These steps apply only to the total conversion beam prop. For the talking computer, you can skip ahead.

Install Handle

Place the half of the blaster over the top of the handle.

Insert the various cables through the large hole in the half of the blaster.

Installing Handle

Line up the mounting holes from the handle and blaster half.

Install PCB Mount

Place the PCB mount over the mounting holes of the blaster and handle. Feather’s USB port faces toward the front of the prop.

While holding in place, insert and fasten 3x M3x12mm long screws to secure the PCB mount.

The screws secure the PCB mount, blaster and handle together.

Note: there is a fourth mounting hole, but it’s obscured by the Feather PCB so we’ll just skip it. Three screws should suffice, or you can use a few small dabs of glue to help reinforce the body-to-handle connection.

Secured PCB mount

Double check the PCB mount is properly secured to the blaster and handle.

Install LED to Holder

Fit the 10mm LED through the clip of the holder inside the half of the blaster.

If the LED doesn’t press-fit firmly, a dot of glue will help hold this in place.

Install Speaker

Peel the adhesive tab and press the speaker face-down into the cavity inside the half of the blaster.

Install Slide Switch

Insert the body of the slide switch to the built-in holder inside the half of the blaster.

Connect Amplifier

Plug in the cable from the amplifier to the accompanying connector on the Feather.

Connect LED

Plug in the cable from the LED to the accompanying connector on the Feather.

Connect Battery

Plug in the cable from the battery to the battery port on the Feather M4.

Connect Slider Potentiometer

Plug in the cable from the slider potentiometer to the accompanying connector on the Feather.

Connect Pushbutton

Plug in the cable from the push button to the accompanying connector on the Feather.

Connect Components

Double check all of the components are properly connected.

LED Trigger Test

Use the slide switch to turn on the Feather. Use the pushbutton to test out the circuit.

Install Pommel

The pommel snap-fits to the bottom of the handle.

Final Build

Place the top half over the body (magnets will click them together) to finish the build.

USB Connect

It’s pretty cramped inside the case, and you might need a right-angle or particularly small USB micro-B cable to charge the battery or update the code and sounds.

Remember that to update code or sounds over USB, the switch will need to be in the “on” position.

This guide was first published on Nov 09, 2021. It was last updated on 2021-11-09 20:43:12 -0500.

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