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By GohstTarp
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#4893566
Finally got some time to add some updates! I had good luck with using some 13mm x 13mm self-adhesive tie mounts to control the WandTip Expansion ribbon cable. Here are some shots...

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It works really well, but the cable causing a little resistance, so I might tighten the spring to get a little more "snap".

Moving along, it was really satisfying to install the split-less wire loom into Wiz's Thrower Tube Clamp...
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Here is the other end attached to RJ's loom attachment part and the wand ribbon cable in place. I just drilled a hole in the loom using a #36 drill bit (the one that comes with a #6 drill and tap set) and attached...
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Some wire taped to the end to pull it into the main body...
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Wire loom installed/attached at the wand end..
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Finally, here is the green tubing installed. I ended up using a 7 inch piece...
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Next, I'll be working on Spongeface's bezel instructions with the window tint and decal stuff. Should be interesting.
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By barison82
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I'm sure he can, but if he has any questions, he and I are friends on Facebook, just let him know that he can shoot me a message anytime... It's been a while, but I can always dig through my notes for answers...
Hi Phil, thanks a lot for your help - that's much appreciated. I got a message back from Ben this morning and he says it should be an easy fix, as it's similar to how he runs his, but I've let him know that just in case :) P.S sorry GohstTarp if I've appeared to have hijacked your thread a little bit here. Back to your awesome build!
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By barison82
#4893572
GohstTarp, just seen your latest update - only 1 photo is showing up for some reason, which is a shame! Your wiring looks so tidy with those tie mounts. Good idea :)
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By pyhasanon
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Oh, yeah, my wiring is a complete mess... LOL! It's amazing that the pop mech has yet to snag any of my wires...
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By GohstTarp
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GohstTarp, just seen you're latest update - only 1 photo is showing up for some reason, which is a shame! Your wiring looks so tidy with those tie mounts. Good idea :)
Thanks for letting me know, Barison. I decided to ditch photobucket and tried using google photo and it didn't work very well. I moved the photos over to postimage.io and edited my broken post, so it should all be fixed. Please let me know if there are still issues. Thanks again.
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By GohstTarp
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One thing I forgot to mention in my last update was that I made a new "flash bulb" setup using one of Spongeface's Strobe LEDs, a piece of 5/8" acrylic rod, a clear bulb and some silicone wire. Part of me always felt that my current bulb setup was a bit too "bold", so I made a more subtle one...
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Everything but the wire and diode are transparent, so it should blend in nicely with the clear acrylic tip. Will probably wait until final assembly to install.
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By pyhasanon
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Our internals look very similar, I just mounted my circuit board on the opposite wall...

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By barison82
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No worries - all good now, I can see all the pics, another great update, and mega-packed with electronics. Phil, yours looks pretty well done also :)
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By GohstTarp
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My adventure with the window tint and decal for the bar graph bezel could have gone a little smoother, but it all worked out in the end. At one point I had the decal floating freely in the bowl of water, but was able to coax it onto the plexiglas almost perfectly, just slightly off center. I also scratched up the top of the lenticular piece while trimming the window tint. Luckily, it was an edge area that is covered up by the decal/plexiglas. Anyway, here is how it looks all assembled...
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The bar graph lighting up...
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I have some extra materials to do the window tint and decal again, so I might give it a try. This was my first experience with decals, so I should be able to do ever better next time.

Next, I took the opportunity to install Highjacker's Nycoil tubing. I was sure to have the Nycoil text/logos visible to show the ghosts that I mean business...
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I also installed Mr_Stay_Puft's 5/32 Legris elbow replicas (darn! just noticed he now offers 4mm elbows :sigh: ), which I'm MUCH happier with than the SMC elbows that I tried to customize. Here are some shots of the replicas installed...
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Finally, I drilled a dimple in the center of my HGA. Since it didn't come with one, it was a detail that I wanted to add...
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Next, I'm going to continue with getting everything squared away before I start prepping to paint by straightening out my injector tubes. They currently angle toward the ribbon cable, which you can see here...
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Looking forward to seeing those injectors straight :)

Edit 1 - Screwed up the photos again. When will I learn?!?!? Fixing them now.
Edit 2 - Picture links fixed.
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By barison82
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The images for the bargraph/nycoil tubing/legris elbow/HGA are not showing up unfortunately...interesting to read on your experience with the bezel insert, a tricky detail with which I hope Ben can manage ok with as well! I bought a second kit just in case...
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By GohstTarp
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The images for the bargraph/nycoil tubing/legris elbow/HGA are not showing up unfortunately...interesting to read on your experience with the bezel insert, a tricky detail with which I hope Ben can manage ok with as well! I bought a second kit just in case...
Thanks for confirming they are broken. Should be fixed now :)

Very smart getting a second kit... it might come in handy!
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By barison82
#4894012
No worries GohstTarp, all fixed now and another awesome update, the bargraph looks amazing and just fine to me, you've done a great job! It's handy to have spares for fidgety detail areas such as this...got a spare set of the dry-rub transfers as well. Hopefully Ben can do it all ok - then I can use the spares on the trap build :)

As for the rest of your progress, it's really coming together now! Tubing looks great, love the details, and a nice touch on the HGA. Those injectors are only out by a fraction by the looks of it. Keep up the awesome work!
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By GohstTarp
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No worries GohstTarp, all fixed now and another awesome update, the bargraph looks amazing and just fine to me, you've done a great job! It's handy to have spares for fidgety detail areas such as this...got a spare set of the dry-rub transfers as well. Hopefully Ben can do it all ok - then I can use the spares on the trap build :)
Thanks, Barison. I also picked up two of the dry-rubs! I noticed that some of the "rubs" already have duplicates, so we will have 4 chances to get some of them right. Enough to take away some of the stress :)
As for the rest of your progress, it's really coming together now! Tubing looks great, love the details, and a nice touch on the HGA. Those injectors are only out by a fraction by the looks of it. Keep up the awesome work!
Thanks again! I should have some injector updates soon.
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By barison82
#4894056
Very welcome :) Awesome. That's good to know that there are duplicates, I haven't opened them up yet
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By GohstTarp
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#4894536
Getting the injector tubes straightened ended up being easier than I thought. I had consulted the venerable bishopdonmiguel on his milliput technique, but felt I lacked the skill to get the same great results. So, I thought I would try finding or making a shim. I started out by using a t-bevel level finder get an idea of the injector tubes angle and it was very close to 2 degrees. Next, I measured out the built-in plate on the shell to get an idea for the length and width of the shim. After I visit to the hardware store, I had something promising...
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They seem to have just the right angle I need...
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My custom shim needed to be 3 inches in length and luckily they were each 1.5 inches wide. Easy!
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Here they are super glued together and holes drilled out for the bolts...
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A shot of the shim installed between the shell and the injector tubes...
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The shim added a little less than an 1/8 inch to the height, but it's not noticeable...
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The injector tube bracket obviously moved a bit, so I also patched up the holes in the shell, redrilled and reattached...Image


After all that, nice and straight...
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Next, I will be avoiding the paint process by upgrading to Sephiroth's stunningly beautiful GB1 ribbon cable.
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By barison82
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Another job well done! I've upgraded to a Fincher cable as well, they're the best.
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By bishopdonmiguel
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Lack the skills? Man, you don't get a build this epic without having the skills. But your shim solution works just as good as the Milliput and is definitely easier. Nice job.
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By GohstTarp
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Got my Sephiroth GB1 cable installed! I used the same process as my last cable, minus the heat gun, and it turned out great...
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I cut off the excess cable and inserted some carbon fiber tubing to add some resistance. Then I secured it with a very tight zip tie...
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The clarity, color and width of this cable are perfect! Very glad I was able to get my hands on one.

This was the last item I wanted to check off my list before I tear everything down and FINALLY start prepping to paint. Starting to see the light at the end of a tunnel!
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By canpara
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One thing I forgot to mention in my last update was that I made a new "flash bulb" setup using one of Spongeface's Strobe LEDs, a piece of 5/8" acrylic rod, a clear bulb and some silicone wire. Part of me always felt that my current bulb setup was a bit too "bold", so I made a more subtle one...
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Everything but the wire and diode are transparent, so it should blend in nicely with the clear acrylic tip. Will probably wait until final assembly to install.
This is such a great idea. How did you safely remove the magnesium from inside the flash bulb? I'm hoping to do the same with my wand build.
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By GohstTarp
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#4898282
This is such a great idea. How did you safely remove the magnesium from inside the flash bulb? I'm hoping to do the same with my wand build.
Thanks, canpara! Here is the post where I describe how I opened up the flashbuild. Obviously, the pictures are broken, but the text description about half-way down should help a lot.
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By GohstTarp
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#4899312
Happy to report that I've purged all photobucket links from this thread and replaced/fixed.

I'm in the middle of moving, but will be able to get back to this project by the end of the year or possibly early 2018. Really looking forward to making some progress again and updating this thread.
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