led-lit bsg viper mk. ii model build
Light model of VIP snake Mk.
It\'s from the new Battlestar, the caladiga series.
The kit is made by Moebius and I highly recommend their Viper Mk II kit and their Battlestar kaladega kit, both of which are fun. I custom-designed and -
All the circuits involved are constructed.
There are lighting kits to choose from, but they are expensive and less impressive.
I run fiber from many LEDs of different colors to cockpit to simulate meters and readings, I use three 3mm blue LEDs for each engine, I use the flashing red LED as the wing tip light.
The morbis snake Mk.
Second generation kitModeling glueWhite glueAssorted styling paintsLR123A charging batteryBattery holder battery chargerAssorted LEDsOn/off switchMatching male/female audio plugsWire/welding equipment.
5mm fiber. 5mm drill bit (
For fiber mounting holes)
Pin vise 3 mm drill bit (
For LED mounting holes)Plastic sheet (
LED bracket for lower engine)
It\'s not too tricky to build this model, I just do it as instructed.
However, the electronics must be installed at the right stage because it is impossible to open any parts once bonded.
I drew it with standard modeling techniques.
I used the Testors model Master paint, but most paint of any type can be used.
I use modeling glue for most of my plastic parts, but I use white glue on fiber optic and canopy, since the fiber optic may be damaged by any other glue, and it can make the canopy cloudy by conventional modeling glue.
Marking the whole model is very tricky, there are many places where the marks are not completely covered, so I used a flat red tester enamel for pain.
Another trick I used was to dilute the glossy white paint with some mineral spirits so that it would flow better on the part, but in most cases I was able to use the paint-is.
This is definitely an advanced model, but as long as you take it step by step, it\'s not too tricky for anyone on instructures, and it\'s fun to get it done.
I installed a 3 for the power supply.
6V LR123A rechargeable lithium-
Ion battery inside the fuselage.
I connected the battery to a 2.
The 5mm audio jack is accessible from the outside.
I also connected a 2.
The charger for this type of battery has 5mm male audio plugs that allow me to charge the battery without taking apart the model, which is basically impossible.
The VIP snake has a small button switch in its nose that allows lighting to be turned on and off using a pencil or screwdriver, but is basically invisible unless you know where to look.
A series of LEDs were used to drive all the lights inside the cockpit.
First, the long fiber bundle is cut into a length of about 8 \"long.
A narrow heat shrink tube is installed at one end of the fiber and contracted using the applied heat.
Then, place a larger heat shrink tube on this piece and shrink again with the applied heat.
Finally, a heat shrink tube is placed in front of the LED and fiber bundle, then shrink, keeping the fiber bundle directly in the path of the LED beam.
A pressure drop resistor is welded on one lead of the LED.
One power cord is welded to the other end of the resistor and the other to the other.
The heat shrink tubes are placed on the resistance and on another lead, respectively, to ensure that they do not short-circuit inside the model.
Finally, a piece of tape is wrapped around the entire assembly, the fiber bundle is fixed on the LED and sealed and the miscellaneous light leaks.
This procedure is followed for each color LED in the cockpit and the flashing red LED that illuminates the wing tip light.
The fuselage of the model contains the power and LEDs that illuminate the cockpit, as well as the fiber optic from the LEDs to the cockpit.
I basically just put the LED
The fiber optic component at the rear of the fuselage, I stuck the battery in front of the cockpit.
I glue in the battery with a strong glue, but I recommend using a good epoxy because when I put the model down, the strong glue I used has actually fallen off.
This is not a problem, but the battery will make a click if I shake enough.
I stick the fiber to the corresponding hole in the cockpit with normal white glue because many other glue will damage the fiber.
I chose the length as much as I could to make sure all the fiber and LEDs fit into the fuselage.
I managed to make everything fit, but it was tight.
I drilled some wires into a hole from the body and the hole didn\'t have any use in the model and I continued to assemble the model as stated.
I ran out of the wires at the back to power the engine lights.
I also run the fiber for the flashing red wing tip light as the flashing red LED is stored inside the fuselage.
To illuminate the cockpit, I drilled a set of holes with 0.
Pin 5mm bits in the vise.
A bundle of 5mm fiber is attached to each LED.
The other end of the fiber is glued to the hole in white, because many glue can cause the fiber to become brittle.
Using LED of different colors, and rgb led that moves slowly between different colors, it looks cool in the cockpit.
In order to connect the wire from the fuselage assembly to the engine light, the wire protrudes from the opening at the bottom of the fuselage and from the inside of the part connected to the bottom of the fuselage.
Wires are used to power engine lights and flashing wing tip lights.
To light up the next two engines, two pieces of plastic were cut to fit inside the engine so that the model can still be assembled.
There are three holes in each piece of plastic and one LED in each hole.
As shown in the figure, the led is welded together in parallel and connected to the power supply.
Plastic debris is then glued to the inside of the engine.
Drill through the engine nozzle so they can pass through more light.
Then stick the three-turn plain print paper inside the engine nozzle as a light diffuser.
To illuminate the upper engine, three holes were drilled on the engine detail part and three LEDs were glued.
One thing to note is that the back of the led should be painted black to prevent light leakage, and the interior of the engine components should be painted black to prevent light leakage.
The plastic used in this model is very transparent to the light coming out of the inside, so if you don\'t take these precautions, the whole back of the VIP snake will emit blue light.
I accidentally forgot to do this with the upper engine, so when the lights are on, the entire upper engine assembly will be blue.
To flash the tip of the wing, a bundle.
5mm fiber is connected on the flashing red led.
These fibers are then glued together along the wing and mounted in engraved grooves inside the wing so that the fiber can illuminate the tip of the wing.
To prevent damage to the fiber, white glue is used to glue the fiber. Congrats!
Now you have a great LED. lit Viper Mk. II model!