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I have been using LED's and Fiber Optics for some time now to add a bit more realism to my models.

It was with this in mind that I set up a new site where you can purchase these pre-wired LED's which can be used with any power source from 3 to 12V DC.

You can view my eBay listing HERE

This is just for the LED's so please view my other items to see the pre-wired Fiber Optics which can be used for instrument panels etc.

If you would like to buy, I would appreciate it if you can visit my website HERE and get them from here, eBay fees are a killer

I also undertake any custom work you may need to light your model, just message me with your requirement and I will get back to you.

If this post is against any rules then I apologise for this and please remove.



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Thanks for the post, very interesting and don't worry no rules broken .

I've put the cockpit together for the f-14 step by step, but what would you recommend to have as lighting going on else where on the f-14 step by step.

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You have the option of the navigation lights and also landing lights, depending on the configuration.

Fiber Optics look awesome in the cockpit and instruments but each to there own I guess.

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I may very well be missing something here Andrew but I cannot see in your noted listings where the fibre optics cabling is made available? Is this sold seperately?

Surely in such an installation as suggested above, the LED would be positioned in the nose to provide a light source focused into a small group of fibre optics cables, that in turn run to a number of individual instruments in the main cockpit panel ... likewise out to navigation lights from another centrally located LED in the body? This is an option I am very seriously considering for my 1/32 F-14 and F-16 builds.

The only alternative I have seen to doing this is to use NANOlights, an ultra-micro sized surface mount LED which I have used successfully several times for DCC control and lighting in N Gauge Locomotives but are extreemely expensive and of a limited colour range (albeit I have a full range of the Alclad2 transparents colours). They will however fit into a 1mm hole and are much more flexible than fibre optic tubing.

What method have you used to install into 1/48 and 1/32 aircraft ?
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Hi Peter

The Kit I sell comes with wire attached that just needs hooking up to a power source.

What I do is, prior to closing up the fuselage, I install the fiber I there, the strands have already been run to the instruments prior to final closure.

The wire that is already attached, I run through a hole in the bottom of the fuselage.  You are then free to hide it using whatever method you see fit.

I have also, in the past, run the wire from the refuelling port location so it simulates being fueled, i'm sure you get the idea.

As the fiber and LED are encompassed in heat sleeve, there is no bleed from the light source so you don't have to worry about it creeping through any seams etc.

The fiber tips can be painted using the clear acrylics so using a white LED is preferable as it leaves all your options open.

The fiber is only 1mm in diameter so is easily run through the void in the wings before closing them up.

Of course, some prior planning is required to achieve this, but it is well worth it.

The fiber tips can also be melted and squashed to simulate a lens which can then be used for Nav lights.

I hope this answers most of your questions.

Andy

Edit : Forgot to mention, Fiber Optic is very forgiving and can be shaped using a hairdryer by just heating it up, it will cool and keep its shape which is why it is easier to install in the fueselage and run all the fiber from there.

Same for the Nav lights but I use a flashing LED for this and just wire in paralell and colour with clear Acrylics.


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Hi Andy,

I fully understand the wires being pre-attached to the LED poles and the requirement for a suitable small resistor (per colour) but I still don't see if you are supplying the 1mm fibre-optic cable, and if so how long is it, as due to the nature of light projection from fibre I would need perhaps four seperate fibres being fed to the F-16 console. With space limitations even in this scale there is no need to use four seperate LEDs, one for instrumentation and another for navigation (wings and tail) would suffice. Resin wheel bays make the job much harder, and I would still like to expose the front radar.

If the fibre-optic cabling is not supplied with the kit then can you supply this and at what cost? In 1/48th scale 0.5mm cabling would even better.

May also still have to supplement with NANOlights on the landing gear since the optical cable is just not flexible enough.

As a final question what is the flash/strobe rate you supply and is this adjustable, since different rates are used on the real aircraft.

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Hi Peter

As per my listing HERE, the kit is supplied with either 10 or 20 strands of fiber at 20 or 25cm long.

With regards to the landing gear, I use a 3mm LED and 0.2mm wire which is glued to the struts and once painted is virtually invisible and just looks like Hydraulic pipes.

The flash rate is not adjustable and is roughly 1 flash per second although different rates can be bought up to 4 per second.

The ones I supply flash Approx once per second but is controlled by the inbuilt chip so cannot be adjusted.

I also have some 1.9mm red LED's which I use for tail lights as they are small enough to look to scale.

Andy

Edit : Forgot to mention, I can make them using 0.5mm Fiber, would just need to buy it in.

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Hi Andy,

That kit is perfect for me to try out

I was looking at your website as requested instead to avoid your eBay seller fees ... I shall order later today, 1mm is fine for 1/32 aircraft, also want to add a pack of pre-wired LEDs from your website, stunning great prices BTW. Shall email you the requirements and you can send me a PayPal invoice for the lot.

Many thanks,
Peter
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Hi Peter

I hope you will post some pics when you have installed them.

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