As promised, here are some pics and a small video of my light show.
The controller for the lightshow is from solsticewerks.com.Â It is a 16 channel controller, but I blew out a couple of channels so they stay lit all the time.Â Here is a pic.
The light controller is in the center and it feeds all the light plugs.Â The sockets are just screwed onto a 2X8 board and is set into a rubbermaid tub.Â This worked pretty well in the rain.Â I cut slits in the side of the tub to run the wires.Â No water got into the tub whatsoever.
I also built a FM transmitter to play the song to car radios.Â I made a sign.
After the popularity of Butterscotch I seem to have got a reputation for adding fire to things (even though it was FireTim that did the pyro half of Butterscotch).Â So when the Mythbusters posted a link to a fire breathing pumpkin I was bombarded with questions about when I would be building one.Â Not being the type to do what others expect me to do I rejected the idea of doing a pyro pumpkin outright.
Though I was set on not building a fire breathing pumpkin it did make me think about building other things inside of a pumpkin.Â Â Then it hit me just two days before Halloween. I needed to build a pumpkin that would forcefully deliver candy to Trick-or-Treaters much in the same way they would deliver eggs to my house if I did not provide candy to them.Â From that point on I had a mission. Throwing sleep and other responsibilities to the wind I went to the bowels of the LVL1Â bone yardÂ to hack together a candy launching pumpkin.
After design concessions due to time and help from fellow LVL1ers (thanks FireTim and Jon the Kilted) I was able to defend my house this year.Â Although I never saw the pumpkin Mythbusters link and I am sure it is cool I considered this a spite project similar to JAC 101 Micro-Laser Cutter.Â I just hope everyoneÂ enjoysÂ it as much as IÂ enjoyedÂ making it.
I have posted anÂ instructable for this project to help others defend themselves next All Hallows' Eveâ€¦ but really, why wait.Â Go to that instructable and start defending yourself for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas.Â There is nothing like a fruitcake chucking Santa to keep those damn carolers at bay.
LVL1 community member Tim G. and his wife created this great ghostbusters costume for their son Harper.
I have attached the schematic for the proton pack lights. Â I used a 6V lantern battery as part of the pack so I didn't need a voltage regulator. Â The flashlight has a separate 9V battery located in the gun and 6 white LEDs.
The main structure of the pack is made from black coroplast since I had some on hand. Â In fact I made the whole pack aside from the straps using items I had lying around. Â For sounds I mounted a small mp3 player on the gun and used the 6V battery to power a set of USB powered PC speakers.