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Re: Help Needed!

Marten Richens » Jan 27 '14
Hi Folks

I have decided to join the rest of the community and light my latest kit (Halcyon Drop Ship), however, I am a complete noob at this and don`t know the first thing about it. I have suggested it before and was sent some links, but since then I`ve replaced my computer and I can`t find the favourites file I had! What would everyone recommend to get me started off please?

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Re: Help Needed!

Alun » Jan 27 '14
What I`d suggest Marten is getting yourself some prewired LEDs from eBay.  These have a resistor already soldered in and saves you having to work out.


Here`s a link to 3mm LEDs so you can see what I mean:  3mm Prewired LEDs on eBay


You can choose different sizes or colours.


I`ve got myself a few sets of these and it just makes things a lot easier.  I get ones which can run off a 9V battery usually and then just solder them up.


Keep checking as you go though as last thing you want is a dodgy connection when everything is connected up.


Also you`ll need to think about blocking the light from coming through the plastic.  You can do this with a coat of black spray paint, but best to go over that with some white or silver to bounce the light around and distribute it nicely.


Ironman is lit with 4 3mm LEDs (one in the head, one in the chest and one is each hand).  These all join up behind the chest and then the cable runs down his leg and into the base. Nice simple job.  




Hope that`s some help.  Sure others know better than me though.


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Re: Help Needed!

Marten Richens » Jan 27 '14
Thanks for the link Alun, definitely seems to make things easier to start with. The next silly question is do you gather all the wires up and solder them in one lot to the battery connector, or do you have another way. I am aware that I have to try to figure some way of being able to replace the batteries as well, which limits things a bit as I am having an APC ready to be ejected, so the cargo bay is out, but I`m sure I`ll come up with something. 


Thanks for the tip re the silver on the inside. I can see you using it to great effect on your Into Darkness build.

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Re: Help Needed!

SFMuk Admin » Jan 27 '14
You probably need to work out a pathway which works best for you I would suggest.  Remember that you probably don`t want lights is series in case one blows as it will take out the lot (remember those old Christmas tree lights and trying to find the blown one), so keep them in parallel.  Personally I join the wires internally and then have a single pair out to the power source.


I`d really suggest trying to keep the battery outside somewhere and have a connection to the model.  Having it internally will effectively mean your lights will only work for a little while and then all your hard work will be for nothing.


When I did the Viper the wires for the various light sources (3 flickering LEDs in the engines and a white LED for the dashboard) were all wired together and then a single pair of cables run down one of the legs, out the bottom of the base in a small trench and up into that box at the back.  That`s just the right size for a 9V battery which was meant to look a bit like a portable generator.




Best thing is to have a fiddle around and plan out what might work.  If the space is really tight you might not be able to squeeze in the LEDs directly and might need to think about running fibre optics to the area you want lit.  I try and avoid that if at all possible, and afraid that it`s so long since building the Halycon Dropship that I can`t remember what sort of space you have there.


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Re: Help Needed!

Marten Richens » Jan 27 '14
The space is quite tight, but the headlights are going to be fine, it`s just the lights on the plate of the legs as there doesn`t look to be anywhere to hide the wires. I`m sure it will all become clearer to me when I have all the bits in front of me. I`m concerned that I may have to resort to fibre optics and I am aware that they can be a pain in the proverbial. 


I have been taking photos of the build so far (mainly scratch building the missile pods) and I will get around to posting it.

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