I designed my half-orc monk in Heroforge, then printed and painted him!

Pretty happy with the character creation and the paint. The skin isn't quite the grey-green I was aiming for, but I can have a go at redoing it another time!

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New hat! Just gotta make sure it doesn't make my head hurt after an hour like the old one.

We're trying out staining one of those cheap IKEA dining tables using India ink. It seems to work pretty well! Does get a bit lighter once we add a water-based varnish because it's water soluble, but it's quite nice. It's definitely not the proper way to do this but we're having fun!

I had a little ride out to Wisley Common, a lovely bit of heathland outside of London. It was a nice day for it!

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Bought myself the little babby lens I've wanted for ages! I've been using an old manual focus 24mm lens, but I've finally arrived in the 2010s with the Canon pancake 24mm. The manual focus-by-wire feels very odd but it's cool!

Out with the old, in with the new! Time to get my YBR125 ready to sell - I only have 14 days to do so and get the proof of no claims bonus to my new insurer.

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Yesterday I had a look at another Honda CB500F and put a deposit down! This one's a 2015 in very nice condition (except for a bit of surface rust on the rear shock).

Hopefully I'll be picking it up on Wednesday!

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Still haven't soldered any diodes, but I glued some switches to a cardboard box! They feel pretty similar to my alto sax, although the springs on this are slightly lighter. This is less "clunky" too - when you press a key on the real sax you hear it close an opening. So that's not really something I can replicate.

So far this feels pretty close to a real sax - hopefully that's still true when wired up!

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Electro-sax button PCBs have arrived! I snapped off a couple and they fit, but I won't be able to add the diodes and connect them up until tomorrow.

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Does this RC filter make sense? S1 is just some contacts that form a switch when the conductive silicone presses on them.

Am I right in thinking that when this is wired in a matrix I can't use an RC filter without having either GND or VCC for a reference voltage?

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Some new keys for the electro-sax - these are the keys on the sides that you hit with your palm.

These are a bit tricky because they basically need to be "normally closed" and actuate as soon as you start pressing the button.

Luckily there's plenty of space to make them longer, and I think I can use the same PCB as the finger buttons.

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This is the bike I did my tests on - a Yamaha MT-07. It's big, torquey and pretty comfy. And now I want one.

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They look cool and feel great! Now I just need to design the rest of the saxophone...

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Adjusted the angle of the electro-sax button lever, so that it's more compact underneath. Now when it's fully pressed, the lever doesn't swing out past the length of the button. That'll make fitting it into a sax easier.

I had some fun trying to remember how to do nice surface modelling too! There was an attempt.

Also they won't be in this horrendous colour scheme, of course.

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Printed a couple of the new button design and it feels promising! These could either each have their own PCB or all mount to one shared PCB. They clip neatly onto a PCB edge.

I think they could do with a slightly longer lever so they don't twist so much under your finger. They also needed a slight bit of filing due to sagging while printing. I think I can just rotate the print orientation and that won't be a problem, but the curved top will be less smooth.

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I've made the "lever" part of the electro-sax key into an L-shape, so that the return spring will sit inside the body of the sax. I think this will work!

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