Been away for a while but I’m back. Busy with other life things here in my part of the world. Took me some time to plan how the wiring and fiber optics would be arranged within this model. It’s a first for me but it won’t be a last, I’m liking this new found part of modeling. Ok, on with another photo intense posting, hope you guys find the lighting information of interest enough to try this on one of your builds?
Holes drilled and bracing removed on inner chest cavity support structure to allow for passing of wires.
Bracing removed from inside of front chest plate to allow access drilling for fiber optic lines to the two front panel lights.
Holes drilled to inside of rear chest plate to allow for passing of wires and enlarged the opening to the right rear electrical housing panel square opening to create clearance for placement of two Chip sized LEDs.
Holes drilled through electrical housing cover plate and bracing removed from the inside for placement of two Chip sized LEDs.
The two blue light Chip sized LEDs being tested before installation with the single 3 Volt 2032 coin battery that will be used to power up all of the LEDs.
Here the LED Chips are installed and are spaced apart from each other using two .010” (.025mm) thick clear styrene sheet pieces cut to match the sides of the Chips. The clear styrene shims were attached to the LEDs using Pledge clear floor wax and allowed to dry overnight then the shimmed LEDs were secured to the inside of the electrical housing cover plate using super glue and tested after installation.
1) Scratch made a two compartment illuminator box from .020” (0.5mm) thick black styrene sheet to house one blue and one green Nano sized LEDs.
2) Secured the wiring to the back of the box using super glue.
3) Before attaching the two .030” (.75mm) diameter End Glow fiber lines to the cover I expanded and heat polished the lines by holding the ends near a flame using a lighter. This will allow the lines to gather more light at the source. The lines were attached to the cover plate using quick setting (5 – 10 second) super glue. Longer setting super glues will eat away at the fiber. Two small holes were drilled through the illuminator box to vent any heat buildup. The illuminator cover plate and attached fiber optic lines were then affixed to the illuminator box using liquid cement.
The head, inner cavity support chest structure and both front and rear chest plates and electrical housing cover are now in final assembly. The wiring is run through the drilled openings and held together using thin dental floss. All of the positive red and negative green and black wires have been twisted together and soldered.
The exposed soldered wires are now sealed using liquid electrical tape. I chose not to use shrink sleeving in this case as the wiring is too close to the plastic parts and using a heat gun could easily melt and distort the parts.
The fiber optic lines were fixed to the inner front chest plate using quick setting super glue.
Here the LEDs are being tested after final assembly. I deviated away from using the white and blue lamps on the front light panel and instead used a green and blue lamp as this droid is representative of a later production model. The two rear blue lamps are just guess work. A back story will follow the end of the build. More coming! @Florre
I like the camouflage pattern that you’ve created and how it doesn’t extend to the lower section or legs of the AT-ST. You’re on the fun part of the build for me, the painting and weathering. @TacFireGuru
That’s a long part name for a little battle guy but it looks well armored and armed.@MLD
– Mike D,
The semi-gloss coating together with the flat pigments really gives off a realistic metal painted finish to this beast, I like it. Hummm . . . I like the way you’ve handled the worn and chipped out areas on the fenders, looks realistic and worn. Listen, don’t put too much thought about what’s going on with this crazy insane forced lock-down it’s just temporary, all life is! Enjoy the moment and build away.
P.S. Tried to post this last weekend put my photos weren’t showing due to an upgrade at the photo hosting site. I had to delete my post but all seems to be working now.