I’ve been working on this board since 2009 and it almost became my first commercial product. However, the Battlestar Galactica Cylon came and it was much more exciting to say the least. So, it is now more than 10 years on and looking back at the almost complete stage, I realised my design has evolved a lot. Originally, I designed this jsut for myself and a few friends but because the PCB manufacturer at that time required a certain MOQ, I was left with quite a handful of boards.
Technically, this is my very first board so the components are through-hole complete with IC sockets and voltage regulators. But then again, this was before it was easier to get stuff online and everything was more or less sourced locally in Malaysia. Suffice to say, it really drained my savings.
This board was a first on many levels. From my first venture into professional made PCB, first PIC programming and so on. You can select any of the four ships via two jumpers. It was quite an experience rewinding, timing and re-timing the light sequences for the four ships in the Movies. In some scenes, they are not really that consistent and well, I just settled for the best and averaged them out.
The Project has stopped because I did not have the skills to draw proper Ship silhouettes for all the four ships for a manual, no budget for the PIC chip (they might even be obsolete now) and yeah, all that crimping to wire up the LEDs…