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striker0
03-05-2010, 10:25 PM
Howdy folks!

I'm actually in the process of building a gundam cosplay, and I've seen several costumes on here that the eyes actually light up. I'm guessing that's through a LED light rig small enough to run off a battery pack of some kind. But I'm at a loss of where to look for such a tutorial. Yes, I've looked at this forums tutorial list, but all I could find is adding EL wire to a garment or something else. Would the light radiate enough to make it look like the eyes are lighting up, and not to mention, would it be safe at all? Not to mention, the gundam I'm doing, the eyes, front and back cameras do change colors, from green to red, to show that it's gone from normal mode, to EXAM mode. How could I pull that off within one headpiece? And is there a different tutorial out there for light up eyes as well?

saberslash
03-05-2010, 10:56 PM
It might help if you provide some reference pictures so we know what look you are going for as well as what your gundam's head looks like (if possible).

striker0
03-05-2010, 11:18 PM
Oh, here.

Here's what the gundam looks like
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/3953/bd12ka2.jpg

As for finding a picture of this mobile suit in EXAM mode, in which the eyes, front and back camera change from green to red, I doubt I'm gonna find a decent picture. Not even the the one picture to show EXAM mode from the model guide is decent enough.

daguru
03-06-2010, 01:00 AM
Here ya go
http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=rice+battery+lights&_armrs=1&_from=R40&_ipg=
http://www.ravehaven.com/products/Battery-Operated/Battery-Operated_1_1.html
http://www.ravehaven.com/products/Body-Lights/Body-Lights_1_1.html

Xaevier
03-06-2010, 02:29 PM
How much technical experience do you have with electronics and LEDs? I could give you suggestions on where to buy some super strong LED lights but if you don't know how to wire them up it wouldn't mean much.

If you don't feel confident in electronics you might want to just buy some of the premade stuff Daguru linked.

striker0
03-06-2010, 03:47 PM
How much technical experience do you have with electronics and LEDs? I could give you suggestions on where to buy some super strong LED lights but if you don't know how to wire them up it wouldn't mean much.

If you don't feel confident in electronics you might want to just buy some of the premade stuff Daguru linked.

I am actually rather proficient with soldering, having taken a course in it at a trade school, and just practicing on my spare time , even though I gotta replace my soldering iron now. And more times than not, if I need to use shrink tubing, I really just use the heat off a lighter to do that.

Faded_Illusions
03-07-2010, 06:41 AM
Working with LED takes very little skill, and can even involve NO soldering. If you have a single LED and a battery, you can tape it together and it will work. However, there is no ____ in that... So.
I really do like EL wire. They come attached to a VERY handy, VERY tiny battery pack w/ on and off switches, and it glows brightly even in the day time. But since you are not ness. looking for that, here are some Instructables that might help:
http://www.instructables.com/id/LEDs/
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-an-Iron-Man-Arc-Reactor/

I think the Iron Man one on the bottom would work fantastically, esp. if you but in two sets of LEDs on diferent switches for the red and green to turn on the different modes in the same housing!


PS: hi again! lol I keep finding your posts today all over.

striker0
03-07-2010, 12:47 PM
Working with LED takes very little skill, and can even involve NO soldering. If you have a single LED and a battery, you can tape it together and it will work. However, there is no ____ in that... So.
I really do like EL wire. They come attached to a VERY handy, VERY tiny battery pack w/ on and off switches, and it glows brightly even in the day time. But since you are not ness. looking for that, here are some Instructables that might help:
http://www.instructables.com/id/LEDs/
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-an-Iron-Man-Arc-Reactor/

I think the Iron Man one on the bottom would work fantastically, esp. if you but in two sets of LEDs on diferent switches for the red and green to turn on the different modes in the same housing!


PS: hi again! lol I keep finding your posts today all over.

Ooo, thank you so much! Those were my exact thoughts, if I could find a way to make the eyes light up like Iron Man (there is a fellow on here that did that), I would be set! And yes, you do seem to keep finding me, haha. As you can see, I have 2 different gundam cosplay ideas. Just still determining which one I should do.

SorcererSupreme
03-08-2010, 08:33 PM
I would say a tap-light; like a stick-up, you can get from almost anywhere night-lights are sold behind colored plastic, but then you couldn't make the colors change.

voltage11
09-06-2010, 12:10 AM
It was so simple to hook up some LED's. I googled a little, but seriosuly, here's what i did.
1) go to radioshack and purchase the LED's you want with the resistors attached, unless of course you have an ohm reference to buy the resistor seperately and wire it yourself. make sure the ones you buy are the color you want, do note, that due to the gundam's eyes being intially green, it will not be bright enough using only two LED's (one for each eye). I bought two green, and two orange LED's (orange for brightness). they blend well together and produce a well lit effect. Also at radioshack, purchase a nine volt battery clip, and make sure you have a 9 volt on hand when testing this. all this should cost less than 10 dollars.
2) go to wal mart or a local arts and crafts store and pick up vinyl sheeting for less than a dollar. cut it to the relative size and use that as the flexible lens pieces behind the mask.
3) Wire it all together. For one side i put two LED's, which means 4 wires, two positive (red) and two ground (black). i connected black to black and red to red, simple and easy. you may have to strip the wire a bit, but wind it around and you're good to go. after both sets of LED's for both eyes are wired together, its time to hook up the battery clip! the battery clip also has two wires, the black and red conveniently. In order to hook everything together, take the one set of black wires from on set of LED's, and hook it to the other set of LED's and then to the black wire from the battery clip, and repeat for the red. after thats done, test with the 9 volt in place. I found that you can place the battery in one of two convenient places: first, a hollow pocket in the chin, and second, the camera box on the top of the head. I chose the chin, due to the positioning i could easily unplug it when needed without having to take off my helmet.
4) I used a cardboard square and wired all of my LED's together one orange and one green per side. I attached them to the cardboard by hot glue gun, and then glued the piece to the mask. and vwala, all done :)
Hope this helps!