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armored76

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  1. Kind of tempted by this one... How is the quality of Roden kits, overall? From the photos, it seems to be a mid-short-run range.
  2. Hah... I remember trying to scratch-build one as youngster based on some drawings published in a Romanian modelling magazine (Modelism). It was showing the Buran attached to the carrier (?) but cannot recall all the details... PS. I found the cover! It was the February issue of 1989... Memories, memories....
  3. Are those "holes" on the rubber parts normal? This kit is intriguing and frightening (metallic finish) at the same time
  4. Hey, I use Revell Aquas almost exclusively. Some of them are great, some not so but you can work with all of them. I tried diluting them with IPA and their original thinner and both seem to do the trick, with IPA being a tad cheaper on the long-run, probably. Make sure you dilute them properly (the often-cited milky consistence) and you are good to go. If applied with an airbrush, matt colours dry matt. If not, their clear matt is doing a great job even over oil washes which tend to turn glossy. When applied by brush, it tends to dry glossy but it might depend on the paint/layer thickness, you apply. I tried Vallejo and Mig acrylics, as well without noticeable advantages other than the availability of some colours out-of-the-bottle where Revell paints usually require mixing. Speaking of which, the need to mix paints for certain "common" colours is probably their biggest drawback. I hope this helps!
  5. I've been eyeing the MMP series and the AK Real Colors but haven't bit the bullet yet. How are the MMP paints odour-wise?
  6. What brand acrylics are you using, if you don't mind me asking? My main stock is Revell Aqua with a few Mig and Vallejo bottles. All behave about the same.
  7. Congrats on your new piece of hardware! After some struggling with acrylics (paint drying on the tip and/or not leaving the brush, etc), I'm a happy user myself. I went for the Silverline with a 0.2mm nozzle/needle combo just to have the needle adjustment piece. I think, you can now get it as an extra part from H&S. For me, it was the one piece that made the most difference. Then again, I had one from hour zero on my previous brush so, I was used to having one. Have fun with it!
  8. Sorry for not reporting back sooner on this... After reading through the information here and in a very helpful private post, it seems like I was finally able to solve my problem. In hindsight, the key elements are: open up the needle travel distance a lot more; I'm probably in the range around to 2mm which is a lot more than what I used with MRP paints if the paint is undiluted (Vallejo or Mig), up the pressure to a round 15-20psi if the paint is dilute (e.g. for freehand) lower the pressure to around 10-15psi and dilute around 30-70 paint-thinner ratio then apply several layers if diluting the paint use a bit of retarder; with Revell paints I now use their acrylics thinner exclusively Not sure how it happened but all of sudden it just "clicked" into working mode. Many thanks for all your help, gentlemen! It is much appreciated!
  9. Hey, I was surfing around for reviews of the above product but without much success, so far. Did any of you used this already and can report? I'd be mainly interested in shrinkage, ability to re-scribe panel lines after it cured, curing time and the like. Many thanks in advance!
  10. A very old safari hunter is recounting his old adventures to a group of youngsters: - I was marching through the savanah looking for that bad old lion everybody warned me off... Bushes to the left, bushes to the right, ear deafening silence but I knew he was there... and then... ROOOAAARRR!!! The lion jumped in front of me, less than ten yards away, his eyes glaring at me... I sh*t my pants!!! - Well, sir - says one of the youngsters - everyone of us would have reacted the same way. - No, no... I mean, I did that now...
  11. Exactly! The longer it is on, the brighter it appears. Applied on the coil of a DC motor, the longer it is on, the faster it rotates.
  12. Here an explanation on PWM: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/PWM Distance is indeed a problem. It'd be nice to try this out live.
  13. Yes, after the update there will be throttle control on the motors. These would would work with so called PWM control signals. Basically, a very fast signal turning on and off with the time it stays on and off controlled by the software. The longer it stays on compared to the off phase, the higher the "average" voltage on the motor and the faster it turns. The relation between the on and off times is called duty cycle. The best part is, this is all taken care of by the TLC59711 driver. All the software does is tell the chip "Set duty cycle to 30% on channel R1". Exactly the same mechanism can be used to control the LED brightness, if that is required.
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