This is my build log for Thomas helmet Temple EQs and side bars.
Thomas Temple EQs and side bars are complete. These were a lot more difficult and time consuming to build than the Thomas subvisor. I think I've discovered the reason why all the scratch Thomas LED builds I've seen don't try to recreate the original helmet EQs and side bars. Without a custom PCB, point to point soldering is quite difficult due to the limited real estate on a prototype board. I've also complicated things with my interpretation of the Thomas EQs which use 5mm tri-colour common Anode LEDs with four legs. The actual Thomas EQs only use bi-colour blue/green LEDs. Do not attempt to build this circuit without a voltage meter or solder paste. I had two short circuits which forced me to back track. I advise building both panels in parallel if you value your sanity. I probably could have used larger gauge wire to allow a smaller overall footprint, but I prefer the stiffness you get with 22 AWG that allows you to bend and position hook up wire into small spaces. If you manage to complete this, you'll likely never want to have to build another set again. Another challenge with this build is diffusing bar LEDs properly so they don't appear as spot lights behind coloured gels. I borrowed some diffuser ideas from R2-D2 builds, using reflective tape a Mr. Clean magic eraser.ured gels. I borrowed some diffuser ideas from R2-D2 builds, using reflective tape a Mr. Clean magic eraser.
The EQs render 32 different animations via 12 separate channels. Next on deck are the ear puck lights, and building a helmet to fit all these electronics in.
My subvisor build log:
My full build log here: