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  1. Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Wait, is this a kit, or your own custom? Oh yes, that's my kind of model show.
  2. Motorized Hasegawa 1/72 VF-1

    This is my second priority after the motor. I've used 0402 SMDs in parallel, with liquid electrical tape to minimize space. Cant wire them in serial because 5v is not enough for three. Plus if one goes out, I don't want all three to go out in serial. Should be safe since they are the same type, and with a 100 Ohm resistor, double the requirement, for added security. I would prefer to control the wing light and the two warning lights separately, but I need to reduce wires for movement. I'm planning a Low Vis scheme. Black primer with gray on top. The black primer will doubly serve to occlude some light seepage. Any suggestions for the mix for the gray?
  3. Motorized Hasegawa 1/72 VF-1

    I've found a second solution for reversing the motor with a momentary push of a limit switch. This approach is with Arduino. The sketch is attached for anyone interested. This uses the exact same set up as shown here on Adafruits site with the L293D motor driver. Only the sketch is different. You can use two limit switches in parallel for up and down limits. I am working on an update to this with a built-in counter so you can blink lights, move the motor once or twice, then go on with more blinking. For this project, I prefer Urashiman's circuit, because the Arduino approach will take up too many pins. Motor_Reverse_with_Switch.ino
  4. Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    A little Antiques Roadshow on my workbench. I purchased this lighter around 25 years ago from an antique store in the Middle East. I never made much of it, except that I liked to have an ugly old zippo. After years of research and much Googling, I was surprised to find out it is an antique S.T. Dupont made to honor returning soldiers from the French Foreign Legion in the Indochina War in the 1950s. The military insignia for each unit was made by Drago, which exclusively made all the regular military insignias as well. My lighter is for the 2nd Muogo Battlion. And after lots of clean up and repair this week, I was surprised that I had the valuable silver-plated version! I had always thought it was just cheap brass.
  5. Diorama 1/72 VF-1EA Howler on Ready 5

    What's it worth? To sell to others?
  6. Motorized Hasegawa 1/72 VF-1

    Thanks. I didn't think it would work either. Now that we have solved most of the wiring issues, I have ordered a new motor from gizmoszone which I hope will be quieter. Final gear set up complete. I added some screws to lock the arms on the body, and a track for the gear to run, for sideways display on a launch arm.
  7. Hasegawa 1:4000 SDF-1 (DYRL)

    I think that with all the 3-D computer design now, we'll never get the organic feel of the original anime magic.
  8. [R.I.P.] Dolores O’Riordan

    One of the all time great vocals. So sad.
  9. Diorama 1/72 VF-1EA Howler on Ready 5

    Or, we could file a groove in the canopy and mount on the inside. Will have to see when they arrive.
  10. I don't like being a downer, but that's also my feeling about Bandai transformable valk kits. Rather than suffer any more pain, I have decided to avoid them altogether and pretend they don't exist. Great job on yours!
  11. Diorama 1/72 VF-1EA Howler on Ready 5

    I've seen different photo etch hinges I want to try on a cockpit. These look as small as 1-2mm. https://www.super-hobby.com/products/Mini-hinges-workable.html
  12. Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    No, I am referring to a different product called Mr. Mark Setter. The image above is of a different brand called Micro Sol that I have not tried in the way you want, so I can't vouch for it. But Micro Sol is definitely great for decals. Neither are to remove: one is to set decals, and one is a solvent for a different use, to shrink the decal to conform to uneven surfaces. Google a "how to" in youtube.
  13. Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    I have used Mark Setter for decals on toys/models that I didn't want to top coat. With regular handling they will not come off.
  14. Diorama 1/72 VF-1EA Howler on Ready 5

    Have you ever used mini hinges for your canopies?
  15. Model Kit Collection Show It Off!!!

    You've got a huge stash there. I did my first resin models last year, so as a fellow newbie I suggest you start with the smaller non-transformable kits. You'll feel like a pro after you have a couple under your belt. Plus they are addictive as hell. Just wear a gas mask and work near an exhaust fan, because you will have a lot of sanding to do and the stuff is noxious.
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