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Lighting Kit
Posted by David from PA on Thursday, February 16, 2023 7:59 AM

Hi. I'm building a 1/350 WW2  Essex class aircraft carrier and I would like to light the hangar deck by placing a lighting kit on the underside of the flight deck. Could you tell me what kind/size/voltage kit to purchase?

David From PA

 

 

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Thursday, February 16, 2023 8:17 AM

David from PA

Hi. I'm building a 1/350 WW2  Essex class aircraft carrier and I would like to light the hangar deck by placing a lighting kit on the underside of the flight deck. Could you tell me what kind/size/voltage kit to purchase?

 

 
I know of lighting (+ engines + engine noise) kits for Jet and Prop aircraft, but I don't know of any specific kits for boats.
 
If you lean towards the experimental/proof of concept/el-cheapo end of the market...

I've used $/£/€ Store sets of christmas lights, run on 2 1.5V AA Batteries, available as warm white or multi-coloured sets. 

Otherwise aim for 3V LED's & be prepared to do a lot of research, viz, I had a fancy to light up a B17F... 26 visible lights, excluding the instruments...
 

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, February 16, 2023 11:05 AM

Using LEDs is not very hard... If you buy the electronic components to do it yourself, it's also a lot cheaper than this "lighting kit" you're trying to find.

Here's what I managed to do:

Parts - some $10 in total:

Soldering:

Testing:

And on a finished model - please note that it's powered from a 5V USB power source - like the one used to charge your phone.

If you want I can try to give you some tips for the design, if you ned them.

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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    April 2009
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Thursday, February 16, 2023 11:46 AM

Here is a great source for LED's, Miniature switches, etc.  I have dealt with them several times and received excellent service.

https://evandesigns.com/

 

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, February 16, 2023 12:26 PM

What will be difficult is catching any and all light leaks. The ship only has the one elevator on the outside, but there are no doubt a lot of joints in the kit.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, February 16, 2023 12:45 PM

Thanks,

John

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    February 2015
Posted by InternationalRescue on Monday, February 20, 2023 4:08 PM

I echo Cadet Chuck on Evan Designs.  Their products are excellent and they are very helpful; also stand behind their products.  They have quite a gallery highlighting how customers have used their LED's; might inspire how to use.  Good luck with your build!

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