Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Blender 3D Art

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Here is a 3D model I made recently using Blender, the free Open Source modelling package:

Ferrari 360 in Blender

There are still quite a few details missing from the model (eg the headlights!), but I’m happy with it for now and wanted to upload it to my site.

It is by far the largest project I’ve ever completed with Blender.
The picture has a slightly unusual aspect ratio as I made it to use as a wallpaper for my 21:9 monitor.

Click here to see some of my other experiments with Blender


Custom Xbox 360 Controller

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

This is my custom painted Xbox 360 Controller:

Custom Xbox 360 Controller

This was just a quick side project to practice my model car airbrushing techniques, in particular to see how well the masking tape would work to make racing stripes, and how the gloss varnish would look

1/25 ‘09 Dodge Challenger

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

This model kit was a birthday present from my brother. It has taken me quite a long time to get it looking like this!

Dodge Challenger

Click for more pictures and build info …


DIY Arcade Joystick

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

I recently received a couple of arcade fighting games in some software bundles I bought from Namely, Skullgirls and Street Fighter IV. While they are both playable with a regular XBox controller, they are designed to be played with a proper arcade style joystick. Like this one:

DIY Arcade Joystick - v2.0

This is my DIY Arcade Joystick made for roughly £20 using only basic tools. Read on for details on how I made it.


Origami II

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Here are some origami models I have folded recently:

Origami Dragon

Origami Dragon (Jo Nakashima)

Folded from 20cm x 20cm Tissue Foil from

This is the first model I’ve made from this kind of paper and I was impressed at how easy it was to work with and how nice the finished model looks.


How to connect a Commodore 64 1541 disk drive to your PC over USB

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

I recently dug out my old Commodore 64 computer hoping to retrieve some of the old code I wrote when I was younger. It was my plan to transfer it to my PC so that I could run it using the Vice C64 emulator.

C64 1541 Connector

As I no longer own a television I couldn’t connect up the C64 and see it working. Even if I could, I’d still have been left with the problem of how to get the data from the 5.25″ disks and onto the PC. There was a mass of outdated information on the internet about how to make a cable to connect to a PC parallel port, but it’s been many years since PCs have had those. There were also a couple of nice looking products for extracting data from floppies (Kryoflux) and for connecting a drive over USB (ZoomFloppy) but given that I didn’t even know if my disks would still work, I didn’t really want to pay a lot of money for one of those.

And then I found this article. I don’t own a Teensy, however, I do own the very similar Minimus AVR and it turns out that it was perfect for the job!

Read on for instructions on connecting your Commodore 1541 to your PC, no special electronics knowledge required.


Sujiko Solver

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

This is a partially filled in Sujiko puzzle, taken from the cover of December’s Beyond Sudoku magazine.


It’s a pretty straightforward puzzle - simply fill in the digits one to nine in the cells such that each set of four cells around the centre circles adds up to the number shown in that circle. There is more information on the inventor’s webpage here.

Since solving these puzzles is relatively easy, and having just finished reading this book, I decided to try and come up with something more interesting to do with them. I had a number of questions that I wanted to answer…


How to mod Rogue Legacy

Friday, October 4th, 2013

One of my favourite games at the moment is indie game, Rogue Legacy. It’s a fun little game that involves hacking and slashing one’s way round a randomly generated castle.

Rogue Legacy

Me being the way I am, I couldn’t resist doing a bit of hacking of the other kind. That is, I decided to have a little poke around with the game’s data files and see if I could view them and/or modify them.

It turns out that yes, it is possible (although not straightforward!) to customise the in-game graphics. So, if you’d like to find out how to have your portrait hanging on the castle wall in your own personalised version of Rogue Legacy, then read on.


The Shard

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

The Shard

This is The Shard, currently the tallest building in Europe at over a thousand feet tall.

Want to see the view from the top?


Zombie Apocalypse!

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Zombie Apocalypse

Here I am fresh from a recent encounter with the undead. I have no idea what has happened to my nose in that picture - perhaps that’s one of the first symptoms of the zombie virus and now my brain is going to start slowly rotting away?

This picture was taken at Zombie Apocalypse which was a very thoughtful 40th birthday present from my brother and his family. I say thoughtful … although I’m not sure what thoughts made him think sending me off to be eaten alive was a good idea!