May the force be with you

Zaavi sent me a marketing email in February and it worked. They were offering a Hasbro Darth Vader Helmet complete with sound effects for £99, cheaper than other sites like Amazon.

It comes in more than piece and after fitting a collar around you neck, the helmet fits over the top. I have a large neck and it fitted find for me and is adjustable so should fit a wide range of people. The eye pieces are very dark from the outside but you can see through them from the inside. This should make an excellent costume piece for Halloween. Not to be confused with cheap costume helmets.

The sound effects are good and there is a small button on the neck collar for making the breathing noise. It also makes a noise when lifting off the helmet.

I think I will buy the rest of a Darth Vader costume, a Master Replica light sabre, use this helmet and make some electronics for the chest piece to make a realistic looking costume in time for Halloween (if we are allowed out of lockdown by then?)

Drone Flyer & Operator

I am cinsidering purchasing a drone and thought I had better check the guidelines for owning and flying drones in the UK.

Although the drone i’m looking at is is under 250g I decided to register as a flyer and operator and managed to complete the test today to complete my registration. You can do the online training free on the governments website and then take the test. If you want to operate and fly drones above Class 0 and 250g and/or with a camera then you can pay the registration fee as an operator for £9 renewable yearly.

Anycubic Chiron 3D Printer

Boxing day finally gave me the time to set up my new 3D Printer that I got as a Christmas present from family.

First impressions, it came in a large and heavy box. Inside everything was well packaged and the contents include the tools you will need to finish assembling the printer.

The frame with everything attached came in two pieces, the bottom section and the top frame. A few bolts and connections later and it was easily assembled. Comes with a spare nozzle assembly and teflon tube.

Im impressed so far with the quality of construction. I have done a quick bed height set up and have just started to print a Nintendo gameboy cartridge holder all on default settings. The print quality is not too bad although where the word Nintendo is printed could be better but this should be sorted with some adjustments and maybe supports? Overall so far so good. It really is a large printer able to print up to 450mm. Seems much better quality than my old prusa based 3d printer.

Intellivision 25 Video Game System

Bought this on Ebay a while a go as fully working handheld console. When it arrived, I tried switching it on but nothing happened even though it felt as though it had batteries in. At first, I thought that’s nice of the seller to include some for testing although why weren’t they working?

Popped off the battery cover to discover why….

They had left old batteries in there which had leaked and caused some corrosion. After some cleaning with solvent spray and a cotton bud, I managed to get it working again with a fresh set of batteries and left some negative feedback for the seller who seemed unconcerned at this.

Pub In The Park – Henley-on-Thames

Sunday 13th September 2020, we went to the Henley Pub in the Park event.

We booked VIP tickets and arrived just after 10.00am. After a 15 minute wait, we were guided to a private parking area at the front of the stage. On the way in we were given a gift pack (which has to be shared amongst all four of us) and some food, which rather than being the advertised meal, was just some snacks so not particularly good value for money.

We enjoyed the acts like Gabrielle but Craig Charles couldn’t apparently make it due to a sore throat. He was the one I was looking forward to seeing so again disappointed. The artisan car boot sale was quite small and consisted of a few stalls selling alcohol and food products. Not much choice to be honest.

Overall the weather and atmosphere was good. Apart from being at the front of the stage, the VIP is not worth the money.

Bill & Ted Face The Music

We went to the everyman theatre at Gerrards Cross on Thursday evening for the new film. Great to see the sequel after 29 years since the last. Enjoyed the film and more of the same we came to expect from the first 2 films.

The cinema was a little strange. We were 2 of 6 people in the entire cinema to see the film. Had the whole middle of the cinema and a wide sofa to share to ourselves.

Great food and service if a little expensive.