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Guess I'm on a Fallout Kick, as this Instuctable came about due to needing a display for my Nuka Cola Quantum prop. I studied up on what I would need and came up with a few Ideas. Kicked them around for a bit and ended up with the pictures you see here.
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Step 1: Tools and Materieals

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I used:
A folding utility knife with new blade
High speed rotary tool
Fiberglas cut off disk for ruff shaping your plastic
Medium barrel sanding drum with medium grit
big bulky soldering iron. (really get the (9.99 kit from makers shed if you need one. It's ideal for this and other small projects.) I used my wife's that she uses for jewelry making. The tip is about worn out and is a really cheap one to boot.)
Electrical solder (has flux in the core.) I used .050 dia solder. 60% tin 40% lead.
fine Rat tail file
Wire stripper
3rd hand
course, medium and fine sanding paper. I glue all mine to a fingernail file. Or make your own.
Highlighter (yellow)

Materials :
Tuna Can
Small wire (I used some wire out of a cat cable)
switch (autozone) (but I got mine out of one of my parts bins. No idea where or what it came from)
UV LED (2 for 1.99 at radio shack)
100 Ohm resistor (5 for 1.19 at radio shack)
9 volt battery clip (5 for 2.99 at radio shack)
9 volt battery (.99 from radio shack. Mine was on sale but you can get them at dollar stores for a buck too)
a stip of 6mm foam
silver or chrome paint (TEST IT OUT FIRST)
black paint
Old Broken Mag light. One of those 2 dubble A jobs. Off brand works too. This is kinda optional as well but I like it.

Plasti-dip spray
oscarfer3010 months ago

A very good job indeed. My best regards to you, mine comes soon.

cintrex3 years ago
hi i made your quantum bottle last night but cant make it glow blue'ish i used 3x uv led's.
what did you put in the bottle?
i tried to dissolve a pen in water and only got green
TheGeekFather (author)  cintrex3 years ago
"Jolt 'Blue Volt" Its hard to find but works great.
magranger153 years ago
I made one about 2 months ago it got in the way alot.
TheGeekFather (author)  magranger153 years ago
Well it did on mine and it didn't. I had a corner shelf with all my geek stuff on it. Moved recently and still need to figure out a place for all of it. If you have a designated place then it works. Not having one and yeah could become a hassle.
My room is full of thing I am saving to make things. All the shelves and
tables are taken up. Maybe I could find a way to put it in the wall.
TheGeekFather (author)  magranger153 years ago
I've actually thought about doing this on an interior wall. Taking off the sheetrock and making a bunch of nooks in the wall. Something that backs against a closet or a room that isn't used often or sound will carry. You also need to make sure there are no outlets in the wall as the wiring will more than likely be in the cavity.
Also plumbing. One reason I haven't done it. My old house had wiring everywhere.
tpearsall3 years ago
I used blue washer fluid in the glass for the blue look and an old GameCube game disc for my lid. The GameCube disc was perfect size, perfectly round and was only 99 cents. Also, did you put the ink from the highlighter inside the liquid? I (if its not obvious by now) did not want mine to be edible. Great write up by the way.
TheGeekFather (author)  tpearsall3 years ago
I only used the Highlighter to trace the letters in the labels so they would react a little better to the UV light. Jolt Blue Volt needs no additives to make it floresce ultraviolet light
where did you get the quantum label from

This guy rocks. He's a Fallout Fanatic. Has Nuka, Sunset caps, Papercraft food items, (just print, cut, fold and glue.
what di you use to glue it to the glass? did you use the same stuff you used in the bottle caps instructable?
I used mod podge. I tried Rubber cement first but I didn't like the finish. Mod Podge wets the paper enough that you can form it to the glass a lot better as it dries. Then I put one more coat on top to seal the top and edges.
have to say, just noticed and like the dart in the second picture of this page!
TheGeekFather (author)  darknessfalls3 years ago
I made the Plexi fit tight enough that it doesn't just fall out. Needed the Dart's suction cup to pull it out. If you look at the first picture you can tell it's stuck to the middle of the plexi but its mostly blocked from View.
jmondon3 years ago
How did you make the nuka cola?
TheGeekFather (author)  jmondon3 years ago
The ingredients of Nuka-Cola are: carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), natural flavors, citric acid, and caffeine. What gives it the unique flavor is the essence of seventeen different fruits mixed in just the right proportion to give the beverage its trademark taste. Some versions of the drink also include vitaminerals and health tonics.

Or did you mean the Quantum? It has twice the calories, twice the carbohydrates, twice the caffeine and twice the taste. To make it stand out more and to give it an extra kick, include a mild radioactive strontium isotope (and an eighteenth fruit flavor - pomegranate)

Or just use Jolt Blue Bolt.
I swear I was planing on making this on Saturday!
TheGeekFather (author)  pyro12345678903 years ago
LOL yeah. Looks like you could use a few for your colas.
I actually had one made with a cool cap and LEDs that shone in from the inside of the cap. But there were "problems" with mold and i figured "well this isn't going on instructables."
TheGeekFather (author)  pyro12345678903 years ago
Well this really wasn't an instructable on the bottle itself just on the stand. So saying I have done a few experiments with the bottle and diffusing the light. Cap mounted LED, Floating one inside, behind the label. Using a glue stick glued to the center and bottom on the inside of the bottle. The display I currently have is what looked the best. As to mold, adding some Isopropyl alcohol should deter it.
So are you saying you wont get all mad if I make an instructable on my way?
TheGeekFather (author)  pyro12345678903 years ago
Naw, Go for it. I may Add a 9 volt power supply to mine soon anyways. 9 volt only lasted 2 days.
Thinking of just installing a 9 volt adapter connected only too another battery clip. That way can still un-plug it, Un-snap the two connectors and throw a battery on. That way it separates the two power sources when either is in use.
wilgubeast3 years ago
Awesome. Fallout needs more project-love like this.
TheGeekFather (author)  wilgubeast3 years ago
Thanks, and yes it does.