Half Scale R2-D2

I have just received the first 2 packs of an exciting new Star Wars part work build. This is a half scale R2-D2 which with both remote control and autonomous modes. It has a number of cool features including, a camera, sensors, face recognition and image projection. This subscription is currently in a test limited to areas of the UK.

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3D Printer Part 1

3D printers have been exciting things to follow for a while now and when I found there were kit versions available to build I thought it would be a great thing to do.

Not only can I use a 3D printer to create even more models but it also could serve some more practical purposes as well.

 The Table Base

This build starts with the area that the model will be printed on.


We start with the supporting structure that sits under the surface the model is printed on. The structural parts are all transparent acrylic which will mean you can see the printer mechanisms working as it prints a model.


Washers are added to each reinforcing plate to enable them to be attached to the table base.


The reinforcing plates are then screwed onto the table base. I had to be mindful not to screw the screws in too tightly as this could crack the acrylic.


A metal plate which is part of one of the limit switches added at a later part it attached to the side of the table base.


Next The upper section of the table base is prepared to be attached to the lower table base. Screws are screwed into each of the conical holes.


The upper base is then flipped over and a spring between two washers is added to each screw.


The two table base sections are then attached with nuts.


The nuts can then be tightened to put pressure onto the springs in order to change the alignment of the table base.

The Y limit Switch


Lastly the right side panel is unwrapped and the y limit switch circuit board is attached to the panel with some screws and nuts. Spacers are used to keep the circuit board away from the acrylic.

In 3D printers limit switches are used to determine the point of origin for an axis that the printer moves on.

I already have the second pack of parts for my printer so part 2 should follow soon!

Finishing the Blitzer Beetle


I had some trouble with the brush-less motor when testing the car where accelerating or reversing would cut out the electronics. I managed to sort this by Continue reading Finishing the Blitzer Beetle