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21  1yr old Scifi Playtoy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thefett on: November 15, 2009 07:59:21 AM
My nephew has an obsession with latches and buttons (another budding engineer in the family?) so I made him this playset.
The centerpiece is a borg alcove lightning thing which is voice and sound activated so if he presses a button, bangs on the plexiglass or giggles it flashes. It also displays a little when the motor of the disco ball is on. There's also a plasma globe on the right, more flashing LED baubles at the front, and a blue button with a countdown beeper. At the cardinal points of the lightning thing are fiber optics with flashing lights that's governed by the trackball so when he moves it one way one set flashes, and so on. The strip at the front is assorted bits of holographic paper/plastic I had left over from other projects, as well as a strip of liquid crystal which changes colour with temperature (so can show you the outline of your hand or finger if you put it on it for a second). Everything's under thick enough plexiglass I can walk on it.

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22  Reconstructed glasses in Completed Projects by thefett on: November 15, 2009 07:43:54 AM
I had a few pairs of broken sunglasses (arms in one, lens in the other), so recombined them into one I liked even better. I opted for an armless version, sewing an elastic glasses strap with slight tension to the frame to keep them in place. The lens from one was cut to fit the better frame from the other and added with little bolts. It was great as the snug fit meant it was hard for snow/wind/rain to be blown in, and the armless design was much more durable (more compact and less to break). The glasses strap meant it never fell off my face in a fall or when looking down, and was always handily around my neck when not in use. It lasted through another 6 years of climbing/crawling/hiking adventures.

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23  Princess Bride Sword in Completed Projects by thefett on: November 13, 2009 08:28:00 AM
Inigo's might be out of my league so I went for a Man In Black style. The pommel and guard are brazed together. The guard and handle wrap are an old shoelace and some string.

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24  Underwater MP3 Case (or water resistant container) from a Sport Walkman in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by thefett on: November 13, 2009 08:17:24 AM
This water resistant MP3 player case was made from an old Sport Walkman. I removed the guts and added an earphone plug (from a set the airlines give you) inside so you can connect to any mp3 player/phone that fits. I use the water resistant headphones that came with the Walkman. It was successfully tested with swims at 3 foot depth (pool) and clips nicely to your bathing suit. You don't have access to buttons but press play with a long enough playlist before you go into the water and you won't need them. You can also put cash, car keys/clicker and credit cards in there when you're off to the beach. Also protects from sand/mud/etc.

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25  Re: Robin Hood Shot Display in Completed Projects by thefett on: November 12, 2009 11:31:32 AM
Yeah, I love that show too! I think they did acknowledge you can do it with an aluminum arrow (like here) and were only out to do it with wood. They were also looking for a split all the way down to the bullseye. This one's only about 8" deep but I love the zigzag fracture as the first arrow expanded to let the second one through.

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26  Robin Hood Shot Display in Completed Projects by thefett on: November 12, 2009 08:40:43 AM
My Dad managed to split an arrow with another at the archery range so I decided it had to be framed. I made this one from some leftover wood, metal trim and a plate.

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27  Popsicle stick painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thefett on: November 12, 2009 08:35:15 AM
I was out of brushes and wanted to get started anyway so I made this one using popsicle sticks. I haven't decided if she's stopping a blast or making one. You be the judge!

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28  Re: Recycled spaceship in Completed Projects by thefett on: November 11, 2009 09:37:22 AM
I guess I've always wanted my own spaceship. When I had to clean up the radio tower, it just became a magnet for any other junk that needed a new purpose.

Here's a pic of the back too.
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29  Aliens Radar Clock in Completed Projects by thefett on: November 11, 2009 08:55:43 AM

I loved the motion tracker from the movie Aliens, as well as radar screens in general, so I combined them for my clock. The mechanism was taken out of a new clock because I needed one with continuous motion (sweeped was needed for the radar, not stepped like in clock kits, plus I hate even a tiny ticking noise at night so sweeped is quieter). Then I used big alien blobs (or incoming bogies if you like) as the 5's and smallers ones for 1's. So 5 o'clock is one big blob, 12 o'clock is 2 big blogs + 2 small blobs. I cut glow in the dark paint on paper into the two "alien ships" circling around to be the minute and hour hand and still be visible when the lights go out.

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30  Recycled spaceship in Completed Projects by thefett on: November 11, 2009 08:21:49 AM
This spaceship, of the Battlestar Galactica inspired Viper look was made mostly with reused materials.

- fuselage = an old radio tower that the wind knocked down.
- wings = metal doors someone threw out.
- skin (covering) and dorsal fin = mdf board someone threw out.
- front tire = from a broken baby carriage.
- engine rotors = hubcaps off an old car.
- engines = old drums that weren't watertight enough for dock floaters, 3 old garbage cans and the bottoms from 3 water jugs & two rollup toolboxes someone threw out.
- nosecone = an inverted lampshape and a piece of plastic from a computer monitor stand.
- back of the canopy = the cover of an old humidifier.
- seatbelts = presumably from an old car (garbage picked).
- seat cushion = from a broken back massager.

Back wheels were bought, but from a surplus store (I think they were gears originally).
Also purchased: paint, fibreglass, glue, bolts, front of canopy & 3 more garbage cans.

Finally installed the avionics. Includes:
An old battery from a scooter. A few strobes (new) attached to tubing from old hand vacuums for turbolasers. Switches both new and old (from past hobby projects). Gauges from a surplus store. A solar panel (from my camping gear) to keep the battery charged up. My camera (has a built in Gyro), GPS and a magnetic compass.

Now I just need to add brakes and steering. (I know for most people, that might have been before the flashing lights)
Here's the new engine cover too (needs some paint still):

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