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    In London, UK.
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    RC's, Paintball, Video Gaming, Movies, Women... and not necessarily in that order!

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  1. I'll have them if they're still available. PM me your PayPal details if they are, please. ✌
  2. I've just pre-emptively collected the package from the depot instead of waiting for the card to be mailed to me... Well... RC Mart put $50 as the value on the parcel this time so here's the breakdown as per label: £0.00 for Import Duty. £0.00 for Excise Duty. £7.58 for VAT. £12.00 for the Parcel Force Handling Fee.
  3. Yeah. Happened to me too with an airbrush I bought a couple of months ago. Came in via FedEx super fast but then, a week later, I got hit with their customs fees. I've ordered from RC Mart a couple of times during Covid with the second one currently being held by Parcel Force for customs fees. Royal Mail usually delivers my RC Mart orders, without fees incurred, so I'm surprised that Parcel Force have my latest package. I guess that's what I get for spending a little more on shipping via air-mail to get it a little faster (and not by much now thanks to PF).
  4. Hey all, I've been looking at some cheap servos for my first crawler build, DS3225 Waterproof Metal Gear High Torque, but I can't seem to find any real info about them. Does anyone on here use them? £10.99 each sounds really good to me but £10.99 on something that won't do the job is £10.99 that could've gone towards something that may be more expensive but with a proven reputation. Any info on experience with this servo is appreciated, J.
  5. I've been working hard and just got paid so... Woot! I've just pre-ordered mine from Fusion! ... ... erm... Just got a bit of a weird feeling... I hope I haven't made a mistake going for this one right out of the gate... But it looks so pretty!
  6. Thanks for your purchase & thanks for posting up some pics. Wow. Those turned out rather nice, didn't they? (even if I do say so myself! ) I can't wait to see everything all painted and fitted together.
  7. Thanks for buying them! I was hoping it was you. AMPro recommended that the SLS Nylon stuff should be sealed with something like Tamiya TS spray paint before you do anything else. I've done this on my Coffin Spoke wheels (on my M04S Stratos) and the nylon absorbs the paint nicely. I think the finish, a sandy matte, looks nice but it's not gloss if that's what you're after. I'd assume that, after sealing the nylon, you could lightly sand then prime to see any imperfections that you could sand out or fill... but I've not tried that on wheels yet.
  8. Thanks for the info. 👍 I think that if you can resist the temptation to upgrade your 3D printer like you'd upgrade your RC models then it should be a brilliant tool. Unfortunately, I've fallen off the deep end and trapped myself somewhere down this particular rabbit hole. The Ender3 does look good but wait for Creality's new machine, the CR-6, which looks very promising.
  9. It's been about a week since I'd gotten all the bits for my 3d printer but I'd kinda fell into a bit of a mental rut. I've basically lost all momentum again and can't seem to get myself motivated... Then I'd got the call last Friday to say that I'm going back to work on Thursday this week! My 3D printer isn't going to be fixed until the end of the month, maybe, so I'm trying really hard to NOT buy more upgrades in the meantime. I really want to get the dang thing working but I also want to buy the Canvas 2 and Palette 2S Pro from Mosaic. The Canvas 2 is basically to enable wireless printing via the OctoPi system as well as controlling the Palette hardware to turn the 'single nozzle & filament' printer into a 'single nozzle & multi-filament' printer. That's pretty much another £1000 worth of equipment to go on a printer that ain't up 'n running. In other news... I'm thinking of giving up on Facebook. I barely post on there nowadays but it comes in really handy as they host the pics & slideshows that I can post on here. I've just figured out how to use Instagram in a similar way, albeit without slideshows because I haven't figured out how to do that on Instagram yet, so I might be closing down my FB in favour of this option.
  10. Thanks for posting up pics. I've been thinking about doing this myself but just haven't gotten around to fleshing out the idea. Definite thumbs up from me.
  11. Update: I've stopped my Tornado from working again. It's a mess. That is all. … … … … In all seriousness, though, it was working really nicely until I decided that I needed to fit in the rest of the e3D v6 stuff. Now I have a mess of wires and a dead printer (again ) but it's my own fault this time as I wasn't properly prepared. Now I'm waiting on a few bits to help me fix things (also again) and get things going once more. Hopefully I'll get it done (and done right) before my employer calls me back in from furlough. That's proposed for the end of May at the moment but might be extended until the end of June depending on the UK Government's Coronavirus Update announcements over the next week or so. Using my 3D scanner is proving a little more difficult than I'd hoped it would be. I'd done a couple of test scans to get an idea of what I'm doing and here's what I've found. Scanning is actually really easy, especially if the item is small enough to be just above the minimum (30x30x30mm) scanning area. Doing multiple passes to 'fill the gaps' just makes it a longer job, which isn't a bother if I'm honest. Getting a decent scan? There's the real challenge. The alignment system in the software works really nicely for the most part but, as I'd found when I scanned a small Snoopy toy, any adjustment to the orientation of one part in reference to another causes really weird artefacts. The feet of my Snoopy toy moved a little as I scanned so, while the rest of the body aligned correctly, the feet looked like they had started looking like an orange with some of its peel removed. Another thing I'd discovered is that 'Shiny' and/or 'Black' read as 'Invisible' to the scanner. Snoopy, therefore, had no ears or nose when scanned. In fact there were gaping holes where they should've been. My other test model was a Judge Dredd badge that is a nice semi-shiny brass/gold (?) colour with black insets. That also turned up as mostly invisible when scanned. I managed to circumvent this issue by using talcum powder to lightly dust the surface of both models before scanning again. It took a few attempts (dust, scan, re-dust, rescan, etc.) until I could get a decent scan of the Dredd badge with the only remaining error being the one where I missed deleting an artefact before finalising the alignment.
  12. So... uh... Tech issues, huh? Wow that was a lot of double/multi posts.
  13. I've had some non-RC stuff arrive from China last week which were ordered the day after the Lockdown started. Shipping was via Freight only so it was going to take a long time. It still arrived sooner than the estimated mid-June date though so I guess it's all good. Other places: (I know OP didn't ask but I figured I'd add my t'pence...) German shipping dates don't seem to be too badly affected at the moment. I'd actually received my last Tamico order quicker (by a couple of days I think) than my last pre-Lockdown order which I found quite amusing. That order was right before Christmas though so I guess I shouldn't really be all that surprised that that one took longer. The Americas... I don't order from the USofA unless I simply have no other choice.
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