A Year of Digital Making

2021 – A year of digital making January Euro Truck Simulator dashboard February Pico watering can

Raspberry Pi Pico Watering Can

Do I need to water my plants? The rationale behind this project was to design a project which could be built in school by students for under £15. I wanted to use a Raspberry Pi Pico, a sensor input and some form of output. I decided to go for a plant watering monitor using a […]

Adventures in Raspberry Pi Pico – part 1

The Raspberry Pi Pico was launched last month and I have been waiting until half term to have a serious ‘play’. I am not really going to create anything groundbreaking or revolutionary but am very interested in how I can use it in school.  My first project looks at setting up RGB addressable LEDs and […]

3D printer maintenance tips

3D Printer Maintenance and cleaning I have found over the last four years of 3D printing that my printer only really exists in one of two states: Working really well and producing beautiful prints every single time or me hating it so much that I wish I had never bought one. 3D printers are complex […]

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Dashboard

As a big fan of both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck simulator I wanted to build a physical dashboard that not only controlled the game but received real-time telemetry data back from the game. The final build uses both a Raspberry Pi Zero to read the server data from the game and an […]

Animal Crossing Fireworks

Last night was the first Animal Crossing New Horizons fireworks night in August and brought some exciting new game play to ACNH. As someone who is not a hard core gamer in any sense I have really enjoyed the 500+ hours spent on ACNH since Easter! There is a certain amount of daily work that […]

Mahjong Wind Indicator

About 25 years ago my in-laws taught me how to play Mahjong, recently we have started playing with our own kids. I was quite suprised to see their wind indicator was still a piece of scrappy paper that they must have made about 30 years ago. In the tradition of the MakerCupboard I decided to […]

Textured paint (Owl)

After the success of my first textured paint job I thought I would have a go at doing something that would look good with this paint. I went for an owl statue (see attribution below) as I wanted to see how the paint would handle the different contours of the body. Here is the final […]

Textured paint

Over the last year I have been working on improving the quality of my acrylic painting of models and have definitely seen a big improvment. I have wanted to try and extend this by using some textured finish on models so bought for £10 a can of Rust-Oleum textured multi coloured finsh (Desert Bisque) paint […]

Turret Malfunction

Turret Malfunction by Flye001, SirHorse I am really excited to share this game with you, written by my 15 year old son Philip with graphics by one of his friends from school. This was an entry to a game jam by GMTK and they only spent 48 hours developing this. The theme was out of […]