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  1. arbit

    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    I told you I had somethin' cookin'. Now go wash your mouth out with soap!
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    I made a toy! This is the final video showing the Bluetooth controls. Hope you like it! Don't ask me what XYTV is. It's from a paid app, Viva Video, that's not supposed to have watermarks!
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Yes I meant the Kairos. So anyone have any idea how NY is getting these one by one?
  4. I'm pinning the final video at the top. WIP follows. I've been working on this for a while on the Workbench, and since it has passed a reasonable stage, I thought I would give it its own thread. This is also a call out for help to finalize, because I need to find really small limit switches that are Normally Closed (Edit: This has been solved with an Arduino sketch and instructions attached further down). I found small limit switches based on a similar project by DorobouHige, but they turned out to be Normally Open, which does not work in my wiring diagram for reversing a DC motor with limit switches. This is what the limit switches I have look like (9x5.5x2mm ). I believe they may be available in Japanese electronics stores with Normally Closed options. Larger "micro" switches wont fit in the Valk. Any help solving this would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Careful, since I mentioned them here, Gizmoszone seems out of business but still taking money. Just won a non-delivery case against them, and they have insufficient paypal funds as well. Anyone know who else has 6mm low speed motors (12mm length)? The 6mm planetary motors on ebay are too long (L 19mm) for the valk. com
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Thank you Master. But wait till you see what I am cooking up here.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Finally got my KairROS from NY. Don't hate me. I ordered on Oct 7. But could someone please give a theory on how the heck they are fulfilling these one by one? I just don't see how it works. If there was a second run they would have filled all orders right away. Not drip by drop. I just can't figure it out from a business perspective.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    That's the same fix I mentioned yesterday worked for me too. Except to be safe I filed away with 400g paper, so i could file and test, file and test. But careful to file/trim the main hinge, not the fin itself which has the little 1mm nob to attach to the hinge. Then I cleared up the 1mm hole in the hinge as well with a pin-vice drill.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    He will be pleased to hear that !
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Thanks so much wmcheng. Youre our hero. I dont have 1/10 your skill. I couldnt be doing this without the guys on the workbench showing me the way. They taught me everything I know. I just try to have fun with everyone. It's a team effort.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Generally I dont like to be negative and complain, but the QC on this YF-19 is the worst I've ever seen from a leading manufacturer. On my piece they have jammed the rear tail wing hinge when installing it, turning both joints to an unrecognizable mess. I managed to correct it a bit with some sanding and drilling. But this is really hurrendous quality, especially for a USD300 toy. Never cared much for perfection when there are small mistakes, but this makes me really reconsider if I want to waste my money on these jokers any more. You can see my sanding marks and drilling to straighten the edges out and make the hinge "workable" again.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Exactly 250 grams. But I dont trust this levitating display. It comes crashing down with a bang from imbalance. Anyone experienced one that doesn't do that? I made this for my kids because this is exactly what I would have wanted. My 7-yr old gave it a 10/10. But my 13-yr old only gave it a 9... Tough customer... Too preoccupied with Fortnite. I'm beginning to really hate that game...
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Thanks mickyg. This is rushed, but I couldn't resist
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Wrapping up the electronics now. This is my first Bluetooth controlled project (with the HC-06 board), so it took some time to learn. It was pretty easy actually. Otherwise its the same setup I always use with the Mini Arduino, LiPo, SD Card, amplifier, and speaker for the sound effects. It has 25x RBG Neopixels and 3x normal leds (for the lasers and pulsar cannons). They are all separately controlled by Bluetooth, with the Ardudroid app, for the landing gears, stairs, cockpit, gun pit, engine, and 14 spotlights with fiber optics. It's my first completely wireless project that doesn't need a base, because all the electronics fit in the body. Although at this scale it was a tight fit, especially the fiber, It has an external power switch under the engine, and removable side access for charging and programming. Now I'm trying to figure out how to shoot this little guy. I'm hoping to do a Picture in Picture video to show the Bluetooth control in action.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Thanks guys. The difficulty with the Falcon is that it is so iconic. With other models like a VF-1 or a Gundam or a fighter jet, you can make any scheme you like... You could make it hot pink if you want, and it will still be cool. But the Falcon has to look like the Falcon, and that's tough to pull off.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Soot and rust is on. I think painting is done. This is the dirtiest thing I've ever painted. I don't do much weathering because I prefer a toy look. But with the Falcon it's really a requirement. And it's with my daughter's $2 oil set.
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    MΔ - VF-9

    Do you disassemble before priming?
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    MΔ - VF-9

    The video really shows off the transformation quality, strong locks, and the stiffness of the joint positions. Great job!
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    Yamato 1/60 Fold Booster/Fast Packs

    I've seen cheap From Japan.
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    Macross figures

    Classy photo!
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Getting dirty! Now it feels like a Falcon.
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    MΔ - VF-9

    I've been waiting for this video! It looks like a perfectly engineered toy. Puts the old resin transforming kits to shame. It is definitely worth the money.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Thanks. Interesting. But what about eps 4-6? Saucerish or flat? I'm old school.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    I think we will call it Night Version! Better than Pastel MLP Version anyway... On to the oils finally. Derex, I have a new found respect for Star Wars models. Getting the movie accurate shades right and painting among all those greeblies is a lot more challenging than it looks. Grayson72, you've gone from metal to paper. I look forward to updates on both. Thom, nice to see you're Yamato fleet is growing. The more Yamato the better! Notice how the Bandia version is more saucerish. Look how much more humped the rear and sides are! Despite the great accurate details, I finally figured out why it just doesnt look like a Falcon to me. Needs to be flatter.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    The quality of the decals is good, a bit of softner and they go down well on the panel details. It is the colors that suck. Bandai was realy perfectionist on this 1/144, so I don't understand why they screwed up the decal colors. The sticker decals were the correct colors, but those would not conform well to the panel details. It does need weathering, so I am planning it out with oil paints and brush. I don't want to make a mess of it. I need to mix oil streaks to match my coat. I might end up painting them, but again mixing my own colors to mesh with my base coat requires a lot of artistic skill I don't have. That's what DECALS ARE FOR BANDAI!!!!! Which black stensils? You mean the little decals for warning signs and such? Yes I still have those, planning to add them later. But I forgot about them. Any advice now after I have completed the overspray to get the right tones for the decals? Here's a sneak peak of what I'm up to next
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