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missle tracker

Scale model cockpit FPV

fpv
cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Quadcopter FPV

Quadcopter FPV
Amazing remote first person view piloting.

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

Helmets

retro vintage motorcycle helmets Pictures of boxes full of sweet vintage motorcycle helmets

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!




World Control Panel

Control Panel

Superheros, Evil Mad Scientists, Supervillains, Trilateralists, Bilderbergers, Meteorologists, Oligarchs, Generals, Demographers, Spymasters, Epidemiologists, and well, who couldn’t use a retro sci-fi command console to monitor and control their worldwide concerns?

Control Panel

My son Harlan and his friend love to play “agents” and he asked me if we coud build “a panel that has a bunch of switches that turn on some random lights”. We worked on it for about 3 weeks, and this is what we came up with. The panel boasts the following features:

Main power switch
Home base indicator
World Cities indicator (blue)
Cluster1 (red)
Cluster2 (orange)
Global Red Alert Situation (backlit 555 flasher circuit)
Message record and playback ($10 Radio Shack digital recording module)
Larson Scanner ($13 from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)

Control Panel

We used a combination of ready-made, kit, and custom circuits to achieve the lighting effects. The Larson scanner on the right – so named for Glen Larson who developed the effect for the Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica TV shows – is available as a kit from Evil Mad Scientis Laboratories. The voice recorder module is sold at Radio Shack. The “Global Red Alert” flashes thanks to a circuit built around every beginning electronics tinkerer’s favorite little chip, the 555 timer IC. The flasher and it’s LED’s are mounted to the inside of the back cover, and shine onto some diffusion material which covers the map holes. The rest is just, well… a bunch of switches that turn some lights on and off. These other LED groupings are made up of 3mm blue, red and yellow LEDs that poke up through the holes in the map, Light Bright style, and triggered by thwacking some mini toggle switches.

Control Panel

The cabinet is made from some scrap Ipe wood, and some scrap aluminum. Ipe is beautiful wood, but very difficult to work with. It contains lots of natural waxes and resins that gum up drill bits, and no glue seems to stick to it. If you don’t have your pilot holes just the right size, screws will either bind, or snap right off like mine did.

Control Panel

Control Panel
Build photos on Flickr

25 Responses to “World Control Panel”


  1. Howlin' Hobbit Says:

    Great to see you back.

    And you’re a fabulous dad!

  2. Steve Says:

    Thanks, HH!

    I know, Finkbuilt ain’t what it used to be ;)

  3. Mavromatic Says:

    Now that’s AWESOME! I’d like to order 100 of em’

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  5. Will Merydith Says:

    Pretty awesome from design through execution. Now I want to see where it’s going in your house.

  6. Steve Lodefink Says:

    We’ll keep it in the living room.

    “Harlan, hand me the remote, I feel like putting on a show, BuwahhaaaaaAAAAHHHH!”

  7. Tim Says:

    Will you be my dad?!? JK! You have one lucky kid. Great work and props to you son for giving credit where credit is due!

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  9. Tbone Says:

    Oh! wonderful. Me want to make. Can you make a tut? that would be awesome!~

  10. matt Says:

    i love this :D

    what’s that music on the first video?

  11. MF Says:

    that’s pretty cool. but how come Australia looks like a poodle?

  12. Steve Says:

    Matt,

    The tune is called “8 foot breakers”. Grab yourself a copy!

    http://www.finkbuilt.com/blog/garage-surf-motivational/

  13. Michael Lamb Says:

    This is by far one of the most awesome things I’ve seen!

    Might I suggest that you etch those icons directly into the aluminum?

    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-etch-aluminum-panel-labelsdesigns-with-a-r/

  14. Steve Says:

    Michael,

    Nice! thanks for the tip.

    Yeah, the icon part kind of sucks. I used Testors Inkjet waterslide decal paper, but you have to put a clearcoat over the decals. My clear coat ended up looking like a strip of scotch tape ;(

    The next one will be CNC engraved.

  15. Andrew Says:

    I dare not show this to my boys, I’m so totaly incapable of building this and they would so want one.

  16. Ken Says:

    It’s a masterpiece. There are no better applications for technology than building space-age control panels for your kids.

  17. MoochieFink Says:

    With that marvel of engineering my evil genius daughters could rule the world!

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