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Hi everyone - I finished my USS Enterprise build this weekend. This has been my first model after 30 years and even though I think it turned out ok, I wish I could go back to change these things: - Get rid of the silver shine on the larger decals. Stock Revell decal softener had no visible effect. Any tips ? - The nacelles seem to droop to the rear slightly too much. I found no way to easily correct this. Link to a video and more images: https://geekjournal.ch/uss-enterprise-model-build-part-13-endgame/
Hi all, Well I did say when I first joined this Britmodeller a few months ago that I would be concentrating on Real Space modelling and that hasn't really changed even though I have a few planes in boxes in my stash. I specifically said I would be avoiding all and every Sci-Fi kit (with the possible exception of the Starship Enterprise) but I never thought I would be posting this... Since I've played around with electronics in the past I thought I would try my first ever go at lighting a model. Nothing too ambitious on the first go so elected to go for Pegasus Models Area 51 UFO, a simple kit that a 6-year old could put together. So here is the progress so far... Box art for reference: First couple of coats of silver grey to imitate weathering. Several more to go!! 2 coats of Vallejo matt black applied heavy. Amazing how translucent PS can be so it's important to block off the light where you don't want it to shine through. Light from the green LEDs that will be installed must only emit through the filtered green windows (currently masked). The board that I used - an Arduino Nano. I originally considered using a 555 Timer IC but these can really only flash a single LED and require a few more components in order to function, whereas I needed six LEDs to fade in and out and in unison. A 4060 CMOS chip would have worked ok with some additional passive components (caps and resistors) but in the end I chose to go with the Arduino microcontroller since prices have come down so much for these devices. I wrote a simple programme to initiate and loop the blinking/fading of the 6 LEDs. Similar C++ programmes are widespread online and can be adapted to your lighting needs. Each of the 6 LEDs requires a resistor but that's all there is, apart from connecting up to the right connections on the Arduino board. Once the programme is uploaded to the controller and compliled (done using your computer), the programme is resident in memory and is then powered by the 9V battery shown. I'll post additional photos once the paint jobs are finished and (hopefully) add a short video showing the finished model. Best Steve
An extremely simple kit that an eight year old could build. The most interesting part was lighting the model using an Arduino microcontroller and writing a short programme to fade the LEDs in and out. Just for a bit of fun!! Steve
I'm looking at building the Bandai Millenium Falcon in the near future and I have an idea for lighting the model. USB computer connections (also used for charging phones and tablets) deliver 5.0V and 1.0A (or 2.0-2.4A on "quickchargers"). You get four connections +5V, ground and two data. My idea would be to wire the lighting to a micro USB socket (they're tiny, the size you will find on most mobile phones - except Apple) and that would enable me to power the model either by plugging into a mains charger, a computer or a smaller battery pack with three AAA or AA cells. By using the two "data" connections as switchable power feeds I could have three independently operable lighting circuits. I'm thinking cockpit, engines and interior/loading bay. It also means that I have no permanent cable running from the model or need to create a battery compartment. Has anyone done this or something similar? What resistors will I need for the LEDs? (I can probably work that out but I'm being lazy!) Thanks for any help or pointers.
Hi All, I have some large studio lights that work perfectly well but they're relatively fragile old things and putting them together each time is getting tricky so I'd like to replace them with LED lamps. Does anyone out there have any sensibly (i.e. sub £200) priced recommendations for a pair of LED lamps? I've looked at a couple of photographic forums that I belong to but the suggestions there are all for semi-pro kit at a price tag I can't run to, especially when I mainly use them for models anyway. I know there are those little lighting booths out there for pennies but I find them a little too limiting and prefer independent lights with backdrops of my own making. I've seen lots of pretty cheap stuff on Amazon but it would be nice to know if some of you have real world experience of this kit. Thanks all and I appreciate you taking a look. Cheers, Roger