ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 5 May 2019

MIDGES AND YET MORE GEARS.

This morning the dogs and I had a wander round the shores of Loch Leven. No birds within camera range but millions of Midges. I shut my mouth for once but they were getting sucked up my nose. Little buggers they are. Here are a few snaps. I'll nip down tomorrow if the wind is away and try for some close ups with the MP-E 65mm. It's about time it had an outing. I'll also take the 400mm with an extension tube to try for one in flight. By the law of averages I should get one.


I really like insects and these must be male Midges as I didn't get bitten but interesting as they are, they are annoying.

I have gone back to first principles with the gear business. I think I have it about sorted or at least a workflow established. I calculated my own pitch circle diameter and modulus and bung the result into FreeCAD. With a bit of a mesh clean, it now seems to work in Blender. I did the cut outs in the gear in FreeCAD and also used the array modifier there. It's a one click or two click job, much easier than trying to use Blender as a CAD programme. Hopefully I'll get a working clock model before too long and then a constant mesh gearbox. 
Here is a bit of video.
Enjoy your week.

7 comments:

  1. Midges? For me looks like mosquitoes. Wow!

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    1. Daliana, they are very similar. Annoying creatures. Thank you for the comment on YouTube.

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  2. Isn't that a bit early for the midge season, Adrian? I'm used to Scotland in late May without too many midges about. Looking forward to seeing some shots of midges in flight from you!

    I'm liking you latest gear offering!

    Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Richard, these are non-biting midges. I was surprised that there were so many about as it is cold at the moment.
      Gears are coming on. Two steps forward and one back.

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  3. The gear looks good and not a wobble in sight.

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    1. John, I think I have the job half sorted. Time or a clock will tell.

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