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SIMULATING LENSES OR HEADLAMP GLASS - ADVICE NEEDED

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Posted by 6 on Saturday, December 31, 2005 5:02 PM
Slabbe: thanks for the extensive detail and sorry for beating up your name (spelling) last post. Did you place anything in the mold to aid in releasing such as spray cooking oil or something?

I guess my follow-up is for U.S. locals: Does anyone know if Home Depot, Lowe's (or anywhwere) carries any similar 2-part silicones which I can use for casting molds?? I don't want to order online for this. I know the regular home silicnones take a very long time to dry. Any recommendations?

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Posted by Marc @ MPC Motorsports on Saturday, December 31, 2005 5:14 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Big Baby

Just an update. I used Devcon 5 minute epoxy and it worked REAL well. I never thought I could get so much realism out of those crappy AMT molded in headlamps. Thanks again everyone!

Great idea but your new headlamps will turn yellow in 3-6 months. Devcon doesn't stay clear for long.

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Posted by 6 on Sunday, January 01, 2006 6:54 AM
Marc or anyone: are you aware of a 5min epoxy or other that stays clear?

Sladde: what 5 min epoxy brand did you use?

Also, does anyone know a major retailer that carries the 2-part silicones which I can use for casting molds?

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 01, 2006 7:11 PM
I found some stuff called Clear Parts Cement & Window Maker by Testors but I have not tried it yet.
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Posted by Slabbedask on Monday, January 02, 2006 2:09 PM
I used a cheap no-name epoxy that I bought in a local grocery chain store. I've been using this for gluing windows and making instrument lences for a long time without problems.
Just checked the can of silicone I use too. It's an industrial-grade 2-part silicone brand called Wacker Silicones made in Germany by a company called Drawin Vertriebs GMBH. The product name is Elastosil M4601 A+B
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Posted by 6 on Monday, January 02, 2006 4:56 PM
Thanks Slabbe; if you're epoxy works w/o issues, then I might have some hope. If it yellows, that's OK; It'll be another 8 months before I'm doing it to the next kit and I've got about 90 more to build!!

If anyone knows of a retail chain I can buy some molding silicone; please let me know.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 02, 2006 5:50 PM
here is one more idea for the making of headlites. If you have a plastics store near you, but acrlic rods of varying diameters. Using on of the polishing kits ( the ones with sand paper up to 12,000 grit ) shape the end of the rod to the desired curvature of a headlite. Now you have a choice of lenses.

#1 slice of the end that you have created, drill a small hole in the center and
glue in the head of a straight pin. This will give you a highly prized lite
called a "flame thrower" that was popular in many cusomized cars of the
'60's.

#2 carefully scribe lines into the surface of the rod to simulate a stock lense.

These rods come in many diameters. Make your lites in 1/25, 1/24/ 1/16, whaterever size you need.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 12:19 AM
What if?

What if I pushed the grill of an AMT kit into modeling clay until the headlights became visible in the clay. Then, after pulling out the gril, then fill the lense area with micro krystal klear?

I realize the mold wouldn't be permanent, but it would sure be cheap.
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Posted by elbeik on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 9:06 AM
think layer of tamiya clear acrylic paint.

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Posted by 6 on Friday, August 09, 2019 7:32 AM

I dug up this OLD topic on clear headlights; a topic with AMT and MPC kits deep in mind!

There was a lot of great input!  A clear blast from the past!

I'm curious to know if the the "technology" has changed and if there has become a new gold standard.  Or, is the feedback in this topic still the way we roll?

Would love to hear your input and if you have any photos to share, please do!

For those who stand by epoxy, does there now exist one that will never yellow?  The epoxy I referenced in this topic (which I used) yellowed out many years ago! 

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Posted by jonesmarc on Friday, August 09, 2019 3:44 PM
I can only speak for my own methods. If it's a custom build and only for a contest, I will drill the lights out and replace them with clear plastic ones. For a shelf model, or a out of the box contest build, I'll mix just enough white with clear to give the paint a foggy look before painting over those molded in headlights.
 
This is something I will be covering an article I'm preparing to write.

 

 

6

I dug up this OLD topic on clear headlights; a topic with AMT and MPC kits deep in mind!

There was a lot of great input!  A clear blast from the past!

I'm curious to know if the the "technology" has changed and if there has become a new gold standard.  Or, is the feedback in this topic still the way we roll?

Would love to hear your input and if you have any photos to share, please do!

For those who stand by epoxy, does there now exist one that will never yellow?  The epoxy I referenced in this topic (which I used) yellowed out many years ago! 

 

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Posted by ModelTexan1 on Friday, August 09, 2019 7:51 PM

No one has mentioned my approach so I guess I will offer it here.  I use "wiggle eyes" for headlight lenses.  They come in various sizes and you can buy them at Hobby Lobby, Michael's or even some Walmart stores. I use the 7mm ones for 1/24 or 1/25 scale.  Just use a knife to slice the clear portion away from the white backing and throw the black disc away (or use it for something else...).

They work pretty well.

 

ooops.  I just read all the original posts going back to 2005 and many people mentioned doll eyes.  So I'm not original with that.  Darn, thought I was brilliant there for a moment...:)

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