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  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Headlight lenses
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:55 AM

Does anyone know of an aftermarket source for quality headlight lenses?

Thanks

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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    May, 2017
  • From: Douglas AZ>
Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:49 PM

 Back when I was still building model railroad stuff I discovered MV Products or it may be MV Lenses not sure which. But they have multiple sizes and colors so you can do headlights , taillights ,turnsignals and reverse lights. 

I have a pile of them in my spare parts box that I cant get to at the moment so give me a day or two and I'll come up with the correct name.

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, August 11, 2017 9:18 AM

Thanks for the info, Timmy. I am familiar with MV Lenses. They do a pretty good job of replicating a headlight, but I am looking for a clear lens with an accurate lens pattern for scratchbuilt headlight assemblies. I thought someone out there might be casting copies of particularly good kit lenses, but so far I have found nothing. I may just have to make my own.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • Member since
    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Sunday, August 13, 2017 8:50 AM

YES !

 Yourself ! Save your money . Take a NEW bottle of styrene cement . Put about half in another clean bottle . Prefferably one with the brush removed . Now take as many models as you have in progress . Clip apart All the untinted clear sprue and insert in bottle . Wait four or five days and stir the new mixture gently . Add a few more drops of glue if it is stiff .

  Now take your oldest X - Acto #1 handle and round and polish the end to resemble a headlight .Now Etch the lines in there and polish it to a shine .Put a small blob of the Sprue Glue clear on it .Wait overnight and the next day pop it off , trim and install in headlight bezel .

  There's no need to spend hard earned bucks when you have the materials right at hand . If you build these things called models , you must have some patience , right ? Well , let it pay off for you .

gjgeracci
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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 1:52 PM

I've been using "mold putty" to make a mold of a particular lens & then cast them in "Laser Bond" glue.

Works pretty well for me.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:05 PM

Now ;

 See there ? I never even thought about the Lazer Bond Glue . Good going there .

gjgeracci
  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, August 14, 2017 10:53 AM

Thanks for the tips, guys. The Laser Bond product sounds like a viable solution. I figured that I would eventually have to scratch some lenses, but thought it would be worth checking if good accurate items were available. It seems not, though given the number of old kits available with chrome headlights, and the number of builders who strive for a more accurate option, I am somewhat surprised.

Time to start digging through the stash and look for nice accurate examples to copy. Just curious Steve, what are you using for 'mold putty'?

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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