Phaser Rifle Scope

I got back the scope from nexus the other day and after examining it closely, I just realised that my memory was not as good as I imagine it to be. For you see, the scope opening where I wanted to put the Luzeon LED, was too small. And so, I cannot use the remaining torchlight parts for this. The casting was so brittle, the little hood at the top broke and fell of this morning. Damn.

So, I think I really need to get nexus to arrange a meeting with Rajan sometime soon. -ish. maybe this week. or this month. or maybe this year. or when my wallet says, OK.

So, compared to my two torchlights, you can see
the problem

No? In other words, I really need to rebuilt the
stupid scope into something hollow so I can put
the Luxeon LED in

Good stuff

Yeah, good stuff, man. I was at the same shop today, where I got the CCFL from. And I saw the must-have items of the month, for me, that is. So, once I am free, I am going to try this out. Maybe even put it into the Phaser Rifle to "lock" it from curious itchy finger people. Ha ha ha ha

The 3mm Red/Green dual-colour LED. Normal ones are
in 5mm, which is too big for the secret prop. And on the
right, is the Red/Blue/Green (RGB) LED I wanted to
try out too.

This is the item which made me happy. A four-channel
12 volt RF remote control. So, I can use this for either
Polar Lights Enterprise models. This means I can switch
the model on or off, have them go into Warp or drop out
of Warp and so on. And they guy claims the remote has
a 100meter "Line of Sight" range.
(In other words, no obstruction, la)

Bouncing spiky thingy

This little toy caught my eye when I was at the petrol station yesterday. Its made from some soft silicon but with some electronics built into it. What it does is, when the electronics senses some shocks, it will start to flash the LEDs. So, I gave it to Kristine, whom, at first, did not know what to do with it apart from knowing that its very soft.

But after I threw it on the floor, she follow suite. Luckily I did not hold the long string part and swing it to a hard surface. She might get the idea and then try it out on her sister...........

So, this is what it looked like. I chose yellow because
the other colours made the LEDs look funny

This is how it looked when lit

Well, I am waiting for Kristine to "destroy" it because I am
fascinated with the electronics. Heh. And no, I don't think
its water-proof


There is a problem with me. I know I needed a some compact source of battery for my secret prop project. I can spend some time to think it out and also design the casing for it. However, with my current situation, making things and also painting them is not an easy solution. Moreover, cutting things at 2Am in the morning is just asking for a trip to the hospital.

So, I decided on an easy way out: Buy the damn thing.

The operative word for this prop contest is, "cheap". With the first prize being USD25 (RM84.86), there is not a lot you can put in. But then again, I want to use this excuse to build something apart from cracking my head trying to rush the electronics for the Phaser Rifle. Anyway, the I needed some form of battery source which is small enough to go inside the casing. I can buy the normal battery holder but it would be a tad too large. So, the next best thing were those LED torchlights I saw being sold in Pasar Road. The prices are from RM8 to RM13 on average where everyone claimed its Luxeon V LED. All I wanted was just the battery holder and nothing else. But the Luxeon LED would come in as a bonus. Even though both are Made in China

This is my new RM13 Luxeon V LED torchlight (R)
compared to my earlier RM80 Luxeon III (L). The
second shot shows how small the Luxeon V LED is
and yet can produce a brighter light. I must look
into the LumiLEDs site for more info. This could
be the new Luxeon Design which promise to
solve the heat dissipation problem

One thing I noticed is that the "new"
torchlight's battery holder has a spring
tip (R). This solves a lot of contact
problems especially when I drop
them. However, on the second pic,
I was not happy with the switch (R)
and I could not interchange them

Both torches uses plastic reflectors and mine (L)
is already blackened by the Luxeon's heat. Maybe
because its new, the light from the torch is more
prominent (R). But personally, I can see no
difference between the Luxeon III and the
Luxeon V here, unless both are Luxeon III

In the end, I decided to sacrifice my RM80 torchlight for its Luxeon III LED and also the battery holder while I use the new torchlight. Anyway, the connecting leads to the old Luxeon is already broken due to the numerous falls and solder repair jobs. Hee hee hee

Smart Brain

One thing I like when I was away on a trip were the toy shops. This is because although most of the toy shops sells the same stuff, there would be a few that sold something extra. For example, while I was in Kota Kinabalu, I picked up this little item although I have not even seen a single episode of it.

Its from the TV Series Masked Rider and this version is the Kamen Rider 555. This is the Faiz Accel Watch, one of those Faiz Gear (read weapons or gadgets) from the organisation Smartbrain. The Accel Watch tranforms Faiz into the Accel Form which lets him move at the speed of sound for 10 seconds. And the original sells for about RM99 or more. But I got it for RM19.90. And for that price, the way it lit up the 7-segment digits was amazing. Talk about imagination. Now I know why the kids are hooked and why the parents are pissed.

The RM19.90 Faiz Accel Watch with what I think is
a Mission Memory chip. I could be wrong

On closer look, this just looks like a G-Shock watch

Now, would you want to be a small kid and get one?

Can your neck do this?

After having returned from Kota Kinabalu, I spotted this toy my Mom gave to Kristine. Yeah, now we're aiming for toys with sound. So, she spotted this one, which everyone assumed that when you press on hits paws, a song would be played. But after putting the batteries in, what we got waws not what we bargained for.......

It looked cute. It looked decent

And I swear to you, it might be a girl

The butt design reminds me of those 60's fancy
telephones where the flat end serves as a base
and also for you to dial the numbers

Oh, this is definitely one for the Exorcist