Model of The Month: Mass Effect Normandy SR1 with fully functional Lights!

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by anthony344, May 3, 2012.

  1. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    It would be cool to see this lit up, moving along in a short video clip, with all the lights on! :)
  2. F131

    F131 Member

    Video, video!
  3. anthony344

    anthony344 Member

    Well i tried out the video recorder on my camera, it was totally crap from the clip. i have never used it at all & even with background lights not much different.

    I'll get a different video cam & see if i can do one with the engine glow on for you Normandy SR1 fans. but i have to get my main power supply ready for the Normandy first to power up the LEDs , the battery that i'm using is only to test out the lights.

    Well happy birthday to me balloon6:band1::band1:balloon6. i'm getting old now, well not that old.sign1:p
  4. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Oh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! bday1balloon6:band1:

    Sorry, I'm really bad with birthdays. I wish you many more!!:wave7::wave7:
  5. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member


    Happy Birthday from Belgium.
    and i wish you many more papercraft building..

    ps i film-and make pictures with my smartphone.....maybe an idea?
  6. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Active Member

    Happy Birthday anthony344!!! :D
  7. anthony344

    anthony344 Member

    Thanks all of you for wishing me a Happy Birthday.:thumb:

    dnalor : it's not a bad idea but i'm not good at all with picture filming.I've found a compact video recorder on ebay at a good price & it does up to 1440 x 1080HD. I also need one badly to film my flying skills with my planes & heli.:mrgreen:

    Yee haa , i finally got my step down volt regulator & it's very small it is only 37mm x 37mm. great sizes for my Normandy. Now all i have to get is the transformer to power up this beaut.

    Attached Files:

  8. anthony344

    anthony344 Member

    Complete finished of left back engine

    Here she is the complete back of the left side engine finished. the fun part was aligning the back engine flaps dead straight while the glue dries.hehe.all it needs is a little touch up here & there then she is all good.:mrgreen:

    I'm just starting to assemble the back left lower wing now but i'll build it to 85% so i can feed the wires through easily with out problems & setup the white lights when it arrives here soon.

    Attached Files:

  9. anthony344

    anthony344 Member

    More pics.

    Attached Files:

  10. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I can't wait to see this all lit up!! :)
  11. anthony344

    anthony344 Member

    Don't worry the video will be soon with the engine all lit up:thumb: & one thing i'm worried about that i don't touch the blue light, i might burn my self from the engine thrust.:psign1

    Normandy SR1 Update : the transformer i'll be using for this is a 15v at 4amps pack unit. i'll feed the 15v in both of the step down voltage regulator. these voltage regulator can handle from 1.5v to 18v max at 3amps input.Feeding both voltage regulator with the 15v at 4amps transformer it will divide the 15v at 4A in half. The first of the voltage regulator is coming out 5v at 2amps for the Arduino UNO SMD Version programmer , then the second voltage regulator is coming out 12v 2amps for one set of the engine glow. the other half of the engine glow blue lights is going to be programmed at a slow motion pace of flashing on the Arduino UNO programmer.

    Great news is that i just placed an order for the transformer 15v 4A & the Arduino UNO SMD Version programmer on ebay. I cannot wait for it to arrive here, then i can start programming the light sequence & see how it looks like.:mrgreen:

    Stay tuned.:thumb:
    Next post will be pics of the transformer that i'm using & maybe if it arrives here soon the Arduino UNO programmer with my written sketch code of the light sequence.:mrgreen:
  12. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Your knowledge of electronic is impressive. I can only put together circuits from diagrams, and extrapolate circuits for one I need. I am not that good with coming up with my own design, As I said previously, when I make this thread a sticky, It would be nice to have a schematic diagram. For those who may wish top follow or adapt your circuit to something else. I think it would work on many types of models. :)
  13. anthony344

    anthony344 Member

    Thanks john:thumb:. My first design schematics prototype flashing light with a PIC16F54 Flash 18-pin 20MHz with my written codes was not up to standard on the flashing duration & for that it would take me forever to write out the codes then test it until i get it right. to much work for me & it delays the Normandy. so that's why i chose the Arduino UNO SMD Version programmer for my lights setup & very simple to program. but i have to make sure that i check the voltage on the pins out where the LEDs are going in place & put a resistor first before i put the LED on that pin.

    BTW : thanks dnalor for posting up the Arduino UNO programmer in your X-Wing post. i have totally forgotten about the Arduino programmer & this has save me alot of work & time in designing my own light sequence.:thumb:

    But what ever i do here i'll post up as much info i can & schematic plus pics so that others can use in different projects if they like.:thumb:
  14. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    You're welcome about de arduino idea...:)
    I wanted the real deal a allready programmed with leds complete light system for the x wing..but it was to expensive..
    And i think this is you can program everything how en when you want to...

    ah..Why do you do a resistor for the led?...
    I thought an output from de Arduino is 5v.
    When you connect some leds in series, is then an resistor not Necessary ?(i'm no electrician)
    I want to connect 4 leds in series for each port on the arduino.
  15. anthony344

    anthony344 Member

    Okey dokey , yes even if it's is 5v out & you have 4 parallel LEDs combine you still need a resistor on them.LEDs need a constant current source. When a current flows, the LED has a stable forward voltage so you can provide a constant current source with a fixed supply and a series resistor. Each LED has a slightly different forward voltage, so if you had a single resistor with an array of LEDs in parallel, only the one with the lowest forward voltage would pass a current to the other rest of the LEDs.feeding 5v straight to a parallel of LEDs would be murder to them. All you need is only one resistor at 90ohms for 5v to a parallel of LEDs that's it. the more voltage you go the higher the resistance you need to go.

    If you need any more info , just ask & i'll help as much as i can.:wave:
  16. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    That much I know, you risk serious problems with current without a resistor to control it. In a series system, current stays the same, in a parallel, different story. Series-Parallel, well, I'll wait for Anthony's schematic! :)

Share This Page