Look's pretty damn cool mate, well done
How old were those CDROMs; I wonder if older ones run the motors on 12v and the newer ones run on 5v...I couldn't get my motors to run at 5 volts -- I had to run them at 12 volts. I'm not sure why I can't get them to run at 5 volts, unless my power supply is wonky.
I'm glad I gave you the inspiration. Part of the fun of building costumes like this is coming up with new and interesting engineering solutions. (And, of course, it's always a lot of fun to take old electronics apart. )
Elkman,I just realized I never answered the question about why the motors wouldn't run at 5 volts. It turns out that my power supply was on the fritz, and instead of delivering 5 volts, it wasn't delivering anything at all on that output. It is delivering 12 volts, though.
I did some more experimentation and found that they'll work on a 9 volt battery. I'm using a 9 volt lithium battery, instead of a standard alkaline battery, in hopes it'll put out more juice. I also experimented with one of those 12 volt A23 size batteries, like the ones that are used in car alarm key fobs, but that didn't put out enough current.
By the way, my friend Paul gave me several more dead CD and DVD drives, so I could potentially build more of these for other hunters if my time permits.
I sculpted the gauntlet and the top housing out of oil-based clay, then made molds of them with Smooth-On's Oomoo 30 silicone. Then, I did the casting with Smooth-On's Smooth-Cast 300. I've used that combination for other projects, and it's worked well.Wow, that looks amazing. That's nice work, how did you construct the gauntlet? It has a lot of detail and looks incredible.