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  1. I’ve been busy for the last few months, but Wednesday I took the nipper out and the mad bull for some play in the garden. Racing about on wet grass was great fun, lots of sliding, we then built a ramp but unfortunately after the very first landing the car lost drive... So after a quick strip today I found a few things, the loss of drive was caused by the grub screw walking out, phew.. nothing to replace. But interesting that the Red thread lock hadn’t gone off, admittedly I didn’t clean the parts before applying it so could be that, but I thought it was anaerobic curing, so perhaps the thread clearances were just too big.. Second thing I noted was the wear on the rear axle splines (sorry the pic isn’t very good.. no macro feature)... I’ve only run for literally 1 2000mAh battery life.. soft as butter that shaft, ah well, I reapplied some token AW grease cleaned and re torqued the gear and it’s all good to go again.
  2. Can you spray paint it with the Tamiya clear colours? XF range I think, keep adding layers to get the appropriate tone. I’ve seen this done on the model aircraft tutorials too. They use them thinned down to make the clear plastics look a little more like natural glass too. Also used to do the candy colours.
  3. Anyone know what torque steering servo I need for this?
  4. I position the sticker on the body using a little masking tape to tack it in the right place, usually just in one spot, but if the sticker is large a few small spots to stop it rotating. Then I peel back a few mm of one edge, usually the short line if a rectangle, it’s easier to prevent any bubbles, cut this little pice off and work down the sticker. Then remove the masking tape and peel of the backing as I work down the sticker. They are always in exactly the right spot this way. Few things, some people have great success with the soap solution, I’ve never tried this or had a sticker shape position where I thought it would be better. I might give it a go though one day on a spare body, could be a revelation.. I’ve not yet tried using a heat gun to work a sticker down though watched a few videos of it working, another thing I’d like to try sometime.. The most curved body and sticker combination I had is the Avante, I didn’t need to do it on this and the stickers all went down perfectly. I’ve seen some stickers that have to form over domes or raised headlights and this looks the way to go. Good luck, however you choose! Show us the results. I realise now I’ve missed the point of your post soz..... regarding too old to adhere, you could clear coat over the top of them afterwards.. I do this on the hard bodies, not only does it protect them it will stop the edges from peeling and I think gives a more realistic thickness appearance, to be more like paint than a sticker. You’ll need a flexible lexan clear coat though, If you’re really concerned there are some makers of decal adhesive about, I’m sure the next poster will read your question properly and advise you on which is best!
  5. I’m only around 90 degrees I’ll let you know when I get there
  6. @Wooders28 Straight out of night shift.. that’s tough.. I get to about 8pm and just want to sleep on the sofa... I’d have guessed your take on PWM too.. 6yr olds must be hard, they’re expected to sit and watch online lessons.. at least the 4yr old you get to take the reins and fit lessons when you can. I’m looking forward to hearing about the Newtons laws lesson when they have their first crash.. a body remains at rest or constant motion unless acted upon by dads shins...
  7. Many people will probably paint in all weather, but if you’re precious about the finish and it longevity, you’l need to paint on a warmer and dry day, low humidity. If you’re spraying in a humid atmosphere, some of that moisture will be included with your coat and can and will have an adverse effect to the paint adhesion. The temperature will affect 1. The viscosity of the paint and 2. The drying times between coats. If you do decide to paint, make sure your paint is left out in a warm room for several hours first and shake it really really well. It could have been stored for years before you get hold of it. This should help the paint achieve the right viscosity for spraying, then if you’re out side, keep it brief and come in for the drying in the warmth, With regards to your other questions, I tend to use a primer before any colour coats, so you could use a very light grey fine primer. Though if you decide to go without primer it’s not that hard in good light to see where your coats are going. Make sure you do a light key with very fine wet’n’dry, this will take the shine off which also helps spot where your paint is going. Also clean it with a degreaser/detergent to remove the mould release agents and dry thoroughly before you start, the cleaning is really important. I tend to do at least 3 coats.. 1 tamiya can has never been enough in my experience.. though others seem to make it last! De nib it between coats with a polishing sponge, textured specially for paining models and again, keep it washed after any sanding to keep dust off. Let us know how you get on!
  8. Send in the answer as $12.. with the explanation of Tommy having accidentally used an overseas ebay store and had to include import duties and shipping, and despite the pencils costing 5c each they were of a substandard quality and only worth 3c. Teachers can be a difficult animal to understand...
  9. @Saito2 Some of that sounds familiar, I taught some basic algebra to mine, just simple stuff like finding the value for ‘x’ in sums that make 10, we feed back on an online journal, the teacher said not to do that because its for later years (even though he could) and asked we focus on counting objects and recognising which of two sets is larger!... anyone ever offered a 4 year old choice of two hands of sweets one with more.. Pretty sure all 4 year olds have those skill already, it’s almost like they are teaching to the lowest ability for the age.. We need more work on writing though, he’s just never been interested in drawing and also being ambidexterous like me it took him a long time to show any hand preference, we kind of had to just pick one we thought he used more and force it.. so he’s a lefty now too... We have a gap too for music, don’t do enough of that.. How old’s your daughter? Is it the size of the guitar that’s the issue or the dexterity? I was wondering if we could get a 1/2 size for ours.. Oh, and games, we downloaded overcooked today..£6 it’s ridiculous.. basically running a kitchen trying to make soups and things with team work, he loves this but I get stressed... like a proper Gorden Ramsey...
  10. I’ might have a test for this... Wire both the lamps to the one transformer, I’m thinking in parallel, which might prevent both lamps from working if there is a circuit breaker being triggered in the transformer by one...
  11. Ok, I’ll have a last guess.. Could there be a thermally operated automatic circuit breaker in the transformer? Assuming there’s no manual switch, which could mean there is a mechanical defect in the housing, something making it draw more current, which is why the 7.2V battery works and the 12v doesn’t? No circuit breaker in the battery? So you might have to be stripping the fitting and looking for a short? Perhaps do some continuity checking of the wires and housing and switch assembly. I’m beginning to think this is the one...
  12. Ok, so the transformer works on lamp A but not B and the 7.2v battery works on A and B, and you have tried transformer on B with both polarity options and no light... so.. have you tried both bulbs (no housing) on the transformer? If so and it lights both there must be some electronics in the fitting that are reacting to either current or voltage levels, since the 7.2 v works would that point to over voltage? I’ll do a little googling on circuits that may be present in a DC device that aren’t in the transformer..
  13. Do you think it might not be voltage but current limited? The transformer isn’t high enough amps for some reason? Second possibility the device is polarity sensitive and something in the one transformer is incorrectly polarised? I did a quick google and it does say some types of lamp without a diode bridge will not work unless the polarity is correct. Hopefully someone on here that is an electrical electronics expert will chip in.. I’m just speculating
  14. I’m hoping they introduce a mechanics theme one week.. but so far its mostly pirates! Ooohhh, I wonder if pirating includes knock off versions of the Bruiser.... As well as structured learning, I’ve taught him to play lego batman and a retro version of Golden axe for those old enough to remember 16bit...
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