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This is going to be fun: Electrobinoculars

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Received my Electrobinoculars kit.   Any tips for drilling the lens parts out or more importantly installing glass lenses into said sockets once I'm done drilling?

 

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Hey man, you'll have to upload your photo to somewhere other than photo bucket. Photobucket no longer allows linking to photos. Imgur and Flickr are great alternatives. 

 

As far as lenses go, did the kit come with a glass lens?

 

If not I would measure the opening with some digital calipers to get exactly the size you need. You can try to find someone who can cut acetate or plexiglass for you to that exact size. I have use ponoko in the past but they require you to purchase a full sheet.

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There is. But that’s only on chrome, and only works for whatever computer it’s installed on. It’s only a temporary fix. We encourage to move away from photobucket. Imgur and Flickr are much better platforms anyway 

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Took a peek in chrome to see what you were talking about. I think drilling a hole and then using a dremel sanding drum to enlarge the hole would work well. Be sure to leave a small lip for the lens to glue on to. 

 

Nice kit by the way, who makes it?

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Gattaca, who is on the 501st forums I think?    PM me for his email address.   I'll message him to see if he's ok with me posting it publicly here.   

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On 2/23/2018 at 3:42 PM, henselmonster said:

Took a peek in chrome to see what you were talking about. I think drilling a hole and then using a dremel sanding drum to enlarge the hole would work well. Be sure to leave a small lip for the lens to glue on to. 

 

Nice kit by the way, who makes it?

The more I eyeball this, the more I'm concerned with messing the kit up if I try to drill to insert lenses.    I wonder if it wouldn't be better to just use some reflective film to simulate the glossiness of lenses.   Thoughts?

 

The problem is finding lenses that will fit right without throwing off the authentic look, and getting those lenses fitted into the sockets effectively.     Obviously the binoculars aren't going to actually work, so if I can simulate lenses with reflective film it might give me the look I'm going for?

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I have an idea on simulating glass lenses:

 

Epoxy Resin.    People use it to simulate water/liquid.   

 

What do you guys think?

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39 minutes ago, Plainsrunner said:

I have an idea on simulating glass lenses:

 

Epoxy Resin.    People use it to simulate water/liquid.   

 

What do you guys think?

That’s a great idea!

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A little epoxy puddy or wood filler works well for filling in any air bubbles.

 

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Interesting side note:  that round metal loop is most likely horse tack from civil war cavalry.   I found it metal detecting a union cavalry site.  :P 

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Weathered strap.   Hung out to dry for a while....

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They don't tell you how to get the vinegar smell out of it though....   blech!

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Lol.. the smell goes away after a few days.

 Looks good!

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The slowest part of doing this project is waiting for the right conditions to paint.    We've had so much rain that I had to wait for a dry low humidity day to do the base coat and let it dry for 2 days.   Then I had to wait for another dry day and put the next coat on and repeat the process.     

I think I'll get the outer white coat on today and let it dry another two days and then I'll be ready for sanding finally.   

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We're currently having our 3rd snow storm in March. I'm so over Winter and ready for shorts, flip flops, and BBQs. I need hit the lottery so I can own a house in Australia and I never have to see Winter again. 

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So I've decided that you shouldn't over-sand these things.   I mean mostly the high points of the binoculars would have had the paint battered and rubbed off of them.   The rest should be sand and grit that gets all over it and down in the crevices.    So here is my sanding stage:

 

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The rest will be dirt.

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Just have to put some dirt on them (Fullers), mount the screw, use some filler on some details and touch up a few places.   It's getting there!

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Have to add the finishing touches (knob and strap) but here is the weathered version of my binoculars.   I tried to make it obvious they were worn and dirty, but not overdo it so that it's unrealistic:

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Oh...and I have some touching up to do around the lenses obviously.    It's easy to get something like this 95% of the way.   That extra 5% is what takes time.

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