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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    Time to play catch up. I've had video files waiting for editing and finally had a chance to get busy. These predate the last post, but show the decision process that led to scrapping the existing boards and wires and designing something fully from scratch. As you'll hear, the change in sound...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    So last week I showed what goes into animating a prop like this from the electronics side with my circuit design centered around a pair of microcontrollers (Arduino Nano and Teensy 3.5) using radar, LEDs and stepper motors to bring the magic. Today I want to show what goes into coding the...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    Thanks ZiggyGrimm! I'm glad to have inspired you. I can't believe it's been a month since I've posted. I have definitely not been idle on this project. I've really concentrated on the needle retraction problem and the circuit design. I want the needles to fully retract inside the shell. The...
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    Halo 3 Spartan Laser (3D Printing)

    Great job! Looks fantastic. Redshirt
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    "We got a thing that's called radar love. We got a wave in the air. Radar love."--Golden Earring, Radar Love We do have a thing in the air--radar. This update is really heavy on the airsoft tech side but really cool too for pure halo fans that would love to see a Needler in real life. Known to...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    Update time. Final disassembly. Happy to reach this point and start full-time imagineering. So first up is the pistol grip section, source of many squeaks, rattles and the toy-like feeling of the original prop. Like a car with a wrong-feeling steering wheel. The trigger moves most of an inch...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    This update is focused on the nose area and looking ahead to the mods needed to not only hide the airsoft components in here, but be able to access and service them post construction. We have already seen that there is not a lot of front to back space to install components. There are also width...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    TurboCharizard, Good questions. I actually chose the short version of NEMA17s to save weight, voulume and power requirements. The bipolar NEMAs are super fast and powerful compared to the cheap/small monopole steppers all over Amazon. After watching a few videos I concluded that the molopole...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    TurboCharizard, You are exactly in sync with my thinking. Unfortunately, the whole retraction mechanism is in the way of the needles retracting any further. To get the needles to retract fully would require scrapping the entire mechanism, but there is room in the upper shell for full retraction...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    Hope everyone stocked enough supplies to keep their hobbies going for the stay at home period. I painted on my classic car until I ran out of paint, then moved on to the motorcycle until I ran out of parts. Fortunately, the prop-making side has plenty of work to be done in-house. Today's...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    I wanted to break from the teardown and cut-up sequence postings to talk about where the project is headed. Being that this is based on a Neca Needler, but will be entirely different in quality and function when the job is complete, I want to make this as visually distinguishable from the Neca...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    More pics of the violent disassembly. Lots of cutting and test fitting until all the parts lined up without wiggle. I'll probably use a couple of rubber straps to hold the air bottle snug in place so the closure magnets don't have to take any load. The hole on the upper servise is the main...
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    Real disassembly is underway. Following the cut lines of my earlier update. I began with the lower body as that's where I needed to make the biggest modifications. Using a Dremel tool and and air saw, I was able to split the two lower halves. The picture below shows the separated former left...
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    Halo 3 Spartan Laser (3D Printing)

    Yes! Looks really good. Very top heavy isn't it? Redshirt Guess who's not coming back from the Slayer match--the guy in the Red Shirt Signature Project: Halo 3 Working Airsoft Spartan Laser in Metal & Fiberglass
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    Props Needler Multimedia Arduino-Driven Animated Airsoft Prop (Everything the Neca Needler Could Have Been)

    I got disconnected and was gonna come back and change my reply because it was kinda dickish. The thread had been reported on day 1 which is why Fangs dropped by. Anyway, A) Sorry. B) Welcome to the Needler build thread!
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