Our flux capacitor...

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by lharles, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    This is the second most recent thing I've finished for our 'Museum of Fictional Artifacts'. It turned out way better than I ever would have expected.

    https://tinyurl.com/ycrst3jh

    As always, I hope it amuses folks.

    :)

    {...& I'm done for now. :) I'll put more up later, if I'm not annoyin' the snot out of folks. }
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2017
  2. Beechy McFly

    Beechy McFly Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,356
    Looks great.. Job well done.. I really need to get around to adding one to my Collection..
     
    lharles likes this.
  3. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Thank you, very kindly.

    It took some work, but if I can do it - I suspect anyone can. :)

     
  4. PHArchivist

    PHArchivist Master Member

    Trophy Points:
    4,710
    What is this? Sounds intriguing...
     
    lharles likes this.
  5. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    It's currently the room which you enter by way of our T.A.R.D.I.S., (http://www.therpf.com/f9/our-t-r-d-i-s-143250/), & which houses all of the stuff I've made, (about a dozen things at this point - & I've got a list of about 60 more, I'd like to make &/or acquire), &/or purchased. All of the stuff in the room is based on fictional characters or items from movies, television, video games, (http://www.therpf.com/f9/our-portal-companion-cube-143251/), etc.

    When the room is finished, (which is probably another couple months away - if I'm lucky), I'll post copious pictures.

    Other things in the room, (some of it is stuff that I've made, I'll eventually put in a thread here...I've been lurking for a long time but decided to finally actively join in... :) ), are:

    "Ghostbusters" ghost trap, (from Matty Collector), Darth Vader helmet, Indy fertility idol, "Goonies" Cobblepot key & coin, Jim Rockford's cookie jar, custom "Crash Davis" baseball card, (this is still in the prototype stage - I've made several of them, but I'm still trying to come up with accurate stats for the back...my buddy who was supposed to help me with that bit has been less than helpful... :) ), Connor/Ramirez's katana from "Highlander", "X-Files" wallets/badges/IDs, ...& a bunch of other stuff.

    Hope that clarifies - "Museum of Fictional Artifacts" a bit. :D
     
  6. shanes4doorsi

    shanes4doorsi New Member

    Trophy Points:
    3
    very cool
     
    lharles likes this.
  7. RJA

    RJA Member

    Trophy Points:
    191
    That is an awesome build! I have always wanted a flux capacitor because its so iconic in the films.
     
    lharles likes this.
  8. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    After the companion cube, I built the T.A.R.D.I.S....& then the flux capacitor. I considered, for a little while, mounting the flux capacitor in the T.A.R.D.I.S. & putting up a sign saying something like "Powered by Flux Capacitor". :)

     
  9. deck5

    deck5 Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,046
    Nice!

    BTW, TARDIS is an acronym; the gods of orthography won't dock you for leaving out the '.' after each letter. ;)
     
  10. pfillery

    pfillery Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    1.21 Jigawatts! Great Scott!
     
    lharles likes this.
  11. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    You should see what a mess I make of text messaging. ;)

     
  12. pfillery

    pfillery Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    We have watched 2/3 of the series over the last couple of days, one of my favourite sci fi movies. Have been telling my 10 year old daughter (who by the way loves the Terminator movies - go figure) that she should watch BTTF but she has maintained it was stupid. We put it on the other night and she watched it and at 10.30pm when the first one was over and she had spent the time glued to the TV and started begging to watch the second one, I knew she was hooked (a few "I told you so" moments there).

    I think it would be cool to make the Doc's metal sunglasses from BTTF2.
     
    lharles likes this.
  13. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    The sunglasses would be cool. :)

     
  14. DeadRinger

    DeadRinger Member

    Trophy Points:
    191
    Is this made completely from found parts? It's spot on. This is definitely going on my short list. I'm loving your choice of props. I think we may have the same mindset about props, I'm all about making them all myself. Never buy any. I just started a goonies doubloon, if you have any tips for me please weigh in on the thread, I'd definitely like to hear your opinion or see more pictures of your work.
     
    lharles likes this.
  15. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    First of all, thanks for the kind words, 'DeadRinger'. :)
    On to the prop stuff...

    #1 -----------------------------
    Our flux capacitor is made from some found parts, but some stuff is pretty specific to the design so I tried hard to get those parts that I could.

    The hardest parts were the enclosure & the lighting methodology. The enclosure I used is a Stahlin J1210HPL as the original is an enclosure that isn't readily available & costs $50-75 more than the enclosure I used. I wound up purchasing a lot of several of the J1210HPLs from a government auction after having spent several weeks trying to source it for a reasonable cost from sellers/resellers. It had to be painted to get the color to match the original & the window had to be cut/gasketed/placed manually. I purchased roughly 30 feet of the window gasket from a vendor for roughly the same price as other outlets were selling 3-4 foot stretches of the same stuff. As for the the lighting methodology, I did a lot of research trying to find a circuit to match the lighting, dug in a bit on building my own circuit, and thought of building it without any sort of lighting before I happened upon a simple, effective & economical choice...battery operated, multi-function holiday LED lights. :) When the lighting is turned on, the selector has to be pushed several times to get to the right cycle but it works wonderfully.

    The rest of the box was sort of stumbled upon/devised along the way. I'll try to detail that...

    High voltage relay tubes were replicated with a combination of acrylic tubing & shapes from online vendors & my local TAP plastics. I shaped them to the lengths/looks I found at various locations on the web. The metal cores of the tubes were...lengths of wire hangers. :)

    The bases of the high voltage relays were an interesting process. I had purchased a set of bases online, made of resin from a person who'd made a flux capacitor of their own. I felt certain I'd seen something similar to the size & shape of these before. I ultimately found that my local hardware store carried flat, PVC end caps which were identical in diameter & within 1/16th of an inch in height. I used the PVC end caps, (really, I was worried I'd screw up & wanted the resin bases to fall back on), in place of the resin bases. I sanded them down directionally to give them a brushed metal look, painted them with plastic primer then brass/gold paint.

    The little terminals on the bases were hard to figure out because there didn't seem to be any specific name for them. I finally stumbled upon the name & purchased 'tip jacks' from Talon Electronics. I mounted those & the bits of wire on top of the bases then used epoxy putty to mount bolts on the inside of the bases so that I could bolt them down to the back/base plate for the internals of the flux capacitor.

    For the base plate, I purchased a couple black 1/8" x 12" x 10" sheets of plastic from TAP & shaped one by hand to fit the opening of the enclosure. Then I used cardboard to prototype the locations for the relays/tubes/plastic strips under the tubes, (also sourced from TAP), and transferred all of that to the black plastic once I had it done properly.

    Finally, I bolted down the relays/plastic strips & hot glued the LEDs through the back of the plastic.

    The stuff on the outside are PVC fixtures plastic primed & painted with different colors of hammered metal paint, super glued to the exterior of the enclosure.

    I wound up with a LOT of extra bits & pieces from this build which I hope to be able to trade/sell once I've been on the forum long enough, with enough posts, (& I absolutely won't discuss or entertain any trading/selling until I've reached the required time/posts - as I don't want to violate the rules & plan to be round' here for quite a while - :) ).
    #2 -----------------------------
    The 'Goonies' doubloon & key. Not to be disappointing but I purchased these for about $15 bucks a while back. After I started to dig in on building all these props, I found that these were not as accurate as I might like. I'll probably make new ones or rework these somewhere along the line as a result.

    I may wind up using YOUR doubloon thread as reference! :)

    I am putting together a map from 'The Goonies' though. Since most folks who have put these together don't offer them up free of charge, (understandably so), I'm doing my best to assemble a nice one from all the bits I can find on the web & here on the forum.
     
  16. BTTFSpencer

    BTTFSpencer Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,356
    Nice work, you can always improve the accuracy on that sucker though. Some accurate elbows will make a world of difference.
     
    lharles likes this.
  17. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    The spark plug boots, is that what you're referencing? :) {Took me forever to find THOSE! :confused}

    EDIT:

    Just occurred to me...you probably mean the elbows on the exterior. :) I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer...


     
  18. BTTFSpencer

    BTTFSpencer Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,356
    Haha, nah, easy mistake to make. Your Flux looks great. Enjoy it! if you ever want to improve it...there are ways. :)
     
    lharles likes this.
  19. DeadRinger

    DeadRinger Member

    Trophy Points:
    191
    Awesome, thanks for the detailed info, I think we have a TAP plastics here on Long Island. I wouldn't advise using my sculpt as a reference, I'm still really new to modeling/sculpting and my screen accuracy suffers due to my lack of skills, but I am getting better! If you PM me your email address, I can send you my Goonies reference zip file. There are some map files that are hard to find, that may help you. I have a big roll of kraft paper, I'm still trying to figure out how to print onto it though, I may silkscreen the map onto it. And, once again, im so jealous of your flux capacitor, you may hear from me when I start mine!

    Also, I'll be watching for when you become a full member, I'd like to scoop up some of your extra parts.
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2012
    lharles likes this.
  20. pfillery

    pfillery Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    They would. But then I'd need a delorean to wear them in. Could get expensive. Oh well. Gotta have a dream. I once thought about a BTTF inspired 70's land rover, doing the brushed raw metal finish on the aluminium body to get a similar look ( a deLandrover) but unfortunately nobody would believe it possible to reach 88mph!
     
    lharles likes this.
  21. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    I'll PM ya' regarding the Goonies stuff. :)

    TAP plastics is a particularly useful resource, in my opinion. I actually wound up using plastic sheets cut to size on my companion cube toward the end, (basically, as part of the finished product - after multiple stops, starts & failures), & they were great to deal with. I try to hit them up for any plastic/acrylic stuff I need first, before I hit the internet. For the knowledge crystal/kryptonite shard I made from 'Superman' they didn't carry the size/color of acrylic rod I wanted & it was a giant hassle to find it on the web...

    Sounds like we're at different stages in terms of learning on different construction methodology but roughly the same level of drive - in pursuit of this prop building obsess- er -hobby.

    Any info I can provide to help with your flux, just let me know. Glad to help.


    Thanks! :)


     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2012
  22. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    A deLandrover at 88mph...yeah, that does seem hard to wrap my head around. ;)

     
  23. Dragontomb

    Dragontomb Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    342
    great build
     
    lharles likes this.
  24. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Thank you kindly. :)

     
  25. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Got asked some questions about the spark plug wire I used, via PM so I'm gonna' post some of my response relating to what I used in my build below. Hopefully, it will be of some use to folks:
    "As for the spark plug wires, I actually used yellow CAT-5 ethernet cable & spark plug boots I got on the web.

    Here's where I got the spark plug boots:

    Pico 7057C 7mm Rubber Angled Spark Plug Protector 4 per Package

    ...& this one is useful too, for building the bases of the high voltage relays - used for the little terminals on top - they're called 'tip jacks':

    Insulated Tip Jack, Black "
     
  26. Punkpacokeith

    Punkpacokeith New Member

    Trophy Points:
    3
    This is an amazing build, it is a dream of mine to one day have a replica this good hanging on a wall of my house. Nice work!
     
    lharles likes this.
  27. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,830
    Outstanding build sir!
     
    lharles likes this.
  28. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Thanks! :)
     
  29. Marty120704

    Marty120704 New Member

    Trophy Points:
    17
    Excellent work, I cant wait to build one of my own.
     
    lharles likes this.
  30. Skigoddard

    Skigoddard New Member

    Trophy Points:
    3
    Looks great!
     
    lharles likes this.
  31. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Just takes some time, patience, & the cash to assemble the parts. :) Good luck to you on the build! :D
     
  32. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Thanks! :)
     
  33. SPENGLER87

    SPENGLER87 New Member

    Trophy Points:
    17
    Looks fantastic! Way better than the DST one :)
     
    lharles likes this.
  34. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Thanks! :)
     
  35. MWS

    MWS New Member

    Trophy Points:
    17
    So it is bigger on the inside! I may go out and start my own tardis door! The flux capacitor looks amazing...now all you need is a delorean to put it in.
     
    lharles likes this.
  36. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    No room for a DeLorean in the room...but I think if I was offered a DeLorean, I'd find room for it. :)
     
  37. formula388

    formula388 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    666
    Iharles, looks good! If you want screen accurate labels for cheap, let me know, I have the correct Rotex label maker and label tape. It would make a world of difference.
     
    lharles likes this.
  38. Figure5901

    Figure5901 Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Outstanding build. I would love to do one myself one day and your instructions would prove very valuable.
     
    lharles likes this.
  39. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Glad to hear that they'll be of some help. A lot of the info is out there but challenging to locate in some instances, (the gasket for the window was a pain to find - Grainger sells it in like 25' lengths, if memory serves, for less than most places charge for 3-4'...). :)

    My build doesn't have the most accurate elbows on the exterior but, otherwise, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. :D
     
  40. JBradley

    JBradley Member

    Trophy Points:
    191
    This is awesome.

    I am new here and am not sure if this is a taboo/inappropriate question, so if that is the case I apologize, but about how much would you say it cost to build one of these things? It is pretty high on my list of "Oh I want to make that!" but since I am a newlywed whose wife is in college, money is a bit of an issue.
     
    lharles likes this.
  41. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Well, I definitely had more cash available to me when I made mine than I have available to me now. :)

    If I were to estimate the cost of parts alone, (labor is probably somewhere in the range of spendy to freakin' expensive - ;) ), I'd have to roughly estimate stuff from memory...I'll give it a shot.
    {This isn't necessarily a part by part breakdown - for instance there are a couple different sizes of acrylic tubing - but what I can recall...}

    Enclosure - $100
    PVC endcaps - $6
    Acrylic tubing - $15
    Acrylic half-rounds - $3
    Acrylic 1" 'blocks', (for underneath the relays) - $15
    1/8" x 12" x 10" plastic sheets - $15
    Wire hangers - $3
    Various mounting hardware, (bolts, etc) - $15
    PVC elbows - $5
    Paints - $10
    Glues - $10
    Battery operated LED lights - $10
    Lexan sheet for window - $10
    Gasket for window - $25
    Labelmaker & tape - $10

    So, about $255 - rounded up. You could probably scrounge some of that stuff over time & save some cash, I'd guess.

    Hope that helps! :)
     
  42. JBradley

    JBradley Member

    Trophy Points:
    191
    It does indeed! Thank you.
     
    lharles likes this.
  43. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    Good! :) Glad to help.
     
  44. 1SRBatman

    1SRBatman New Member

    Trophy Points:
    16
    Hello I'm a little late to this post.. Hopefully someone will reply. I wanted to know which battery operated led lights you used for this build. Thank you
     
  45. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    866
    First of all, my apologies for the LONG delay in answering. {I don't log in to the forums much these days.}

    Second, I honestly don't recall & didn't take down the info. I wound up buying several different sets, to find something that works. All pretty inexpensive & all takin' AA batteries, (the one I wound up using takes 3). I'll try to see if I can get some nomenclature off o' the battery box for the lights & post it. :)
     

Share This Page