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  1. Thanks Pete for your compliment. Hello everybody, meanwhile I took a closer look at the lighting on the Side 1 of the MLP-2 and evaluated these three photos from different perspectives, whereby some lamps are unfortunately covert or not visible. Thereby I noticed that there are not three, as previously assumed, but four lamps without reflector, which are circled on all images. The first two images are image details from my reference photos of the MLP-2 during STS-6 (1983), each from a slightly different perspective. The newly discovered lamp without reflector is the yellow circled Lamp 7, which in the 1st photo can only be seen with difficulty as a point to the left of the vertical strut, and in the 2nd photo as a point to the right of the slant strut. Source: retrospaceimages.com - STS-6 High-Res. Image Library Source: retrospaceimages.com - STS-6 High-Res. Image Library But on this photo of the MLP-2 during STS-28 (1989) one can clearly see at the same lamp arrangement that the yellow circled Lamp 7 has no reflector. Source: NASA So I have to scratch four lamps with a glass body but without a reflector with the help of the UV Adhesive technique.
  2. Hello everybody, first of all the good news of the last week's Health check that my gut feeling has not deceived me. I didn't want to go under the knife, and after getting a second opinion, no shoulder surgery is necessary either!!! The orthopedic surgeon I've consulted in the Stuttgart clinic first asked me about my concerns and how I was feeling. And after I've shown him my easygoing windmill-arm rotation, he said, to my surprise, short and sweet: Well then, Goodbye!!! Oops, sorry? Only then he has looked at the MRI-CD and showed me the defect (1 cm x 1 cm) on the Supraspinatus tendon that the radiologist had found and explain it to me on the model . Accordingly, the term Complete rupture of the first surgeon would be appropriate, but would only apply to this small area behind the enthesis. On the other hand, the tendon would be present all around, so it is more of a "hole" and not a torn tendon, which I initially thought. In short, he said that he would not operateon me, especially since I have no restrictions on freedom of movement or a loss of strength in my arm, which finally convinced and reassured me. And so I was able to go back to my Pad construction site completely relaxed and again turn to the two lamp shapes with and without a shade/reflector on the MLP-Side 1, Source: NASA whereby it was again about the three circled lamps without a lampshade. In the meantime I had adapted the splitting of the circuits a little bit more to the local conditions in order to be able to achieve the easiest possible relocation of the lamps. Source: NASA In my first attempts I had still experimented with tiny glass beads, which is rather tricky and should be much easier to implement with the help of the new UV adhesive, like my first attempts with the larger lampshades have already shown. For these three lamps without reflector I used the smaller ferrules (0,5x6), which have an inner diameter of 0,8 mm, through which the LEDs of the design SMD 0401/0402 can be threaded through, as one can see in this image with a LED Sunny White, with the LED standing upright and protruding relatively far out of the small shade. Here one can see the size difference between the LEDs of the types SMD 0401/0402 (left) and the SMD 0603 (right), whereby the last one is too bigfor the smaller ferrule, but is fitting the larger ferrule. Here one can see for comparison one of the larger ferrules (1,0x6) for the other lamps on the Side 1, the shade of which I have widened from a diameter of 2,4 mm to 2,8 mm. Here the switched-on LED (0401) shines in its warm white color. In the meantime I've got another UV adhesive. The whitish drop on the right is from the Revell Fix-Kit, and the other is an UV adhesive called BONDIC, which looks a little yellowish, but otherwise has similar properties. At first I only tried without LEDs to create a glass body by building up the adhesive in layers, which is quite feasible with a little practice. One just doesn't have to drip too much glue on, because otherwise it will run too wide before one can irradiate it, causing it to harden, so layer by layer. One can also make clever use of the force of gravity by turning the sleeve immediately after the glue has been dripped on and allowing the drop to be shaped a little for itself, and only then irradiate it, which initially looked like this. And with a little practice I managed to create this beautiful glass body. Then I've repeated the same procedure with an upright standing LED Pure White (0401), so first a drop was dropped for fixing the LED, which was then cured with the UV Pen, here with a finished glass body. With a little skill, the small LED can also be inserted flat into the sleeve, which makes the light emission more even. So much for my feasibility experiments, which show that it's also possible to do without the tiny glass beads.
  3. Hi Mike, extra for you! But the squirrel only wanted to come along after I've promised him some nuts, what a nifty fellow ... No problem, because I'm animal-loving ...
  4. Pete, yep, indeed! After awakening from anesthesia, the squirrel first of all had to fortify itself in its feed house ... Happy with this test result on the one hand, but on the other hand I sometimes have to think with horror of my inventories of those felt like 1.000 lamps at that time ... Source: retrospaceimages.com (STS-6) Source: NASA And my arm windmill is maybe something like this ... I hope you understand what I mean ... namely that a surgery isn't always needed, hopefully, we will see ...
  5. Hello everybody, after I have had enough time and have now formed my own opinion, I can now go on carefree and cheerfully, but next week I will get as planned a second opinion from the specialists at a clinic in Stuttgart. According to my diagnosis, I did not completely tear the Supraspinatus tendon, when I fell almost 4 weeks ago, as one has meant last, but rather probably "only" a local defect happened, as the radiologist meant after his MRI, which, however, might also already be based on a degenerative pre-damage, that went unnoticed. The initial pains, which has now almost completely subsided, was in my opinion a result of the rib bruise that I had contracted. In any case, I have no pain in the shoulder and no functional restrictions and can do the "windmill" with both arms as before. Thank God and my Guardian Angel!!! I've found a plausible explanation in the said Article, which I've read again in more detail. There it says, among other things: A rotator cuff tear that is the result of aging, called a degenerative tear of the rotator cuff, must be distinguished from a tear that is the result of a traumatic injury to the shoulder. There is some crossover, where the chronic weakening of the rotator cuff from aging degenerating leads to susceptibility to tearing from relatively minor trauma. Therefore, each individual likely has components of both degenerating and trauma that contribute to their shoulder problem, and your orthopedic surgeon can help determine why your tear occurred. Since I think that I don't have (no longer) a shoulder problem, I now wait relatively relaxed, what the 2nd orthopedist next week thinks about it. But an surgery would now rather mean like to shot with cannons at sparrows ... In the light of recent events, I have now played a doctor myself and have operated our little squirrel that had suffered a complete foot fracture in the garden some time ago. But since I am not a miracle healer, I got myself with the Revell UV Super Glue a miracle weapon that I wanted to try out already a long time ago. So I put the patient in the stable supine position, and then have applied the liquid adhesive to the break point. After putting on and pressing the front paw, I then irradiated the seam with the UV pointer, which causes the adhesive to harden transparently. And that was already the miracle healing, and the squirrel wanted to go back to the garden quickly. And this gave me the idea that I could also use this UV glue for the Pad and MLP lighting to seal the LEDs in the lampshades, or that one could be able to shape glue drops over the LEDs, so to speak as "bulbs". And then I've tried it out on my test lamps. Back then I had also experimented with tiny glass beads (right) to simulate the lamp body. To the left of it, the LED is only inserted flat into the lampshade and should have been glued yet. Both lamps are switched on here. In this position I've then dripped the glue onto, and then hardened with the UV pointer, as well as tested. To shape a nice round drop, I will have to experiment a bit yet, but this solution should certainly be useful, also for the three special lamps 11, 12, 17 without a wide lampshade. But now I'll switch off all the lights and slowly move into the horizontal, and maybe dream of the squirrel ...
  6. Thanks Aussie-Pete and Hello friends, there is still justified hope that I might get around a surgery. The physiotherapist said today that it could not be a complete tendon rupture, especially since I have no pain and no functional restriction in my shoulder and I can totally lift my arm to the top and let rotate it through 360°, just like the other. So I immediately registered with the Chief physician for Orthopedic surgery, Trauma surgery and Sports medicine in a larger clinic in Stuttgart, where I've got an appointment on August 6 to get a second opinion. Then we'll see ...
  7. Thanks my friends for your great support, which is very helpful for my soul. Perhaps it is also my tricky personal situation that makes me hesitate because I have been home alone for half a year because my wife unfortunately had to go to a nursing home and I have to be there for our poodle Gino (9). Last year he had two cruciate ligament tears in a row on his hind legs, the operations of which cost him rather strength, so that I sometimes have to carry him over the stairs in our house, depending on his shape of the day, so that he doesn't overexert himself. And if I then think about the 6 weeks with this "supple" shoulder splint, I will have to come up with something, because lifting him up on my arms and carrying it will not work ... For the 2 days hospital stay I can give him to a friend. I also don't know exactly what a rehabilitation would mean, but maybe it would be possible outpatient. A friend in another forum sent me a link to an interesting article, https://www.verywellhealth.com/surgery-not-needed-for-rotator-cuff-tears-2549780 which reinforces me to get a second opinion yet in order to get more certainty for the right decision, which is really not easy ... In view of this, perhaps you may understand now that I am in a somewhat difficult situation currently, which made me lose a little bit of interest in modeling etc. ... But somehow it must and will continue ...
  8. Hello friends, last Thursday I was with the doctor who had referred me to the MRI. After looking at the CD, he said that it was a complete rupture of the Supraspinatus tendon close to its enthesis, what has rather sobered me up. He then has explained the conservative and surgical therapies to me, leaving the decision up to me, as well as the offer to get a second opinion. He showed me the recommended Shoulder arthroscopy, possibly with a seam of the Rotator cuff, on the model and in a schematic video, which looked relatively harmless and remembered my knee arthroscopies. That would mean 1-2 days in hospital and then wearing a Shoulder abduction splint, for about 6 weeks, including physiotherapy ... Although I initially agreed to the operation, I've started now mulling over it again, especially since I now have hardly any complaints and can actually move my shoulder as before. However, the doctor pointed out that the torn tendon would gradually shrink, so that later one could not operate it this way, what one can believe it or not. What also made me wonder was his statement that I could still take my time with the operation and that September/October would still be okay ... If one then considers yet that the doctors in Germany often recommend an operation far too quickly these days because one can earn a lot with it, I'm actually on the verge of getting a second opinion from another shoulder specialist.
  9. Thanks Mike for your good wishes, and keep your fingers pressed. Maybe I should get a 0.5 mm Nozzle set for my Triplex from Heinz Wagner and try it out.
  10. Hello friends, first a short health update. After the complaints shifted more towards the shoulder, I went to a specialist once again, who has sent me to the MRI check to clarify the indication of a Rotator cuff lesion. The radiologist interpreted the scans, among other things as laceration of the supraspinatus tendon (transmural anterior defect, 1.0 by 1.0 cm). In addition, another tendon (Subscapularis), the local Bursa, and the Biceps muscle are inflamed. If interested, this image shows the muscles/tendons of the Rotator cuff. Source: sportsinjuryclinic.net "Just" a rib bruise, My eye! - as it was initially said by the family doctor, Nobody is perfect! What that means I will hear next Thursday ... I just hope that I can get around an operation. But now back to the Vallejos. I was interested again in the consistency of the re-ordered Model Air paints, which I therefore tested with the Wagner method. As one can see, the diameters of all three color points are below Heinz Wagner's critical limit of 11 mm and should therefore not be ready-to-spray. As a result, one would have to dilute it by adding Vallejo Airbrush Thinner to avoid clogging the nozzle. In any case, I now know how things stand, what is very helpful already.
  11. Pete for your good wishes and for the interisting linked post about Vallejo paint and Airbrushes. Yeah, practice makes perfect, which is why I'm going to do some exercises ... I'm using a Triplex Gun with a 0,3 mm nozzle at a pressure of 2 bar. But I prefer to test the sprayability of the Valejos beforehand using the Wagner method, which one can rely on. BTW, there are some problems with my shoulder though, as my family doctor had initially suspected ...
  12. Thanks Kirk, if one has always worked as a scientist, one has these rules of thoroughness and reproducibility in the blood forever. And as I said, I have absolutely to be on the safe side when airbrushing my ET.
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