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Dio builders advice for doing working fluorescent fixtures

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  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: Tehachapi, CA
Dio builders advice for doing working fluorescent fixtures
Posted by PatrickN on Monday, May 20, 2013 11:28 PM

Hey guys! I have a late '80's NASCAR hauler that needs working fluorescent fixtures... The lenses are in the kit but what do I use for working light fixtures?

thanks in advance

"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."- Groucho Marx

 

 

  • Member since
    May 2008
Posted by my_ol55 on Friday, May 24, 2013 5:00 PM

Patrick, Info for working lights in my 1/25 scale garage dio.

See link below for the garage dio build.

The lights are miniature Christmas tree lights made by Darice. Available at craft stores or thru www.sunshinecrafts.com (or search the internet).  The lights inside the garage rafters are the Deco Lights (20 lights) Super Bright Teeny Bulbs. About  3/32" in diameter. I only used ten and the remaining lights are hidden thru the backside of the garage. I made the light  cans from 1/8" square tube (Evergreen). The lights fit perfectly. The outside lights are also made by Darice: Craft and

Floral Light set - Clear or Mixed color bulbs - steady burn. Also about 3/32" in diameter.  Some of the lights are battery operated and the others are electric.

buildcarmodels.com/.../index.html

Also, if you have the instruction sheet for the Original AMT 1964 Ford and Chevy, these kits had working head and tail lights. You could copy the setup and construct you own fluorescent light box from sheet plastic and clear plastic.

Check your local hobby shop train dept. Ask about lights for trains. Also Radio Shack sells mini lights and battery cases.

There might be working mini fluorescent lights for doll houses. Search the internet.

I hope this helps for  your project.

  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: Tehachapi, CA
Posted by PatrickN on Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:45 AM

There are two inch long tubes that work but they are $18+ per item. The kit has the lenses for the ceiling and I was planning on running the wires to the front then through the "air brake" connectors to a power source hidden in the cab! That idea has no expanded to making all the side, rear markers and tail light illuminated with attempting to make all the lights on the tractor functional.

Can you send me a PM on this sie so we can take this off the topic... I'm not sure I understand your schematics for this and would like to know a little more. I know about the "wheat" and "rice" lights through MicroMark but not sure how many will be able to be powered by one 12V battery!

Thanks again in advance!

"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."- Groucho Marx

 

 

  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: Tehachapi, CA
Posted by PatrickN on Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:53 AM

Also, were you using the mini lights for the Fluorescent fixtures? How'd that work? Did you put the behind an opaque diffuser to simulate a twin tube set-up? I may not be able to do that because the Ike supplied diffusers are clear....

"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."- Groucho Marx

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2005
  • From: Caputh, Germany
Posted by modelmarc on Sunday, May 26, 2013 2:28 AM

my_ol55, checked out your garage dio, really amazing, practically impossible to tell its a dio. Will be keeping the link for help on improving my dio!!

Marc

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