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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:06 pm 
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#2 Son is increasingly into this. We finished USS Arizona some time ago. I did this thing with strips of chart tape and different shades of teak brown to produce a more realistic looking deck. Now we're working on a 1:700 USS Yorktown (CV 5).

It turns out that there are now lots of LED kits for models. I don't know anything about circuitry is there a decent book on wiring LED circuits? I know the Vs and Ohms are generally quite low, and I know the difference between parallel and series, but I could use a refresher and something that talks specifically about techniques for things like mating a fiber optic line end to a porthole.

The reason for all that is not to light up a USN ship but instead because I could not resist purchasing a scale model of the Roger Young from "Starship Troopers" (film) and I would love love love to detail it and light it up.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:19 pm 
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You could probably get an inexpensive headlamp and disassemble it. Here is one with 18 LED's and a battery pack for $7. The price seems too good to be true.

http://www.lightingever.com/20-led-head ... aQodoscNbg

I can't imagine you could buy the components for that. DC, low voltage, low heat, no transformer, already has a switch.

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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:44 pm 
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There are a couple of manufacturers of pre-assembled LED kits for models, and a couple others that sell the lights, the breadboards, the f.o. lines, etc. No one has a pre-made interior lighting kit for Roger Young though. So I need to learn to do it myself.

I purchased the kit from Monsters in Motion.

http://www.monstersinmotion.com/cart/sci-fi-as-in-science-fiction-item-listt-c-9_188/roger-young-starship-carrier-model-hobby-kit-p-366

As they have assembled and painted it, the "windows" are white paint. Ima go the full detail route. Interior lighting. I can cut my own windows. I've downloaded some art "blueprint" type schematics for Roger Young so that I can add exterior details as needed to give it more depth and detail.

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A lit up 1/350 Titanic would be easier.

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That's true. But Titanic isn't my cup of coffee.

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About the airbrush compressor thread - you must be airbrushing.. Take pictures of what ur doing and upload plz. This stuff is interesting imo

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About the airbrush compressor thread - you must be airbrushing.. Take pictures of what ur doing and upload plz. This stuff is interesting imo

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#2 Son is increasingly into this. We finished USS Arizona some time ago. I did this thing with strips of chart tape and different shades of teak brown to produce a more realistic looking deck. Now we're working on a 1:700 USS Yorktown (CV 5).

It turns out that there are now lots of LED kits for models. I don't know anything about circuitry is there a decent book on wiring LED circuits? I know the Vs and Ohms are generally quite low, and I know the difference between parallel and series, but I could use a refresher and something that talks specifically about techniques for things like mating a fiber optic line end to a porthole.

The reason for all that is not to light up a USN ship but instead because I could not resist purchasing a scale model of the Roger Young from "Starship Troopers" (film) and I would love love love to detail it and light it up.


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My current project: CV-2. Nearly finished with here. Left to do is mainly rigging, a few angled ladders and the little catwalk between the bridge and funnel. That and the rest of the air group.

I used Tom's Modelworks photoetch. Tom's stuff isn't very user-friendly, with some of the worst illustrations I've ever seen. The 5"/38 barrels are all turned brass replacements. Much more convincing.

Merit's CV-5 is next on the list. I'll be replacing lots of stuff on that one.

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 10:39 am 
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Your skills are better than mine. I have a hard time when it gets to finishing places with complicated angles.

That's a nice ship. 1:350? Sweet.

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