Aaron / Dark Channel Props

Software engineer by trade; hobby prop maker, rare cosplayer; cat person. Sci-fi nerd. Intermediate rock climber, learning 🇧🇷 Portuguese.

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Cut out 78 little diffusion panels! First time using a cutting machine. Probably took about half an hour total. Learned a few things about how to lay out the pieces, and how the cutting bed operates. I'd probably still be here cutting them out if I did it by hand! lol
#cricut #cutwithcricut #lighting #diffusion #vellum #makerspace #longislandmakerspace #scorpion #masseffect #masseffectprops #proptarts #propmakersofinstagram #darkchannelprops

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Snow crocuses are up. It is, therefore, officially spring!
#snowcrocuses #snowcrocus #snowcrocusesmeanspring #nature #flowers #seeninthegarden

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Going to try cutting out a crap ton of these little ovally things tomorrow on the Cricut at the makerspace. These will be one diffusion layer for the side lighting on the Scorpions. This is some heavy vellum, as per @coregeek's videos. Then they will also have that thin, airy insulation foam that @kamuicosplay uses, as a secondary diffusion layer. This combination gave the result I liked best, as per a prior post.
#electronics #electrical #proptronics #leds #ledlighting #lightingdiffuser #lightingdiffusion #diffusion #cosplay #cosplayprops #props #propgun #propguns #spirithalloween #toyblaster #masseffect #masseffect3 #scorpionpistol #darkchannelprops #proptarts #propmakersofinstagram

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I think they like their new pillows! 😊🐱
Eu acho que eles gostam de seus novos travesseiros!
I originally got just one; and while Goofy (the black one) would share, Caroline (the tabby), isn't keen on the idea. She is a little nervous around other cats.
#furryfamily #fourleggedfamily #petsarefamily #petsmakelifebetter #catsofinstagram #lovemycats #catpeople #catperson #catsonpillows

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Okay, so since everyone else is sharing them too, here's my Vero. First new social network I've jumped on since joining Instagram.

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Thought this made an interesting shot. I liked how the snow had all slid down the slide.
#photography #amateur #justplayingaround #snow #meltingsnow #phonecamera #takenwithmyphone

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Working with the separate sound board and amplifier, was trying to figure out which connections I could tap into to get a signal as long as sound was playing. None of them seemed to do what I want. Then realized if I use this combined unit, since I'm only using one speaker, the other speaker output will give me exactly what I want, while also GREATLY reducing the number of solder connections I need to make. Ordering one, and we'll see how this goes. I think it should work... theoretically. If it works, then that will greatly simplify my circuit, and the only thing left to do will be to figure out the right transistor to use.
#adafruit #electronics #electrical #proptronics #transistor #circuitlogic #nowthingsgetserious #hardwareprogramming #complicatedcircuits #somethingnew #cosplay #cosplayprops #props #propgun #propguns #spirithalloween #toyblaster #masseffect #masseffect3 #scorpionpistol #darkchannelprops #proptarts #propmakersofinstagram

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Not a bad little book. And considering it's written by the Whedons, it's canon I'd say. But it's WAY shorter than I expected. Super superficial, but still a nice little read. It's worth it for the price though.
#firefly #serenity #browncoats #shepherdbook #theshepherdstale #josswhedon

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Made some breadboard attachments for my multimeter; alligator clips to pin-out headers. Now I can clip these on the probes from my meter and plug it right in to my breadboard.
#electronics #electronicsupgrades #toolupgrade #electronicstools #multimeter #breadboard #breadboarding #maker #makerstools #makerslife #macgyver

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Awesome Black Panther statuette also found at the hubby store today!
#blackpanther #marvel #wakanda #tchalla #superheroes #collectors #statuette

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Cool model kit I found at the hobby store today. Though I'm more about just collecting the Eaglemoss right now I think.
#startrek #modelkits #hobbystore #starships #starshipmodels #collectors #trekkies #trekkers #alltheenterprises #ussenterprise #ncc1701

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And the gathering starts... So far we have the parabolic reflectors, the strip LEDs that Will Go behind the blue areas on the sides, and the capacitors that will flank the voltage regulators. Ran out of the capacitors though, so I will need to order more of those too.
#commission #spirithalloween #toyblaster #scorpion #masseffect #masseffectprops #spaceguns #scifiguns #electronics #electronicsupgrades #assemblykits #darkchannelprops

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11 little boxes will be 11 little assembly kits for all the Scorpion upgrades. The little Dollar Tree flashlights will be disassembled for the parabolic reflectors. They fit perfectly behind the blue plastic barrel cones, and will hopefully make the barrel LEDs shine that much brighter.
#commission #spirithalloween #toyblaster #scorpion #masseffect #masseffectprops #spaceguns #scifiguns #electronics #electronicsupgrades #assemblykits #darkchannelprops

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Spent most of tonight working on a hard V2 as well as playing around on several V3s. I actually made some good progress. This blue one goes up the corner of the wall into that tunnel, and then up that slightly inverse wall above to the top. The circled part is the starting hand hold. I managed to get about 2/3 of the way up it, and then got too nervous and didn't trust my grip. It's all tiny grips just big enough to get my finger tips in. Got all but the last move on what is probably the easiest V3 in the gym. And got about 3/4 of the way through a really long one that goes upside down, but has nice big holds. There's still a lot I won't attempt yet, but I'm REALLY happy with my progress so far in breaking in to the V3s!
#livingactive #fitness #exercise #stayfit #keepinshape #getinshape #stayactive #healthyliving #keepstriving #healthylifestyle #rockclimbing #indoorclimbing #indoorrockclimbing #bouldering #upsidedown #upsidedownclimbing #ceilingclimbing #whataworkout #movingonup #onwardsandupwards #islandrock

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In the mean time, working on getting this end piece to really fit. The top join is pretty close, I'm almost ready to call it done, but the bottom join still needs a lot more work. Got creative with sanding the surfaces using the cotton buffing wheel and paste.
#fitting #mdf #shaping #sanding #andmoresanding #somuchsanding #buffing #buffingwheel #buffingpaste #woodworking #woodenmaster #casting #molding #missingpieces #missingpiece #addons #hackitup #hackintoshing #myfirstmod #toymod #propmakers #ontheworkbench #spirithalloween #toyblaster #masseffect #masseffectprops #scorpionpistol #propmakersofinstagram #proptarts #darkchannelprops

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That's a whole lot of Spirit Halloween non-Scorpions! The box full will be getting electronics upgrades for a commission. They will be getting better lighting, and a few will be getting in-game sound effects. This is going to be a beast!
Tomorrow will see a trip to Dollar Tree to pick up a few basic parts and some organizational helpers for a project of this size.
#commission #spirithalloween #toyblaster #scorpion #masseffect #spaceguns #scifiguns #electronics #electronicsupgrades #darkchannelprops

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Well, looks like a trip to Home Depot. Tried to disassemble my flex shaft to lubricate it, and the core shaft broke. 😞 Oh well. At least they're not too expensive.
#brokentools #itsdead #makerslife #makerstools #propmakingtools #propmakers ##proptarts #propmakersofinstagram #darkchannelprops

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Yes! My new climbing shoes arrived today! Went to the next level shoe up. My Scarpa Origins served well, but I've worn right through the side of the sole. Moved up to the Scarpa Force. See if the rubber is a little better, maybe give me some better traction, especially for shmearing. I was a little concerned when I first saw those funny little slits in the toe rands... thought I got defective ones, but then noticed both shoes have them matching; figure it is actually a feature, better flexibility in the material I guess. Can't wait till tomorrow to give them a try!
#livingactive #fitness #exercise #stayfit #keepinshape #getinshape #stayactive #healthyliving #keepstriving #healthylifestyle #rockclimbing #indoorclimbing #indoorrockclimbing #bouldering #upsidedown #upsidedownclimbing #ceilingclimbing #whataworkout #movingonup #onwardsandupwards #islandrock #scarpa #scarpaorigin #scarpaforce #climbingshoes

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Nice book. It's not a technical manual at all, but it's neat to get a glimpse inside the design process of the various ships.
#startrek #trekkie #trekker #starships #designingstarships #eaglemoss #visualarts #scifi #design #designprocess #nerd #geek #nerdgeek

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Damn! Was away for two months, lost all my calluses; still waiting to get them back! Tore my hands up good tonight. They set a few new V2s, working on getting those. One was pretty easy, the other two... whew! But I finished one of them after a few tries and watching a bunch of other people's attempts (both successful and unsuccessful). Huzzah! Also poked around on a few V3s, with very little success yet! 🤣
#livingactive #fitness #exercise #stayfit #keepinshape #getinshape #stayactive #healthyliving #keepstriving #healthylifestyle #rockclimbing #indoorclimbing #indoorrockclimbing #bouldering #v2s #v3s #whataworkout #movingonup #onwardsandupwards #islandrock

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Got my awesome USS Defiant vinyl decal today! I designed the file in Inkscape, from a dorsal plan of the ship. @qeprops cut it out for me on his Cameo. Can't wait to apply it! From what I can find online, vinyl shouldn't really be applied below 50°F for best adhesion.
#vinylcutter #dxf #madewithinkscape #cutwithcameo #cameo #cardecal #windowdecal #makers #makerspace #startrek #deepspacenine #ds9 #defiant #ussdefiant #nx74205 #starships #bestdamnshipinthefleet #darkchannelprops

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Tonight's mission: laying out all the curved and chamfered edges. It's cold out, any real painting is off, so the las-pistol is on hold. Back to the HC-260 tonight.
#details #detailing #addingdetails #3d #3dprinting #lasersintering #selectivelasersintering #sls #cosplay #cosplayprops #props #propgun #propguns #czechbiohazard #hc260 #foamprops #foamsmith #foamsmithing #darkchannelprops #proptarts #propmakersofinstagram

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Continuing to play around with Armorsmith. Built out both the CAT6 Mercenary Heavy and Specialist. It's still a little bothersome since most armors I've downloaded start off as one big file, so you still have to break it out into the individual pieces (for that I'm using a combination of Pepakura Designer and Metasequoia). Once you get past that though, the Armorsmith work is actually kinda fun. 😎
#armorsmith #metasequoia #3dobjects #pepakura #pepfiles #peparmor #foamarmor #foamsmith #foamsmithing #propmakingtools #proptarts #propmakersofinstagram #darkchannelprops

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Here I've made a nice pile of firewood, to illustrate that sometimes "making" requires a little bit of brute force. 😎
#makers #makingstuff #makingotherstuff #firewood #choppingwood #woodpile #letsgochopsomewood #naturalheat #woodstove #woodheat

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So, update, the cyanoacrylate and baking soda works well. After the scrap test worked okay, I filled in that seam on the bottom of the barrel. (The white around the end of the barrel is still just kwik seal.) It sands down very easily. It doesn't blend perfectly with the foam because of different textures, but a couple coats of filler-primer and sanding will completely cover that over.
#makertechniques #makerstools #cyanoacrylate #bakingsoda #fillerprimer #toolsandtechniques #makerslife #propmakers #proptarts #propmakersofinstagram #darkchannelprops

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