Author: Andy

Unboxing the Prima Mass Effect: Andromeda Pathfinder edition guide

I’m a sucker for “special editions”, but only if they contain something that’s actually useful in the real world. I don’t care about statues or imitation dog tags – but a wallet or cap? I’m in. So, when I saw that Prima’s Mass Effect: Andromeda guide would be available with an exclusive backpack, it went straight in my basket. Here’s what I thought. Prima’s description: Mass Effect™: Andromeda Initiative Backpack: A two-pocket Andromeda Initiative backpack that holds a 15-inch laptop. Alternate Premium Hardcover Guide: An exclusive hardcover version of the complete guide. A must-have for every Mass Effect fan!...

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Project Odyssey (Traxxas X-Maxx) – Upgrades

Current upgrades So far I’ve only made one change, and that’s to add some 15mm washers to the screws that mount the frame to the body shell. As with most other owners, I’ve found the screws get pulled through the body shell after the first few impacts, so washers help spread the load from the screw over a wider area. I 3D-printed some for starters, and I’ve got metal ones on order. Future upgrades The first upgrade I’m planning is purely cosmetic – a new body shell. At the moment I’m running the stock shell in blue; my preference is always for purple. I’m also a sucker for the Ford F150 truck design, so the Proline F150 shell for the X-Maxx is an obvious choice. Next up will probably be lights (in the front and rear bumpers) and aluminium shock caps. I’m always a little wary of plastic shock caps getting blown off, and the X-Maxx is just begging to be abused so I’m sure it’s a case of when, not if, that...

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The future of 3D Printing

“Wow, you’ve got a 3D printer? What do you use it for?” – a question I’ve been asked many times. My response – printing parts for my RC models, game components, and various widgets and gizmos – is usually met with eyes glazing over and a look of disappointment. “Oh, so nothing useful then? There’s no point me getting one?”, and to this I always reply “Maybe not yet – but in the future, they’ll be a lot more useful”. For all the hype that surrounds 3D printing, the current reality is a little more mundane. It’s not user-friendly nor...

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