Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

Post by Steam235 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:54 pm

patrickivan wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:25 pm
How well is the black preventing light leakage?
The black is perfect, no light leaks at all.
patrickivan wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:25 pm
But those windows look massive. Way too large... That's unfortunate.
The openings right now are supposed to be pretty massive, they'll be covered by photo etch. The photoetch windows are inscale.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

Post by Steam235 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:26 pm

The nacelles have a very interesting piece of light piping. the nacelles have five points of light coming off of one LED
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I superglued the LED to the light pipe then I sprayed the light pipe with a silver paint, I'm not sure that was necessary but in my experience it helps. making sure to not get paint on the parts that will be exposed.
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Their light pipe really works well.

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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

Post by Steam235 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:35 am

Another modification suggested by the lighting instructions. You cut the sidewalls off of part 4 and glue them to part 8. You can then paint part 8 before you put in the clear red plastic. Then you glue the bottom of part 4 on to it.
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On this piece make sure to put the LED through the hole before you glue it, the connector will not fit through if you glue the LED first.
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The lights look good. The fins on the front really cut down the angle where the red is visible.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

Post by Steam235 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:37 am

Ran into 2 small issues when I was putting the lights into the rear engine assembly. The holes for the engine LEDs where 5mm wide and the LEDs are 3mm LEDs. This really had a easy 5 minute solution. I took a small piece of styrene sheet and I cut off two squares, attached that to the kit part, and carefully drilled a 3mm hole for the LEDs.
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The second issue is that the 3mm LEDs, which are a very cool white almost blue, with the red tinted parts gave the engines a purple hue.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

Post by Steam235 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:26 pm

The photoetch is probably the trickiest part of the lighting kit.

I painted the head of the ship, making sure to mask off where the photo etch would be. I wanted to make sure I would be gluing it to bare plastic.
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The top strips are suggested to be glued down on one end, let the glue cure and then bend it across the surface, glueing it down on the other end. Once I glued down one end. I put some CA glue down in a bottle cap and I used a toothpick to put small drops across the gluing surface keepign the drops away from any window holes. then some tape to hold it down on the far side.
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To do the strip on the bulb you line it up in the middle. and after the middle is glued, curve it around the bulb.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

Post by Rio » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:34 pm

Sweet!!!
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

Post by Steam235 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:29 am

At this point we have the sub assemblies completed.
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The top and bottom hulls have been given some silver paint to help defuse light, the top saucer has lights shining at the bulkhead's forward windows. The bottom hull has flood lights that shine on the outside bottom hull
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At this point I skipped ahead and added the nacelles before joining the hull halves. I don't see how you would run the nacelle wires if you had already attached the top and bottom hull together.
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Check the clearance on your back engine section. The middle LED and it's leads are too big for that engine section to fit. You have to carefully bent the leads to the LED 90 degrees so it will fit. This is called out in the instructions. Test your fit against the top hull before you join the top and bottom halves.
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Try to leave this hole open, most of your wires will pass through it.
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When you do join the top and bottom halves of the hull make sure all 4 wires, (the two nacelles, top hull and bottom hull) are all going out the back, in between all the posts.

Once the hull halves are joined run all four of those wires through the small square hole, so that they are running into the battery compartment.
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Next you can attache the five rear wall parts. Start at the outside, gluing the rear engine section last. When you attache the engine section make sure to run it's wire through that same hole to the battery compartment. (Note: You may not want to glue the engine section on yet. After you attache the wires to the circuit board you may want to pull some of the extra wire out of the battery compartment and tuck it inside the hull)


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Now you can attach the neck and head. The wires will naturally run into the battery compartment.
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After that there are three final LEDs to glue.. The first is from the neck and gets glued in the very bottom of the hull. There is a big hole in the bottom of the battery compartment so you can reach the bottom of the hull.


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Now there are two LEDs for flood lights that shine on the top of the hull.
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After you have all the LEDs glued, carefully move them out of the way so you can put the circuit board and battery pack in.
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If you are advanced and comfortable with electronics, you can cut off the battery pack. Where the battery pack sits, is the housing for the stand's pole. you could drill a small hole in this and run a wire into the base so you can attach it to a plug in power supply. The stand's pole is hollow to allow this.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

Post by Steam235 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:30 am

Here are some pictures I took on the fly after having connected all the LEDs. I obviously have a lot more to do on the model so please consider these as WIP shots.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga lighting kit p/review

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