Neil R from George Village Forest Reserve Cricket Club first contacted us in 2016, when he stumbled across our site and wanted to build a board for the recreation ground that they play at in Trinidad. After having a troublesome time getting the components in Trinidad, Neil did an absolutely amazing job of adapting the design to work with the components he could source.
The board is made from sheet metal for durability and weather protection.
However, it is the LED and lens design that i think makes this build so special.
First of all Neil couldn’t source the LED modules that we used, so instead he bought a 5 meter string of LEDs on flexible backing which can be cut off at the right length. I think the green lamps are brilliant, and flexible design means that they are ideally suited. However, the main drawback is that Neil had to solder on positive and negative cables on to every module which meant his project has double the amount of soldering of the ones we did!
Then when it came to the acrylic lens sheets, Neil found them difficult to source at a reasonable price. So instead he procured some polycarbonate clear sheets and used paint to create the seven segment design.
By taping up the polycarbonate, cutting the tape carefully and then overpainting Neil managed to create the most magnificent lens design. What I love about this, is that anyone can do this at home if they have the patients and keen eye for design that Neil does. No laser cutter or expensive plastics are required. I would suggest that if you follow this design, you ensure that the LED modules are pushed up directly on to the polycarbonate in order to make sure you don’t have light bleeding between segments. As you can see, it is a brilliant result!
You will notice that Neil has also added a 32×64 RGB scrolling display to the scoreboard which can be used to provide information about the game state, or even for advertising to generate revenue for the club which I think is a great idea. Instructions on how to use this from the Raspberry pi can be found on the instructables site here. Neil says that he would prefer this to be bigger, and may add a second module later.
Like some of the other builds on this site, Neil is a committed team member who has spent hundreds of hours building a board for his club because he loves the game. As these final photos show you can see the care that he has taken to build his board. Everything is neat beautifully laid out. What is most impressive that he managed all of this for around TT$8000 (around £800).
An innovative build which we can all learn from, well done Neil!