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

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:13 am
by Steam235
My Final thoughts on the Lighting Kit for the 1/350 scale K'T'inga model kit.

To cut to the chase. This is a great lighting kit.

You won't need to solder anything, you won't need to worry about resistors, volts or circuits. It's entirely plug and play. every LED strand is labeled clearly and fits on to the circuit board.

I loved being able to use an off the shelf product to light the kit rather than building my own lighting, the only other kit I've built that had an official lighting kit was the Bandai PG Falcon. This lighting kit was actually better than the Bandai PG lighting kit. The Bandai lighting kit was similar in design, but actually inaccurate in what it lit. (the landing gear doesn't have spot lights on the falcon.

This kit is very accurate to the filming model it replicates the engines, weapons, collision lights and windows. it replicates the flood lights that shine on the hull and has blinking lights on the neck and bottom.

Perhaps the most accurate part is that the lighting is in scale, the windows are not very bright, the strobes, flood lights engines and weapons are.

I was very impressed with the light piping used in the nacelles, and the use of PE to get the right shapes.

There were only a few things I would consider cons. I think the battery compartment is very crowded. I wish the circuit board was enclosed. You need to be careful and make sure not to damage any of the solders (the instructions call this out several times so I think even novices will know to be careful.

Something I wish I had realized; not all of the red parts should be used. Some are just included in red because of where they were on the sprue.

Something I wish I had done differently. I would have enlarged the window openings in the plastic even more than I did. I didn't open them too much and I think that it limits the viewing angle for the lights. Those lights are just so small and narrow they don't let much light through. The wider you can make those holes in the plastic parts the wider your viewing angle will be. I hope this diagram shows what I mean. I fell that on mine you have to be looking fairly dead on to see the window lights properly.

Overall this kit will let you light the model easily and accurately, and that's what it's all about.

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

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:45 pm
by kingsnake1
My first post here ever...
My concern with the lighting kit is that it will make the bulb part of the model appear hollow if lighted according to directions. I see some mention of scuffing the clear plastic part to diffuse light, but...will this really help?

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

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:56 pm
by Father Cool
Yes scuffing clear plastic works great as a diffuser however it does need to be done uniformly and with very fine sandpaper or else the scruffs can show.

Scuffing small things is comparatively easy though, scuffing this baby was as hard as hell as any slight difference in scuff level ended up with uneven lighting across the deflector. It was akin to polishing mirrors for telescopes haha, ok perhaps not that bad!!

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

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:38 pm
by Viz
Love your build. Thanks for taking the time to post this in such detailed pics and giving us such a good guide to the lighting.

This kit has not been realeased in the UK yet. I have 3 of these kits including 3 lighting kits bought and paid for . Still waiting for them to arrive. Needless to say, reading your posts, I am super excited.

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

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:22 pm
by Tesral
Viz wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:38 pm
Love your build. Thanks for taking the time to post this in such detailed pics and giving us such a good guide to the lighting.

This kit has not been realeased in the UK yet. I have 3 of these kits including 3 lighting kits bought and paid for . Still waiting for them to arrive. Needless to say, reading your posts, I am super excited.
Klingon kits are not released! They escape leaving a trial of blood, and bodies behind them!

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

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:00 am
by Steam235
Viz wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:38 pm
Love your build. Thanks for taking the time to post this in such detailed pics and giving us such a good guide to the lighting.

This kit has not been realeased in the UK yet. I have 3 of these kits including 3 lighting kits bought and paid for . Still waiting for them to arrive. Needless to say, reading your posts, I am super excited.
You'll really like the kit! Are you going to make all three the same? Or do you have different plans for each?

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

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:03 am
by Viz
I am planning to use 3 kits on one base ( a Starfield with a V'ger Cloud backdrop. The base and the backdrop is to be lit as well as the ships.

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

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:49 pm
by Tesral
Viz wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:03 am
I am planning to use 3 kits on one base ( a Starfield with a V'ger Cloud backdrop. The base and the backdrop is to be lit as well as the ships.
That will be huge. A single one is too foot long.

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

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:00 pm
by Viz
Yes it is going to be very big. Crazy big. But onece I get an idea in my head......

I am planning to light up the base and backdrop too.