Cylon helmet Ceta builders required...

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by BazookaJo, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. Hot4Darmat

    Hot4Darmat Member

    It's no wonder those Cylons could never hit anything when they were shooting...with their eyes bouncing back and forth in their heads like that...:wink:

    btw, nice sig mod ekuth
  2. BazookaJo

    BazookaJo Member

    I have 5 'proper' ones* I bought at discount (the type with the parallel cables and variable chaser speeds etc.) Cost me £35 a peice and the LEDs have to be soldered to the ribbon cable, but they're WAY too good for a cardboard helmet.

    That's why we need a cheap and cheerful chaser for the cheap and cheerful helmet :-D

    I love the pumpkin version, and the walkthrough by Ekuth will be superb (even I will probably have a go), but everyone keep a lookout for that super-cheap and nasty hack for the lesser mortals:) .


  3. Red

    Red Member

    red eye

    Started a little welding today
    The helment will look better when all the work is done. (Grind, sand polish).
    Will still need an eye.
    Thinking about one of the five that Paul has.
    How much would it be in US dollars?
  4. BazookaJo

    BazookaJo Member

    As I said before I'm very interested to see how this one turns out...

    As for the US dollar there are almost two to the pound at the moment, so it would be $70 but you would have to solder the LEDs to the cables yourself (the place I bought them will solder them for £15, but if you're okay with a soldering iron you may as well DIY).

    Here's more info on the kit:

    Like I say, the price for a 32 LED chaser is very good, in fact the only other comparable product I know of retails at over $200:
    :-o and that's why I bought in bulk.


  5. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

    I've done a lot of metal work in my past as one of my last jobs was as a technician in a prototype shop.
    I can easily see that you have done a great job so far and that if you sand this down and polish it, you will have one beautiful mask on your hands here.
    Some red illumination, correctly done, will look just like the original! Just need to get the timing of the lights down pat and you'll really have something there!

  6. BazookaJo

    BazookaJo Member

    Okay you electronic wizards - what are we going to do about the voice:grin: ?

    Apparently there was circuit for a cylon voice in the 1981 issue of "Electronics Australia" which used an XR2206 (don't know what the heck that is, but it was apparently quite havy on the old batteries).

    SiliconChip apparently did an equivalent "Vader Voice" circuit in their September 1995 magazine - but what they mean by 'equivalent' is anyone's guess (Vader and a Cylon don't sound that alike to me).

    Now there's also kits like these around:
    If it does Dart Vader and a Dalek - could it be hacked somewhere inbetween?

  7. B-Manic

    B-Manic Peripheral Visionary

    If you want prerecoded voice, here are some easy to hack items . . . of course you have to find them at retail (ebay?)

  8. dansls1

    dansls1 Member

    Aren't there kid toys for like $5-$10 that you can pre-record a phrase or multiple phrases and play them back at the push of a button? I remember seeing such either at Toys R Us or some kids playing with them.
  9. BazookaJo

    BazookaJo Member

    Pretty cool, but I was thinking of something to convert your own voice in realtime so you could be more spontaneous.

    You'd have to do a 'reasonable' impression of a Cylon and hopefully the filter would do the rest if you know what I mean.

    Seen a few types but reckon the Dick Smith Vader box might be the most flexible - I'll try get some feedback from the folks at the Dalek Projekt (I think it's been used in a few of their builds).


  10. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Wasn't there a kids toy called "Mr Microphone" that would so something along this line?...................... maybe ebay again?

    Can't check at work:(

  11. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Well, as an update from the electronics end, I have successfully built the basic circuit (after tearing it apart and rebuilding it 4 times and staying up until 2:30 AM in the process...)

    Still have alot of soldering to do with connecting up the ribbon cable and LED's, but at least the basic circuit is sound, complete, and WORKS!

    I will say that if you're going to attempt this, make sure you can solder!
  12. BazookaJo

    BazookaJo Member

    I've found a few of the megaphone style ones, in fact theres a 10-in-1 that looks VERY flexible but fitting it into the helmet would be a real pain.

    There are a couple including the Dick Smith Vader/Dalek Voice mixer that have a microphone lead that plugs into to a wearable speaker - This is what I'm leaning towards...especially since a Cylon may indeed be found somewhere between Darth Vader and a Dalek.

    Hey if I get one and it does the job I'll post some wavs :rofl:
  13. BazookaJo

    BazookaJo Member

    You HAVE to post this thing in action ASAP!!

    Just 2 questions:
    1. How long do you reckon it will have taken you in total man hours (times by ten for when I do it).

    2. Once inside the helmet will the helmet still be wearable, or is it just for display?


  14. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Done, Done, Done!!!!

    Finished! The eye works!

    *does a happy dance and stretches muscles cramped from HOURS of soldering work*


    Now to write the "How To Drive Yourself To Distraction For The Sake Of Cardmodel Coolness" manual.



    Oh, and total hours for build of electronics... I'd say about 10 - 15. That's with me ripping everything apart 4 times to get it right. Once you know what you're doing, it goes fast.

    My aim is to make it wearable. That, however is why I need THE EYEPIECE PART! :-D
  15. B-Manic

    B-Manic Peripheral Visionary

    I was thinking you could record a sound clip to the sound chip in the card . . .

  16. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Your link is expired, B-Manic... :(
  17. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Here she is- follow the link below. If anyone knows how to link it so it shows in the window here, let me know how, please~!

  18. Red

    Red Member


    Where did you buy the part to make this eye?
    The radio shack by me doesn’t sell the stuff. :cry:
  19. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Half was bought at Radio Shack. The rest was purchased at a local electronics shop.
  20. B-Manic

    B-Manic Peripheral Visionary

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