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Nuka Colas + Caps by billybob884 Nuka Colas + Caps by billybob884
Minor Update

Added some shots of how I set up the solar cell and tried to clean up the rest of it a little. Looks a bit better ;)


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I wish I could say this was a quick little project I did one afternoon, but in reality it turned out to be the project from hell. There weren't any shops in the area that sold glass bottles, so I had to buy them online. Then the first guy I go to on eBay doesn't ship them, answer my emails, or even claim the payment, so i had to buy them again from someone else, which cost me an extra week. Then, the post office won't ship me the solar cell because they contain lithium, and apparently that's a "hazardous material".

Oy.

But they're done! Let me explain for those that don't know. In the Fallout universe, the mock-brand Nuka Cola (Coca Cola) was a popular brand before the war, and is still prevalent in the wasteland afterward. The rare Quantum flavor was introduced very shortly before the war began, and actually contains a radioactive isotope in the formula to make it glow (additionally making the drink addictive in the game). What I've done to replicate this is I have the bottle sitting on one of those little nightstand press-lights with rechargeable batteries, and a solar cell with a small Schottky diode network added inside the lamp to keep the batteries charged, sort of a set-and-forget setup.

The regular Nuka Cola is an unopened bottle of Coca Cola with a new label and re-painted caps. The Quantum, however, is about half blue Gatorade and half water with a little blue and red food coloring (to give it that purple-ish tint). I ended up re-sealing the bottle by putting epoxy around the inside of the lid and rubber-banding it down for a few hours. The Quantum cap and the loose caps sitting around the bottles I made by giving them a primer coat in flat red or blue spray-paint, using regular elmer's glue to stick the label on, then a clear sealant spray-paint coat, which darkened the paper label to match the rest of the cap almost perfectly.

The dresser I have all of my Fallout models set on is in front of a broken window in my room, so I was able to tape the solar cell right to the window so it will always be in the sunlight, even if the shade isn't drawn. It seems to be working so far, but it's only been a day and a half, so we'll see.

I used :iconwhatpayne:'s labels for the bottles (with a few tiny adjustments), and modified Chris Furniss's template to make clean "pre-war" caps. I originally wanted to cut out a stencil to paint the label right onto the caps, but that turned out to be more trouble than it was worth, and with the spray sealant on them they match the spray paint color very closely.

This is hardly an original project idea; more of an homage to Fallout in general, as well as something to sate my need for more Fallout while I wait for New Vegas to be released. Overall I am satisfied with the results, and the eerie glow the Quantum gives my room at night ;)



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:iconxmickix:
xMickix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
nice
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:iconpineapplesamurai:
PineappleSamurai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
I want to make one of these but what are the night stand lights called?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
its just a little night stand lamp I modified to be solar powered
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:iconpineapplesamurai:
PineappleSamurai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Do you think one of these would work?
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:iconinvictus-parabellum:
Invictus-Parabellum Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Great job! I saw you used american bottle wich are smaller as I do, but I got some problems adjusting the labels to fit the bottle? I use 237 ml bottles, maybe you can help me out with the dimension? :P And excuse my not so good english ;)
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
To be honest, I figured mine out through trial and error, I went through several iterations before it fit
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:iconinvictus-parabellum:
Invictus-Parabellum Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Ok thanks, I thought you could gave me the size/lenght you used for yours, I'll try to do it myself (I am printing my stickers from a shop so this is why I don't want to waste too much trying to figured out. And thanks again for replying and excuse my english. ;)
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g-weegee Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
i have 125 caps for now
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:icong-weegee:
g-weegee Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
its thank to fallout im collecting caps again (im looking on the ground and take em rusty or not)
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:iconkittythenekoalien:
KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
omg YES XDDDDD now if they could get glowing soda for real... like in tron!!!
fallout is such an awesome game :DDDD
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:iconthemrsir:
TheMrSir Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Writer
So freaking cool O_O
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
:D
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:iconpapermutt:
PaperMutt Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Where'd you get the generic Combat Shotgun? It's my favorite weapon and I am going through a Fallout 3 addiction right now...:iconwantplz:
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
i built it; read the description
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:iconpapermutt:
PaperMutt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Sorry, I didnt see anything in the description beforehand. Ill look more carefully next time.
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
oh whoops, this comment's on the caps deviation... here's the original: [link]
...my bad
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:iconcode541:
code541 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
awesomes
the quantum is solar powered
that explains it hasnt gone flat for 200 years
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:icondreemlyte:
dreemlyte Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Sorry if this is a really stupid question but I've been fighting with those same 8oz bottles for a week now and I just have to ask...
How did you get the labels to lay flat on the convex bottles without wrinkling?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
they dont, they lay flat around the center, but have a gap at the top and bottom
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:icondreemlyte:
dreemlyte Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
well.... poo. :p
Thanks anyway though! you're awesome.
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:iconvaultboyartnin:
VaultBoyArtNin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Very Nice.
Those clean caps are a nice touch.
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
yea those were fun
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:iconmilesaway52:
milesaway52 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
why do you rock so much?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
science has yet to discover the cause of my rock-itude
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:iconeclipse-strider:
Eclipse-Strider Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Is that vances stolen gun from primm in the background?!
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
it's a generic combat shotgun from fallout 3... vance didn't have a shotgun, he had a shishkebab...
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:iconeclipse-strider:
Eclipse-Strider Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Ah......the search goes on
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:iconcode541:
code541 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
vances gun is a 9mm machine gun these guys somewheres outside of vegas has it
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:iconirishmoon:
IrishMoon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Where did you get the combat shotgun?????
Tell me! Tell Meh now?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
i built it...
[link]
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:iconirishmoon:
IrishMoon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
That is amazing. Can I ask how?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
It's a paper model. Read the description, the pieces and PDO model file are listed if you want to build your own. There aren't any written instructions for it, but you can read the "PePaKuRa" section of this to see how to use the PDO file: [link]
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:iconirishmoon:
IrishMoon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thanks! :)
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:icondizzyhellfire:
DizzyHellfire Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
WHeeeeeeee!!! NUKACOLA AND Quantum!!! I love this! can I have a taste? xD lol j/k
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
hehe its just watered down gatorade, so it ain't gonna be that great...
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:icondizzyhellfire:
DizzyHellfire Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
oh wells.... umm your anus seems to be bleeding on your Avi...
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:iconlasha233:
lasha233 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student Photographer
VAULT TECH!
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:iconswanboy:
swanboy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Any chance I could get a detailed explanation of how you but the light setup for the Quantum so that I could create my own?
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:icondemonfreeze:
DemonFreeze Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Your caps looks better than my hand-painted pieces of crap :\ No wonder I can't sell'em. Plus I'm sure it didn't take you like 15 minutes to do all those [caps] right?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
actually it took a couple of days; i ended up having to use several layers of the clear coat to get the stickers to match the background that closely
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:icondemonfreeze:
DemonFreeze Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Oh o___o

Yeah, mine I just took Coka-Cola caps and painted over the words with red, then when it dried I'd take this TINY tiny brush and paint the wording on.
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:iconakcheshirecat:
akcheshirecat Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
This is a phenomenal job you did!!
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
:D
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:iconcommanderwolfy12:
CommanderWolfy12 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
:lol:
You made these yourself, or these are given with some kind of special edition?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
nope, made em
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:iconohdeargoth:
OhDearGoth Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
this is awesome!
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:iconspecterblaze:
SpecterBlaze Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome!!!!
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:iconvinralfakyn25:
VinrAlfakyn25 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are amazing. D: 'Nuff said.
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:iconsapphire-petal:
Sapphire-Petal Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I second this. :D
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:iconvinralfakyn25:
VinrAlfakyn25 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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