I'm going to show you, how to make a Jay Garrick Flash Lego figure USB flash drive. I had the idea a long time back, it stems from me seeing the official lego usb figure and thinking, that it kind of looks like him. Sadly lego seems to have taken it out of their range of products (but you still get it in some stores). That's why I'm going to show you how to make it from scratch.
I made an Instructable before about how to fit a flash drive into a lego figure, but struggled like everybody else with fitting the cap into the legs. The trick is to use an even smaller adapter for MicroSD card and after seeing this awesome lego figure, I had to turn my vision into reality.
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Step 1: What You Need
Stuff you need to make the flash drive:
• strong glue
• plastic glue
• small flat file
• box cutter
• MicroSD Mini USB Card Reader (e.g. on ebay)
• MicroSD card
• optional: modeling clay (I used green stuff, you will need it for modeling the wings any way), red paint,
black permanent marker
• 2.8 mm drill
• blue lego pants, red lego torso
• Lego Minifigure 2GB USB Flash Drive (e.g. on Toys"R"us)
What you need to turn the figure into Jay Garrick
• decals (from a craft store or for example here)
• Helmet: either lego Knight Helmet with broad brim or BrickArms custom brodie helmet (e.g. here)
• acrylic sealant spray (e.g. on amazon.com)
• modeling clay (I used green stuff)
• gold paint
• a cotton swab
• cool looking head
• strong glue
Step 2: Make the Flash Drive
If you've got the store bought lego flash drive you can skip this step.
Start by cutting off the nodes as shown in the first picture. Then use the plastic glue to glue the legs to the hips. You can use a needle to better apply the glue.
You can use a drill, but a drill press will work better, don't worry if it's not a hundred percent straight, you can fix that with the file. A Dremel would work as well but I advice against it, because if it gets too hot it well melt the plastic.
Now take the adapter apart, as shown in the fourth picture and glue the back of the board to the tip of the plastic casing. Put the adapter into the legs (this sentence sounds so weird...) and glue the torso to it. Make sure not to glue the torso to the legs.
If you want to you can fill the gap between the adapter and the torso with green stuff and paint it red (Revell matt 36 is a perfect match). I also used a permanent to paint the tip of the connector, so that it wont shine through the legs.
Step 3: Apply the Decal
I've uploaded my decal design, fell free to use it or get creative yourself. You can open it with inkscape (download). To save valuable decal paper print the decal on normal sheet of paper first, then cut a piece that's big enough to cover the area and stick it to the sheet with tape. Print on it again and spray it with acrylic sealant. Soak it in water for about 15 seconds and carefully slide it onto the torso.
You can see my results in the second picture. I only have a laser printer, as you can see, the lighter coulours vanished when I was using the transparent decal paper and I couldn't match the torso colour when I was using the white decal paper. So I decided to combine both.
Once you are done and happy, spray the torso with the sealant again, make sure to cover the metal connectors of the flash drive with tape.
Step 4: Make the Helmet
First you will have to cut down the castle helmet, if you plan on using it. The brodie helmet doesn't need any changes.
Make the wings out of green stuff, you can also use Miliput or Apoxie Sculpt, but I wouldn't recommend it, because they are more brittle after curing. I suggest you read this very could article to learn more about modeling with green stuff.
Paint the wings golden and glue them to the helmet. Congratulations, you are done!
Btw. I love the explanation from the first issue, how Flash is able to catch a bullet in flight:
"His process of thought and action due to his inhalation of hard water gases have been so quickened, that he has the speed of light itself! As a result he can easily match the speed of a bullet... When two bodies travel along together at equal speed even tho they meet, there is absolutely no friction - and therefore no injury"
As you can see I made two flash drives and I am going to give one away. Write a comment and tell me why you deserve it. Whoever gives me the best reason by the middle of next month is going to get it.
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