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  • hkfears,
    I love that "Slot Car Raceway" sign and was wondering how it was made.
    Would you mind telling us? Also loved the red lighting on the track... brilliant!
    Cheers!

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    • Here is a new 1/32nd scale light that I built using four surface mount LEDs. They are equivalent to a 40 watt light bulb, but it is difficult to solder to surface mounts since they are tiny and do not have leads. If you are not up for a challenge you might want to stick with regular LEDs.



      Here is an updated version of my article on making your own lights: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzL...ew?usp=sharing
      Last edited by RichD; 06-25-2017, 10:42 AM.

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      • LEDs

        Going way back in this post, I have a question about copper tape.

        My table doesn't allow the copper tape to be run underneath. In the case would where it is run on top of the table,will copper tape work OK if the top of it is covered up with scenery allowing only a small portion to be exposed for the connection to the lighting?

        Thanks

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        • That should work OK. If what you have put over the tape can't be easily removed it will be difficult to fix any problems that you might have. Copper tape can split later on of you put it down with any tension and there can be problems in areas that might expand and contract.

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          • Originally posted by RichD View Post
            Here is a new 1/32nd scale light that I built using four surface mount LEDs. They are equivalent to a 40 watt light bulb, but it is difficult to solder to surface mounts since they are tiny and do not have leads. If you are not up for a challenge you might want to stick with regular LEDs.



            Here is an updated version of my article on making your own lights: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzL...ew?usp=sharing
            Very slick and neat light. Love that you are keeping it simple, but realistic.

            Where do you get your tubing and channel.

            For future lights you might want to look into some prewired LEDs which includes the needed resistor. I have had great success with other projects. Keep an eye on amazon and or the ebay for good deals. I have purchased 50 for as little as $5. You might have to wait a bit for them to be shipped from China though.
            https://www.amazon.com/LAOMAO-Bulbs-...70_&dpSrc=srch

            TRU

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            • I use Evergreen styrene tubing and channel from my local hobby shop. I guess that I am lucky that I still have a local hobby shop! If you use LEDs with built in resistors those usually have unspecified brightness levels, color and viewing angles. If you are just lighting for effect those factors might not be very important, but in my case I was trying to light the track itself. I use a variable power supply for my track lights, there are no dropping resistors at all. Most 12 volt power supplies are actually 13.8 volts, if you put four white LEDs in series you don't need dropping resistors.

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              • Originally posted by RichD View Post
                Here is a new 1/32nd scale light that I built using four surface mount LEDs. They are equivalent to a 40 watt light bulb, but it is difficult to solder to surface mounts since they are tiny and do not have leads. If you are not up for a challenge you might want to stick with regular LEDs.



                Here is an updated version of my article on making your own lights: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzL...ew?usp=sharing
                Hey Rich!

                Thanks for sharing. Great PDF.

                What adhesive do you use for the styrene? Standard model glue or super glue? Or is there a specific adhesive you use?

                TRU

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                • I used regular model glue everywhere except to glue the sleeves that fit inside the reflectors. I used Superglue for that.

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