Tag Archives: FI

Power armor redux

I’ve made some substantial improvements to the power armor costume for FI.  Instead of pull-type gas springs(for closing storm doors) I have now installed push-type gas springs(for opening cabinet or vehicle doors vertically).  You can see both up and down … Continue reading

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Nerf Vulcan Heavy Weapon

I’m finally going to be using a nerf vulcan blaster in FI.  The impressive chain-fed monster which I got for christmas some years ago has been sitting and collecting dust due to in-game ability preventing me from using it.  Then … Continue reading

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Video of ‘bug in a can’

Thats what i built and wore to the FI event last weekend. It worked well enough, until the hot sun melted the duct tape insulating the battery terminals and they shorted and caught fire. But that happened after game off.

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LED Matrix completed

Finished up the soldering last night. All light function properly, and the board is now nestled in it’s enclosure. I quickly build a fairly simple animation for it. Video below: Shannon wrote a pattern. Here it is.

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Led matrix

So I have begun construction of the LED matrix. which will form the centerpiece of my power armor. It is a 91-element LED assembly in the shape of a hexagon. Ive printed out the LED holder plate and all the … Continue reading

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Moving mandibles

Work has been proceeding on the bug face mandibles. Ive programmed servo motion based on sound. It’s not 100%, but as a proof of concept, I’m happy with it. I’ve also build a prototype assembly to check the motion and … Continue reading

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Guns. Lots of guns.

So this blog wasn’t active when this happened or I would have done a bit more writing-up as it happened, but we did some testing of various nerf guns, specifically to determine the rate at which one could spew forth … Continue reading

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Can’t read my insect face

So I met with the powers that be in the world of FI and discussed my bug costume. I bought a latex mask from them. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I just need a few tweaks to … Continue reading

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Cut off your nose to spiderface

So the bug thing has provoked a rather crazy idea in me. Remembering upon the tv show ‘the tick,’ I want to make animatronic antennae for my bug mask. Utilizing a construction design similar to this thing I can make … Continue reading

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Armoire of invincibility

Construction has begun in my power armor. I’ve designed boots that will carry and actuate air pumps to fill my air jet nerf guns as I walk. Currently they can also be utilized while stationary by lifting my heels up … Continue reading

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