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  • From: NC
Navigation/running lights
Posted by out04 on Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:30 PM

I need some simple half-spherical clear pieces for navigation lights.  I was thinking about clear epoxy drops on wax paper.  Any other ideas?

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, August 1, 2020 11:05 PM

It's pretty easy to shape and polish the end of a section of clear sprue, then slice it off to the desired size. It might give you better uniformity than epoxy drops.

Plus, for colored nav lights, you can drill a tiny hole at the bottom or back, and fill with paint of the appropriate color for a convincing 'bulb.'

Greg

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Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:27 AM

Rough shape a scrap of clear sprue, paint the back side with appropriate color of clear color.  Glue in place with either clear epoxy or a canopy flue.  Final sand and polish.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, August 2, 2020 6:58 AM

I used drops of that window glue that Micro Scale and Testors make.  Some people dye it with a drop of paint while it is still wet.  If I want it tinted I drybrush it after it is dry.  If you need a clear one, it dries clear.  When you put the drop on a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap, it dries into a hemisphere.

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:40 AM

gregbale
Plus, for colored nav lights, you can drill a tiny hole at the bottom or back, and fill with paint of the appropriate color for a convincing 'bulb.'

Hot dawg, that's a neat idea.

-Greg

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Posted by jmoran426 on Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:39 PM

I've built HO scale (1/87) building security lights over LED surface mount lights, using AC glue. I used the gap-filling type, building it up in layers over plastic backing with the LEDs on thin styrene backing and the wires through a hole. Once I had built up enough clear AC using accelerator to help speed the setting process, I used emory board files to shape and reduce the size of the part. Use fine sand paper to polish and Future to add shine if you want. After threading the LED wires through a hole in the building structure, I glued the part on the plastic back. LEDs can be wired to turn on the lights.

jmoran426

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:47 PM

Greg

 

 
gregbale
Plus, for colored nav lights, you can drill a tiny hole at the bottom or back, and fill with paint of the appropriate color for a convincing 'bulb.'

 

Hot dawg, that's a neat idea.

This is the only shot I could find where it's half-way in focus, but it's not a bad effect for lights with that design:

Greg

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, August 2, 2020 2:08 PM

That is very convincing. Yes

That was nice of you to find that photo and post it, complete with a PIP enlargement no less. Smile

Thanks, Greg.

-Greg

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