This past weekend I assembled my DJI F450 quadcopter with a Naza Lite. I found it pretty simple to assemble, the toughest part was routing all the wires. The layout of the connections on the Naza do not line up with where those components physically are on the quad, which means the wires are all jumbled up. I bunched up all the jumper wires and taped them to the top of the Naza, hopefully this wont cause some interference or something.
I'm still waiting for my radio and batteries to come so I can finally get this thing off the ground... and likely instantly smash into a tree or rock.
@ngreusel: you can say that again! i’m just sitting on my first non-board bow as well (a rowan sapling on its way to a hopefully 60–70-ish lbs @ 30″ D-bow) and it was really disconcerting at first, how you can’t just draw lines with a long straightedge and work from there. it’s been working quite well so far, though. a calliper satisfied my numbers brain until the thing started bending, and from there on, i didn’t really miss the exact layout anymore. compared to working on a board with flat sides everywhere, i am really glad i built myself a shave horse in the mean time. it’s so much more convenient for holding irregularly shaped workpieces.
i had my first experiences with steam bending on this one, too.
sorry to hear about the crack – but if the first bow doesn’t break before it’s finished, i call that a roaring success. :D
I "oldified" the footage I took of my Hexbug mod.
Scrumbot Labs brings you The Desktop Sentinel.
So last year, after seeing all of Adam's costume builds, I finally decided to take the plunge and make my own semi-elaborate halloween costume; Gordon Freeman's HEV suit from Half Life 2. Ended up documenting most of the process and I think it turned out pretty decent for a first time build and whole lot of foam sheets and hot glue.
The whole process from beginning to end is here http://sheehanraziel.wordpress.com/ . Ended up learning a lot...hot glue melts foam...velcro isn't always the best choice. The amount of flexibility you lose just by a few inches of foam pushing into joints is insane. Will definitely have a much more efficient build process next time.
@firebird: Thanks! I hope you enjoyed the Notes From a Train stuff, writing them certainly made the daily public transport grind go faster :)
One of my current projects at my friends workshop which i've just gained access too!
It's an Elmer 75 Steam Engine, still very much just getting off the ground. Built entirely from stock, no castings!
Milling out the base from mild steel.
Brand new to the site. So much awesome out here!
Here is my recent build - a steampunk/western inspired cell phone charging tower for 12 to be used in the Alternate History Track at Dragon Con. There were 3-n-1 adapters sticking out of each hole to accommodate most cell phone types.
@spacebovine: That little bot looks fantastic - Great little vid and perfect music too!
@shereekachu: Neat idea - Woodworking seems to be really good on it too!
The light in the pic makes it a bit hard to tell, but perhaps some more weathering might add a dimension? - There's some great vids with Adam on weathering on Tested to be inspired by.
I bought a roll of flexible magnet off amazon for turning stickers into magnets. I've only made one so far just to see how it went. I used a Viper fins sticker since it was square and I have a bunch of them (I admit I used to steal them out of the boxes when I was younger). I have a bunch of other stickers I want to do this with, but most of them have curves and I left my cutting mat at work so I'll do those later. The magnet is decently strong, and it ended up that it fits perfectly over the two unused drive bays on my Desktop PC. Thanks for the suggestion @Bryguyver. Here is what I used if anyone is interested.
A resin cast of an Enfield Mk1 Rifle I painted up for the local WW1 Society recently!
A side table made from an old trouser press and stool:
I also just completed my version of Luke's lightsaber from Star Wars (ANH) using the same parts used in the movie (one minor detail is incorrect):
So two years ago as my now wife and I were planning our wedding she asked what I thought about a guest book. I personally have thought guest books were kind of a waste of space and being a hobby woodworker I said well how about a piece of furniture. Well 40 hours of shop time later I came up with this. A Walnut and Maple bench finished with 4 coats of Waterlox. Our guests signed in bronze metallic permanent marker and it shows up well and though over time will probably fade with use it sits in our entry way and welcomes guests and allows us to randomly read the kind words our guests left us.
Orange and white toy version of Han Solo's DL44 Blaster that I filled, drilled, custom painted and distressed using dry brushing and water brushes. Built a stand too.
A full scale replica of a Deinonychus skull I carved from white cedar a few months ago.
Wow some people have some awesome stuff on here.
I'm pretty sure this falls under "making". I hand load my own ammunition for target shooting and hunting. For those of you that don't know how it's done, this is what happens:
Why? Well it's cheaper than buying ammo from the store. But the main reason is it allows me to fine tune an exact combination of variables (powder type, powder load, projectile type and weight, projectile seating depth etc etc) to match the exact gun it's used in, meaning superb accuracy. It's all about consistency.
I've also just about finish my little boat (well... dinghy) that I've been building. It's further along than this picture suggests (it's fully sealed and has actually been used a few times). I just need to add a skeg to it and finish hand making some oars.
I used what's called the "stitch and glue" method of boat building, which basically means you stitch the panels together using copper wire, then you fibreglass the joins.
Not bad for someone who's never built a boat before, or done any fibreglassing before huh? :P
Just completed my WW1 era British trench periscope!
Never again will I have to fear getting my head shot off as I attempt to peer over things!
I've been a maker at heart for most of my life and work in many different fields. For a little while now I've been making mini bars out of old trunks and suit cases and thought I would share my most recent piece that I am happy with. The suitcase I used has a blue/gray pattern on the outside and had a milky white patter on the inside. It has wood and metal decorative bars on the outsides. My client wanted a dark interior so I went with a pine wood stained with a dark walnut. There are four tiers with three shelves the middle one being built into the mini bar for structure. There is a built in shelf slide on the back of the bar for the storage of one shelf if they want to put tall bottles in as the shelves are only 7 inches tall. The interior measures at 28" tall X 17.5" wide X 8.75" deep.
Like many others, I have been a Tested "follower" for a while, but finally registered for the forum last week. I'm a carpenter (20+ years) turned handyman, which means I have become a jack of all trades, master of none, lol. As such I dabble in all sorts of things. One thing is filling wasted spaces with useful things, like a bookshelf in the stud spaces in my stairwell.
Since cases are a common theme, here is one I made for a former bandmate's electronic gear. it is 2x4 sides, 1/2" ply top and bottom, with 1x braces. All the hardware and foam came from Cabbage Cases, a local case manufacturer. It wasn't light, but it was strong, the entire inside and joints were sealed, and a foam seal is around the matting surface of the 2 sides. The top could actually fold back and be removed completely.
Here's two things I've made. The first one is personal. It's a bridge over a stream in my backyard. The span is just over 20 feet. The lighter colored wood is white oak and the darker wood is jatoba. The overall design is based on Bowstring Arch bridges, which were common in the upper midwest about 100 years ago.
The second thing is work-related. It's a robot that I first designed about four years ago as a general purpose half ton infantry-support robot. It's only three feet wide. It has a 32 hp turbo diesel engine and hydrostatic transmission. The first application was a flail for clearing land mines and explosives from trails. It can also carry about 1,000 pounds of gear across rough terrain for 60 miles, on one tank of fuel. More recently, the military has been interested in weaponized versions. Here it is with an M2 50 caliber heavy machine gun mounted on a remote weapon station, during testing at Fort Benning.
Before the 'killer robot' chorus gets started, this is not Hollywood. The reality is that unmanned ground vehicles are woefully stupid, at least compared to anything you've seen in the movies. The current state of the art in visual perception and autonomy is totally inadequate for these robots to get from Point A to Point B on their own through any kind of realistic terrain. The robots have to be guided by one of the soldiers in the squad it's supporting. Shooting autonomously is completely out of the question, based on both technical capability and military safety. The only way the weapon would be fired is through tele-operation by the soldier controlling it, and even that is a long way in the future. For now, the US military is simply trying to figure out how to make small infantry formations more effective. Developing robots like this is one option.
I just love to see all the creativity shown here. I just created a scene from my scifi novella. Elizabeth Ash and her crew arrive at a planet named Lowell because the late, residents actually built canals to distribute water around the planet.
So i figured a bit of show and tell might be a decent way to say 'Hi, I'm new around here'.
I recently found myself needing a way to tighten up a flash beam, and after a bit of cursing ended up with a ghetto snoot made from electrical tape and some brochures. A few weeks later, I find myself having a bit of time to spare, along with a bunch of drinking straws. So i whip up a grid for my speedlite. Still a bit ghetto, but what the hell, it works well and was basically free, unlike, you know, commercial grids. And here it is, waiting for a coat of black gaffer tape (once I can be arsed to buy a new roll of the stuff):
Basically just foam-core, drinking straws, duct tape, and a bit of hot glue. Feels surprisingly solid, and has a decent friction fit on the flash head. The duct tapey stuff in the background is pretty much just a jig I used to make cutting the straws a bit easier.
So what the f might one use a grid for, you ask? Well, the composite below is a pretty good example. Same flash/camera position and settings in both shots, flash zoom set to max. The camera is just over 2m from the back wall, and the wall is just short of 2m, corner to corner. The left image shows the spread with a bare flash head, and the right shows it with the grid attached. So, firstly, the spread is much, much tighter; I'd ballpark it at maybe 20 degrees across, and secondly, it's nearly circular. The grid does eat quite a bit of light, but in return you get decent control over where that light actually goes. And that's useful.
Anyway; new guy says hi.
@kentmassey that bridge is gorgeous. Fantastic work ,sir.
@Aimel44: Beautiful work