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Zvesda 1/2700 Star Destroyer with custom lighting

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Posted by SplatterMan on Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:44 AM

This is amazing. Going from never having lit a model to a whole star destroyer; talk about trial by fire. Hats off to you! I'd be curious to know how long all that fibre and wire would be if you put it all end to end.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 19, 2022 6:49 PM

Again, that's sooooooooo friggin' cool!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 8:44 AM

Its going to be very impressive whenyou get it done.

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Posted by JimC2020 on Monday, May 16, 2022 11:53 AM

Thanks guys, 

For the electronics I'd guess the actual components probably around $50-60? The battery cells were $23. I had to go from nothing (I'd never done electronics before this) to all sorts of components, transistors, capacitors, resistors, different IC chips, soldering iron workstation, etc. If I were to add all that stuff up, I'd probably choke in embarassment! The colored leds were a little more expensive since they are the individually addressable ones, which cost a bit more, but makes the electronics circuit a lot easier and less hassle to deal with.

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:48 AM

Fantastic!  What a project you have going here.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:35 AM

What a massive project. All the wiring and fiberoptic makes my head spin. Congrats on this milestone. It has to feel good reaching the point of closing it up. Can't wait to see this baby lit up.

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Posted by lurch on Sunday, May 15, 2022 4:36 AM

This thing has enough wiring for a real starship. Pretty impressive to me. Not sure if I could do that. How much is the electronics costing for this project? Looks very expensive to me.

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Posted by JimC2020 on Saturday, May 14, 2022 12:51 PM

Sealed up the model yesterday! No more fiddling with internals now.

 

 

So much stuff inside, next time smaller wires!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Quickie walk around. The audio is being played via the secondary audio circuit.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, April 22, 2022 9:36 AM

Oh wow you'd almost have to be a real starship engineer to get all this wired up, great job!

It looks so cool!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by JimC2020 on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 1:44 PM

Audio test, running on internal power!!

 

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Posted by JimC2020 on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 12:28 PM

Batteries in place!!!

 

So far nothing has burned or melted!

Voltage meter works...

 

steady at 11.9 volts, basically matches what the multimeter reads.

Custom power on/off switch that I added

 

Works!

 

Brains all wired up

 

From left to right,

1) The main Arduino pro mini, handles all the lights, bluetooth, and primary audio

2) primary audio chip, reads from sd card

3) Secondary Arduino pro mini, handles secondary audio for sound effects during the power on stages, engine sounds, etc.

This gives me multiple layers of sound, overkill, but the actual hardware is pretty cheap.

 

LED Lights mounted in place on top half

 

very close to being done, maybe even this weekend...

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, April 17, 2022 9:34 PM

That is sooooooooooo cool! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Friday, April 15, 2022 9:57 PM

THAT IS

Can't wait to see the finished product!

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Posted by JimC2020 on Friday, April 15, 2022 12:45 PM

Thanks, this is crazy what this has morped into, next time I'll plan better. Omg the budget for this! Insane...

 

Bluetooth model in place! The blinking lights mean it's looking for a connection, it will go solid once it's properly paired with my app.

 

 

 

 

Pro mini board now wired in place, with wires for the usb connector to upload code. Those are just temporary and will be removed prior to final mounting.

Left side is the HM-10 bluetooth module mounted in place now.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, April 15, 2022 9:58 AM

Oh wow that's amazing!!!

I've lighted up a few kits years ago with fiber optic cable and bits and bobs from Radio Shack but nothing like this. That's insane all the cool stuff you've got there!

Really looking forward to seeing her all lighted up like the proverbial Christmas tree!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by JimC2020 on Thursday, April 14, 2022 4:20 PM

Ok finally some more progress, battery supplies hopefully sorted. Assuming I did this right I'll be powering this with ~12v ~2.2A, with a battery pack of 3 18650 cells, and if I attach it all up correctly hopefully it won't burn down my apartment!

So this showing the separate battery cell holders, spaced individually instead of all together to allow everything to fit.

 

the Battery Management System, this makes sure the battery drain is kept even and handles the logic to properly recharge them as well. 

 

 

Little on board voltage meter, press the button and it will show the battery voltage, to see when it needs charging.

 

 

component placement

and after mounting and wiring up for good:

 

The Bluetooth controller lives!

Test rig for the bluetooth controller, 

 

wired up for real

 

It talks to this program (test app on my MacBook that will then get ported  to iOS for usage on iphone):

 

And when the two are connected the controller outputs this on windows (when the arduino is connected via USB):

 

Arduino pro mini mount:

Not done yet, just have the power/gnd leads in place

Audio board to place sounds and imperial march

That's all done now, it will be connected to above arduino board. 

There's one other little component, there's a special blue LED that drives 5-6 fiber optic cables in the top front area, that will blink when the Bluetooth control is not paired with the app, and then go solid when a connection is succesfully made.

All the programming is basically done, it's basically down mounting up the electronics and praying that I solder things correctly. Hopefully a couple more weeks and this thing will finally be done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by JimC2020 on Thursday, April 14, 2022 3:59 PM

Thanks for the info, sorry for the long delay. Finally solved the remaing electronics isues (hopefully all of them now), and made some more progress. The bluetooth controller is now sorted out, so I'll be able to control various bits, including the start up of the light speed engines vs the sublight. Not sure if the big ones are lightspeed or sublight, will have to look that up.

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Posted by Mikeym_us on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 9:42 PM

Ok I do believe the little engines are not supposed to be on when the mains are on. They were not lit on the original filming model. Good probability those engines are for light speed not really sure unless someone has the schematics laying around for Star Destroyers?

 

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Posted by JimC2020 on Monday, February 14, 2022 8:41 PM

More progress... bottom half and engines all wired up and hooked into the circuit boards. Yikes, no turning back now...

 

 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Friday, February 11, 2022 3:17 PM

JimC2020
Pretty easy. The Arduino IDE works great in terms of seamlessly uploading your compiled code to the actual Arduino hardware. The IDE is simple, but then again the programming is crazy complex either, so it's OK.

Can't argue with that. Arduino's are geat little devices.

Had some fun once coding up a homemade laser tag set.  Complete with Ammo count, Health bars, and sound effects.  Kids had fun with that but discovered TV IR remotes were like nukes and could aim practically anywhere in the room and get a hit.  Big Smile

Your build is going to look awesome when completed!

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Posted by JimC2020 on Friday, February 11, 2022 12:21 PM

Got the lights for hte tower wired up, simple test...

 

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Posted by JimC2020 on Friday, February 11, 2022 12:19 PM

PhoenixG
So you used the TI chip for doing shift registers and controlling blocks of LEDs?  I've read about that but not tried it.

Yes. I have a total of 28 leds for main body (upper and lower halves) & tower, 7 more SMD lights in the lower body, 1 light box for indirect lighting of docking bays, 7 for the engines, and 1 for the tower garbage chute. So thats 44 total. The main body and engine LEDs are driven together (they are neopixel LEDs). The 7 SMDs, garbage chute, and lightbox are driven by the TI chip. 

Both sets have code that instead of simply just turning them on or off, gradually ramps up to full color intensity over the space of about 300-500 millseconds (and in the case of the engines actually flickers the color over time as they are on).

PhoenixG
How challenging was it to program on the Arduino?

Pretty easy. The Arduino IDE works great in terms of seamlessly uploading your compiled code to the actual Arduino hardware. The IDE is simple, but then again the programming is crazy complex either, so it's OK. 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 9:52 PM

Cool!

So you used the TI chip for doing shift registers and controlling blocks of LEDs?  I've read about that but not tried it.  How challenging was it to program on the Arduino?

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 7:01 PM

Yeah, she's looking amazing! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 10:29 AM

That is mind blowing!

Ive wired up a couple of small kits, but this is by and LARGE the coolest build I've ever seen lit up.

Fanfreakintastic!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by JimC2020 on Sunday, February 6, 2022 8:20 PM

Got some more work done! The last lighting circuit board:

 

 

 

With the IC mounted (TLC 5940NT for those who are curious):

 

This is going to drive a set of SMD lights, which I spent the weekend mounting and wiring up. These are a joy to work with since the wires for them are 0.2mm thick. Yeah....

 

 

This is where one of them get's mounted in the model

 

Close up after mounting

 

It works!

 

JST connectors where the tiny SMD wires will be soldered to, and then use reasonably sane wires that I can actually work with (without worrying about them evaporating into thin air at the slightest touch) for the rest.

Soldered...

 

Wired up and ready to go...

 

 

It's alive!!

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, January 30, 2022 10:54 PM

Looks good! I like the neat look here, so many the fiber optic cable and wiring look like an explosion in a spagetti factory. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by JimC2020 on Sunday, January 30, 2022 12:42 PM

Engine lighting done! Only thing left would be to possibly tweak the timing on how the lights ramp or or the color pulsing.

 

 

Engine running

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 27, 2022 11:49 AM

Oh wow, she's really lookin' good!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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