Warmill Foodbooth 9000 with Battery Box and Lighting

Posted: August 16, 2015 in Infinity, Terrain
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It’s that time of the week again, and since my compressor died recently I figured I would get the Warmill Foodbooth 9000 with custom battery box uploaded

So without further ado, here she is

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And with the lights on:

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And it looks super bright in the dark:

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Close up view of the lights in the kitchen:

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So the history behind this is as follows – I built, painted and lit this model about 18 months – 2 years ago. I loved the lighting, but I hated that I could see the battery and wiring inside the kitchen (which I was quite happy with the paint work on and really wanted to play inside) So I decided waaaaaay back then to fix this by building a battery box. I then got distracted by other projects and the model got shelved – until now!

The basic box is made out of various thickness plasticard with a thicker material making up the main box, and thinner material making up the detailing. It was all cut out by hand (not perfectly I might add – but that’s why I love laser cut kits!) and constructed on top of a lollipop shaped piece of 3mm ply so that it would be fairly sturdy.

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I very quickly realised that if the unit was permanently connected it was certainly going to get damaged at some point so I needed a method of disconnecting the wiring. Looking through old PC parts, I noticed I had a few old 3 pin fan headers and as if by magic, they perfectly fitted the piece of plasticard duct that I was going to use between the 2 parts – it was clearly a sign from above 🙂

I used a Dremel to remove a square off the side of the Foodbooth and mounted one side of the fan header there, and then cut the duct to fit the other side of the fan header. This allowed me to disconnect the battery from the main building and looked pretty cool to boot. I also mounted the switch for the circuit on to the box so I could turn the lights on and off

This is what I ended up with:

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After realising how well the fan header worked, I fitted another one to the ceiling wiring so that the roof could be completely removed. I ran the wiring under one of the cookers so it was basically out of sight, and the connector fit down one of the sides.

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Overall I’m happy with how this turned out. It’s not my best paintjob as it was painted some time ago, but it looks pretty epic on the table when you turn the lights on. Even better, it now has extra cover on the side for infinity!

I got most of the electronics guides for LEDs resistors etc by looking on google so they weren’t hard to find. The lighting circuit was tested on a small prototype board before being wired in properly to make sure I didn’t blow any LEDs or fry a battery.

Well that’s it for this week, but I did get my new compressor and it is a beast 9 litre tank at 120 PSI, and it makes as much noise as a fridge. Happy days!

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See you all later!

Rich

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