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  1. Best thing first: starting with the New Year I will offer Build Kits for all Proto Blaster variants from MK1 all the way to MK5. Look out for the details soon! Until that time, if thinking about what you would like to have for Xmas, here is a full shopping list of what you need to build a blaster with the Proto Blaster Platform. Proto Blaster boards: of course you need one There is a Xmas sale going on with strongly reduced prices!!! Building a blaster with the best electronics available is now a real bargain! https://www.protowerkstatt.com/imperial-armoury Speaker: recommended are OD: 20mm or 28mm Impedance: 8Ohm Power: 1W to 2W ebay search term: "20mm 2W 8Ohm speaker" Examples: https://www.ebay.de/itm/2pc-Audio-Speaker-20mm-8Ohm-8-2W-Stereo-Woofer-Trumpet-Horn-Loudspeaker-Power/162171125788?hash=item25c227001c:g:WRgAAOSwMtxXsvaV:rk:1:pf:0 https://www.ebay.de/itm/28mm-8-Ohm-2W-Round-Speaker-For-DCC-Sound-Like-Loksound-Hornby-Bachmann-Zimo/263578226658?hash=item3d5e7c8fe2:g:BToAAOSwm-Zavo6p:rk:2:pf:0 Neopixel Sticks (for PLI/Status bar): ebay search term: "WS2812 stick" https://www.ebay.de/itm/Adafruit-NeoPixel-Stick-8-x-WS2812-5050-RGB-LED-Strip-Driver-for-Arduino-r3/272010992457?hash=item3f551e5b49:g:7YMAAOSw7aBVBxRo:rk:7:pf:0 Important: type shall be WS2812/WS2812B 5050 RGB (not RGBW!!!) or sk6218 3535 RGB (not RGBW!!!) Single neopixel on round PCB (for nozzle light): ebay search term: "neopixel flora" https://www.ebay.de/itm/Adafruit-Flora-RGB-Smart-NeoPixel-version-2-Pack-of-4-ADA1260/231237003534?epid=1028248696&hash=item35d6cca90e:g:LGoAAOSwNC5ZezSY:rk:6:pf:0 The original design is from Adafruit, please support the development by purchasing Adafruit products. You can also find similar offers on eBay from cheaper sources as well. Neopixel stripes (for barrel ligting): ebay search term: "WS2812 stripe" https://www.ebay.de/itm/5m-30-60-144-RGB-LED-Streifen-Stripe-mit-WS2812B-5050-SMD-LEDs-WS2812-Versand-DE/222192610445?hash=item33bbb62c8d:m:mR_Pz7NGzDUQhwH1s-6BFvg:rk:1:pf:0 Important: type shall be WS2812/WS2812B 5050 RGB (not RGBW!!!) or sk6218 3535 RGB (not RGBW!!!). As most blaster props are black it is recommended to buy a non-waterproof, 60LED/m type of pixel stripe. The striper are soldered together every 0.5m, but you can shorten the stripes easily to any lenght using scrissors, cutting the stripe at the copper landings. Momentary Switch: ebay search term: "momentary switch" or "tactile switch" You will need a single momentary (not latching!!!) swicth for the MK1, MK2 and MK3 builds, two for MK4 and MK5. For the trigger it is recommended to use a switch with a long arm like this one: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Mikroschalter-Mikrotaster-mit-langem-Hebel-250V-3A-125V-5A-S67/330793297018?epid=1154680769&hash=item4d04d1247a:g:8EgAAMXQlrxRcPJ9:rk:1:pf:0 For the mode select, aux. switch you can take the momentary switch of your choice, they come in an infinite variety, take the one which suits your needs. I myself like these small ones: https://www.ebay.de/itm/6mm-x-6mm-Tactile-Push-Button-Switch-Micro-Momentary-Tact-Assortment-Kit-TE948/283285172378?hash=item41f51cb09a:g:SjoAAOSwo-VcAmNI:rk:9:pf:0 OLED Display with 128x32 resolution with I2C interface: ebay search term: "OLED 128*32" I2C" https://www.ebay.de/itm/0-91-128x32-IIC-I2C-Blue-OLED-Display-DIY-Module-DC3-3V-5V-128-32-Arduino/322536659354?hash=item4b18aed99a:g:ag8AAOSwK6RZLbR9:rk:5:pf:0 Connectors for switches, speaker etc.: ebay search term: "micro JST 2-pin" For 2-wire connections like for switches, speaker, I recommend micro JST connectors with 1.25mm pitch: https://www.ebay.de/itm/5-Paar-2Pin-1-25-1-25mm-1-25mm-GH-Micro-JST-Stecker-Buchse-10cm-28AWG-Kabel-RC/172626910637?hash=item28315d9dad:g:XHsAAOSwux5YTaEB:rk:3:pf:0 2.1mm recharge port: https://www.ebay.de/itm/DC-Einbaubuchse-Stift-2-1-mm-geschlossene-Bauart-Lotanschlus-fur-Hohlstecker/141127499530?hash=item20dbdabf0a:g:4mIAAOSww~xZ1KXj:rk:9:pf:0 Micro- and/or Mini-USB breakout boards: ebay search term: "micro USB breakout" or "mini USB breakout" https://www.ebay.de/itm/Micro-USB-Platine-Adapter-fur-Breadboard-DIP-DIL-Breakout-Board-Arduino/183233499430?hash=item2aa9915126:g:kywAAOSwm8NbAIfU:rk:6:pf:0 https://www.ebay.de/itm/Adafruit-USB-Mini-B-Breakout-Board/272373312981?epid=1663565126&hash=item3f6ab6edd5:g:8BYAAOSwIIFbML51:rk:3:pf:0
  2. does the mk1 come with lights, wiring etc plz ?

  3. RankAndFileTrooper

    Heavy Weapon Squad DLT-19 by RankAndFileTrooper

    OK, I try now to replace the embedded video (which obvoously does not work on whitearmor) with a link to YouTube which you can click on. Now it must work.
  4. RankAndFileTrooper

    Heavy Weapon Squad DLT-19 by RankAndFileTrooper

    Thanks Harbringer! I have actually no idea how come it does not work, I see it, but many people have problems seeing embedded videos in my threads. Any idea what can be the issue? I simply copy the Youtube link and paste it into the thread.
  5. <moved topic from HWT, as it better fits here> A friend of mine and expert prop builder built me a screen accurate DLT-19, we wanted to make it electronics ready so in the middle an easily accessible compartment was left empty to house the gadgets I wanted to control sound and light effects with. I knew I wanted to make this excellent piece of prop unique, therefore I added some extra features as I troop regularly with this heavy blaster (I will not say more, look at the video to find out more ) Component list of the electronics: - Proto Blaster MK5 ( https://www.protowerkstatt.com/imperial-armoury ) - Adafruit 60LED/m, black PCB Neopixel stripe wrapped into packing foam for better diffusion - Adafruit neopixel strick (8 LED) for the status bar/PLI - Adafruit Flora single neopixel on a round PCB for the nozzle light, with a 20mm Carclo optic - 2 illuminated AV switches for the 2 buttons, one is the trigger and the other one is for mode change, reload etc. - 3.7V Li-Ion battery, type 18500 (shorter than the widely used 18650, but still has a large capacity ~2000mAh) - a VECO high-end, 2W 8Ohm, bass speaker - a rumble motor for additional haptic feedback when shooting ( you wanna feel the power surge ) - 128x32 white OLED display for status info, ammo count, screen accurate Hengstler counter The neopixel stripe (2 glued back to back for even better illumination) runs the whole lenght of the barell, with a single pixel in the nozzle. And here is the video showing how it works: In case your browser does not show the embedded video, simply copy this URL and watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/z8scAd3hezk
  6. RankAndFileTrooper

    HWT DLT-19 build with electronics

    I tried to fix the link and also copied the link text in case it does not want to work. You can simply copy the URL text and open it in your browser, if the embedded video will now show.
  7. RankAndFileTrooper

    HWT DLT-19 build with electronics

    Problem might be on your side, I see the vid embedded. It is on YouTube
  8. RankAndFileTrooper

    HWT DLT-19 build with electronics

    A friend of mine and expert prop builder built me a screen accurate DLT-19, we wanted to make it electronics ready so in the middle an easily accessible compartment was left empty to house the electronics I wanted to control sound and light effects. I knew I wanted to make this excellent piece of prop unique, therefore I added some extra features for HWT as I troop regularly with this heavy blaster (I will not say more, look at the video to find out more ) Component list of the electronics: - Proto Blaster MK5 ( https://www.protowerkstatt.com/imperial-armoury ) - Adafruit 60LED/m, black PCB Neopixel stripe wrapped into packing foam for better diffusion - Adafruit neopixel strick (8 LED) for the status bar/PLI - Adafruit Flora single neopixel on a round PCB for the nozzle light, with a 20mm Carclo optic - 2 illuminated AV switches for the 2 buttons, one is the trigger and the other one is for mode change, reload etc. - 3.7V Li-Ion battery, type 18500 (shorter than the widely used 18650, but still has a large capacity ~2000mAh) - a VECO high-end, 2W 8Ohm, bass speaker - a rumble motor for additional haptic feedback when shooting ( you wanna feel the power surge ) - 128x32 white OLED display for status info, ammo count, screen accurate Hengstler counter The neopixel stripe (2 glued back to back for even better illumination) runs the whole lenght of the barell, with a single pixel in the nozzle. And here is the video showing how it works: In case your browser does not show the embedded video, simply copy this URL and watch it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8scAd3hezk
  9. Now that the first couple of MK3 boards are out to customers around the globe, it's time to walk through assembling an E11 using the board. This tutorial shows how easy it is to include the MK3 into an E11 blaster prop. This particular E11 was built by a friend, I "merely" installed the electronics into it and designed/printed/installed a 3D chassis and a reveal PLI holder. The video showcases the used components, the simplicity of the wiring and a good way to install it into your E11/F11. https://youtu.be/ni-jFovpU3s
  10. The first draft of the User Manual for the MK1, MK2 and MK3 boards is online: LINK Please do not be confused by the draft status, I'm going to polish it up a bit as time goes by, add pics and tutorials, but it already contains all the information you will need to start building your blaster.
  11. I will be working on the User Manual this week for MK1, 2 and 3, hopeing to finish it this week!
  12. If you want to have normal straw hat type of LEDs and still make use of neopixels, look here, these are the ones you are looking for: 5mm straw hat neopixels
  13. These boards are not specific to any blaster type, in fact you can build any blaster with them. As you can see from the demo, I have there an E11, a pair of Bounty Hunter blasters and a Death Guard blaster. A DL-44 is in the making, as well as a DLT-19, which is already being prepared to hold the MK-V. With both the barrel light and the status bar lights being configurable wrt their lengths, and you can distribute the lights to different parts of your blaster, you can use it for an F11-D as well. The MK-III, being the mid-range derivate, comes already with two different, professional blaster fonts. Even better, you can access and change the sounds over the USB port, your PC will see it as a regular pen drive, so if you have dedicated F11-D sounds, replace the ones the board comes pre-loaded with with your own custom sounds. I also did not mention some of the other highlights like being able to charge your battery over USB thanks to the in-built USB charger circuitry. I will also leak so much, that the MK-IV will be a board for screen accurate E11, also usable for F11-D.
  14. Hi fellow 501st Troopers, I'm happy to announce the launch of my pre-programmed, ready to use and easy to install Blaster electronics platform, the Proto Blaster. https://www.protowerkstatt.com/imperial-armoury User Manual: LINK These tiny boards are a result of more than 2 years of work, born our of Arduino based software development for Star Wars themed blasters and lightsaber props. During this time I had the privilege to work together with many users, helping them to create their own props and getting valuable feedback from them. One recurring wish from the community was to develop a board which: - comes already installed with the software as well as: - easy to use - easy to install - scalable - affordable Full neopixel light-effects The Proto Blaster cores are all of these and more! They are the first and only fully neopixel based blaster cores. These individually programmable, serialized RGB LEDs make it possible to implement never-seen-before visual effects, like the blaster fire traversing through the barell without interruptions due to segmented LEDs or precice, screen-accurate stun effects. And more to come!!! Affordable At the same time the first of the platform, the MK-III comes at a price point nearly half of comparable other poducts, making these cores best value in price. Ready-to-use The Proto Blaster boards do not need any programming or tweaking, they work right out of the box. They come pre-installed with the blaster core firmware and sound files on the on-board Flash. You wire it up and fire it up! Scalability The concept of the Proto Blaster is to have a platform of cores with scalable set of features covering the whole range of blaster functionalities from budget to high-end. To this end I decided to make five different levels of cores, called MK-I to MK-V. I start in-medias-res with an excellent mid-range core, the MK-III, working my way down and up to offer everyone the core fitting to his/her needs. Easy-to-Install These boards were first and foremost architected to be easy to install into the limited space of blaster props by even users with limited eperience with electronics of any type. They have a signal layout which is easy to solder thanks to the logical placement of the signals on the PCB and the generously dimensioned thru-holes Because a good demo tells more than a thousand words, I include a video of the MK-III in action. https://youtu.be/ni-jFovpU3s
  15. Protowerkstatt Homepage The site is still under construction, but order info for the Stardust V2 you can already find here: https://www.protowerkstatt.com/diyino-prop-boards
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