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#21 of 26 Dale MA

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Posted May 25 2014 - 04:11 AM

The HOLOMAX letters are made out of wood, painted in a very bright red so they 'pop' when lit by the LED strips.

As for the typeface, they where constructed to match the HOLOMAX sign in Back to the Future Part II. The only differences between the two, is that I decided the letter 'O' should have a hollow middle and the 'A' a hollow top, on my sign so it would read clearly. I wanted the 'M' and 'X' characters to exactly match those in the film as I felt those were the most visually interesting.
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#22 of 26 andySu

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Posted May 25 2014 - 04:16 AM

Close and if look closer at the one in the film or Universal Studio picture not sure if it is, but sure looks like neon lighting behind some dark like plastic, Could be done with led lights mounted on board, today at cheaper cost. 



#23 of 26 Dale MA

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Posted May 25 2014 - 04:29 AM

You're right Andy, the sign in the movie looks to be a plastic, on the BD release it's clear that the 'neon' lighting of the sign is red (strangely it looks almost like something added in optically after the fact), which is another reason why I chose the sign to be red.

I did look at options around matching the signs look more closely to the one in the film, but I decided it wouldn't suit the space in which I was putting it, and it might have felt at odds with the rooms Art Deco 'wood' look.

After all my HOLOMAX is just the first in the chain. By 2015 there will be HOLOMAXs opening worldwide with huge holographic sharks jumping out at patrons! ;)

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Posted May 25 2014 - 05:02 AM

Dale, I been looking up and down youtube for any night time shots that would possible show it with lighting switched On, even looked around Google images. Not one night time shot, I can find.

 

The red for "Jaws 19" that would be red plastic with a clear bright white light behind. 

 

But the one for the HOLOMAX each have at least two sets of neon, and the other letterheads just a single. 

 

Those letterheads look to be at least 12" high by 10" so wide by 5" deep, so yeah they'll be a bit large lol for you. But still those letterheads can be scaled down in size.

 

As to cost of making mkII version? 

You can get bendy MDF to make O and straight MDF for all the other letterheads using  a drill router. 

Find some cheap clear (easy to cut) plastic sheeting to cut out and fix into place.

 

Cheap led that would last many hours and some back-up led in case some go out?

 

A circuit board that can control a few zone outputs to O letters so they turn on and off at fast or slow synchronize along with the rest of the led's.

 

But I would gather that would cost under £100.00.

 

The large fine sheet of MDF would be enough to make the straight letterheads,

The bendy MDF enough to make the O letters.

 

Otherwise keep your design its fine as it is as I gather that would have taken a few days to a week to do.  :)

 

 

 
 



#25 of 26 Dale MA

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Posted May 25 2014 - 05:15 AM

Interesting ideas! Thanks andysu. Although I have a feeling you know what you're doing with those sort of DIY projects, whereas I'm a kind of draw it and let someone else build it kinda person!

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Posted May 25 2014 - 05:41 AM

I see, so it wasn't "personal"  :laugh:

 

eBAy has clear perspex sheets starting at low prices.

 

B&Q mdf 6mm and 12mm is cheap so, so.

 

Bendy mdf 6mm is cheap and only need to make a few O letters out it.

 

But wonder if this could be done with cardboard? Its re-enforcing it all to strengthen it.

 

Also on eBay is coloured plastics but I can't find the type that would have some transparency and other types are used for lighting effects or Gels But you could still cut corners and use it as they are used with lights that are hot and LED is way, way cooler far less heat and power consumption as well.

 

But I like the rest of the room its coloured nicely and looks welcoming. 


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