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Coloring LED lights
Posted by R.M.S.Titanic on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:21 AM

I bought a kit from academy, which is the 1/700 titanic with LED, but i have an issue with it, the LEDs that come with it are white light, but i want them to be yellow, is there any way to recolor these without buying new LEDs?

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:25 PM

The bulbs can be tinted with Tamiya transparent paints built  up in layers with an airbrush to the desired tone. I tend to mix in a slight touch of transparent red with the yellow to get an amber hue which is warmer in tone than just the yellow on its own. 

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Posted by R.M.S.Titanic on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:50 PM

would this work with normal brushes? i dont own an airbrush yet

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:00 PM

It should.  Just do add the color in thin layers until you get to the desire effect you are looking for.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, December 1, 2016 9:15 AM

Magic markers are an easy way to give a colored but transparent coating on clear plastic.  I have not tried it on LEDs yet, but it should work.  I have a few on my bench right now so I will give it a try and see if it works.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by dirkpitt77 on Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:12 AM

I have also heard of sci-fi modelers who will hit the LED with a few swipes of the sanding stick or sandpaper to rough it up. The idea is to diffuse the light more. But I bet it might help you get the paint to stick or get a heavier coat of paint on, too, to help with your problem.

--Chris

    "Some say the alien didn't die in the crash.  It survived and drank whiskey and played poker with the locals 'til the Texas Rangers caught wind of it and shot it dead."

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Posted by RockyD on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 1:03 AM

I have dipped white led bulbs in tamiya clear colors with pretty good results.

one thing that i found out is that tinting a "cool" white bulb with just yellow to try and get a warmer white tends to give you a greenish glow.

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