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Step by step process of what my business partner and I made one day.  Nothing like having your very own NES as Zeldafied as this.
 
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Step 1: Hot knifing the Triforce

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So I started out by drawing on the Triforce, then slowly and patiently started to etch the design with a soldering iron fitted with an X-Acto knife.  It is a very slow going process, so if you are looking to recreate something like this, BE PATIENT!  This is what my partner and I do with our business, (modifying consoles for customers) and let me tell ya, this whole process would be so much easier and more satisfying with a state of the art, professional Epilog Zing Laser Cutting System. :P  Darn equilateral triangles!

Step 2: SANDING!

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Now begins the even LONGER process of sanding down the edges of the Triforce.  Have you ever tried to sand a triangle with a square sanding block?  Let me tell ya, it's not easy!  My business partner and I strive ourselves on doing the best we can so that the customer can get the highest quality job for their money.  That is one huge reason why we think that we deserve a shot at winning the Epilog Zing Laser Cutting System.  It wouldn't only make our jobs easier, it would make the end product that much better for the customer.

Step 3: Painting time!

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Decided to go with a metallic gold paint, as it was one of the most satisfying looking paint jobs we saw when looking at other NES consoles that people had modified for guidelines and inspiration.  Just a regular spray can of Krylon metallic gold paint is what we used, and we were both really happy with how the final coats came out looking.

Step 4: LEDs and finished product

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The final steps involved were attaching the plexiglass under the triforce, wiring LEDs and doing some final touches on the NES controller.  The plexiglass was held in place with a standard 2 part epoxy mixture.  We found that this was the best option, because some glues that we tried out dried a yellowing opaque colour, and some even expanded!  This is clear, sandable, and quick drying (although it doesn't smell the best :P).  The obvious choice for LEDs was yellow of course, and I apologize for the dark LED picture, my camera doesn't understand darkness.  Then finally, the controller was painted (after removing the cover sticker) and I cut out a stencil for the back of the controller to add a little icing on the cake.  Hope you enjoyed this instructable, and wish us luck in winning the Epilog Zing Laser Cutting System.  

Take care everyone!
StarB9 months ago

I would of put some brighter LED's inside, but good job over all 10/10

Emjoria1 year ago

I love the Kirby game on the inside. But that does make sense, if you put the Zelda game in, it's gold, so you would'nt be able to see it.

ianolivia2 years ago
"Darn equilateral triangles!" LOL What does it mean? "Darn equilateral triangles!" Not LOL.
16lundgcodm2 years ago
This is awesome!!! I suggest brighter LEDs though, i could hardly see them.
This isn't awesome
This is the awesomeness itself.
triton374 years ago
To even further Geekafy your controller,might I suggest heart container buttons.
zazenergy4 years ago
Very cool!
Carks128 (author)  zazenergy4 years ago
Thank you very much for the support and interest :)
AMAZING!!!
Carks128 (author)  darknessfalls4 years ago
Thank you very much! It means a lot when someone with Link as their profile picture likes our Hyrulian Entertainment System, or HES if you will :P