LED lights and bulbs to a model kit can really bring it to life.
It used to be these bulbs and electronic parts were harder to
find, or more expensive. But like everything, over time, the prices
have dropped dramatically with mass production.
you now you can easily afford to light up a model kit, throw a
battery and a few LED lights in it, and you're good to go.
are a couple of ways you can use lights. But the power souce is
normally some kind of DC battery. A 9v is common because of it's
small size, and it can put out the power needed to run several
lighting a model, you only have to decide where you want to place
the power source. In some models, you can put the battery inside
the model. By hiding a switch, a push button one is handy, you
can turn the model's lights off and on by just using the button,
and the model is more portable.
ways are to build the power source into a base, and attach the
model to it that way. So you need a contact, or a pole or something
to make the contact and carry the current, and of course, more
bulbs are typically cool and don't put out much heat. So you can
add them to almost any plastic, resin or vinyl model kit.
lighting and electronics for scale models. Typical popular
you have an electrical component, and a DC power source
that is more than it can handle, for instance, a 9v battery,
resistors are needed. A resistor is inserted between the
LED bulb and the battery so that it doesn't burn out.
smaller 1.88mm bulbs can normally use a 2032 battery, which
is 3V, without a resistor if needed.
that while the lense end of the LED bulb appears clear,
it will light up / glow the specified color once power is
attached to it.
Model Life -
LEDs use DC (Direct Current) power. From 3-volt to 12-volt.
LEDS already have the resistor attached. Which means you don't
have to solder them and insulate them all together by yourself.
The other end is like any other wire - just clean off some of
the insulation and hook them up to some DC power - they're ready
to go out of the box.
LEDS are for the folks who are more familiar with electronics.
bulbs and resistors are separate parts, so you have to solder
them and insulate them yourself.
to run power to hard to reach places on a model? Conductive copper
tape is the way to go. If you don't have room for wires, this
tape can easily be applied to carry current.
Gauge Stranded Wire Set
Gauge | 24
Gauge | 14
Wire Gauges and Connector Colors:
= 22-18 Gauge
= 16-14 Gauge
= 26-24 Gauge