Thursday, January 1, 2015

Legend Rider Series - Kamen Rider Orga Driver (Repaint / Modifications)

This is a old old old mod that I had wanted to do very very very earlier ago... Repainting the LRS Faiz Driver into the Emperor's belt - Orga Driver!!!! hahahaha.... Also, I saw someone posted a Youtube video on adding lights to the LRS Faiz Driver, so decided to do the same.. Very hard to do this, perhaps there is a easier way to do than mine way... hopefully someone can figure it out and benefit future modders... For mine, I add in 2 yellow LEDs soldered to the speaker's solder pads on the PCB to test... Workable...But not really bright... but who cares...




The wires need to run through the hinge to the other side of the body (with number pads) where the PCB is secured to. So I cut a small groove slot painfully with a penknife and file smooth with a needle file for the wires to run along in...



A very thin and narrow ABS strip is cut to cover the wires over the hinge. This will not only hide the wires but also allow a smoother sliding action without the wires get caught and get entangle when moving the phone cover to open-close.



Also added a guide/stopper to ensure the ABS strip stays to the groove path...



Here's how it looks like from the inside... The other end of the ABS strip is hot glued to the PCB, so that this end is free to slide in and out when open-close the phone lid...



As I will be adding 2 more LEDs, I have to cut out the top cover piece's internal (in yellow dotted lines) to create space for the wires etc. Note the side opposite has to be cut too... In this case, a pair of wire cutters and long nose pliers are used to cut, pry, and destroy the unwanted parts... Oh, the positions of the LEDs are placed closer to each other in the end...




Cut out the 2 parts where the LEDs are supposed to shine through... Hmm... stickers for LEDs??? Wow, cheapo LRS version, hahahahaha.... but I will imitate this feature later, hahahahaha...



I cut out 2 pieces of LED covers from a translucent cover for a notebook/diary (???) that I save for a "rainy" day in the past... Some bending has to be done...



When I fit in to assemble, I realise there are gaps at the LED covers areas. So an additional piece of the translucent piece is cut and pasted at the gaps' area... 2nd picture shows the before and after effects of adding the additional side piece...




Testing... Ok, working!



After some fiddling and "endurance" testing, the ABS strip gets loosen up and springs slightly up, causing it not to slide in properly and whole strip with wires get caught and badly bending outside the hinge... so decide to add a tension spring to pull the ABS strip back... Black electric insulation tape is used to cover the ABS strip since it can't be painted... A big piece of plastic (transparent in the picture) is used to separate the wires from the ABS strip so that they don't get caught by each other when sliding...



But because the original ABS strip is too narrow to properly join to the spring, I had to remake a 2nd ABS strip with a bigger end to let the tension spring hook onto it properly...



Up next is dis-assembly of the Driver-holder / base, whatever you call it, I know there is a proper label assigned to it...



The pin connecting the belt strap to the driver-holder is too tight to knock out, so have to destroy the small belt strap. And the gear holders are cut out to attach to the yet-to-make belt strap...



I decided to also cut out the cavity at the centre of the gear-holders, so as to hold the DX gears if I ever wanted to, hahahaha....



To keep the LRS "sticker" tradition, and mostly because I am lazy, I printed out the screen and mission memory, used the sticky side of a self-laminate coating film to protect the printed surface, and double-sided taped the other side... Only worry is that the mission memory colour may be off... A piece of thin ABS (about 0.8 mm)is cut to fit in the big depression that contains the original sticker... The centre of this ABS piece has a space cut to put in the screen (SCREEN only)...



So the phone and base are masked and sprayed with gold paint.



Not bad, but I had thought the gold will be more brighter... this looks more like bronze-gold... Put up the screen sticker... nice...



And my worst fear came true... The mission memory colour is off... So printed another one... The Omega sign on the memory is cut out from a separate piece and pasted on top of the mission memory sticker to create some layer effect... Not too good though...




The rest of the details are painted onto the phone (the 4 "E"s), using masking tape cut into strips as maskings... as well as the black parts on the holder done with black paint pen...





All done!!! Hahahaha...




The LEDs don't light up very well, but good enough for me...



Here's a clip to show that the henshin effects still retains... To activate the low-pitch sound effect on the LRS Faiz Driver, first press the "Enter" button with the power switch off. Then Slide the power switch to ON and release the "Enter" button at the same time. Timing is crucial.. Opps, forget to show the Exceed Charge... but it works...


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