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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Eric Moore » Aug 25 '15
Looking good. No idea what it is, but looking good.
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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Aug 25 '15
@Eric - it`s a retro-futuristic wrist computer-thing that you wear in the Fallout series of games, the main interface with the game - I put a link if you are interested in the first post.


@Alun - funny you should say that! There will be only one LED and that will be the first of the three lights at the front. To back-light the screen itself I am using EL Sheet. Now, I`ve never used this before and it is brilliant! 


The one I got was pretty much the same size as the screen and I asked for it to be fitted with a 9v inverter so it can all wired up! Nothing really for me to do with it. You can cut it (to a degree) and bend it (but not crease it) and it is really brilliant stuff. I particularly like the fact you can get EL Wire as well which would seem to have a lot of possibilities for modelling in general. 


Here is the EL sheet by itself, unlit and then lit:


 


And here is a test with the artwork printed out on 80gsm paper with a fresnel lens (one of those thin A5 magnifying lenses cut to size) in front of it (again, unlit and then lit):


 


Brilliant!


The lens gives it that 50s style mini-tv look which I love. The next step is to put some coloured acrylic in so that it has the amber colour (in Fallout 3 the default colour is green, in New Vegas it is amber, although you can go into the game`s setting and change it to a variety of colours) and figure out where the batteries will go.


This runs off a single 9v battery with an inverter, but this is quite small and can all be tucked behind the screen. The single LED will have to run off another 9v unless I want to wire it up somehow (and I don`t want to break the EL Sheet doing this). 


Quite chuffed with this - lots of potential for dioramas!



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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Marten Richens » Aug 26 '15
That`s great! Although I am a bit concerned that your left arm isn`t at full health, did you hit your thumb with a hammer or something? If you find yourself in need of some serious personal protection to deter and raider gangs or Fiends coming after your PiP Boy, how about this link to build a mini nuke although you`ll have to figure out the Fat Boy launcher though...


As well as diorama potential I can see the potential for charity appearances and photo shoots! How is the rest of the suit coming on, or are you just concentrating on the PiP Boy at the moment?

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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Aug 26 '15
Cheers Marten - my "plan" is to have the left arm of the Vaultsuit ragged and torn and have a bandage on my arm so I can wear the Pip-Boy directly on my arm, hence the slight damage indicated on the screen. I say "plan" although I`m pretty much making this up as I go along!


Focusing on the Pip-Boy, although the gun has been started as well as parts of the armour. Need to pick up the main boiler suit soonish so I can get that done.



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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Aug 26 '15
Question for the lighting experts: what`s the best tape to use for light blocking? Is there a particular brand or something generic that can be used? 


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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Alun » Aug 26 '15
I use a self adhesive foil which is excellent for light blocking plus reflects the light around inside.  If it`s just to block the light though try electrical tape (which you probably have about or is easier to get). 
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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Aug 26 '15
Quote from Alun I use a self adhesive foil which is excellent for light blocking plus reflects the light around inside.  If it`s just to block the light though try electrical tape (which you probably have about or is easier to get). 

Cool, thanks looking like I`ll just use electrical tape as I`ve got lots of that!


Still on the vein of lighting, here is the screen with some yellow acetate sheet (about 4 deep) - not quite the rich amber colour I`m looking for, so might try to get hold of some orange and put that in as well:




Also, a simple test of the status light: single amber LED hooked up to a 9v battery with a 100Ω resistor and a smooth Lego clear stud over it for the button. I`m thinking this is too bright, so I guess I just use a different resistor?





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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Alun » Aug 26 '15
Just stick another 100ohm resistor in parallel with the first one and that`ll give you 200ohms. Keep going until you get to the brightness you`re happy with.

Looking really smart!
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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Aug 26 '15
Cool - at least my rudimentary grasp of electronics was on the right track! I`ve put a 270ohm resistor on and it is about right (still looks too bright on a camera, but just about right with the Mk 1 Eyeball.
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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Alun » Aug 26 '15
Meant in series not parallel!!! Oops. Rookie error.

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