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wotan

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Hi all

I have been noticing more and more lately that modellers are beginning to use arduino based control systems to add lights, sound and/or movement to models they build. I was wondering if anyone here has been looking into this and has considered learning about arduino, as I am?

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I am still very much a neophyte as far as this is concerned, however I have seen Arduino ( Basically a small programmable computer) used with the many peripherals that can be added to control other devices. Railway guys seem to use it a fair amount. There are all sorts of sensors that can be connected to the control chip that can detect heat, moisture, sound, movement etc etc. The controller chip can then be programmed to activate lights, sounds, motors and servos.

I may well be too old to understand much more but I have ordered a basic learning kit. I will post more when it comes.

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I always learn something here!
Up to now, to me, Arduino was the last Italian king of Italy before Vittorio Emanuele II, the former in the 11th century, the latter in 1861...
I'm not a "special effects" fan but I do agree that some of the new (to me at least) stuff is really intriguing.
Hope there's some expert here as I'm willing to get new ideas on this hobby.
John, many thanks for introducing the topic.
Andrea.
 

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I've seen a few projects using Arduino outside of the model world John, but never dabbled myself.


For those that have never heard of it, think of it like a slower, simplified Raspberry Pi

(wonders how many haven't heard of those either...)
 

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Hi John

I've built a couple of Arduino projects - but not model specific I have wondered about using them in that context but as I build predominantly armour I haven't come up with a compelling reason yet.

I've always thought that they'd be most appropriate in the model railway scene.

I have wondered about including in a diorama setting.

I've been a programmer of sorts for over 35 years so the coding part of it isn't an issue to me. I picked up a starter set from the internet for around ~£30 that has all you need to get started but I've bought a few extra boards (the "nano" ) since.

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Good to see that there is some interest.

Mark You seem to be a resident expert so be prepared for stupid questions in the future. I am thinking of using arduino in the context of boxed dioramas and maybe even puppets.

finish 5.jpg

This is the sort of thing that could perhaps be animated with some arduino control.

John
 

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The simplest Arduino applications would be controlling LEDs hence the use in model railway layouts for street lights and traffic signals etc. You could also control relays and servos quite easily. Motor speed control is also quite straightforward so starting/running/stopping props on aircraft would be one application. If you Google "Arduino project hub" there are a whole load of ideas of varying complexity. The nano boards are literally "cheap as chips" but can be a challenge to work with if you need to solder. In general they need a 3 or 5 volt power supply - usb chargers are ideal but I run a temperature sensor with a web server from a mobile phone top up battery.
Mark
 

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Check out my grandaughters carousel thread in "completed misc model builds" section.
 
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