22/04/2016

Star Wars Celebration 2016 - Latest ticket news [April]

So, Saturday's tickets are now all gone!!!

This was the second release of tickets that were one day only ones,
released earlier this year.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

20/04/2016

Han Solo costume for my Son....... Boots 1.1 *arrived*

..............Boot's have arrived!

The Boot's came week's ago [March]. But due to family health issue, I've not been able to do much more than for Jay to try them on, briefly.

Hopefully, this project will be able to get going again soon.

Bad Motivator - electronics/electrical work UPDATE

Fitted the XT60 fly lead and plug into R5's dome, then looked at the Motivator electrical system.

When testing the Bad Motivator system, connected to the main body power supply, the actuator's actions were 'pulsing/twitching' as if struggling to get enough power. So I disconnected the actuator and locked the Motivator in the 'blown' popped up position for events. I was baffled and a bit disappointed.....

This is the simple layout of the system:

After some thought, I deduced that the only thing different in the system when connected to R5's main electrical system was the Voltage regulator.

This is a 'switching' type, so no heat build up. This type is obviously fine with LED's, amps etc, but the 'switching' circuit [I believe] is the cause of the actuator's 'pulsing/twitching' problems.

So I've bought a 'normal' voltage regulator [like every one else does] to test out my theory.
Just waiting for it to arrive.....

19/04/2016

18/04/2016

R5's Slip Ring Upgrade 1.0

I wasn't happy with my original slip rings thin wires! For low level electrical signals they were fine for, but when my Bad Motivator door motor actuator operates.....it doesn't????

Bench testing connected directly to a 12V battery, it all works fine???

I thought it could possibly be the remote part of the circuit, but this is part of the same circuit that's connected to the 12V battery when bench testing, so I can assume this is not a problem.

These are the now 'old' wiring loom etc.
R5D4
 View up through dome base.

R5D4
Pin connection, wires to remote (upper right) & R5's eye sensors (left)

A fellow builder on the UK forum, was selling off unwanted parts, so I bagged me the slip ring he was selling. I then bought some XT60 connectors to connect up to the dome wiring.

Next, is out with the old connection and in with the new.

07/04/2016

Rogue One - trailer Clip

At last...... New's of Rogue One has come.

I saw the news late last night and watched the 'clip' video via Star Wars UK twitter account.

Rogue One trailer clip

More news to come later today,
when the trailer(?) will be shown on
GMA in the USA.can't wait!