Very little electronics experience is required, just a little resourceful scavenging.
Thanks to Rook's Tutorial for initial idea. BTW, that's a good link to check out if you want a (ridiculously expensive) movie-accurate prop.
Step 1: Parts & tools
You will need the following bits:
- Fuse box, about 11 x 14" -$17 @ Menards
For the window you'll either need to get a case mod window kit or:
- acrylic panel 9 x 7" - $5 @ Menards
- window molding 4' - $2.5 a foot
- LED icicle lights (white or blue) - $7 alt link
- metal cylinders x 3 - about 2 inches in diameter and 1 inch high. Small DC motors roughly that size are pretty easy to find, I used three interesting looking geared motors that have some nice detail on them. - $7.5
- translucent acrylic tubes x 3. I used some weird lab spigots I found at a surplus store - $2
- tube elbows x 3 - Say "tube elbows" out loud. pretty much anything that looks right will do here. I went through the hardware store and looked for the closest thing. - $3
- about 2 feet of yellow wire. I found some fiber optic cable the perfect diameter and color - $.75
- wiring connector block - $1
- piece of black cardboard or sheetmetal 11 x 14"
- jigsaw and metal blade
- soldering iron and solder
- electrical tape
- old style embossing label maker - label blaster and red tape