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Getting back into it kinda

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Getting back into it kinda
Posted by Shnake on Monday, August 21, 2017 1:33 PM


I was a fairly avid modeler about 30 years ago then gave it up to focus on other things.  I was mostly an Aircraft modeler.

This year for Christmas I am making a model of my 18 year old daughters favorite car.  The 1967 Impala SS.  So I have purchased the model (hasn't arrived yet) but it is the AMT 1:25 Scale 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS.  Here dream car color is Black so I'm intending on doing it in black with a red or tan interior.

My goal is to (if possible) also light up the headlights, taillights, marker lights, interior and back light the dash.

If anyone knows of a sorce for metal etched parts for this car I would love to get those as well.

Any tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Posted by 195X on Monday, August 21, 2017 3:59 PM

Model car garage has what you're looking for... or evilbay.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by dreamsinplastic on Monday, August 21, 2017 8:49 PM

Hey Shnake,Welcome !!.....Read your inquiry about using lighting for the Impala....I haven't done this as yet...Nor have I used any of their products...But I found a Site that may interest you !!!   Evan Design . Good Luck !!..Have FUN !!  (Got the `67 Impala kit also>>at the prepping & fitting stage...Love it !!)  JohnZ

"Taking a short hiatus from building models....... Projects/Work around the house.....It's riding weather.....Get in the Wind & down the Hwy....."






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Posted by Shnake on Monday, August 21, 2017 9:51 PM

Thanks...trying to stay away from evilbay lol

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Posted by Shnake on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:00 PM
Thank You
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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, August 25, 2017 8:52 AM

Check into fiber optic kits can't remember who had them but I know they had star trek kits with fiber optics saw someone had robbed 1 from the space kit used it on a car and a semi kit no overheating and very little space needed looked very convincing even had a working headlight switch for parking and headlights the guy even set 8t up you push the brake pedal and th brake lights came on was a few years back and lord knows my memories are becoming like Swiss cheese holes in all of them


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Posted by Shnake on Friday, August 25, 2017 10:03 AM
Great idea thank you!!!! I'm unboxing the kit now.
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Posted by TnT on Friday, August 25, 2017 12:40 PM

Welcome back. Your daughter has grwat taste. The 67 impala is my all time favorite. I have built one and have the newer kit on the shelf. I have been pondering the idea of lights. Been looking at reel strip back lights out of some of the slot machines at work. Thought i may be able to remove the leds from some of the boards. But that is me. Probably easier ways. Good luck , keep us upto date.

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Posted by Shnake on Friday, August 25, 2017 5:38 PM

Thanks,  Actually I have decided to go fiber optic.  Easiest soulution and gives me the most flexability while taking up the least amount of space.  The fibers come in 2mm, 1.5mm, .5mm and smaller and larger.  The strands can be lit by your choice of LED color (providing you make the emitter's yourself).  This allows you to place all the fibers prior to painting. I'll just leave them long and cut them to size while I'm assembling and terminate them all in the trunk area.  Best part is, to check and make sure you have the correct light for the color LED, you turn on the led and shine it through the fiber.  So I can do white for head lights and high beams, interior light, dash and radio back light and under hood light. Amber for marker lights and front turn signals, white or red for rear running, turnsignals and brake lights.  White for Reverse lights.  Then I can decide how many banks I want.  Rign now I'm planning on putting the headlamps, dash backlights, radio back lights, forward and rear running lights on one circuit.  All the blinkers on one circuit and the interior lights and under hood lights on a different circuit.    All of these fiber circuits will terminate in their own emiters in the trunk.  Those emiters will be connected to a single circuit board so I will have only one point of electrical connection to the car.  The rest of the lights on the diorama will have their own circuit.  There is a gas station that is near my home that has not been updated since the 70's I think.  The pumps and over head lighting were new in 1967 so I am using that as my inspiration, and will likely scratch build most of the station.

I'm actually planning on making the diaroma on an angle which will be elevated from the back.  I will place all switches on the back of the diorama.

I am even contemplating making a small radio (checking to see but if memory serves you could get that car with AM/FM 8 track) and placing it in the diorama, along with speakers and the sound of a 427 starting with an ignition key.  The electronics are not difficult and won't take up much room.  I'll power the fiber lights with one battery and the rest with another, so two 9V batteries should do just fine.  I'll adjust the resistor values to give me brighter lights on the high beams and flashers.



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