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I've recently got into 40K (about 2 weeks ago) and I've been enjoying the painting and doing some small scale mods on individual figures, but I get bored easily and have decided to build a dreadnought which will be lit from within (sensor lights and such, as well as having a light inside the hatch on the arcophagus.
The reason I'm posting this is two-fold, one to get freedback on it as I progress, and two to see if anyone can point me in the direction of any tutorials or the like for this kind of thing. I'm almost certain that I came across a thread last week where someone had converted a tau figure so that it's eyes lit up from within, but I cannot for the life of me find any trace of it now. All help would be appreciated.
It is a cool idea, and can look really cool if combnie the right light and paint colors. A buddy is doing this with a dreadnaught of his.
Basically get a small LED that is bright enough with not to many batteries, say 2-3 batteris is the most you're going to fit in the model. Be sure to setup some kind of switch on/off mechanisim for it.
well, I got a forgeworld dreadnought base, so my plan is to place another, slightly thicker base below it and put the batteries in it along with the switch mechanism, with a gun or somesuch on top of it acting as a switch.
I've already drilled through the dreadnoughts legs to thread the wires through and i have the facade of the dreadnought altered to how I want it, so all I really have left to do now is wire in the led and paint it up.
Hopefully, I'll be able to throw up some pics in a day or so.
I wired one of my Rhinos to have LEDs in the headlight locations.
Are you looking for a wiring diagram for the electronics components, or do you have that part figured out, and are just looking for tips on placement/conversion of the model?
Mine runs on one 9 volt battery which is kept on a bettery mount in the rear of the tank, with a slider switch on the bottom. If you need to know what resistors you need for what lights and such, let me know and I can point you in the right direction for that.
Sounds like a cool plan, can't wait to see your progress.
there was a thousand sons army like this in one of the WDs , they all had LED eyes, and the tanks all lit up, it makes for a cool effect
I'm currently working on a lit Razorback, there will be two red LEDs in the crew compartment (I hope =P). It'll hopefully give it a nice military lighting look, the sort you get in cheesey Hollywood movies when a military installation or submarine goes on red alert or on low power.
However...not being an electronics person myself, my physics is purely theoretical and application of my ideas may be a tad tricky. I'm hoping (fingers crossed) that I could run two LEDs of 2 AA sized batteries (delivering a total of 3V). I'm talking about standard sized LEDs, don't know what that is though (more research needed) and I need to know what size resistor/s I should be using. Or I could just use a variable resistor, but I'd still need to be in the right range.
That would be really helpful actually.Originally Posted by Troszkowsky
It's been a long time since I did anything more technical than rewired a plug, so getting the leds and such all wired up is likely to be interesting, atht e very least.
Do you think a flat 3v battery, like the type used in some digital cameras and such, would provide enough power to light a single red led?
and other model-toys have fiber optic light kits available and easy to install.
I remember seeing a (classic) Battlestar Galactica lit model kit with a bunch of fibre optic strands. The strands were bunched at one end in a little light box, then you would poke the end of each strand into a drilled window hole.