AH-1 Cobra Tap Handle Pours on the Fun

Ayn Rand said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” As far as we’re concerned those are words to live by, and something that’s exemplified by most of the posts on this site. She also said some really suspect stuff about the disabled and Native Americans and reality, but you’ve got to take the good with the bad and all that.

We don’t know how much Rand [Will Weber] has read, but we’re willing to bet he’d agree about overdoing it. He recently documented a very cool 3D printed tap handle that’s designed to look like the B8 flight stick from an AH-1 Cobra helicopter. But this is no static piece of plastic, in the video after the break, he demonstrates how each button on the flight stick triggers a different weapons sound effect.

The 3D print is separated up into a number of sections so that the stick can be assembled in pieces. Not only does this make it an easier print, it also allows for the installation of the electronics.

For the Arduino aficionados out there, we have some bad news. Rather than putting in a general purpose microcontroller, [Will] went the easy route and used an Adafruit Audio FX Mini Sound Board. These boards have their own onboard storage for the audio files and don’t require a microcontroller to function. It makes it super easy to add sound effects or even music to your projects; just pair it with a power supply, a couple of buttons, and a speaker.

The finish work on the printed parts looks excellent. We can only imagine how much fun [Will] had sanding inside all the little nooks and crannies to get such a smooth final result. While some might complain about the idea of a tap handle needing to be recharged occasionally, we think the satisfaction of firing off a few rockets every time you grab a glass is more than worth it.

While this isn’t the first unique tap handle we’ve covered here at Hackaday, it’s certainly the most flight-ready.

19 thoughts on “AH-1 Cobra Tap Handle Pours on the Fun

  1. Quoting Ayn Rand. I have instantly lost respect for Hackaday, which I like loads. Even though it may only be [Tom Nardi] to responsible here.

    Hackaday, please get your act together. We don’t need Rand’ Objectivism here, even if it is a good maxim in the quote. Rand’s philosophy is against everything pro-society that you stand for and do well.

    1. So if I quote Hitler (which I on occasion do) I is against modern society? That I also have quoted Mao of course means my ideal society is Chinese communist nazism and that I’m actively promoting that?

      Grow up. Really…

    2. +100! (that is factorial, not emphasis, but you can take it as emphasis as well).

      Leave poor Hitler out of this, he has enough trouble without throwing this kind of mud at him.

  2. Justice, nothing was written, implied, dog whistled or subliminally implanted that you could logically get upset about. What you are writing about is an assumed knee-jerk reaction, – cool down, be rational, don’t cry wolf over just a name – save your energy for the real thing.

    p.s. I was wrong about the subliminally implanted bit – I have a sudden craving for a beer.

      1. Just think they wouldn’t be a nice fit for this purpose. Goes against my functionality first philosophy. :)

        But the stick _is_ a beauty! Have a feeling I’ll print one soon…

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