Saturday, 4 May 2013

Start Lights

F1 style start lights is the second project using the output pins on the new Phidget board.

I wanted to keep the vintage Scalextric Start-Finish banner so I cut some plasticard to fix underneath.

I got five pre-wired red LEDs and connected them to some network cable which goes down the post, through the table and is wired into the Phidget board.

The five lights follow the F1 sequence of coming on at one second intervals, with the race starting when they all go out.  Here's a short clip of the starting sequence.

Also featured in this video is the latest bargain - a McLaren F1 GTR from Ninco in bright pink - which was on a three hour sale the other night at Hedley's Hobbies.

The McLaren F1 was conceived by Gordon Murray and the exterior of the car was designed by Peter Stevens (who also designed my old Lotus Elan).  In 1998, it set the record for the fastest road car in the world, topping at 243 mph.  The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies; it is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than many modern sports cars, despite having one seat more than most similar sports cars, with the driver's seat located in the centre (and slightly forward) of two passengers' seating positions

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