Star destroyer cake
I thought it would be fun to make a birthday cake for Alexander in the shape of Star Wars star destroyer.

Thanks to everyone who said nice things about the cake on their blogs:
Geek Art Gallery
The Jedi News Channel
FAIL Blog (happily in the WIN! category)
Conowego (in Polish) (in Spanish)
FreshDads (in German)

The concept was to make the bottom half of the ship as a base with lighting effects and have our favourite cake maker, Selwyn at Pouchkines, make the cake on top of it.

For speed, I used laser-cut ply to make the base and laser-cut acrylic to make a stand. For the engine nozzles at the back I used 3D printing. To control the illumination throughout I made a little board with a couple of little Arduinos.

All rather fun. Went down well at the party :-)

Thanks to Daniel at Lasercut Works and Jonathan at Digits 2 Widgets for turning things around quickly at short notice; and also to Micro Miniatures for the LED strips, which saved a lot of wiring. Inspiration for the flickering drive lighting came from Steve Neill's models, like this spectacular star destroyer.

Here are the source files, in case you fancy making your own. If you do please add a comment with a link to a picture.

"Star destroyer cake" by Lorenzo Wood is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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