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post #31 of 74
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Originally Posted by MYHOMETHEATER View Post

WOW that looks amazing!

What brand LED rope light did you use on the door/ platform?

Thanks

There is a seller called hkesupplier that sells a lot of those LED strip kits on ebay. I bought my first set in March of 2011 and they ship out of Hong Kong. Now they are a lot less expensive. This is the exact set I got for the door, still available from them. They call it "5M Waterproof RGB 5050 LED Strip+44 IR Remote +Power". Here is a link for one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/5M-Waterproof-RGB-5050-LED-Strip-44-IR-Remote-Power-/150515815089?

For my desk platform, I got a longer set with 2 strings of LEDs and a larger "silver metal box"-type power supply. The bigger power supplies will power more feet of LED's. I used that same company again for the longer platform LED kit.
post #32 of 74
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Wow, this looks great! What template did you use for the Red Vent lights for the sides of the door? What material did you use and how did you get such straight cuts on those vent lights? Awesome!

I will attach a template for the door ovals. It is a PDF file. What you do is print this on 8.5" x 11" card stock or any heavy paper you can find. I printed it at 90% of original size. Then I cut out the ovals with an X-Acto knife. Cut all 4 ovals, then you're ready for tracing. That makes it easy to align with the previous markings and make more and more. SW ovals.pdf 44k .pdf file

I made the ovals on 3/16" hardboard. It's the same kind of board they make pegboard out of, except there's no holes. I went to a lot of trouble making the ovals match, because they are in a straight line - and if even ONE was boogered up, it would look like dung. I cut each oval with a jigsaw with a new sharp blade, then filed it with a long-handled bastard file. Then clean up any uneven spots with a Dremel on SLOW speed using a sanding wheel. Then sand it with a foam sanding block. Then fill in any imperfections with Borden wood filler. Then fill up the tiny imperfections with a thick coat of Kilz primer. I use a few coats of Kilz primer because it actually dries a bit harder than the wood. It helps firm up the edge cuts. Then sand and fill any more with red spot filler from a tube. Then paint black. If you can master a row of perfect ovals, you can cut any shape, any time, anywhere!
post #33 of 74
That's a lot of man hours in just the ovals alone! You retired or just a time management wizard?
post #34 of 74
Thank you so much for the info and the template! Looks like I have a bit of work to do on my Rack now. I want to integrate some of that awesome Star Wars architecture on the wall that houses the rack. Keep truckin', Cant wait to see what you come up with next!
post #35 of 74
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That's a lot of man hours in just the ovals alone! You retired or just a time management wizard?

I just spend my free time differently. Most people come home from work and sit in front of a TV for 3 to 4 hours a night. I stopped watching TV 2 years ago and build stuff instead. Some nights I'm designing with Google Sketchup or Paint Shop Pro. Other nights I'm painting stuff. I'll show you the beginnings of wall decorations from the weekend.

I cut these out of a sheet of Sintra which is a flavor of PVC. Here I'm painting them with Kilz primer...

and six sections painted Star Wars gray, drying...

The rightside piece is up on the wall. The leftside piece has glue on the back, ready to stick to the wall.

and one of the sections is finished...

Tonight I cut out a frame for a giant 4ft x 4ft Death Star viewport window. More photos of the walls in a future post.
post #36 of 74
OK, I'm subscribed. Very creative build and am looking forward to watching this come together. Good luck with it!

Bud
post #37 of 74
I love this kind of stuff! I'm definitely gunna try to find a place to use some of it in my theater.

BTW, if you want any murals as window fillers or anything like that, let me know. I'd love to be a part of this(an tiny, infinitesimally small, itsy bitsy part) smile.gif
post #38 of 74
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I just finished part of this back wall. How about a portal to the Death Star? It's big, 4ft x 4ft.

It has a lighted Star Wars-style "control panel" underneath.

There's an LED rope light in there as a backlight. That only cost $13 at Wally Mart.

In the photo, the rope light is "off". I had mounted it on a scrap of shiny ceiling light grid which has a plastic "chrome" finish. The rope light is attached to the grid with simple zip-ties. And I put silvery metal foil tape behind it to act as a light reflector.

How do you like that?
Edited by Amazing DJ - 7/21/13 at 8:31pm
post #39 of 74
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I just finished part of this back wall. How about a portal to the Death Star? It's big, 4ft x 4ft.

It has a lighted Star Wars-style "control panel" underneath.

There's an LED rope light in there as a backlight. That only cost $13 at Wally Mart.


In the photo, the rope light if "off". I had mounted it on a scrap of shiny ceiling light grid which has a plastic "chrome" finish. And I put silvery metal foil tape behind it to act as a light reflector. How do you like that?
Great stuff! Really like the foil idea.
post #40 of 74
Subscribed. Amazing detail. Looks great.
post #41 of 74
Wow....how did I miss this thread? Subscribed!

From sketchup render of a door way to the execution of said doorway to all of what you have shown so far! Damn..are you in the movie prop business?
post #42 of 74
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Here are a couple pics of the Star Wars "spear" decorations for the walls.

First, a screen capture was used to figure some "real" dimensions.

Then I made a layout on a big ol piece of Sintra with a silver Sharpie.

The spears were cut out using a jigsaw.

Part of the panel has three little rectangle holes. They are drilled, then squared off with a file.

There are large rectangle pieces. They have some depth and dimension to them. Since most of the materials in this room are recycled, I found some materials. I have a whole box of black calendar magnets from 2002. I chopped those down to size. And I had a roll of blue shelf liner. I cut that up and glued it to the magnet sheets. Then I covered the shelf liner rectangles with a lot of glue and smoothed it into all the holes. Painted them 2 colors of gray. Damn if it didn't come out looking like some sort of "space vent"!

There is one of the 4 finished panels I made.

You know, I started this wacky project a couple years ago after spending an overnight seeing all your great builds in these AVSforum posts. Thanks for all the encouragement on this room.
post #43 of 74
looks really neat - keep up the great work.
post #44 of 74
Don't suppose you will share your drawings.
post #45 of 74
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Don't suppose you will share your drawings.

Okay, here is one.

Enjoy!
post #46 of 74
That is so sweet thanks. I could make a donation for more.
I only ask cause I am currently in the process of building a Star Wars theater and you have some really good stuff.
post #47 of 74
this is great- i like that you are keeping clean it the same way that a star destroyer would be and not adding trinkets like action figures and the like - those are not needed - you walk in and it looks like you are on the ship! great job - this is such wonderful skill to be able to implement into your home! my kids would never leave my office if it looked liked that -
post #48 of 74
I'll be following this build!! Great stuff
post #49 of 74
Wow, subscribed. You've got me all Bette Midler over here - did you ever know that you're my hero?

Fantasic work, creativity is awesome. As for going "over the top", the extent of my imagination for my upcoming build was to find a Yoda FatHead. This is great stuff.
post #50 of 74
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As for going "over the top", the extent of my imagination for my upcoming build was to find a Yoda FatHead. This is great stuff.

For your home theater, how about making a Trash Droid? Here's one I made. It's not an exact copy of an R2D2 but more of a stylized representation.

I started with a graphic I found on some papercraft website via Google. Then I simplified their drawing and printed it on regular printer paper. After that, I had to tape all the pages together and check the scale.

A friend gave me three colors of vinyl from a leftover project. I had only matte black, silver, and what you'd probably call a perfect shade of "R2D2 Blue".

There was a lot of cutting with an X-Acto knife, tracing, and marking the locations for the vinyl pieces. I marked the black trash can with black Sharpie dots, used for alignment of each piece before sticking the vinyl down.

More vinyl is attached. I got good at making scraps. Guess where I threw all the scraps when I was done?

Here is the "hero shot" of the finished Trash Droid sitting on my lighted floor. After this, I shoved it under my desk. He eats all my empty beer bottles, never complains.
post #51 of 74
Very nice


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post #52 of 74
Awesome, I love the Death Star Style Walls!
post #53 of 74
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For my next trick, here is a Millennium Falcon window covering. It simulates the cockpit window of the Millennium Falcon and a jump to lightspeed.






I'll let ya know when it is all put together.
post #54 of 74
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There we go. The window portion of the room is DONE...

post #55 of 74
Dooooode. That is ridiculously sweet!

PUNCH IT, CHEWEY!
post #56 of 74
I see you've built a hyperdrive without the assistance from an R2 unit....nice work! smile.gif
post #57 of 74
Wow! This is impressive work.

Does the hyperdrive lights have any action to it, or is it light up to the effect as shown in the picture? It would be cool if there was movement so you could mimic the same motion as in the movie. Either way, very nice work!
post #58 of 74
Amazing! Sent you a PM.
post #59 of 74
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One day I was working on a couple of laptops on my Millennium Falcon-style desk. Here is a shot of that. The desk is just regular wood. You could make one!

Next, I wanted some dramatic lights around the room, washing down the walls. I chose to build some lights as in the Death Star conference room. What do you call that room?

It's fun to play with LED rope lights...

To build them, I got some vinyl gutters. I basically turned them upside-down and attached to 3 walls. Then I glued some trim pieces on the edges to hold a clear lens...

The vertical parts are made from heavy watercolor paper and recycled mini-blind slats that used to hang in this same room. I hot-glued on the slats and painted them gray...

Next, I made up some "blinder slats" out of vinyl siding J-channel glued together into a "W" shape...

Then painted the "blinder slats" flat black and started hot-gluing them to a clear-ish corroplast lens. I made a spacer so I could get each one uniformly mounted...

Repeat hot-gluing for a few hours and it's taking shape...


Here's what one corner of the room looks like now with the gutter lights and "blinder slats" attached...

Oh, yeah, forgot to show you the light oval panels being built. They look like they are lit from behind, but...

they are just made from 3" wide reflective tape, the stuff they use on outdoor signs. A camera flash brings them to life nicely...

More later. Now I'm working on more wall trim, and a complete ceiling treatment.
post #60 of 74
Very good work
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