Category Archives: Model Making

Model Engineer Show 2014

November and December were busy months for fairs this year with TeenTech, Elephant & Castle mini-Maker faire and the Model Engineer Show at Sandown Park. TVRRUG were invited to man a stand in the maker area again and this year we did so jointly with rLab presenting projects and activities from both groups.

We had two printers going constantly, Gary’s giant printed St Pancras station, the Superman and Fiji project materials on display and a rolling video. The stand was manned by David, Malcolm, Mike, Ryan and Richard, we were busy all the time especially Friday and Saturday. Having at least three of us there this time meant each could go and visit some of the other stands – Gary and Barnaby’s stand in the main hall, Stirling engines, jet engines, Aluminium welding, tools and materials.

Official blog –

More photos after the break……

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Todays awesome Superman Launch To Space

superman in space

Following on from our hugely successful rLab telmetry course we are pleased to announce that today is the launch of Superman into space. Originally devised by RS DesignSpark (<-great background on the DesignSpark blog about the project) and Mattell, Richard Ibboston of rLab has developed some tracking boards to track both the capsule and Superman himself as they reach for the stars. David Price helped with the boards and software, with Alex Gibson designing and printing parts for the capsule. The capsule itself was designed and built by Jude Pullen.

You can track his progress by watching Kalel, Lois, OLSEN, LEX and CLARK.

Good luck to all involved! 




Preparing for launch

Had to fix superman – he’s transmitting GSP coords now and being fitted in capsule.

The ground video available on

From the launch site:

From the chase car:

Superman is being sent to space with electronic boards designed at rLab and that’s what you’ll be able to see a live feed from using the details below.


If you want to track the progress you can use


the latter has a Superman logo for the Kalel payload which is transmitting on 434.420MHZ




This project by Jon Totham is super cool, using cheap foam insulation boards from Wicks, static grass and acrylic paint with a tad of airbrushing the results are amazing not just for Warhammer but could be really cool on model railways too.

The laser cut buildings are also pretty awesome.

Jon is going to play a bit more with lasers and foam and nitrogen to see if he can get some cooler effects so lets watch this space!