P/Review 2018 Release 1:72 Runabout (with scratch built interior and lights).

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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by Steam235 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:50 pm

Lets talk about the less fun part of modeling for a minute....

$$$$ Money $$$$

Money is 100% a factor in what we build, and how we build it. I know a lot of people who skip lighting models because of how much it costs. I see people charging $70-$100 for basic lighting kits. Kits that are close to $200 with different effects for strobbing and fading effects.

I build and light my models for less than $20 per kit.

Now part of that is honestly buying in bulk and buying enough for four or five models at a time.

Here's an example of a shopping list for what you need to light a ship.

LED tape 30 foot $15
Fiber Optics 48 feet $12
Prewired 12v LEDs 120 LEDs $12
Shrink wrap in bulk $9
Twined wire $9

That's $57 enough supplies to build a fleet of ships! I have links to all of those things on Amazon if any one is interested.

You do need to know how to solder, but with prewired LEDs the soldering is simple and you don't need to worry about resistors.
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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by Tesral » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:17 pm

Steam235 wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:26 pm

Blue Warp nacelle grills
Red Bussard collectors
Orange grills on the pylons
Three red running lights
Three green running lights.

And as I'm including the rollbar with sensor pod, it will need a pair of yellow lights.
No interior lights to see the interior goodness?
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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by trekriffic » Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:32 pm

Nice build. Love how good the interior looks thru the windows, even with it being fairly simplified.

Are you planning on making the crew figures?
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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by Steam235 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:43 pm

Tesral wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:17 pm
Steam235 wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:26 pm

Blue Warp nacelle grills
Red Bussard collectors
Orange grills on the pylons
Three red running lights
Three green running lights.

And as I'm including the rollbar with sensor pod, it will need a pair of yellow lights.



No interior lights to see the interior goodness?
D'oh! Forgot that. Yes lights for the interior too. 😁

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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by Steam235 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:07 am

Starting on the sensor pod. I didn't want really bright headlights, more just an active sensor pallet. So instead of two LEDs. I took advantage of the detail in the front piece and drilled 6 holes on each size for fiber optics. I trimmed them to about 1cm inside the sensor pud and used heat shrink tubing to connect each bundle to a yellow led. I soldered the LEDs together and ran the positive wire down one pylon and the negative down the other.
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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by Steam235 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:10 am

For the Nacelles, I started with LED tape, and soldered a red LED to the front leads.
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I sprayed clear blue over the led strip, and the warp grills, It will still need some defusing material for the right effect.
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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by Steam235 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:20 am

For the orange glow in the pylon I tapped into the wires that run to the nacelle and attached an orange LED.

I'm using fiber optics for the red and green running lights.

I started by drilling filing down the tip of the molded detail, then used a pin vise to drill a hole for the fiber, the fiber went into the nacelle, through the nacelle, and then up into the pylon. it runs through the pylon into the hull.
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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by Steam235 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:50 am

Threading the wires from the sensor pallet through the pylon covers, into the main hull, and then pulling everything tight,
The sensor pallet has not been glued on yet.
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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by Steam235 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:54 am

Some very WIP pictures of the lighting.
Sensor pod, nacelle bottom halves, bottom main hull, interior peices, are all not glued together yet. the nacelles do not have their defuser materials yet, and the fiber has not been trimmed.

All the lights work!!
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Re: P/Review 1:72 Runabout with scratch built interior.

Post by MEATLOAFr » Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:22 pm

Looking good, keep up the great work
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