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Mini USB Batman spotlight
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Call Batman to your rescue with this USB powered Batman Spotlight, just like the one in the film

batman Spotlight, make your own model from Junk project For both the most recent Batman films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Batman's logo was redesigned. The new version looks completely different from the comic book original, but although the image might have changed, Commissioner Gordon still calls up Batman for a night's crime fighting by use of a spotlight shining the image of a bat up on to the clouds. Mind you, it does make you wonder how they call him on clear nights. Anyway, the time has come to make your own Bat Spotlight. This project starts with a cheap USB Laptop light. Making one from a USB laptop light is really easy and very cheap. USB PC lights cost as little as 50p ($1) and can be bought online from Amazon (see link) or many other retailers. The beauty of "hacking" a ready-made USB LED PC light is that the LED has the correct resistor for the 5V USB power supply and the plug that you need is included. Of course you can buy the LED, resistor, wire and USB plug separately and it's then a very simple job to wire them all up.
. . . A simple project like this is a perfect way to start beginners soldering and making electrical circuits, and you get to find out what the inside of a USB plug looks like. Obviously you must take care with soldering. Soldering irons get very hot and will give you a nasty burn if mishandled, so supervise children using soldering irons at all times and use your commonsense. batman Spotlight in the dark, make your own model from Junk project Turn off the soldering iron immediately after use and do not leave any trailing flex, which is easy to trip over. Lastly, part of this project requires Super Glue (cyanoacrylate), which should never be used by children. It is very easy to stick your fingers together, or worse, your eyes if you happen to scratch them with gluey fingers. The small part of this project that requires Super Glue should be carefully done by an adult.
. . . This is an amazing project. A simple beginning using the top of a shampoo bottle, turns into something that looks so cool in the day, but at night looks positively wicked. I used a translucent cap from a cheap supermarket, own label family sized bottle of shampoo, but any translucent round (barrel shaped) cap would do. It is best to use translucent plastic because the real spotlight has heat dissipation vents at the side and these let some light out, which gives the spotlight those characteristic glowing rings. For this model, so that the light coming out of the side of the spotlight isn't too bright, the spotlight is lined with some foil. However enough light creeps out to give a really good effect. When your light is finished you can shine it up onto the wall, and because the USB PC light came with a high brightness white LED, you get an absolutely fantastic effect, just light the real thing.

bat logo shadow on wall

As usual our instructions are of the highest quality, and as you'd expect from dadcando, beautifully illustrated, easy to follow and quick to download, and give you all the templates you need. They are available in both A4 and US Letter size. Just click on the one you want to download, and you'll be ready to start making. Don't forget to upload pictures of your finished Batman Spotlight.

USB mini PC light
This is what I used for the Electronic parts. The very cheap mini USB LED light is just perfect as a starting point for making your USB Batman Spotlight. It has the LED you'll need (with correct resistor), a short length of wire and the USB plug, in fact everything that you will need to make the light work properly, I don't think that you can buy the individual components any cheaper.

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spoleweski's Mini USB Batman spotlight
Posted by spoleweski - Version 2 Includes a rotary display so that the light sweeps back and forth across my room.Spacer
chris's Mini USB Batman spotlight
Posted by chris - Just like the real thing, only about 100 times smaller and 1000 times cuter, looks really nice sitting next to my computer.Spacer

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Making stuff is fun!
I have yet to meet a child (or in fact an adult) who didn't enjoy some form of creativity. Everyone is born with an innate desire to invent, create and make things, that's why humans have been so successful. Children are the most creative individuals you can ever hope to meet, with wonderfully flexible minds and amazing powers of imagination.

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Children make stories and invent games and play for hours from the most basic starting points. If a piece of paper can be an areoplane, then a scrumpled piece of paper can be a crash-landed airplane. As their dad, you are in a unique position to help develop your children's creativity and problem solving abilities using the ever resourceful child
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skills you have learned and mastered as an adult. has loads of exciting making and doing projects. For some you’ll only need five minutes, with others, whole afternoons will dissolve away. Some of the projects need only a piece of paper, while for others you will need some old packaging junk and some basic making equipment. Some projects are easy whereas others will help you and your children develop more advanced scratch building skills.

The Project instructions on dadcando are high quality, and whichever projects you download, you’ll find that all the Project Instructions have been carefully designed to be very clear, and for the most part very cheap to make because the bits you need to make the model cost nothing or are free bits of rubbish that you would normally throw away!

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You’ll find that not only are all our projects completely original, but they are all designed to be fun and relevant to kids. The projects have been designed with you in mind. Quick easy with really satifying results, so that even if time is short you can get the most out of the time you have together. Making and doing with your kids is about giving your children the most valuable thing you can give them, your time. Our Making projects are about solving problems together and having something at the end to keep and play with. Anything you make with your children will be very special to them because you spent the time together making it and they have something to keep that they can be proud of.

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