MeArm – 4 Axis robotic arm.

My sisters gave me a small robotic arm kit for Christmas, they know me well! The MeArm v1.0 kit is laser cut from plastic, it uses 4 micro servos to control the motion of the arm. MeArm sell controller boards but I decided to use an arduino to power it instead. The assembly of the…

Not Another Daft Punk Helmet: Part 6

It’s finished! It has taken about 8/9 month in total. I hesitated on many aspects as I wanted it perfect but I heard the saying “perfection is the enemy of good enough” so I compromised on some aspects such as paint/chrome and coding. Here are some pics of the last stages of the build. The…

Not Another Daft Punk Helmet : Part 5

The electronics for this helmet initially seemed daunting but turned out to be a really rewarding part of the build. I used an Arduino UNO and 5 MAX7219 chips to control the lights. I started by deciding on how many LEDs I wanted in the visor. I chose 5 8×8 matrices of 5mm LEDs (320 in…

STAR WARS STOP MOTION

  I decided to do a short stop motion film recently. I combined my love of model making and Star Wars to create this short film. I took a little over 500 photographs of the build of a Bandai AT-ST kit. I had this shipped from Japan, the kits available in the UK and USA…

Aerial Filming – West of Scotland

I spent a long weekend on the west coast of Scotland with my girlfriend recently. I took the opportunity to film a waterfall by the road on Skye. The weather was predictably unpredictable  that weekend so I took my chances. There was no track to the waterfall, it was boggy and covered in heather so…

Aerial Filming – Leaderfoot Viaduct

It was a calm dry Sunday so I drove down to Leaderfoot Viaduct in the Borders with my dad. I have wanted to film here for a while. We hopped the fence and walked round the impressive structure. I wanted to try and fly through one of the arches. I only had one battery pack…

Aerial Filming – Seacliff Harbour

On a recent visit to Tantallon Castle, just east of North Berwick, I took the opportunity to fly the quad as there was finally a break in the weather. Rather than fly around the busy castle I flew around Seacliff Harbour on the neighbouring beach. Built in the 1890s by Andrew Cailey it was once…

Not Another Daft Punk Helmet : Part 3

In Part 2 I fiberglassed the inside of the paper helmet to add strength. The next stage is laborious but also quite rewarding. In order to get the smooth shapes of the real helmet I used U-Pol P38 Car Body Filler (similar to Bondo in the States). The process is sand – fill – repeat. I…

Not Another Daft Punk Helmet : Part 2

In Part 1 of the build I made the basic shape from card. The next step was to strengthen the model with fibreglass. This is a 3 step process: Coat the outside with polyester resin (no fibreglass) Coat the inside with polyester resin. Add fibreglass to the inside of the helmet with polyester resin. The first…

Restoring a TAMIYA Polycarbonate Body

I am a total Tamiya geek and an avid Le Mans fan. I got this rare Tamiya Mazda 787B remote controlled car on French eBay with original box. These were a limited run edition released in the early 90s. It had been painted a horrible black by the previous owner. I wanted to restore it…

Not Another Daft Punk Helmet : Part 1

I have always been a fan of Daft Punk. I think the main attraction has always been the mystery around their characters created by those shiny blinking masks. I have decided to build my own as a side project. Inspired by the beautiful helmets made by Volpin I wanted to make a Thomas Bangalter helmet….