Lasers & The Otaku Dream Phone
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Posted by tai on Jul 17, 2009 under Documentation, Featured, Only an Otaku

I finally received my custom Nokia Suprnova 7310 about a month ago, but I only recently found the time to take some photos and write an entry about it. I’ve been extremely busy with school, and aside from a few of the Haruhi-chan mini-episodes, I haven’t watched any anime since returning from China in April…

Front & Back of my Nokia 7310 Suprnova

I had thought of buying this phone for a long time, but because Nokia Build only currently operates in Europe there were a lot of issues with regard to payment shipping. Luckily I have a friend studying in the UK who bought it on my behalf and brought it over this June. The total was €142 including shipping and VAT (tax), which is approximately $224 CAD or 200 USD. A quick eBay search reveals that the current typical Canadian price is about $190, and that’s without the most important part: the loli custom cover.

The front, core, and back of the Nokia 7310Back view of the Nokia 7310 with crystal case attached

Naturally, it’s a little embarrassing to have it out; luckily it came with extra covers that can be quickly interchanged. I imagine for more professional environments I’ll have to think ahead and stick on the blue cover. The green one is plain fugly, but it was either blue & green or pink & white.

The resolution and quality of the custom image are mediocre, if you look closely there’s some obvious distortion from downsampling and I’d have preferred a matte finish over a glossy finish. But, thinking about it, people will either be too engrossed or disgusted over the content to make such observations.

Various components for the Nokia 7310 SuprnovaCustom & default backplates for the Nokia 7310 Suprnova

The default ring tone right now is ‘Don’t Say Lazy’ (the ED theme from K-ON) and I made a Mio theme for the menu and startup/shutdown screens. I’m wondering what accessories to put on it, maybe a lace-like string not unlike the Fujibayashi’s hair… whatever you call it?


1:50 Laser-cut anime figures from 3mm basswood

1:50 Laser-cut anime figures from 3mm basswood

In other Otaku news, I had some extra time with the laser cutter and I decided to cut out some 1:50 scale figures out of 3mm basswood to use in my architecture models. Anime figures are the easiest, firstly because I have a huge collection of images, and secondly because the cel-shading and relatively simple backgrounds call for easy extraction. In many cases I could just plop them into Photoshop, run a few filters, send it to Illustrator and live-trace the outline. I also had my wallpaper which already had silhouetted figures which can go directly into illustrator for a live-trace. I already have 80 or so cuts of about 10 different characters (some anime some non-anime) but I’m definitely going to do this again if I book spare time on the laser cutter in the future.

1:50 model of entry sequence into winery, with figuresThe box I use to store my scale figures

The following are my source images. I left out a lot of details like kannagi’s hair and shoujo-wand, because I am using these in an academic context and I don’t want it to be totally obvious that I’m using anime characters…

Tomoyo Sakagami from ClannadAiko Ando from True TearsShuji and Chise from Saishuu Heiki Kanojo
Konata Izumi from Lucky StarNagi-sama from Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens

Left to right, top to bottom: Tomoyo Sakagami from Clannad Visual Fan Book, Aiko Ando from True Tears, Shuji and Chise from Saishuu Heiki Kanojo, Konata Izumi from Lucky Star, Nagi-sama from Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens


  • On July 20th, 2009 at 21:41,
    neozeed wrote:

    Ooh, the end result for the phone looks quite nice actually, wasn’t expecting it to turn out that nice.

    And you should had totally left an ahoge or two in the laser cut figures.

  • On November 13th, 2009 at 13:53,
    FaS wrote:

    Wow, who would have thought of laser-cut figures lol. If only I would have….>.>

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