Flying Scotsman all steamed up!

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So I unpacked the boxes and assembled the equipment to steam up my new Flying Scotsman for the first time. Oil and water added, switched on and the steam began to build. So many funny noises that we all stood back at first. Once it was up to pressure a reassuringly familiar steam valve sounded and the room started to fill with the nostalgic aroma of afternoon runs on a steam railway πŸ™‚

Unfortunately it was not entirely straight forward from here – there were a few adjustments to be made as the regulator would not open when commanded to from the controls. A few brain storms later and a peek under the lid found the problem – a loose circuit board – which was easily fixed.

Once back together a new head of steam was built and the resulting video shows how realistic the model is. I will need to run it a few more times to get the hang of the controls and β€œrun it in” before it gets near a real track.

I am looking forward to my attic filling with the reassuring smell of a seam locomotive!

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Hornby Live Steam

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The next step in model railways – Live Steam! Yes, a real steam powered engine in OO gauge – incredible engineering from Hornby. Unfortunately the line has been discontinued and the stock was all sold a little while ago. However the great guys at 2ktechnologies received a little extra stock that was found in the factory and offered a great price on these last chance packages and I snapped one up.

I am hoping to get it steamed up this weekend and if I manage I will post a video to show how these models work. Until then check out these shots of the set – a real collectors item!

Conquering custom SQLite on Android

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Wow, what a week – puzzles abound and an office move too!
After fitting everyone into the new office space the greater puzzle was left – how can we compile custom functions into sqlite within an Android app?

Well we finally pieced it together and I was able to hook in my custom functions! If anyone is wondering how to go about this a) avoid it b) read lots c) don’t give up – shipping native C code in your Java Android apps is indeed possible but not straight forward. I hope to post here soon on the details but may not have the time for a while.

Celebrations due tomorrow I think…