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I wanted to share our bridge build.  We went back and forth many times on the design and finally decided on this.  The build went pretty smoothly thanks the the entire crew pulling together to make this happen (especially right before armada!).  

Our goal was something portable but that still had a lot of functionality.  Rule of cool was the driving factor behind the build but we wanted everything to have a purpose.  There is nothing that was done just for "rule of cool".  Every light means something and every button works.  

Each console has a USB button encoder that sends the laptop key presses.  They also all have a 24 channel DMX decoder for the backlights on the buttons and indicator lights.  


We started with these wooden boxes.  The front is set on a 45 degree angle and is 5U tall.  We used 19" rack blank plates for the front.  
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Drilling out the faceplates.  

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We figured using a standard faceplate was wise so if we decided to change things we could order a new one instead of needing to fabricate something every time.  

Each station gets a "Ship Status" shadow box that is backlit.  They turned out really well.  The plastic is held in place with hot glue and we used some window trim to cover up the rough edge.     img_1036.jpg 
LEDs and wiring for the lights behind the shadow box.  The housing is just a 3 gang electric box.  After we painted the plastic and removed the stencil we taped velum to the back of the plastic to make the light diffuse. 
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 Wiring up the back of the engineering console 
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Once the base wireing was done and the shadow box was all mounted we mounted the faceplate and wired all the electronics to the DMX board and the USB board.  

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Final Product!
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Each station gets a touch screen that sits on top of the console.  Helm has a joystick that sits next to the console and Comms gets a 10 key pad.  Other than that the game can be played from the touch screen and the console buttons. All in all the build turned out like we hoped. It is portable to boot!  

All packed up headed to Armada!
Since all the DMX is run off 12VDC I just wired them up to a cigarette lighter plug so we could do DMX testing and last minute tweaks during our 8~10 hour drive from NC.  All the consoles fit in the space behind the driver seat in a ford escape.  All the associated equipment fits in three totes in the back.   
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Hope everyone enjoyed seeing this.


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wow.....Nice work guys! looking forward to seeing it and talking shop!



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Wow! That is so cool! I love the chunky, light up design, it reminds me of so many cool Sci-Fi films and franchises!
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Seriously awesome. I applaud your skills man.
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Fantastic! Can't wait to see it this weekend [biggrin]
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IMG_20160409_203116312.jpg Here is our bridge all set up at armada.  We had a blast and really enjoyed meeting everyone!  We already have ideas for improvements and alterations.  I'll post as we make them.  

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I for one was really impressed with this bridge build and the uniforms. You should pics of the uniforms too! That was the other side of the whole ship. Overall very good job with the whole ship, bridge/crew/uniforms!
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excellent showing guys! you did a remarkle job with your set up especially considering how little time you did it in.


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As requested the Armada II bridge crew of the TSN-Hyperion.  I have more posted in the "Uniforms" thread under the Artemis Universe category.  

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That is beyond Awesome!  Thanks.  
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That is a really nice portable design. I like the consistency in the consoles, it really ties it all together.
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You have a fabulous bridge and excellent uniforms. Thank you for bringing it to Cleveland and sharing it with the community. I really admire your work.
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Thanks for all the kind words guys!  I'm really glad everyone liked the setup.  If anyone wants additional links to what we used I'm happy to post it.  Also if you want more pictures/descriptions of how we did something I'll do what I can to help out.    

Also, we are taking the bridge to ConCarolinas this year in partnership with the Royal Manticoran Navy.  It is June 3-5 in Concord, NC if anyone in the area wants to swing by.  It is a good regional convention if you've never been to it.

http://www.concarolinas.net/

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I am interested in where you got the buttons and the usb key-press thingy.  I had figured on making some funky arduino type thing to take button presses and turn them into keyboard keys, but if there is a ready made product, then awesome!

I really liked the arcade buttons, may or may not go with the same thing...still on the fence.  best part is the lights in the buttons, very nice.

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