Minor/Repaint: Classics/BIS Rodimus LED blaster cannon booster paint-splash launcher thingy

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  1. Bern

    Bern Pathetic fools!

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    Everyone who loves the baby-boy-blue paint-splash missile that comes with BIS Rodimus, raise their hands. Cyclonus better watch out or Rodimus will paint him blue! :thumbdown 


    Well I don't, so I got rid of it. This was way trickier than I thought, mostly due to my lack of experience and lack of awesome perfect little parts.

    First of all, the nozzle is glued on. Had to pry at it with pliers and wedging an Exacto knife in the groove to loosen it.

    Once I had it apart, I came up with this beauty of a highly detailed and precise schematic:


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    I epoxied in a blue 5mm LED in the nozzle, powered by three tiny hearing-aid batteries, (which I wanted to be replaceable so I just shoved 'em in a little heat-shrink tubing to hold them in) and I used a small-ish switch that came on some little light-up thing that I gutted. I also epoxied in the switch, and after soldering, coated all the connections in liquid electrical tape. Love that stuff. Cut the spring that came with the gun to a smaller size to fit in as a holder for the batteries. Epoxied that to the front of the switch to mount it.

    I wanted to use the existing orange trigger as the switch somehow to keep the factory look as close as possible with no extra buttons or switches visible. So I cut the orange trigger apart to mate up to the switch, glued the orange fin part onto the black switch button, and glued the long orange part back onto the barrel. I cut a diagonal section out for switch movement and for looks, so there wouldn't be this glaring obvious gap. Anyone who's paying that much attention to a tiny gap is crazy, but to me it looks egregious. Anyone who's still reading at this point has about the same respect for tricky mods as I do. ;) 


    I'm always marveled and baffled by LED mod threads on here, the threads are usually "LOOK at my LED headlights!" and its generally a big magical mystery to me how it was done. So I just thought I'd go a little more in-depth with my thoughts here. Anyway, this is what I came up with. (Please forgive my crap cam-phone pics.)


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    Thanks to all the LED modders, all of whom continue to inspire me! :D 
     

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  2. bad karma 99

    bad karma 99 Imaginationist.

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    Nice. The blue light looks a hell of a lot better than that blue plastic crap.
     
  3. DavidLoPan

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    ^^
    Agreed. Looks so much better than the blue turd launcher. Good work!
     
  4. Overhaulimus

    Overhaulimus Sword of Fury!

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    Great job and very awesome of ya to document how you did it so others could try it as well.
     
  5. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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  6. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    This is an awesome modification :thumb 
     
  7. Theand

    Theand Well-Known Member

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    Wow !!!!!! Very cool man.
     
  8. Angelwave

    Angelwave Physical Maintenance.....

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    That is damn nice. It look really good. I've am very tempted to give this a go.
     
  9. azdragon58

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    ^^ what he said...
     
  10. evil ivotron

    evil ivotron destroy'em all

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    I like it, I like it a lot.
     
  11. Hype1

    Hype1 D Witwicky biographer

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    Wait, let me give you my address so you can send it to me, lol...GREAT mod on something that Hasbro REALLY crapped us on. :thumb 
     
  12. nellie131

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    yeah i totally love this mod! what size are them batteries? so i can search for some on ebay or something??
     
  13. Bern

    Bern Pathetic fools!

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    Thanks for all the comments guys!!

    I'm not sure of the size but they are Energizer hearing aid batts and a little down on voltage, something like 1.2 or 1.4 volts each. So it's not as bright as could be with the needed 4.5 volts for a blue LED. But it's pretty good. I actually found these in a pack of 10 at the grocery store/pharmacy.
     
  14. Cybertronian

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    If I ever got ahold to some orange or amber/yellow LEDs and a Henkei Hot Rodimus, I'd definitely want to commission this one.

     
  15. nellie131

    nellie131 Well-Known Member

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    thanks for that info im pretty sure electronics stores over here stock them - ill check em out!

    and are you planning on anymore LED mods?
     
  16. Xhairs

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    thats cool and adds so much to him.
     
  17. LemonPrime

    LemonPrime Greetings Programs

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    Great work! I love that you incorporated the orange trigger piece onto the switch.
     
  18. Shwiggie

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    I just bought a ton of old button batteries on clearance at Radio Shack (16 for 97 cents) that still have life in them, so this might just be a great sub-project while I wait for my materials for my current one. Gotta love these dead-simple but oh, so impressive LED projects!
     
  19. Wyvern

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    I have never tried to do something like this.. But I think I'll try this project myself. It looks so good.
     
  20. swampert123

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    just awsome...........coolest thing you can do with this guy
     

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