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aproach on making your own com pad, and a few questions

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:13 pm    Post subject: aproach on making your own com pad, and a few questions Reply with quote

so on the subject of making your own compad,

i know allot of people are making them from silicon and sell them,

and i guess i could make a mold out of clay and brush in some
apoxy mixed with fiberglass

but do you see a simpler version to make this that will look decent?

ive seen also some peole light up their com pads with LED's that actually looks really awsome. does someone have a tutorial or somehting on that ?

last question is about the helmet size that darthhair sells.
i have a really really big head.
but still this helmet looks gigentic on me...
really not like they show in the movie, it looks like an XL version of the movie helmet...
is that a normal thing ? and again i have a big helmet.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the commpad, I've seen people make it out of craft foam. As long as you paint it up well they usually look decent enough, though they're probably not very sturdy. You could also try sheets of plastic of various thicknesses.

Honestly, unless you're planning to make and sell the commpads, I wouldn't bother with making a mold and trying to cast one yourself, not unless that's what you really want to do. But with the mold material and the resin and what-not, you'd end up paying more for that than you would just buying one pre-made from someone who sells them. But that's just my opinion.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lighting my commpad and chest box are eventual goals, but wont' be happening soon.

For the commpad, I have the Darth Hair which is not (very easily at all) modifiable for lighting. I'd have to make my own new one based on this one. I don't know if other commpads can be converted or not. And that's assuming you want to light the big buttons, not just the smaller details...

Basically, you'd need however many 3mm or 2mm LEDs, one for each button, wired to a central solder blob and attached to a small button cell battery, like on a motherboard for example. That would give days of life for several LEDs.

For the chestbox, there's plenty of room for 9v batteries. Figuring 20mA draw on each LED and ~800mA hours for a 9v battery and you get the idea of how long the LEDs will last. 800mA / (LED qty x 20mA) = expected hours of life, more or less. Same goes for the button cell in the commpad.

A big consideration is if you want the buttons to press and activate the LEDs, that takes the whole thing to another level entirely. Simply putting LEDs behind fake buttons is too easy.

I'd say get the commpad from someone and then use that as reference to make your own. They're likely easy enough to scratch build, but there are curves to consider that may not be obvious without having one in hand. You couldn't make one flat and then roll it, for example. Perhaps, but I don't think so. Depends on materials and such I suppose.


I have a hat size 12 and a DH helmet as well. As you can see from my pic at left, it's big but I think that's to be expected for flight helmets. I'd be more worried about a helmet that looks too small. Bigger's better in this case. We'd all need to see a pic of you in the helmet to really know. I think it's Mark Bradley that makes a 10% smaller helmet, but even though only 10%, it's a distinct difference side-by-side.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:35 pm    Post subject: Re: aproach on making your own com pad, and a few questions Reply with quote

shayvidas wrote:
i know allot of people are making them from silicon and sell them,

Off-shoot: Won't silicone attract too much dust?
I think soft urethane foam would be a better material.
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