Heavy/Scratch: LED Vector Sigma (MP Scale) DIY Tutorial

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  1. songrobin

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    Build your own MP-scaled Vector Sigma with LEDs.
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    "Flashing LED Ball" or "Diamond LED Ball" can be bought here: Flashing Ball Toys | 4" Super Sized Air Bounce Balls are big, bouncy & flashy fun by FlashingBlinkyLights.com
    OR
    Bulk Light Up Rubber Bouncing Balls, 4" at DollarTree.com
    OR
    Rocket Orb Promo Bouncer - Promotional Toys & Bobbleheads
    (get sample)
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    Check screenshots to confirm scale. Ball is 4" in diameter.
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    Use x-acto to cut open half way.
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    Use x-acto to completely remote LED assembly
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    5mm Warm White Straw Hat Water Clear LED bulbs can be bought here: 3mm 5mm Flat Top Water Clear Straw Hat LED Diodes White Red Light Bulb
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    This part's a little tricky. Solder together as many bulbs as you can into a "ball". Be sure to keep positive and negative ends from touching each other. It's tricky, but it IS possible. For me, I first got them in groups of 3 and soldered them together. Then I got 3 trios together and made two "hemispheres" (9 LEDs each). Finally I soldered the 2 hemispheres together. Overall I used 18 bulbs in the picture here.
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    Use wiring technique shown in previous video and solder wire ends to the bulb group.
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    Use 3mm drill to create a hole at the bottom. Send the wire twisted pair through and install plug end to connect to 3V power supply.
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    Use clear acrylic rod (or even a paperclip) and cut off appropriate length to stand the bulb group at the center of the bulb. (I used a.1.75" cut)
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    Use glue gun to install.
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    Connect to power source to confirm. (I use a 3V 1A AC adapter. Very cheap on ebay)
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    Use glue to seal.
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    If you have the original MP-10 Vector sigma, you can use the stand.
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    If you have a key to vector sigma, use x-acto to carefully cut an opening to fit the key. (you may want to do this during step 2 actually!)
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    Close up with Prime. Picture does not do justice to how it looks in real life!
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    Another pic with ball rotated (as in animation)
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    Thanks for checking it out. Feel free to ask me any questions.
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  2. prime roller

    prime roller introspective reflector

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    Awesome! A great idea and impressive LED work, here and in your other customs, the Mirage invisibility box and the great looking blast effects you made.
    This is something I haven't gotten into yet, and this project in particular looks like it might be a good place to start. I have the tools and MP-36 Megatron's key to Vector Sigma ... all I need to find is the ball!
     
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  3. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Fantastic!
     
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  4. RodimusDawg

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    Well I will be doing this for my Classics shelf I ordered a sample ball. Awesome job,eye,and execution.

    What are you using for the base/stand?
     
  5. KINGBOTZ

    KINGBOTZ www.KINGBOTZ.com

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    You come up with some VERY cool & innovative work & ideas man, thanks for sharing!! :buttrock 
     

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