Tuesday, April 17, 2018

K.I.T.T.'s Brain CPU W.I.P.

I started work on KITT's CPU box and top effects circuit board. So far I've cut out the piece of proto-board I will be using to make the top effects circuit out of. Here you can see (left) I have just positioned the IC Chip cradles roughly in place so as to begin to get an idea of how I want to lay out the effects circuit to closely match the one seen in the show. I have also made the transparent cover plate using some Lexan plastic (top right) and also again positioned the circuit board roughly in place to get an idea of how this project will look. 

For one of the next steps I have chosen to make some fake capacitors (left) that will look similar to the large red ones seen in the original. Basically they will just be jumpers to help with the layout of the circuit and more for aesthetics than any real function, other than just being current jumpers really. This is just the first stage of creating them, they still need another coating of 5 minute Epoxy and then to be smoothed out and finally dipped into some red paint. I'll post more when that stage is complete. Then I'll be able to finally start soldering my components onto the circuit board.

I was not too crazy about the way those jumpers turned out so I began making some different ones that are shopping up to look way better than the ones pictured above. After much testing I've begun to arrange my components onto the Proto-board. So far so good, I should be able to start soldering soon.


 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Knight O.S. Lapel Pins

The Knight O.S. Lapel pins arrived in the mail today by DHL. I must admit, they turned out WAY better than I expected. I put one on my leather jacket and it looks sharp.

I put together the packages to mail out to our top supporters today, tomorrow will be a trip to the post office and mail them out along with the Mad Scientist Guy thank you postcards. This is just a small way of us showing our appreciation to some of our most noticeable supporters and contributors out there who have not only shown great support but who have followed along with the development of our Knight O.S. project very faithfully. The best is still yet to come!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

K.I.T.T.'s Brain

And so it begins. This looks to be about the right size for KITT's CPU/Brain enclosure although I think the one featured in the show was perhaps a slightly bit bigger, not by much but I think this will do the job so long as we can get the guts of the mini PC to fit inside and still have plenty of room for our mock up dummy circuit board to fit in overtop of the mini PC and sit down low enough for the transparent cover to fit. From what I gather we should be able to get the mini PC to fit with some manipulation.... we'll see once it arrives in the mail.


You can see here (Right ) by what I mean with the original looking a little bigger. Either that or the person holding it has very small hands. The length looks about right, but the width looks a slight bit bigger. I'm not super concerned so much about that, more on making the parts fit and giving it a look as close as possible to the one pictured here. As long as the mini PC parts fit into the enclosure and I can get the mockup circuit board to fit overtop with the flashing LEDs and chaser bar LED I'll be well satisfied.