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secretreeve April 16 2013 06:51 PM

Secrets Moebius BSG galactica
i'll just leave this here for now....

more pics and write up to come later after some sleep lol

p.s note the optics on the flight pod :D not seen anyone do that yet.

0.25mm and 0.5mm optics used.

secretreeve April 16 2013 06:53 PM

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now i just need to stick some smd's into the flight pod and run the wires, stick some epoxy on the fiber optics to hold them in place, add a little light block and she'll be ready for sealing up

gator head


flight pod bays

Roshi April 16 2013 11:31 PM

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I got that same model sleeping somewhere in my garage. And you've just given me enough motivation to start and finish it!
I got a couple of technical questions though. Can transparency be circumvented by painting the interior of the model kit? How did you manage to drill holes for the optic fiber bundles? With a needle? I had no idea there were several fiber optic sizes, btw!
And most importantly, how do you "colorize" the red fiber optic?

Can I right-click and save your pics for future references?

secretreeve April 17 2013 12:05 AM

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you can right click or if you want. thanks for asking first thats always appreciated :D

okay technical stuff,

transparency: I find with scale models, if light shines through the styrene then its probably not in scale brightness wise. I used potentiometers to vary the brightness of the leds and bring that brightness down to a level which would be considered "in scale". I.e if you was small enough to fit inside the model, the lighting wouldn't blind you.

that said, for areas such as the engines, i used cut up heat shrink to block the light and direct it more into the exhaust cans.

but yes, you can lay down a thin primer coat on the inside of the model parts and paint it, gloss black is best for light blocking.

as for the red optics, i just used a red led.

thing is with fiber optics, what ever color you shine down one end, that color will come out the other end. use a red led, get red light out the end, use blue, get blue, and it goes on with green, yellow, pink what ever really.

I used 2 sizes of fiber optics, 0.25mm and 0.5mm. i used a 0.30mm and 0.55mm drill bits along with a pin vice or small twist drill (the kind you turn with your fingers) (several by the end because they snap easily) I will need to use epoxy to fix the optics in place though.

if your new to fiber optics, I would suggest using 3mm leds and get some metal tube that fits snuggly over the led.

add the resistor to the led leg, and wires, use heatshrink on the legs.
put the led in the tube (cut down to 25mm in length) and put some larger heat shrink over the tube and led to hold them in place.

then put the optics in the open end of the tube and use epoxy to secure them in place.

reason is that if your not used to optics and heat shrink, then its easy to apply to much heat to the shrink around the optics and melt the strands. the above method is the safest way if your new to it all.

but dont let that put you off. fiber optics are SO MUCH FUN! and in all honesty, ALOT cleaner than leds alone.

if you need anything else, feel free to ask.

secretreeve April 17 2013 12:10 AM

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video tour of the model.

Roshi April 17 2013 12:39 AM

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Can you take a picturemof the electrical feed, please? I have no idea what specific voltage you would require.

secretreeve April 17 2013 06:51 AM

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i'm using a 12v 0.5 amp power supply i will get a photo of the inside of the model and the psu later.

Candlelight April 17 2013 12:05 PM

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Very cool, good job.

secretreeve April 17 2013 12:29 PM

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thanks candlelight

T J April 17 2013 11:22 PM

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Frackin' amazing! :techman::techman::techman:

USS Firefly April 18 2013 11:34 AM

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Very good!

secretreeve April 18 2013 01:35 PM

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thanks fire fly, TJ

she's been wrapped up now waiting till pay day to buy some paints and epoxy

secretreeve April 28 2013 01:39 AM

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started painting her today,

i used tamiya gunship grey as the base coat. its a bit too dark but its livable.

for the aztecing i used model master/testors gunship grey (the lighter grey) and gun metal.

I also took a little creative licensing with the detailing:

secretreeve April 29 2013 11:18 PM

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all done with the model, just have the stand to fanny around with now.

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