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  1. Han Hunter's Avatar
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    Feb 19, 2003, 7:08 AM - Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #1

    OK, where do you all stick your batteries and electronics for RF LED's/ helmet fans, etc?

    AND:

    has anyone managed to get LED's up in the RF using the standard DP stalk and chasing out a slit for the wiring or whatever, or is it essential to upgrade to a hollow Stalk

    Thanks

    Si

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    Feb 19, 2003, 7:11 AM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #2

    All my batteries for my electronics are inside the helmet in the little dent created by the right earcap. I hollowed out my own DP stalk with a drill but take it slow and do it in short birsts or else your stalk will melt. You could also carve a ditch into it then use something flat to cover it up once your done.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 7:21 AM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #3

    Thanks TK, that's gotta be one long drill bit, man.

    Si
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    Feb 19, 2003, 10:07 AM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #4

    The donpost RF is ho;;ow and all the electronics will fit inside it. If you have a cast RF it makes the job a bit harder. I ended up cutting a groove ( with a drimel fiberglass cutting wheel) on the inside of my aluminum RF stalk. I'll fill it in with putty and paint it with aluminum paint.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 2:29 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #5

    Here's how I'm planning to do mine:

    The small blue tube and metal ball will hopefully become my tilt switch. Everything fits inside the rangefinder perfectly, after hollowing out the one I cast in resin with a drill and dremil.
    The battery is a 12volt remote control battery.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 2:39 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #6

    Where did you get your hollow RF from?
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    Feb 19, 2003, 2:53 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #7

    My '95 green interior DP helmet has a hollow RF, but I didn't want to mess that up. I used it to cast a resin one using a RTV silicone mold, made two, with the second being only the top portion. I used a ban saw at work to cut the thin cover piece (watching my fingers carefully)
    I hollowed the other resin RF with a drill and made a bunch of holes without going all the way through and fine tuning it with a dremil.
    Took only a few minutes to hollow out.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 3:02 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #8

    Where'd you get the circuit board from? I've been eyeing a miniature RR crossing package that has a board and LEDs, but it is set up to run off of a 9V battery. I am wanting something like yours that is all self contained, possibly using watch batteries.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 3:20 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #9

    I got a kit from Ramsey electronics,
    http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/cgi...action&key=BL1
    You need to change the capacitors to get a slower blinking rate. Mine runs off of a 9 volt battery too, but it was way too big to fit in the RF, so I tried the 12 volt remote battery and works well.
    I can scan the schematics for you if you want to etch your own board.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 4:51 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #10

    Mine is all internal with a mercury switch. When down, the lights blink. They run on a small camera battery.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 6:18 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #11

    Do you have any pics of your set-up Webchief?
    I've been looking for a mercury switch, but couldn't find anywhere nearby selling it. Where did you get yours and how much?
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    Feb 19, 2003, 6:51 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #12

    Mine was free! Just look in an old "dial" type wall thermostat. There in there...little glass tube filled with mercury.

    As for the pic of the setup, I have one or two that I might be able to dig up.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 7:01 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #13

    Those look perfect for the pre-production right gauntlet LEDs as well! The ones on the outside, near the elbow?

    Although not 'canon', I've added those to my ROTJ gauntlets, but never figured an easy way to light them up.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 9:26 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #14

    I've got a mercury switch already (thanks TK0000), I just need something to wire it to. I'd like to see your set-up webchief.
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    Feb 19, 2003, 10:47 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #15


    BobaFettish wrote:

    I've got a mercury switch already (thanks TK0000), I just need something to wire it to. I'd like to see your set-up webchief.
    All I can say is HYPERDYN. They've got a small chip (with soud optoin)to work with the mercury switch that will fit inside the range finder. If you get the servo, it also controls the light sequence.
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    Feb 20, 2003, 6:19 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #16

    You guys are entirely too talented,and I'm just not
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    Apr 15, 2003, 5:14 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #17

    My Dp 97 rangefinder is hollow....Are all DP and Rubies rangefinders hollow?
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    Apr 16, 2003, 2:43 AM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #18

    Nope. Mine's solids as...., well, plastic. Tried drilling through, but lost my nerve after about 1/4" and worried about ruining it, so I'll dig a little channel out of the side than run the wire up that and fill it back in.

    Can't believe you have a hollow stalk.

    Anyone else? If I keep going past the 1/4" point will I strike air?

    Si
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    Apr 17, 2003, 2:34 AM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #19

    I have a DP '96 and the stalk is solid. I know this because I snapped the damn thing in half. So now I have to replace it. I think I'm going to buy aluminum stalk unless someone has any better ideas (hint, hint).
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    Apr 17, 2003, 7:39 AM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #20

    Mardon provides a fiberglass stalk that has a hole all the way through the stalk. The Rangefinder is hollow and two piece. Stalk and upper portion of rangefinder need to be painted, while the lower portion of the rangefinder is a opaque clear.

    We've not thought much about selling them without the helmet, but if anyone is interested, LMK and I'll look into it.

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    Apr 17, 2003, 3:00 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #21

    My range finder is hollow and my stalk is solid. I will be dremeling a channel in the stalk inserting 2 wires then filling channel with Gapoxio. The Gapoxio will make it stronger than it originaly was.
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    Dec 2, 2004, 11:33 AM - Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #22

    Still selling the hollow RF stalks?
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    Dec 2, 2004, 9:40 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #23

    Same place as TK inside the ear deali. I made the switch for the light a little different I put one battery terminal on the stalk, and one on the bottom of the ear piece where the rangfinder rests.

    now when I pull the stalk down the two terminals make connection and the lights come on.


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    Dec 6, 2004, 11:30 PM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #24

    Hey Vash, what size capacitors do you need to change it to?
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    Dec 7, 2004, 12:06 AM - Re: Rangefinder LED's logistics question. #25

    Hey bud,
    I would like to be the first to welcome you to The Dented Helmet (TDH). You might want to start a thread with your introduction or post here:
    http://tdh.prop-planet.com/viewtopic...c=9494&forum=1
    But to answer your question, I beleive it is 47uf capacitors I used and the same ones I recommended to Bobo for the sets he built.

    Ely

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