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Restoration / Starcraft Sabre
Feb 12, 2023, 12:28 AM
Parts Thread

Starcraft Manual
Raspberry Pi / Stepper Motor Oscillator?
Feb 04, 2023, 09:10 PM
Attach stepper motors to the hp oscillator?
I have no Idea What To Call This Instrument!

I'm not even sure it's to be considered an "instrument" or just a random assortment of gear wired together in Just the right way to make something really neat happen. A tinkerer must have their toys, and as a musician of 20+years, I have toys. At some point in my musical career I got into the loopstation thing, but definitely couldn't afford to jump on a big fancy boss looper pedal. A single channel pedal ended up being all I could afford at the time, but that tiny pedal would inspire a wild idea!

This pedal has one button and one 3-way switch that controls playback speed. It can  be set to play the recorded loop in half-speed, normal speed, or reverse. The I/O is also simple on this pedal: one in, one out. It sounds basic but they packed a whopper inside this small form factor! First impressions were exceedingly GOOD.
Builds / Diy VR Sim Racing Rig
Jan 28, 2023, 12:57 PM
Building A DIY VR Sim Racing Rig
I need to repair this ORIGINAL Logitech Driving Force racing wheel after the power connector was chewed off by the puppy. This wheel is still in almost new working condition. It works wonderfully with Assetto Corsa and Trucking sim on PC (with some adjustments..)
It's no surprise that this wheel works just as intended with Gran Turismo 4 on Playstation 2, and that's where I come in. I'm building a DIY VR Sim Racing Rig for GT4 on PS2! I'll provide a step-by-step following what I do in the video and clear up any errors along the way. We all make mistakes!
A GoPro? In My Aquarium!?

My GoPro went for a swim today! In the many years I've owned this camera, I've never fully submerged it. I was a little bit worried because both screens are cracked from all the crazy things I strapped this camera to, but it worked out wonderfully! GoPro Hero 8 Black is rated to go way deeper than my aquarium, and that great design is still working just as intended.

Meet Dr Labcoat!
Witness the very scienc-y scientific incident
CNC and 3D Printing / Neon Lithophane?
Jan 25, 2023, 02:03 PM
Printing a NEON Lithophane

Today I'm printing a Neon lithophane for Reavis' Workshop on YouTube.

I've never printed lithophanes in anythning but opaque PLA, and only printed once in anything that wasn't white. The new experience alone is enough to excite me, and not doing any prior research is making it better! I actively haven't looked at any images or videos about this topic. I wanted it to be a fresh and new experience for me all around. I've printed lots of things with this neon yellow filament and I know it glows VERY well. The lights oversaturate the camera in my first tests.  I use actinic blue lights in my studio instead of blacklights (Reef Nerd here!) and I'm fairly certain it adds a huge amount of pop to the yellow, but the oversaturation is kind of ugly. I did a short test video using Ilford Multigrade filters while filming with a GoPro hero 8 and I got some really neat results.

See GoPro Hero 8 Black Filter Test

I'm currently waiting on the first test to finish printing, and I will certainly share results.

The first layers looked pretty good!
First Layers Neon Lithophane
Electric / Adventure Force Tiger Car
Jan 18, 2023, 05:04 PM
Adventure Force Tiger Car

Tiger Car Needs an Upgrade
CNC and 3D Printing / Neon Benchy
Jan 18, 2023, 04:18 AM
Neon Benchy Proves His Point

Printing a series of neon yellow warped benchies for to dial in the printer and also youtube, my guy.

Vidya Here
Electric / 1978 Mercury outboard wind up
Jan 17, 2023, 04:10 PM
Instructional / Dodge 46RE Rebuild
Jan 16, 2023, 12:47 PM
Dodge 46RE  Rebuild by Reavis' Workshop

Reavis' Workshop is a new automotive channel on YouTube. After years of talking about it, he finally took the jump! The first build series on the channel covers the rebuild of a Dodge 46RE Transmission. The videos shows the first steps needed to begin rebuilding your transmission, in an easy-to-follow format that can be paused at any time. Thanks to the good lighting all the little fiddly bits can be seen on the pause screen if you need any clarification along the way. Reavis' Deep understanding of the topic at hand allows him to deliver a steady stream of information and wisdom as he takes you through the rebuild.

Reavis' Workshop videos will be highlighted across Camp Raincloud Forums for your learning pleasure.

Dodge 46RE Rebuild part 1

Dodge 46RE Rebuild part 2
Electric / Radioshack Golden Arrow
Jan 12, 2023, 09:52 PM
<b>RadioShack Golden Arrow Restoration</b>
I found this vintage remote control buggy in a thrift store. What a classic! I'm too young to have been around for it's original glory days, but I'm familiar of its grip on enthusiasts. Since my gamertag is so similar to this car's name, I've had my sights set on one for a few years now. Today the classic rc car takes its first drive in at least 20 years, I'm sure.
This car came with some really great electronics of the time, including digital proportional steering, but we're gonna replace all that with modern hobby-grade electronics. (The original motor stays.) I was, however, very impressed with the electronics in this car. It's no toy! This thing means business!
I start by removing the original control board and power switch. The steering servo came out with two screws after the motor wires were de-soldered from the control board. After much fussing about with the new steering servo placement, it found a home. The servo is located on the front side of the vehicle at an angle and shimmed up about 3/4 of an inch. this gives the original steering linkage enough room to do it's thing.
I'm using a basic 2S ESC with F/B/R from Amazon. In this test I didn't have the brake working.
 The battery is out of my Red Cat Volcano, and it was old when I got it, so I'm sure it's not as juicy as it could be. The ESC and battery are mounted on foam plates for now.

The RX/TX is Flysky RCR-2cE and it's perfect for builds like this.

I slapped a 1/10 pink truck body on the car for the test bash and I LOVE IT! it looks so sassy zipping around! The Golden Arrow performed far better than I expected in this prototype configuration, so I'm sure its only going to get better!

I plan to relocate the battery to the original mounting location after some trimming (maybe just a new battery!). When that's out of the way I'll have room to mount everything inside the chassis and use the original Golden Arrow body.

Build Parts:
MG90 Servo
2s Brushed ESC
5200 mah 2S LiPo Battery
RX/TX combo

all other parts original, stuff is hot glued in.
Raspberry Pi / DIY RGB Juggling Clubs
Jan 11, 2023, 04:34 PM
<b>DIY Juggling Clubs</b>

Build from the sections of tube between black shelves.
Design a club end and tailpiece
   possible designs
    -two part clamp style
    -one piece plug-style that fits into the ends.

Include the smallest RP2040 board available, LED's, and a gyro. Use the gyro to signal changes in the light patterns.
I imagined a small form factor cnc machine that uses suction cups to attach to a round or off-angle surface, like
the side of a car or the gas tank of a motorcycle. The machine would be a lot like a CNC Router, where X and Y axis are above the 'material' which is the car or bike tank in this case.

The machine would also make use of a Z axis and have the ability to rotate at the tool. This should make it possible to keep a straight-on orientation with the tool no matter the angle of the material.

What ties this all together is a sensor like a BLTouch that surveys the 'build plate' before each job. The difference in height should translate to a Z-axis height and rotational angle for the tool depending on the difference in height between probe locations.

See Photo:

Electric / FT Millennium Flerken
Jan 09, 2023, 11:17 PM
This is the official build thread!
Nitro / COX .049
Jan 09, 2023, 07:28 AM
Got a tiny engine. its gonna maybe run just fine. gotta make an airframe or somethin.
HO Scale / CAT Tower Crane Conversion
Jan 09, 2023, 07:27 AM
I have a CAT Tower Crane. It's 8channels and it just goes around and around doin stuff. I bought 2 8 channel relay boards, and one will go on the crane. It will all be controlled by a pi pico and ima make it dance. There will also be a separate robot arm that helps the crane perform various tasks.
HO Scale / 4*8 Slot car Table!
Jan 09, 2023, 07:24 AM
We're building a cool thing! So far, I've converted an old 6v toy-grade slot car track to a fairly sweet custom rig providing each lane with 9v@1A. There are polarity switches in the table the drivers can easily access. Its friggin sick.

this is the table build primarily, but you can't leave out the crane and the robot arm! There will be an active crane on the table, and potentially a robot arm that loads and unloads the crane.

Thats pretty cool.
CNC and 3D Printing / Tiny CNC
Jan 09, 2023, 07:20 AM
We have 6 stepper motors with controllers heading this way! They should be plenty effective for a mini CNC build. I've seen plenty of plotters, etc online. Its exciting to be jumping into CNC!
Electric / Tiny RC Boat
Jan 09, 2023, 05:59 AM
Today I found a tiny 2.4g RC boat in WalMart. I bought a full price RC!  :P good thing it was only 11 dollars.  I bought it with the full intention of binding my Jumper TS8G to it and seeing what happens.  The boat came with dual propellers making differential thrust. Originally, the controller came as a push button setup with no proportional control.

It fits in my aquarium!! Power is turned on via water contact, and charging comes from a wire in the controller. I'm about to put the boat in my sink and run through the protocols on the jumper. Fingers crossed!
Nitro / AYO
Jan 09, 2023, 05:32 AM