Here are the instructions needed to convert a Mazda 6 (my Aston Martin is in the shop) into a James Bond spy car. I also include some instruction on the interactive overall theme (Spy School) that we had this year.
Every year, my son and I do a grounds-up build of a new Halloween display. The goals are simple: the theme should be interactive for the kids, interesting, and give us an opportunity to work with new technologies. In 2007, we built a Monster Machine. We won second place in the Halloween contest Video category in 2008 for our Mutex Lab Tour. Last year, we took third place in the Gadgets and Gizmos category for the Recoiling Cannons of our Pirate-Themed display.
I've divided this year's Instructable into these following categories, with the car getting the most focus:
James Bond Spy Car
Spy School: Shoot the Enemy Agents
Spy School: Bomb Diggity
Spy School: Test Your Powers of Observation
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Who hasn't wanted a car that would shoot missiles when someone is in your way? I came up with the idea of having a simulated car chase through the streets of Paris, as if James Bond was being pursued by enemy agents and he needed to rely on the gadgets that Q blessed his car with.
Once I thought of the theme, I started thinking about the gadgets that I could put in the car and how I would pull it off. Here are the gadgets that we came with:
Real honking car horn (signals the start and end of the simulation)
Rear-facing machine guns
Front-facing machine guns
I toyed with the idea about using a servo to have a license plate that flipped over (ala Goldfinger), but the servo stopped working on me the night before, so I scrapped the idea.
To get these gadgets to work, I pulled these components together (more details in the following steps):
1 laptop in the car that controlled the gadgets
1 laptop that displayed a simulation of the chase (with music and sound effects)
1 Phidgets circuit board for controlling a 5v circuit for LEDs
2 Phidgets circuit boards for controlling 110v circuits (4 circuits a piece)
Various devices that can be controlled by 110v circuits