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    Looking good. The steel really makes the panels "pop".
    Yeah, I had a real dilemma when it came to painting the panels. I went back and forth with painting them, not painting them.......but ultimately it did not look right unpainted.

    I think the paint gives them a real industrial, mechanical look. I am very pleased with how they turned out.

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    I finally had a chance to work a bit more on HIC and completed the LEDs for the first panel. I used a flashing red, steady yellow, and steady green; it looks pretty cool! This really adds a nice touch and brings it to life. The LEDs are powered by 4 AA batteries mounted inside the cabinet.

    I could not figure out how to embed the video, so here is the link (sorry for the poor quality):

    CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE PANEL LEDs:

    http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=30197 030

    Here is a quick photo of where the battery box is mounted.



    I really went back and forth deciding on wether or not to hide the switch behind the panels with the battery box, or to just add a switch to the panel itself. Although not screen accurate, I went with adding the switch to the panel itself. I think people will get a kick out of pressing the button as if it were a functional part of the panel, I know I did!

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    Also, I think I am going to daisy chain a few lights off the one battery pack. I hope to get at least 3 more lights off the one pack, if there is enough power.

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    A few people have emailed me inquiring about the LED wiring sequence, so, I am just going to post it here. Here is my very "rude" drawing.



    As you can see I bypassed the negative wire of the blinking red LED directly to the battery box and last LED. If you daisy chain all them directly and do not seperate the blinking LED, then all the LEDs will blink. I wanted the yellow and green to stay steady, and since the blinking LED is first in the chain, this is how it was bypassed.

    I hope that helps some the "less electronically inclined" members like myself.

    CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE PANEL LEDs:

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...deoid=30197030

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    cool. What size battery and what voltage are each of the leds? thanks

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    constant upgrades - awesome!

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    SOLOCHASER said: View Post
    cool. What size battery and what voltage are each of the leds? thanks
    The battery box is a four AA box. The blinking red is a 5mm, 3.0 volt, 35mA (880 mcd) LED. The steady green, yellow, and red are 3.0 volt, 20 mA LEDs (these come in a pack of 20 for about $3.00, it's a great deal).

    All the parts can be found at Radio Shack; here are the item numbers:

    Blinking Red LED - #276-312
    Steady Red, Green, Yellow LEDs - #276-1622
    LED Holders - #276-079
    Battery Holder - #270-391
    On/Off Switch - #275-617
    (Also buy some small guage wire, comes in a 3 spool pack; red, black, and green coated)

    Be careful not to hook up the steady LEDs without a daisy chain, if you do, they will burn out immediately. The four AA batteries are too powerful for just one LED. I learned that the hard way, several times, I probably blasted through half a dozen LEDs before getting this right!
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    I'm not very handy when it comes to electronics so What does daisy chain mean?

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    SOLOCHASER said: View Post
    I'm not very handy when it comes to electronics so What does daisy chain mean?
    That just means linking the LEDs together, one after another, just like in my picture.

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    I think I am just about done! Today I finished the last of the LED lighting. I had to do 2 switches, the max on each power source was 3 LEDs. I could not figure out how to chain more LEDs together; however, the fact I got this far is a miracle!

    I also put the clear gloss acrylic coat on, I have about 3 coats on it.



    Here is the video with both panels lit, sorry for the poor lighting again.

    CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE PANEL LEDs:

    http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fusea...deoid=31030505

    I also spent allot of time trying to get my mini home theater done. It will be all Star Wars themed and will have 4 seats. I am building a raised box so the 2 rear seats will sit higher. Here is a peek.















    HIC will go right next to Boba. I still have a lot to do!
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    I also spent allot of time trying to get my mini home theater done. It will be all Star Wars themed and will have 4 seats. I am building a raised box so the 2 rear seats will sit higher. Here is a peek.

    (joker voice) Where does he get those wonderful toys?

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    One little addition, I bought some gray material that my mom is going to make as cutrains for the rear of the room. That way you won't see the closet doors.

    As soon as I get HIC moved in, I am going to mount a blue light that will illuminate the cabinet.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Well if this isn't amazing I do not know what is. Makes me wish I had the space to do something like this. Maybe when I get a workshop for the summer, I may just use some of your techniques as well I would love a HIC over my bed.


    Alexis
    *smiles*

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    Cailieg said: View Post
    I may just use some of your techniques as well
    If you need any advice, let me know. There were a few things I did wrong, a few things I could have done better, and some thing I would have changed!

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    Absolutely amazing work!

    Really inspired me to get my HIC out again and start working on it!

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    ...'nuf said! Awesome job!

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    ...'nuf said! Awesome job!

    Thanks, it's almost done!!

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    I am gonna try and make a replica as close to the origional as i can but where would i go about finding a oscilloscope for mine?
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    Reference photos and blueprints
    Where did u find the blueprints?

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    that's looking fantastic! great job!

    man, i've GOT to upgrade my face!!!

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    I am gonna try and make a replica as close to the origional as i can but where would i go about finding a oscilloscope for mine?


    You can try eBay.

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    Does the guy u got those side pannels have anymore? And if he doesnt would it be asking too much to have u make a mold and send it to me?

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    Does the guy u got those side pannels have anymore? And if he doesnt would it be asking too much to have u make a mold and send it to me?
    Actually, the guy who sold me these does not make the panels, he just had a spare set.

    Sorry, I have no idea how to mold and the piece has already been displayed.

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    Well, I think I am finally done with my Han Solo in Carbonite. Took a few months, a small budget, many hours of work, and allot of patience! I am very happy with this scratchbuild, considering it was my first attempt and I pretty much winged it.

    Before I post the final pictues, I wanted to show the last major detail to my Boba Fett. I finally got around to weathering the cape. I used my Tech Torch, a wire brush, scissors, Sand, Brown, and Flat Black spray paint, and some dirt and grease from my car tires. Looks much better in person, the pictures don't do it justice.

    It came out nice, although not screen accurate.







    To mount HIC, I bought some black chain from Home Depot and screwed 2 lengths to the wall studs. I then screwed the other end to the studs in HIC.





    I also added one more length to the top; I wanted to make sure this did not fall on anyone! I also mounted the light I bought from Ikea, then added it to the remote switch that controls my display cabinets. Now everything comes on at once.

    I am having a small piece of blue glass cut that I can swap out with the frosted piece that came with the lamp. Once I see how it looks I will decide which one to use.

    You'll have to excuse the dust on the piece, I forgot to wipe it off before taking the picture.






    I think down the road I am going to try this again, now that I know what I did wrong and what I could do better. I like how it turned out, but there are a few things I would definitely change.

    The final price on this, about $308.00 in materials, give or take a few dollars. Not bad in my opinion, considering some of the alternatives. Of course, add in the time it took to build and the price goes up a little!

    Thanks for all the input and praise, it was nice to hear from all of you. Keep you eyes open, I will probably be selling this piece down the road if anyone is interested!!!
    Last edited by azheat01; Apr 16, 2008 at 6:15 AM.

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    Some great work there mate! You should be really proud!

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