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Good to hear that you too have such wonderful creative realizations.
I never considered that a muse was in participation. I think it's God giving me a hand because I always pray for His creative hand to guide me. When I ask for His help, He never fails to do so, even if it means that I get a lesson instead of what I asked for. :lol
He he he....
Yeah it's definitely a mythical female creature that gives us men the inspiration to create the things we do...
(Not really...in Exodus it clearly shows that the Ark and candlesticks were created by one guy that God inspired....now back to the myth)
I'm positive that it's female too with all the moods she takes. One day she's sitting there all grand and glorious and then she leaves her throne for so long that the cobwebs own it. And then she casts strange spells at times to where the things we create are just a bit weird...

Muses are just strange creatures...oh well.
 

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When adding faux texture to something that is painted you pretty much have to realize you will have to go over it more than once. You could have used a couple different slightly off shades of gray to give it a bit more depth by using the original method you mentioned. The more layers you do will give it even more depth. As long as you know when to quit of course.
 
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Masked of the road and painted the centre-lines and outside fog-lines. Then added small reflectors (bits of plastic painted yellow).
Then I could not help myself playing with the 1/72 scale model cars, bringing out out my old nature of dramatizing things.:eek :rolleyes

 

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Looks like there's a car wreck... LOL

I love it!
 

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Shouldn't the center lines be yellow?
 
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Because I have electronic equipment and tools at home, I got permission to take the console to my place.



The Control Panel switches and lamps need to be cleaned up, repaired and reserviced as best I can.





For me, cleaning is a strange hate-love relationship. I hate initially dealing with the dirt and repairing the damaged bits. But as it starts to come together I love seeing it clean, repaired and working.
 
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Painted under the control panel with the same colour as the interior.
Painting yellow stripe edging to one of the switch brackets adds a bit a drama to the wiring diorama.
All the switches and lamps are refitted to the control panel, ready for re-wiring.



After all the refurbishing, there is a slight improvement in appearance.
 
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Many decades ago I done a simple wiring harness between a homemade car instrument panel and the dashboard. However, this project requires more organisation. Internet research showed images of automobile and other mass productive harnessing techniques/methods. I decided to try this method for wiring the console.

I used a large plywood sheet to map out where the wires go from switches and lamps to the three large connector strips. Used long wood-screws for anchoring points. And started laying in the wires. I pray that it will work out, because there is a lot of wires needed to make the harness. Hate to think it will end up being too short and all that wire wasted. I have added a few extra inches to each wire length, just in case I end up needing them.

 
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Got about fifty lengths of wire laid into a harness network.
It sure looks like some nervous system layout for some unknown creature.

It was a bit tiresome doing this job because I am on my feet all the time but not moving around that much. Otherwise it was sort of fun figuring out which length of wire I had spare, and from where to where to lay it in. It also got me twondering what God was thinking while initially designing life forms of all sorts.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
 
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Attached the harness to the control panel. I had to make a jig to hold the wires up (inverted) at ninety degrees to simulate how it will curve down from control panel to the three terminal strips.

 
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Wired the remaining half of the harness to the three terminal strips in the console.
Had no problems with wire length at all. All eyelets at ends of wire attached easily to the terminal bolts.
I praised the LORD for guiding me through this project.



The next task is to wire the the other side of these terminals to two 25-pin D-Connectors mounted to back of console.
 

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I usually use zip tie sticky-backs. Then put in a zip tie really loose. Run my wire and terminate one end and then the other.
Numbering everything as I go with a legend to tell me where each number goes.
(Another way of skinning a cat)
But then I can use the same color of wire through out the whole thing.

What you have done is good clean work. Not a thing wrong with it at all. But when I'm doing cabinets I get to sit on a stool.
 
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I usually use zip tie sticky-backs. Then put in a zip tie really loose. Run my wire and terminate one end and then the other.
Numbering everything as I go with a legend to tell me where each number goes.
(Another way of skinning a cat)
But then I can use the same color of wire through out the whole thing.

What you have done is good clean work. Not a thing wrong with it at all. But when I'm doing cabinets I get to sit on a stool.
Did similar. But these tags were only used to guide which wire goes to which terminal.
Once the wire is on the terminal strip, I took the tags off so I can use them on another project.

Tags 4 to 7.


All wires (colour and numbers are logged on a schematic diagram.
 
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Soldered wires to both 25 pin D-connectors and routed the wires to their appropriate terminal strips.





I think the wiring diorama is starting to look good.
 
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Got a sheet of 5 mm (0.2 inch) clear Perspex for the front panel. I cut off the bottom portion of the original panel for a kick-plate to protect the Perspex.



Then bought a Passive Infrared (PIR) Sensor for the console. The PIR is to detect any movement near the console while the console is not being used. Any detected movement will light up the inside of the console. The idea is to invite interaction with the display. As soon as the console is used (switched on) the PIR is disabled and the light goes off.

However, I wanted the PIR to be inside the console as part of the wiring diorama.
A bracket had to be made so the PIR sits above the kick-plate.