This instructable will show you how to build a spaceship control panel prop for young kids from inexpensive, readily-available materials. The interactive light-up panel adds a little excitement to those cardboard "spaceships" that seem to appear after you buy some large appliance.
Qty-2 8x10 Plexi Sheet (0.093" thick) (Available at HW stores for <$2
Qty-3ft 1x2 Pine (preferrably the higher grade that has square edges, this makes the frame look
better than if you use the more common rounded-edge 1x2's)
Qty-9 Single-pole (SPST) toggle switches
Qty-16 Red/Green flashing LEDs
Qty-4 Automotive (12v) paddle switches
(mine were lighted, but that's not really necessary)
Qty-8 12V LED Panel lights
Qty-1 LM7805 voltage regulator
Qty-8 390ohm 1/4watt resistors
Qty-1 9V battery clip
Aluminum Duct Sealing Tape
solder + Soldering iron (15-30w)
Step 1: Build the Frame
The supporting frame is built out of 1x2s and 1 1/2" screws. (Yes, the carpenters among you can cringe and wish I'd built a better-looking frame. Not to worry, this all gets covered up with aluminum tape, so these corners won't show). Note that frame is size just a tiny bit larger than the 8x10 plexi sheet itself.