CNC Hot Wire, OX Router, RC Airplanes and 3D printing

I’m a Radio Control drone, plane, FPV and all things CNC enthusiast. This is where I share my projects. Some have taken me nearly 3 years to complete, like the Vickers Super VC-10 airliner others have been a bit quicker. I enjoy building my own airplanes ,drone or multi-copters which as taken me down the CNC path. My first CNC machine was a Hot Wire CNC foam cutter.

Inspiration

I got inspired to build my Hot Wire CNC machine after making many foam templates for my VC-10 airliner. Since then I’ve built an OX CNC Router and a ANet A8 3D printer I started out as motor mechanic and drifted into IT and have done that for the last 25 years. Which may sound a strange path to take but has proved very a interesting one. Let me try and explain. You need good analytical skills as a motor mechanic to diagnose problems and that works equally as well in IT. I love building websites even though I’m the wrong side of fifty (actually sixty). This site is made with WordPress and I run the flying club I’m a member of website as well www.rotherhamdmfc.org.uk

Projects

My projects have included Vickers Super VC10 depron airliner , Avro Lancaster Bomber, CNC hot wire foam cutter , All CNC foam Hawker Hurricane using Profili2 Pro and DevFus software to generate the g-code , OX CNC Router from OpenBuilds design supplied by Ozznest , 3D printing RC parts

I’m also a motorcycle fan and managed to achieve one of my bucket list items in 2014. I visited the Isle of Man for the Isle of Man Senior TT.

I’ve created this site to share some of my builds and video’s and give something back as I’ve had some great help and advice from the internet community.

Photography

I’ve become a keen photographer which was probably the result of this website.

One thing I quickly noticed when creating content was that my pictures were quite poor and so I decided to get a Digital SLR camera to improve them. Well the pictures weren’t much better; the problem was me and I didn’t really understand photography or how to use my Digital SLR camera . One of my life long ambitions was to go to the Isle of Man TT races and in 2014 I finally made it and was blown away by the spectacle. But before going I needed to learn how to use my Digital SLR camera. We booked the trip almost 12 months in advance, so I had time, no excuses. Read more here

FREE eBook – How to Build your own Hot Wire CNC machine

My FREE eBook is an How To on building you’re own Hot Wire CNC machine which you can make some unique and amazing models. I’ve built several wings and fuselages and it not that expensive when you consider the prices of models. You don’t have to crash too many big EDF foamie’s to recover the costs. My latest hot wire model is this one

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CNC Hawker Hurricane Part 3 update

CNC Hawker Hurricane Part 3 update

  Here’s a progress report on my CNC Hawker Hurricane buit with my Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter. The video below shows how far I’ve progressed. its going to be built as a Deseret Air Force Hurricane IID tank buster, … Continued

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Vintage Rangefinder – Yashica Minister D

Vintage Rangefinder – Yashica Minister D

Yashica Minister D Vintage Rangefinder Reborn Here’s how I ended up taking pictures with an old Yashica Minister D Vintage Rangefinder .  Let me explain what a Rangefinder camera is. When you look through the viewfinder  you see a split image … Continued

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Anet A8 heated bed upgrade using ATX power supply

Anet A8 heated bed upgrade using ATX power supply

Why upgrade the Anet A8 head bed power supply   I’ve upgraded my Anet A8 to use an ATX desktop power supply(PSU) to power the heated bed. The printer worked fine without it but I had a few ATX power … Continued

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3d Printed Red Arrows BAE Hawk

3d Printed Red Arrows BAE Hawk

  Many thanks to Eric Simon for this design. Still have some decals to add. This is for my Grandson Oscar who is 3 years old and loves my Radio Controlled Hawk. Every time he visits we have to get … Continued

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Radio Controlled Plane Gallery

Radio Controlled Plane Gallery

This gallery shows picture I’ve taken at the Rotherham District and Model Flying Club.  I’m a keen photographer and these are some of the shots I’m most pleased with . Some of the models are mine but most are club … Continued

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Anet A8 3D Printer why I choose it  – some build issues

Anet A8 3D Printer why I choose it – some build issues

The Anet A8 I finally decided to get an Anet A8 3D printer which complements my other CNC machines, the router and hot-wire foam cutter. Its basically a copy of the Prusa i3 which cost a lot more. After a lot of research … Continued

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