Monday, October 24, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
R2 Projector Update
I worked on it a bit more last night. I replaced a couple front panels with screen mesh (2 layers) and it turned out pretty good. When it's not running you can barely see inside, and with it on it's not too bad either. I had to sacrifice the front logic display (blue lights) to just ake one opened panel, but it was worth the sacrifice. I left it running for about an hour to see how hot it would get and it was venting really nicely, and didn't seem to hot at all.
I tried adding some more velcro do the dome wouldn't appear to be hanging, but it still kind of sags. I might just put a few strips that overlap vertically. It won't look great, but it willl fasten more securely. I will stil make an outline wheree he "goes into" the ceiling to neaten it up a bit. Yes I have to fix up the cables hanging there too. :)
Thanks for all the suggestions!!
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
R2 Projector..for now. :(
Well...I finally trimmed down my Paper R2 for my home theater, and mounted it. I fastened the dome with velcro tabs, which don't work too well, but I wanted access to the projector.
I was planning on putting some tape around the perimeter to give the appearance of a droid port that he is hanging from, but I doubt I will bother. When I had it running it just seemed too warm, and the last thing I want is my projector to overheat, or any bulbs to blow. I could cut holes where the fans are in the projector, but it will end up looking pretty dumb I imagine.
Anyways..here are a couple pics.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Well...I have some kind of need to make useless things..and since I am still waiting to get my casting of Han Solo in Carbonite, and I am waiting for my second R2D2 aluminum leg to be welded up, I managed to create a couple more smal projects. I wish I could just relx, but I have some weird obsession.
The paper R2D2 (which is only partly done so far) I am making..just cuz it looked easy and kind of cool, but I was thinking if it fits I will have it hang upside down from my ceiling and cover my projector...that way it will look like R2 is projecting my movies. It might look dumb in the end, but I just gotta try.
I saw the Spider-Man costume at a store, and I couldn't resist. Once again I made the body from PVC and foam...and lots of duct tape. This one was tougher than thr Darth Vader and the Stormtrooper because I wanted muscle definition. It turned out ok. I still need to find some adult red gloves and socks, and I have to make hands and feet somehow. He will hang on the wall.
I am so happy my wife tolerates my weird hobbies..and hasn't checked me into a mental hospital yet!
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Thanksgiving weekend over
We had a good thanksgiving. My mom came over for a nice turkey dinner. It's a lot of work for one meal, but there are lots of leftovers.
I got a call friday from a guy who works at the production company witht he woman who hit me (with the van). He was taking care of their insurance and needed to know the damages. Anyways he told me they were in town to film to Ron Clark story (a movie) starring Matthew Perry. I asked him if he could line me up with an autograph, but Matthew Perry left a couple of weeks ago. Oh well, it was worth a shot.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
The Damage is in.....Finally!
Well..after a week I finally have an estimate to repair my car...... $4775. I was thinking it would cost around that.
Trouble is..it will be at least a few weeks. We ALWAYS have snow by the end of October so I will be driving the rental car in poor road conditions. I don't like driving on icy roads....and if I am driving a car I don't know too well..it will be that much worse..but hopefuly that was my one accident for a while.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Some Unfinished Theater Pics
Here are some pics of my unfinished basement/theater. We plan on getting some drywall put up this winter..which may be tough with all my junk in the way. ;)
I have a picture of the wall I project onto (with the seats)..and the one before shows what I envision it to look like when complete....roughly.
The pictue of the arcade cabinet was taken before we moved a year ago....it is now in my basement with the rest of this stuff.
My car..or what's left of it. ;)
One week ago today I was rear ended after going home form the gym. That'll teach me.
I was hit by a big Chevy van. I drove it home after, but it made a lot of noise..and when I looked closer it looked like the frame may have been twisted so I had it towed to an auto body place the next night. One week later and I still don't have an estimate. I just hope they decide to fix it, not to write it off.
In the meantime I have a little Hyundai Accent as a rental. At least I can get around, but I miss my car.
I have never had a Blog before...but I thought this would be a good way to post any progress of the development of my basement, and my projects in my theater..and anything else I want to share.
I'll start with a picture of a past, and a current project. This is my completed Stormtrooper..guarding a future project...a Han Solo in Carbonite. I have a casting of the front panel (full body) being made as we speak..well as I type. I am hoping it wil ship any day now.