Making a Comic book version of the Green Lantern Power Battery (Pic Heavy)

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  1. Thatoneguy

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    So I have decided today, that I am going to be making my own Green Lantern Power Battery. No it's not based off The movie, but rather the Comic book version. I'm going to model mine after the Hal Jordan DC direct version. So with that In mind I'm going to post as many pictures as I can manage of my work in progress... Any and all tips, tricks, and advice will be greatly appreciated. I eventually plan on adding electronics. First things first, I gotta make this sucker... Does any one know where I could find out how tall the Comic book Hal Jordan's Lantern that DC Direct did a couple of years back?

    Thanks in advance
    That one guy
     
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    Re: Making a Comic book version of the Green Lantern Power Battery

    Just got back from The Home Depot and Picked up a few of the essentials for the Green Lantern power Battery and restocked some of my supplies... I also did some digging on the net and learned that, the comic book version of Hal Jordan's power battery was about 11 3/4 inches tall and 9 3/4 wide...
     
  3. Run Runner

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    Re: Making a Comic book version of the Green Lantern Power Battery

    I have made several power batteries over the last few years. Here is the basic layout of mine. It's more of the pre-rebirth version of the power battery. The handle has been upgaded in the last few I made to 1/4 aluminum rod as seen in the second photo.


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  4. Thatoneguy

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    Your power battery looks great Run Runner.(y)thumbsup I really like your design, but there are gonna be a few things done different on mine. I'm gonna use 4 inch pvc couplers for the top and bottom parts and I want to do kinda a rounded build up but ant the top I'm not sure if I want to add a lip or if I want to bevel it a bit. Any advice on how to that groove part? For the light cones that protrude from the side I going with a couple of funnels I have them in a couple of different sizes because I'm not sure how large they should be. They are on the thin side so I will have to add some thickness to them and do some trimming. I know mine wont be 100% comic accurate I wanna do a cross between Abin Sur's and Hal Jordan's, to be a little bit different. For a little while I was thinking about doing a over sized version and call it the Kilowog version. I plan on doing a few of these Lanterns in various colors to produce one for each color in the spectrum. Alot of work but If they turn out well I might do a small run of them It really depends I guess. :confused
    So thanks again for the ideas Run Runner
     
  5. Run Runner

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    To make the groove on the battery, I first marked off the "equator" of the light globe. Then I marked off 4 points equal distance apart on the equator. this will be the centers of the lens and handle. From the 4 points I drew 4 circles the same size so that the sides of the circles would touch. I then used the dremel to carefully scribe the line going under the lens and over the handle.

    I was going to make the oversized Kilowog battery, I even have the parts, just haven't gotten around to building it.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your design of the power battery.
     
  6. Thatoneguy

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    well my idea to use the funnel turns out to be a flop. The funnel was too thin i gotta find something else. I gotta try to find some cereal bowels that would work, instead
     
  7. Thatoneguy

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    Re: Making a Comic book version of the Green Lantern Power Battery

    I hit pay dirt! I finally found the right bowls for my Lantern. I already removed the bottoms of two of them. I need to mark the "equator" so that I can carve the groove. Also need to cut the pvc coupling in half. I wanna light this sucker but not sure how I'm goin to go about that yet. I want it to be battery operated and really bright... thinking really bright L.E.D.s.
     
  8. winghead

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    Amazing Work!! Nice Job!!
     
  9. Run Runner

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    Thanks!
     
  10. GBrittelleJr

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    Any updates on this project? I love seeing a good power battery build. How are you going to make it light up (or are you)? For the few batteries I've made for other people, I've decided it was high time to make one for myself!
     
  11. Thatoneguy

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    yeah i got busy with work but here in the near future i will be getting a good chunk of the work done on it. I will be lighting it I just finished soldering together 2 light sources in which I used a whopping 50 super bright led's I made 2 because I'm not completely sure that 1 would be enough because I want this sucker to be bright. unfortunately I wont be able to do it like dc direct did with theirs with the ring activating it. 2 reasons 1 I'm not familiar with trying to build a circuit using a RFID chip and sensor, 2 I wouldn't be able to afford it lol I will try to remember to take some work in progress pics.
     
  12. Dave Porter

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    Re: Making a Comic book version of the Green Lantern Power Battery

    You could do it with a reed switch and a magnet. It's a simple mechanical switch.
     
  13. Thatoneguy

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    Thanks for the idea Tempus I will look into it.(y)thumbsup
     
  14. Thatoneguy

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    Here is a picture of the work in progress. Please keep in mind that this is kind of a rough draft version. View attachment 75986 Please be honest an tell me what you think.
     
  15. Thatoneguy

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    Shoot i just realized that the picture somehow got turned on its side... oops:behave
     
  16. GBrittelleJr

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    That's great! I like the rounded top and bottom. Moar!
     
  17. Thatoneguy

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    Re: Making a Comic book version of the Green Lantern Power Battery

    Still to do list: Make a handle, add the green lantern symbol, add the lights and electronics, Paint, fix all the seam lines, and sculpt my own ring and have it cast in metal.
    I don't like the chunk stlye ring they used in the movie. I'm more a fan of the Hal Jordan signant style ring. I like the blackest night promo rings they have out but, i'm not completely sold on them either I just think its a good starting point for my ring.2 cents
     
  18. Thatoneguy

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    Hey run runner i have one last question. how long of a brass rod did you use? any tips on making it perfectly round?
     
  19. jedibugs

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    Hey... Just came across this thread and I have to say; I'm really liking the battery, it looks great!
    It may be a bit far along in the process to help, but I own the Original DC Direct Power Battery and would be happy to post reference pics for you if you'd like. Just let me know.
     
  20. Thatoneguy

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    Hey thanks Jedibugs. You're a little too late for the first one. I am building a second one. This one is going to be completely custom with the bells and whistles. The first one is a rough draft to get a feel for it and what not to do. Im picking up the remaining parts today and the second one will have plenty of pics taken kinda a step by step thing. But if you want to post pics of the original I'm sure it would help some one else starting their own power battery.
     
  21. Run Runner

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    I use a 1/4" X 36" aluminum rod for the handle. I just bend it by hand until it looks right.
     
  22. Thatoneguy

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    Ok great thanks! Run Runner. In other news I will be painting the first Lantern Red for my younger brother. The second lantern will be green. I couldn't locate any reed switches so I wont be using a magnetized ring to turn it on and off :unsure. I'm sure my brother will like it just the same It is his X-mas gift.
     
  23. Thatoneguy

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    I have gotten plenty of work done on both of the lanterns! Yay!!! I will be posting a slew of new pics very soon. Hopefully I wont manage to post them side ways again... I wouldn't hold my breath though.
     
  24. Thatoneguy

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    Okay the first pic is of some misc. parts that I'm using for my battery, in various stages of completion.
    The second pic is a picture of both the batteries for a side by side comparison both just got first layer of bondo.c
    The third pic is a closer shot of just my green battery. ( I have alot of work to do on the bondo)
    The fourth pic is another side by side shot.
    Now here comes the fun pics.:lol
    The fifth pic is kind of a teaser pic showing me that lighting needs tweaked on this battery. ( sadly it kinda looked pink in person so I went and doubled up on the red gel)
    The sixth pic is a teaser of my lantern. ( oooh its green!)
    The seventh and final pic for this posting is the corrected lighting for my brothers lantern. ( It came out the right red for this time)
    Now I just need to go and do all the sanding, bondo'ing, wire up the lights permantely, cap off the tops, add the right symbol to the right lantern, make a battery compartment, add the handles, and paint.... So yeah still a ways to go before I'm done.
    It seems that I up-loaded the pics on their sides again :confused So my bad...
     
  25. dcspecialist

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    I've been lurking here and just started to try to build my own lantern. Unforunately as I tried to drill the holes for the handle in the side of the globe I just shattered my globe. So, how did you guys drill out the sided of the glonbe?
     
  26. sonicprops

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    i am going to try and make one but the senestro lantern i will post pics.
     
  27. Rod A

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    This looks great and easy on the wallet. I'm going to give this a try.
     
  28. timelordjedi777

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    I have the dc direct lantern, if you would like some reference pics I'm more than happy to help.
     
  29. Thatoneguy

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    Hey i didn't drill out the globe it self but if i were to try I'd mask off the area and start drilling but not using any excessive force ie letting the weight of the drill do its thing.
     
  30. Thatoneguy

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    So yeah after my cross country move I'm gonna have to start over with this because the one that i made got smashed :facepalm guess next time ill pack it better next time...
     
  31. Mugbacca

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    Thatoneguy, I see that I am like two years late posting this, but I have literally just found this amazing forum! I would like to complete my own Green Lantern prop replica power battery. It looks like you have been very successful in your efforts. Are you willing to post a guide to how you did your power battery? Especially the lighting aspects. I am looking over all of the pictures, but I would appreciate any written info/directions you could (or would) be willing to provide. Thank you so much!
     
  32. banker1

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    I am currently building one, but I am trying two different globes for the battery, the suggested 8" acrylic globe from home depot, and a 200mm Christmas ball from Walmart. I have found it easier to make the side holes for the handles with a soldering gun with a fine point. To find the center point on both spheres, I put a rubber band around the center of the globe, in the opposite direction of the existing seam (it is there, it's part of the manufacturing process). I eyeballed the globe, adjusting the rubber band until it was level across the center of the globe. Once centered, I marked a point above and below the rubber band at the seam. I then centered short section from the 1" pvc pipe over the marks, and traced a circle on the globe. I put the globe inside the bowl that was going to be used for the light funnel, and, keeping my hand holding the soldering iron steady, rotated the ball in the bowl. This took two passes, but the cut was smooth and there was no pressure to shatter the globe. I then turned the globe over and repeated the cut on the other side.

    I also find the rubberband method useful for making the groove around the lantern. You just stretch the rubber band over the globe baseball style, then mark off your lines. I also used the soldering iron to make this grove, using the bowl technique to keep the lines smooth.

    On the Christmas ornament battery, I am going to cut a section from a previously shattered acrylic globe to make the covering for the led's, as the ornament is solid colored plastic. Incidentally, I found a fairly bright 19 LED light at Big Lots for $5.00 that can be hacked to fit in the power battery pretty easily. The only downside is it uses a battery pack, but I am rewiring it to use a 6 volt transformer.

    I am still looking for a reed switch that would work with a six volt DC transformer. If any of you have any leads, please pass them along!
     

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