Supernatural EMF detector

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  1. kysupernatural

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    With all these wonderful Supernatural props...was wondering if anyone cared to maybe tackle the EMF dector that's used on the show. Maybe complete with lights that change and sound effects?
     
  2. kysupernatural

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    Re: Supernatural EMF dector

    :unsure...anyone?....anyone at all......LOL :lol
     
  3. LeMarchand

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    Re: Supernatural EMF dector

    What makes it difficult to replicate is that there aren't any really clear reference pictures showing all the components. There is a guy on ebay UK who sells replicas with light and sound effects for cheap, but from what i can tell it is far from accurate.
     
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  4. CJ 617

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    yeh, the emf reader has been on my wish list for some time...been gathering pics etc. I'm surprised it hasn't already tackled.
     
  5. Atlas

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    For some reason I don't see a bit of a walkman in there. I ahve been wishing for photos of this for long too.

    From my unprofessional point of view, I'd say that the gauge is something just bought off radio shack/other electronics retailer. The LEDs look like they've been added there
    too. So does the flip-switch on the bottom. Antenna propably pulled off a travel radio.

    _A
     
  6. kysupernatural

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    supposedly the prop maker said the original was made froma real walkman..not sure of the year or model though.
     
  7. LeMarchand

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    i think one of the earlier incarnations was based on a walkman, but then again, it has been a while since i watched the first and second season.
     
  8. kysupernatural

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    Yes, here's a pic which you can really tell it's from a walkman..BUT it is different than the one most commonly used on the show, which I posted in the first post. Not sure if the first one I posted has parts from a walkman or not..hard to tell.
     
  9. LeMarchand

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    the one seen in the first pics (which for me is THE emf detector from the show) looks like pegboard with various electronic components on it (resistors, oscilators, a coil etc)
     
  10. kysupernatural

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    AGREED..if anyone makes one, would def. prefer the first one I posted..just has more character to it. Plus seen alot more on the show...:thumbsup
     
  11. Atlas

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    Re: Supernatural EMF dector

    It might also be that the plastic case was removed in the later version.

    _A
     
  12. LeMarchand

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    doubtfull. A pcb from a walkman looks different than the testboard the EMF is build from.

    Also note that even the 2 in the 1st post have slight differences
     
  13. CJ 617

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    Yeah, agreed too. I guess it's just a case of keeping eyes open, on the look out at electrical stores. It kinda looks basic in design, so would hope it would be simple enough to replicate.
     
  14. Coz

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    The walkman EMF meter only appears in the first season 'Pantom Traveller' ep,if I recall.

    Wonder if that's a dummy board? Looks pre-made to me - the holes at the corners, for example.
    The wire across the top could be hiding the 'join' where the LEDs mount below.

    Found a shot of the back here:
    http://www.thehomeplanet.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SPN_0207.jpg

    Think that's a belt clip on the backplate, and the back sticks out quite far.
    Belt clip screwed to the backplate (aftermarket walkie-talkie clip?).

    Scrounged up a couple more pics, blew 'em up & squared 'em off. Might be a little big!See below.

    Looks like the battery pack is on the back at the bottom, always hidden on the show.

    At least three different analogue displays in the pics- molding on the clear front section (about where the needle is mounted) shows it.
    Also, the "Inside Scoop" behind the scenes interview shows the meter briefly, and the edge of the analogue display looks black or dark grey.

    Love to get a rundown on parts for this!

    Coz.
     
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  15. kysupernatural

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    NICE FIND..now someone run with this project and make them for sale....:love
     
  16. CJ 617

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    Nice find indeed on that photo of the back of the reader....not seen that before. Man, I would love a replica of this...will definitely do more research on this :)
     
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  17. Kingpin

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    Judging by the size and design, the two pegs seen attaching the "belt clip" to the main board appear to be the type used for mounting circuit boards inside a PC.

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    It looks like there's four more above the needle display. I'd like to say the needle display might be from an analogue multimeter, but the EMF doesn't look deep enough to accomodate the workings of one of those.

    The aerial seems to be held on using two transparant clips mounted to the circuit board, possibly using rivets. There also appears to be a "blue box" variable resistor on the front of the EMF, but that could be cosmetic.

    This is one of the props I've been wanting to replicate, and was gonna seek an electronically minded individual to consult about the circuit design it would require.
     
  18. kysupernatural

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    Really glad this is gaining interest and steam...hoping someone can do this right..lights, sounds, the works if possible...hope this makes it to the light of day..I'd be on the order list....:love
     
  19. CJ 617

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    Yeh, like you say...it's great to see others having an interest in this prop. Man, I wouls love to have one on display, with my other Supernatural stuff.

    I'll take some pics along to a local electrical store and will speak to one of the workers....
     
  20. LeMarchand

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    I think the components are just dressing.

    The antenna looks to be secured with that flexible strong plastic band and is attached to the board with screws.

    Any leads on the correct gauge? Can't seem to find any like it and the one used on the ebayones is not accurate
     
  21. LeMarchand

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    what episodes do these screencaptures come from?
     
  22. kysupernatural

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    Now that....I don't know...
     
  23. LeMarchand

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    ok, new theory.

    I looked at a screencapture from episode 10 season one (bluray rip). The text on the meter reads 'electro magnetic'. The text in the red section reads 'danger' i wouldn't be surprised if that panel was custom made and put in a regular voltmeter.
     
  24. kysupernatural

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  25. CJ 617

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    Nice work. And yeh, that sounds likely with regards to custom made...
     
  26. Kingpin

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    Hah, I could've used that about six months back when I was grabbing screengrabs.

    Which I need to put into a zip file for here...
     
  27. LeMarchand

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    2 more shots and a pic with parts i ID-ed sofar
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  28. kysupernatural

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    This prop may just be made yet....:thumbsup
     
  29. CJ 617

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    Great work!! :)
     
  30. Kingpin

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    THE best visual reference to date.

    The toggle switch on the bottom, could it be one of these with the metal plate removed?

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  31. Atlas

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    I'd say no, the threaded part seems to be plastic in the one in the EMF meter.

    _A
     
  32. kysupernatural

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    ok..let's keep the progress going.....I know I'd be up for a replica...track down anymore parts? I'm just not that good with electronics I'm afraid...guns,knives..etc..I can track down...but electronics parts....afraid not.....:unsure
     
  33. kysupernatural

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    Any news on this...really hoping so..Friday is this seasons finale so gonna be needing something new of Supernatural to get me thru....hoping someone will get hungry and run on this. REALLY WISHED I kne electronics better or I would.
     
  34. Kingpin

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    I'm surprised actually that the info for the parts wasn't actually posted. What names/maker name/serial numbers did you find assigned to those parts?
     
  35. kysupernatural

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    MAKE IT ....MAKE IT.......MAKE IT......:love
     
  36. LeMarchand

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    Finding the accurate gauge is a pain, haven't found one that is 100% correct, Also breaking my mind over the last component in the middle on the bottom. Looks like part of a turnable dialswitch or resistor, but haven''t found anything close
     
  37. kysupernatural

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    Feels like this project has lost steam.... :confused Hope it can be built right and accurate with all the bells and whistles.....FINGERS CROSSED!
     
  38. kiddo

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    I dont think that it would be too hard to make a static replica..... just glue and piece a ton of electrical stuff together......
     
  39. kysupernatural

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    but a screen accurate with sounds and lights is what I'm talking about...acap...as close as possible...:love
     
  40. CJ 617

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    Yeh, it's gotta have at least the lights.. :)

    I'm still hoping to pull this project off, but just not had much free time lately to get down to some electrical stores to do some searching...hopefully soon though.
     
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  41. shelbournes

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    I have managed to do a version close ...this was my first attempt ...so please dont laugh at it ... it is currently on eb*y as I want to sell it to fund for more components to make a better version. This one has a fake meter and sound and a meter that moves to the sound. Any improvements wil be gladly received
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  42. shelbournes

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    another photo is here
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  43. CJ 617

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    I like it!! You've done great work there....I'd certainly be happy if I could produce something like that...well done! Looking forward to hearing more about your new version
     
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  45. Kingpin

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    Oh brilliant! Could you detail how all the components are wired up? One of the challenges I've been trying to get my head around was how to tie the meter display into the circuit... is the meter affected by the sound level, like one from a stereo?

    Nice work, the most accurate one I've seen to date.
     
  46. TallDarkandDisfigured

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    NICE!! Seriously, any details on how you got it to function would be great. Even if it's not 100% screen accurate, it's really well made.
     
  47. kysupernatural

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    VERY NICE!!! Each version just keeps getting better...sent you a PM Can't wait to see the next one you do.
     
  48. SupernaturalFan

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    If I wanted to make a EMF, personally the only one would be Dean's walkman/cassette player EMF.
     
  49. kysupernatural

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    I like the above one alot...it's the one seen the majority of times a emf is shown....:thumbsup
     
  50. breen2057

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    this emf looks great. i would like to have one this good
     

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