More Periscope Work

I’m still fiddling with the periscope, I added some LEDs, a servo to make it turn and something to mount it to the lift mechanism.

But first I had to adjust the dome pie panel cut out to give more clearance. I marked off the area I wanted to cut and Dremeled in a few slots to start things off and finished it with a small hacksaw blade.

The main periscope assemble is mounted atop PVC tube to add more height.

I wanted to easily remove it for maintenance and also allow some height adjustment at the same time. This little tube is fixed to the lift mech

And the main PVC riser tube slips over and locks into place with a couple of screws

I installed a small HiTec HS-55 servo into the top of the PVC tube to turn the periscope side to side when it’s extended. Attached is a round plate the aluminum based of the periscope will screw into.

I’ve also add the LEDs to the main periscope housing. On the front is an array of 6 rectangular LEDs. These are very close to one’s used on the original ROTJ periscope

They’re glowing orange in the photo but they’re deep red in person. Power is 12V and no resistors needed as they’re in series

Here’s the block of LEDs soldered together before I installed them

I’ve wired in some bright white LEDs inside and some colored one’s on the back of the housing, I also re-appropriated one of my old PSI boards to blink a couple of LEDs to add a bit of variety.

Getting closer :)

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Posted by Chris on August 1st, 2008 in Body, Dome, Electronics, Feet | 3 Comments

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3 Responses

  1. Paul Novak remarks on

    That is so cool! I swear, you must never sleep 😉

    How will you return the periscope to a neutral location before lowering it?

  2. Chris remarks on

    :)

    The periscope turns with a servo so as long as I center the dial it should align okay. I’m working on a control board right now that will raise/lower, turn on the lights and rotate back and forth randomly.

  3. Exavior remarks on

    Very nice. You’re making great progress.

    /Chris

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