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Han Solo's DL-44 Proffieboard Blaster Build

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Han Solo's DL-44 Proffieboard Blaster Build

I just finished up building a DL-44 blaster with a Proffieboard. I'm not even sure how this project got started, which is a weird thing to say.  I love Star Wars and I'm a huge Han Solo fan.  If you have never researched the DL-44 props history do it.  Even if you have no intention to build one its, fascinating and hilarious to follow the history of the prop.  It's based on a C96 Mauser but it changes from movie to movie.  My build is NOT screen accurate and is somewhere between a A New Hope hero and Star Wars...

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Lego Batwing Lighted Wall Mount

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Lego Batwing Lighted Wall Mount

When I saw the new Lego Batwing kit the iconic 80’s scene of the batwing flying in front of the moon came to mind. I knew I was going to purchase it and it was going on a wall.  The only question was how to recreate the scene. I figure lighted acrylics were the easiest way.  The next problem was how light an area big enough for the whole batwing.  Edge lit acrylics work by reflecting light from the engraved portions of the acrylic.  You can wrap an LED strip around the sheet and have it illuminate whatever has been...

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Neopixel Lighted Unicorn Night Light

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Neopixel Lighted Unicorn Night Light

I found an old glass unicorn I've had since I was kid while cleaning out some old boxes.  It originally came with a white incandescent light and was a night light.  I wanted to use it again but wanted it do more than just light up with a white light. I have an Adafruit Circuit Playground Bluefruit (CPB) that has a built in Neopixel ring. Its the perfect size to light up my unicorn.  So I generated a 3"x3"x2" box on MakeCase.  If you haven't used it the site is awesome. It lets you enter the dimensions of your box,...

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Customized Lego UCS Millennium Falcon Coffee Table

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Customized Lego UCS Millennium Falcon Coffee Table

My wife bought me the Lego UCS Millennium Falcon (75912) for my last birthday. Its a beast!  7541 parts and an absolute beauty when complete.  It took me a few weeks to assemble it.  For something this big, I needed a proper place to display it.  I've seen it hung on walls, set on shelves and even suspended from ceilings. For me, I feel the only thing that does it justice is its own display table.  So I decided to design and build one. I also wanted it to be customized since it was going in the basement where the...

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Acrylic Sneeze Guards for NASA

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Acrylic Sneeze Guards for NASA

I was recently contacted by NASA at Wallops Island VA to build some acrylic sneeze guards for their launch control room.  They have an upcoming launch and to minimize the chance of COVID-19 inflection, NASA wants to install sneeze guards between each of the control room stations.   Because of the COVID-19 outbreak and the volume of businesses that are installing  acrylic protective barriers, acrylic sheets have become harder to obtain.  I contacted some local acrylic suppliers and managed to get an order of acrylic sheets.   We settled on 36”x 36”, 1/4” thick clear acrylic sheets.  The bases were...

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