Especially the rainbow loop. It looked interesting on a strip but reminded me of a disco ball once I saw it on the Dalek. Not sure it will stay in the mix. Maybe make it's random chance of running very low.
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:
That is outstanding! There's an old video on youtube with a similar idea - this guy had cut holes for individual LEDs - I think it was before the strips were available. It looks really good, but this actually looks great too, with the strips surface mounted ! Great idea. Which Arduino is it? And how do you interface with the game (or does it just work on its own?)
Definitely look up Eric Lyons' ("Professor Pinball") Pinduino if you have any interest in interfacing the Dalek with the game. Really looks great! And I can tell you I don't think I'd have the patience to do this, so even more impressive!!
I did see the video you mention. I was looking for video of the head moving because I wanted to do that mod. I was already playing with servos and LED strips for other projects. I think his may have just been red LEDs on the body and he was using a pre-programmed controller that had a chase sequence. Looked like laborious work to connect and mount each individual LED. I'm glad for the LED advances that have come along since. I have it running on an Uno. It triggers off the connection for the flasher that is normally inside the Dalek. When the flasher is not flashing I have the Dalek in "rest" mode cycling through various animations. Once the flasher triggers, the servo begins moving and the LED animation for that starts. In the video I dropped a ball in the open Time Expander to start multiball and get the Dalek moving. I made some of the RGBs behind the body flash bright white in sync with flasher (the game syncs the flasher to the Dalek voice). There is a reflective star field sticker they have in the back of the Dalek box which really reacts to the flashing. I had never really noticed it before. I have considered having the Dalek react to other input from the game like Pinduino enables. Next step.
It is tedious to program. The servo and the LEDs don't get along to well even with the TiCoServo library. If I make the RGB pattern to complicated while the servo is moving it gets jittery. I tested with an Arduino Mega but still somewhat jittery when I tried to do to much with the RGBs. Animating the RGBs without using any delays and only minimal loops is a pain.