Some time ago, me and a friend of mine (no, not Jonas, I got more than one) decided to build a very rugged outdoor music player. Unfortunately, we never got to do it right, so we didn’t even try. Germans, right?. As we found a nice song of the small german band “Rotfront” named “Sovietoblaster”, we decided to build ourselves one of those machines.
After a long search for a “soviet” case, we finally stumbled at our local Surplus Store over an old ammunition box of the German Bundeswehr, being the best size and look for our project possible.
Alas, using a German ammo crate for a “Sovietoblaster” seems inappropriate, so we deserted and switched sites to build the NATOblaster. As we are not fooling around - we want to create something really solid, sturdy and authentic looking - this will turn into a big project with multiple posts. At the moment, our build schedule is as follows:
1) Get a flat piece of wood in the Box, for adding a control surface and hiding the electronics underneath. (Woodworking, yay!!)
As a power-switch i already got one of those Missile-Switches from a Bundeswehr jet-fighter, probably Tornado or good ol' Phantom. (Can’t be Starfighter, looks too good to have crashed)
3) Provide lighting with strategically placed LEDs, maybe red, for the “Submarine-Feeling”. All men at battle stations!
2) Get some audio amplifier(Car-Hifi) and speakers working from standard AUX-in. Everything will run on 12V internally.
3) Get the whole stuff to work with a Bluetooth-Audio-Receiver as another audio source.
4) Add a small screen in the upper lid, complete with a Raspberry Pi or similar and a simple audio software (Programming, erm, yay…) that reads audio files from USB-Sticks and can be controlled by old analog inputs.
5) Party with the NATOblaster and a big fuckin' Barbecue! (Screw you, Hippes and Vegetarians, I eat dead animal while listening to Metal on a military device!!! \m/)
Even though we want to do part 5 first, that wont be happening. German work ethics. So, let’s be about it!