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Trucker

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Side light lens
« on: April 13, 2020, 07:22:18 AM »

what material do you guys use for scratch built side light lend, I used coloured accitate but it's far to dark for the 3mm LED bulbs, also tried the paint for lights ,and sharpie pens,


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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2020, 10:56:58 AM »

Hi trucker

Try nail polish, you can thin it down.
Ask the wife for some old stuff to try.

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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2020, 11:27:16 AM »

Is there any reason not to use red and green LEDs and clear plastic?

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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2020, 12:08:36 PM »

what material do you guys use for scratch built side light lend, I used coloured accitate but it's far to dark for the 3mm LED bulbs, also tried the paint for lights ,and sharpie pens,


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Tamiya translucent lacquer red and green



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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2020, 12:26:30 PM »

Thanks for your replies, the lenses in your reply seem too large, my lights are 9my high and sit in a light box only 7mm wide,
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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2020, 02:15:11 PM »


Hi Trucker, I usually use clear acetate, cut from the packaging you get from various purchases, for the lens.
There's an example of how I make my nav lights up here on page 12, reply no. 289

https://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,52330.275.html


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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2020, 05:37:26 PM »

Ray, i have made mine with the same thought process as you have, only with various plastic bits, the issue im having is the colouring for the plastic packaging,  ie green / red side lights, i think i might throw caution to the wind and simply have the green / red LED bulb and a clear lens, it doesnt seem right but it will work Trucker
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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2020, 06:54:47 PM »

Hello Gents,
I make mine from water clear casting resin either with a tiny bit of resin colour mixed in you can get just about any colour you want but RED/ GREEN/ YELLOW, and BLUE  seam most useful for us boat modellers using a clear led   or I leave it clear and just push a coloured led in of your chores before it sets. so you end up with a lens and colour of the shape and size you want.
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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2020, 08:33:18 PM »

hi all.
i have resolved my side light issues, i went back to a clear bit of plastic packaging and coloured a few pieces until i was happy, ive also replaced the red / green LED bulb with a clear white bulb, now looks nice happy days.


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Re: Side light lens
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2020, 09:24:41 PM »

Another problem has been resolved - that's the magic of mayhem at it's best  :-))


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