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Rainbow Dash PS3 - RBDS3

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Sorry for the crappy photos! I kid you not, this thing is impossible to photograph. My brother has a great camera and is good with photography and we spent a half hour trying to get decent pictures. Couldn't do it, so these will have to suffice.

This took 133 LED's and about six hours to make! You can check out a video here: [link]

If you have any questions, ask away cause I don't know what else to put here! :shrug:
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How hard was it to make?
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Not too hard; drilling all the holes took a while, though.
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How about the planning? Making sure everything fit right.
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That too, actually. I had to chop out some of the disk drive to get the LEDs to fit!
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Ah... So there was some chopping involved. Still running strong? Which model is it and what(if any) other modifications have you made to it? I just recently got a 40Gb ps3 fat (model CECHG01)
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Yep, still works great! It's a 60gb launch model, bought I think literally days after they started selling. It had a bad PSU when my friend gave it to me, that was only a $20 fix! :)
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Wow. 
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I don't like ps3, or MLP, but good job!
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darknessthehedgehog3Hobbyist Photographer
gameing just got 20%cooler i would pic those lights getting hot how could you play without the lights over heating the inside also my psn is flamethefox if anyone wants to add me if anyone is reading this
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The LEDs don't get warm at all. :) I usually keep them off, though, just because they're so bright.
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lol sweet where can i get something like this done
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No idea, I made this myself. :)
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darknessthehedgehog3Hobbyist Photographer
man that had to take hours >.<
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The LEDs don't get warm at all. :) I usually keep them off, though, just because they're so bright.
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SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! [link]
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that is sooooooooo AWESOME!!!! i wish i had that
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loks hard to do its awsoeme
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Looks great! Are those 5mm or 3mm LEDs? Any idea whether 5mm ones would fit or would there be too much pressure?
Also, any chance you could put up a description or maybe photos on wiring to the PSU 12v line? At the moment, I'm using an external 12V transformer, but I'd prefer not too.
Bit of a n00b, sorry..
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Also, scroll down the page a bit and check out my response to EnigmaticWarrior. There's some good info there, too.
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Thanks! I used 3mm, flat top LEDs. They were pretty thin, but some of them had to be sanded down even more and they still hit stuff on the inside. So I don't think 5mm would be a good choice.

Placement was the most difficult part of this project. If you open your PS3, you'll notice that the power supply and the disk drive are the two things that can get in your way. You want to put as many LEDs as you can over the flat parts, and keep away from the corners. The corners are the closest to the case and it's quite difficult to close if you have too many pressing on stuff on the inside.

The old PS3 has a translucent top that slides off, and then a plastic top under that. All the LEDs were hot glued in to be flush with the top of the plastic top so that the translucent top could still fit on.

My biggest tip would be lots of planning. I took photos of the top, and then of the inside, and marked problem areas to avoid. I overlaid the design I wanted and positioned it on Photoshop. I then printed the cutie mark in the size I needed, cut out everything but the outlines, and taped the whole thing to the top of the PS3 and drilled the holes.

It's a lot of work, but if you plan well you should be all right.

As for the power supply, finding a spot for 12v was easy. You're gonna need to open it, of course. But if you look on the bottom, you'll see two holes for the prongs that are on the PS3's motherboard. Use a multimeter to find a spot inside the PSU that connects to them. You can tell which terminal is ground because it will be shorted to the outside casing.

If you need any more help or pictures, please don't be afraid to ask!
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can you make a photo of where you connected the LEDs whit the power supply
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I don't have any, unfortunately. But if you look at the bottom of this image, you can see where the power supply connects to the motherboard. Right around there is a spot you can connect positive and negative. Just use a multimeter to make sure the spot is connected to the right connectors.
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thanks
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That's incredible!!! Awesome job!! I wish I could do that! :D
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