As I told Randy yesterday (in another thread), I spent some hours today making a spacer to mount the colorDMD in my Star Trek LE.
So, here are some pictures and details:
This is the back of the original speaker panel:
This is the MDF that will serve as spacer. Its 18mm thick which will just cover the thickness of the speaker panel.
The size is 39cm x 18 cm. I could have made it smaller, but I think it's better this way as it fills up the entire height.
I measured and drilled the 2 holes for the studs that are welded to the speaker panel to make it fit inside, so i could mark the other holes and the DMD window:
On the bottom, you can see the 2 holes to accomodate the screws and nuts of the LE plaque.
On the top of the image you can see the clear plastic I made using the original one as a template:
I removed 3mm from the wood panel where the plastic is located. This is not absolutely necessary, but I didn't wanna make the spacer any thicker than absolutely necessary.
Here the spacer is placed in the speaker panel. As you can see, I made some holes (about 5mm deep, to accomodate for the nuts.
Here the nuts are secured. Nothing sticking out...
Some foam to protect the LCD screen and avoid light leakage:
The ColorDMD mounted. Currently, I just used some wood screws and spacers to compensate for the foam.
Maybe screws like used in the B/W to hold the DMD would be a better option...
Or, with a new mounting frame, you could use threaded studs instead of the nuts on the corners and attach the frame on the studs.
I attached the 2 cable holders to the speaker screws (insted of the DMD) and replaced the middle one with an adhesive one.
As you can see the LCD panel sticks out a little. No way to avoid this as it sits flush against the bottom of the backbox...
But as you can see here, this doesn't block the light of the backglass in any way:
Only problem is the alignment of the DMD image:
Randy, I think this is where you come in. I think lowering the image by 3 'dots' (that is the classic DMD dots) would do the trick until you come up with a user adjustable position.
That's it for now. ColorDMD is properly mounted in my STLE. No cutting the studs, no drilling holes in the ColorDMD frame, all original screws and studs are used. All it took was a piece of wood and 4 spacers. And of course a custom made power cable.
Finally the Star Trek LE as it's supposed to look! Shame on Stern for putting in that UGLY Red DMD. Especially in the LE!
Hopefully we will can enjoy some day a full color DMD in the Star Trek. Hint...
So, now I'm gonna play a little pinball...