Ben’s stuff

April 15, 2021

A friend handed me this box of remote control goodies that were sitting on a shelf in need of some attention for me to have some fun with. Car HSP Racing 1/8th scale electric rock crawler. 2S 7.2V NiMH 1800mAh batteries with KET plug. Charger is a 9V 250mA DC wall adapter with Tamiya plug […]

ESP8266 Weather Station

February 28, 2021

Heltec Wifi 8 ESP8266 microcontroller with CP2104 USB to serial chip Integrated 0.91 inch 128×32 I2C IIC Serial Blue OLED LCD Display 3.3Vdc to 7Vdc 32MB Flash WiFi Kit 8 Source Files Based on: weather.php.txt espweather.ino.txt Instructions Create ibay esp8266 (HTTP only; not HTTPS) Add domain and point it to ibay esp8266 Add […]

A Class catamaran – rigging

February 14, 2021

An A class catamaran has: Mast rotation Outhaul Downhaul Mainsheet Mast rotation There is a 30cm long horizontal stainless steel ‘arm’ on the bottom of the mast that has a rope connected underneath the trampoline cleated on top of each hull.  The idea is to restrict the mast from over rotating when sailing upwind. When […]

ESP8266 ESP-12E big digits NTP clock with date, time, temperature, humidity, pressure (barometer)

January 13, 2021

ESP32  vs ESP12 boards ESP32 boards are more powerful and come with interesting onboard features.  ESP32 boards are slightly more expensive and may differ between the different flavours: ESP32 boards (Wemos D1 mini, AiThinker) ESP32 TTGO LoRa32 SX1276 OLED ESP32 TTGO T-Camera with PIR sensor and OLED display (and microphone). For our needs the […]


December 11, 2020

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Carbon fibre lightweight ‘A class’ catamaran

November 22, 2020

New project: A Class catamaran (2004 German Aicher-Egner Flyer / AUS849 / Saarberg) Ian Johnson, Merricks Beach, VIC Australia Saarberg skinny boards, Mackenzie Composite Carbon Rudders/Boxes, Harken Mainsheet System, Saarberg mast, Fiberfoam beams, Brewin big head sail, big beach wheels, bum pads, bags boat cover. 5 Altona Street The easiest way to distinguish the German […]

Protected: Car maintenance ASX + D22 Navara

September 24, 2019

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MPCNC part 6

July 19, 2019

MPCNC Marlin config This is where I keep my current MPCNC config in case I have to reflash it: Single endstops software enabled (G53 Xpos Ypos only) – Single endstops software disabled – It is now time to plot the obligatory MPCNC crown test pattern with a pen holder and pen. MPCNC Sharpie […]

Upholstering dining chairs

July 2, 2019

The dining table chairs came with ‘fake leather’, which is actually quite common.  Fake leather comes in one of two flavours: PU leather (polyurethane leather) and vinyl bonded leather.  Vinyl bonded leather has leather fibers glued to the back of the vinyl to allow vendors to legally claim ‘10% genuine leather’.  If you inspect the […]

Solution for when 3D printer won’t print first layer properly (under extruding)

June 25, 2019

Syptoms When I change the spool of PLA or PLA+ filament on my 3D printer or use the 3D printer after not having used it for a while, I am often having problems where the printer seems to be under extruding, where there is poor bed adhesion and where tuning the printer does not seem […]