So I decided to install the Arc Reactor for LBX Pandora.

But of course, this is not the real Arc Reactor from Iron Man. It just a LED unit on Pandora chest.

Light Up the "Arc Reactor"

Light Up the "Arc Reactor"

The Arc Reactor is tricky to install because the size of the LED is big (I don’t have the small one) and Pandora’s body is small.

Make a small hole

Make a small hole

I use heated knife to create a small hole. Then, using a sharp blade, I just rotate the blade to make a bigger hole, and then chipping and shaping the hole.

Result

Result

The result is not that clean eh? :D

Chest Piece

white Chest Piece

Next step is make a hole to the white chest piece because the red one is overlapped by the white one above. This hole will let the light from the LED to enlight the purple translucent chest piece.

 

Hollow Chest

Hollow Chest

Still using the same method, hot knife, I make a hole on the frame to mount the LED body.

Hole for the lead

Hole for the lead

Then, I make a hole for the LED’s lead, need to be extra careful for this one because I might damaging the neck joint. The upper hole is punching throught on the neck socket (ball Joint).

Parts list

Parts list

Before we put the LED on, we need a resistor. For this project, I use random resistor that I found. Why we need a resistor? Because 9 volts battery will fry the LED instantly. Why do I use 9 volts battery? Because that’s all I got, for now.

Even if we use lower DC voltage, we still need a resistor.

When the LED is hooked up with a power source, the current will flown in normal speed. But we need to remember, if each power source will have different current. A normal standard AA battery might not do any harm, but if you use Alkaline, NIMH, NICAD, or even DC adapter, the current is high and will flowing like a tsunami into your LED.

LED

LED

And if this “tidal wave” is entering your LED, it will causing massive heat and bottle neck phenomenon, your LED can’t handle the high current, and end up dead.

With resistor, you can limit/resist the current from your power source, so your LED will not get surprised and having a “cardiac arrest”. Just imagine if a resistor is a wave breaker concrete on beach, to slow down and limit the current.

Higher the resistance value (in ohm), the slower and smaller the current is, which mean, resulting a dimmer light. Because of this reason, you can save the battery life by setting up a certain amount of resistance value with your resistor (just google it if you want to know about LED and the appropriate resistor).

Blue LED with clear lens type

Blue LED with clear lens type

What if my resistor getting hot? Don’t bother, resistors are designed to work as current limiter and thus, strong against heat.

 

Installing the LED

Installing the LED

Voila, this is how I put the LED.

Power test

Power test

The “Arc Reactor” is working like a charm!

Now Ami need to find a way to deal with the Palladium…. Oh wait, that’s a different story :D

Using -2 exposure compensation

Using -2 exposure compensation

Okay, in the next post I will show you the result.

See you next time :)

 

 

 

 

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