calculation is a bit over the top!
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey - and I'm back
« Reply #87 on: January 14, 2019, 08:26:23 am »
Anyway, I'll see about posting some small updates over the next month or so.

Looking forward to them!
"To be honest with you, Picard, a significant number of my crew members have expressed a desire to return even knowing the odds. Some because they can't bear to live without their loved ones, some because they don't like the idea of slipping out in the middle of a fight."

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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey ... on the mend
« Reply #88 on: January 18, 2019, 10:54:10 pm »
Hello ladies and germs ...

We'll it turns out I had a much more serious underlying condition at hand, and spent last weekend in the hospital, but I won't go into details.

Point is I've been on the mend over most of the past week here at home and I am actually feeling better than I have in some time. The nice thing is that spraying, cement fumes and what not
won't be a problem. What I wound up having wasn't being caused by any of that or being exacerbated by it.

So, I'll be back soon.

'IwlIj jachjaj

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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey ... on the mend
« Reply #89 on: January 22, 2019, 07:48:08 am »
Spencer,

Hang in there, Buddy! Sorry to hear about the hospital stay.

Get well and get back to the bench!

Suvlu'taHvIS yapbe' HoS neH!

Steve
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