After seeing A.P.'s truly amazing research on the screen used HAL panel, I decided to tackle my own HAL build, using A.P.'s resources. Big thanks to A.P. for all of his work and epic blueprints!
First off, I wanna point out that this build is not 100% accurate and it's not 1:1 scale. This is more like a "fun" build and making something that looks close enough for super cheap.
Anyways, the genesis of the build was some pink insulation foam.
I grabbed a really neat 2-1/2" to 1/2" PVC connector that I thought would work great. After carefully cutting out the shape, I shoved the PVC connector into the slot and it fits very tight.
I printed the blueprints on US letter sized paper instead of the A3 letter size so the panel is smaller, but I'm not worried about that. As long as the dimensions are right, I'm happy.
I then cut out some .020" styrene for the front panel:
I forgot that the panel itself is made out of wood, so I went ahead and carefully cut out some basla wood for the new panel. I also grabbed a 1/2" PVC pipe and filled it up with my new favorite stuff: Apoxie Sculpt. After that dried, I drilled a hole in the center of the epoxy and installed a red LED for the eye. Now it's looking good!
Today, I went to Michael's and grabbed the last clear 100mm plastic ornament ball they had. After three attempts of cutting out a lens piece, I finally got a lens that I was proud of. It's not perfect, but I like it and it does the job:
Here's a closer representation of how bright the LED is in real life:
I'm probably gonna put in a weaker battery or a 330ohms resistor in there.
Hope you guys like it so far!