In the previous posts I showed the pic of the unbuilt pc board and components. After soldering everything together at work throughout the day it actually worked.
Just a before pic:
And the after:
Then I spend 4 hours into the night at the kitchen table putting everything together. It went from this pic where I got all the stuff ready for assembly:
To this (looks like a bowl of spagetti overturned on the thing!)
This is basically the "brains" of the masking system. At the points marked A to G next to the connector blocks the wires will go to the different limit/micro switches for the panels. The fixed stops will be for horizontal mask at 16:9 and 2.35 or if a movie is played with a narrower aspect like 2.40 I can manually drop it down to fit. The same goes for the vertical masks. The fixed stops will be at 2.35, 16:9 and 4:3 or any in between.
At the two upper left connector blocks, the two geared motors will be connected.
The power for the motors and the IR relay board comes from 1 wall-wart 12v power supply plugged into the setup at the top right.
I just used 7 of the 12 relays on the board, so that means there is still 5 left to connect other stuff to!
You must be wondering why I went through all the trouble to make this thing when I could've just used 2 Somfy electric blind/curtain motors? Easy answer - there is just one place in SA that imports them and they are VERY expensive,...........so.........here we are now!