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How do I make realistic light fittings for a scratch build Husky.

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How do I make realistic light fittings for a scratch build Husky.
Posted by bigrhino on Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:27 AM

Hi,

I am building a 1/25 model of the Husky (MDV) and need to make varuos lights and have no idea how to this. Is there anyone who can me some advice how to make any type of light fighting and I will adapt to suite the Husky MRAP. Any info will help. Thanks.

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:10 AM

Not sure what such lights look like, not being real familiar with the subject.  Can you post a photo of a prototype showing these lights?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Cobra 427 on Thursday, May 12, 2016 5:38 PM

Do you mean "various lights"?  The only thing that I can think of is to bend some tiny plastruct in whatever scale you're building in. You'd have to make the basic shape, then glue tiny strands in circles around each of these parts. If you're trying to replicate the freezer type light that you often see on aircraft carriers and submarines. Let me look for one, and I'll post it here. You can tell me if I'm right or wrong.

 I did a quick www.ask.com search and this was all that I could find.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CROUSE-HINDS-CLEAR-GLOBE-V75-AND-V911-ALUM-CAGE-FOR-LIGHT-FIXTURE-/231938339888?hash=item36009a3430:g:N7IAAOSwAuNW4x4m

Or do you mean like these? 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Squadron-Book-US-MRAPs-in-Action-225-photos-Iraq-Afghanistan-/162018419260?hash=item25b90ce23c:g:Va8AAOxy5jxSao-n

 

~ Cobra Chris

Maybe a picture of a squirrel playing a harmonica will make you feel better?

 

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, May 13, 2016 9:03 AM

For the type lights in the 2nd image, I  would use clear plastic rod the closest size.  Cut to appropriate length, then mask the lens area and paint the rest.  The support structure can be made from brass stock formed into a semi-circle.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    October, 2011
Posted by bigrhino on Friday, May 13, 2016 10:45 PM

Ok, Don, I am going to try your second method with clear plastic. It should work. Thanks for the info. Will let you know if it worked, thank again.

 

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Posted by bigrhino on Friday, May 13, 2016 10:46 PM

Ha ha ha, that seems great, had a good laugh. Thanks.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:44 AM

Hi;

    What I have done depends on the type and shape .On most vessels I build they have the clear shock-resistant clear globe with a metal cage around then .

 On vehicles I usually find this to work . For inside lights take a piece of plastic the shape and size you need .Cover it with bare metal foil then clean the edge off for the next step .Get some .010 strip and build the edge and epoxie it in place .Super Glue will not cut the mustard here !

  Now in the internal space cut and fit a clear piece of plastic that you've sanded lightly with 600 grit on one side  Cut to fit in the resulting depression . Now sand the clear smooth with the edges you've already built .

    Smooth the exterior nicely and paint the edge the color it's supposed to be .Polish the lens gently and there you have it , one interior light for your Husky .      T.B.

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