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Who makes lighting kits for ship models?

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Phil,

 

Have you checked the model RR suppliers?   I'm not sure there's anyone who supplies pure ship lights.    There's a couple of articles in the database about LEDs for ships.   I think most of us who have done this have pretty much winged it and built our own systems as all ships are different.

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Ok I am somewhat dissatisfied with the blue leds I put in.seem too dim and directional the light does not diffuse like incandescent bulbs but they generate too much heat and  require larger batteries.

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Blue?  I'm assuming for the lanterns?  I'd go with yellow... say 3mm.  LED's are brightest when the external resistance is the least (such as a dimmer pot.) just do not exceed the maximum current draw for the voltage rating (there's LED calculators on the web for establishing the ohmic value of the current limiting resistor).   When I did my Constellation, I had to go with the 5mm and limiting resistors.  I have a dimmer pot to dim them down as needed.  You can also find different output power LED's.

 

Pop a picture so we can see where they're going and also the LED type.  There are omnidirectionals but on most the brightest bit is at the end of the LED.  You can also scrub the LED with some light, very fine sandpaper or steel wool to even out the light.

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There is a pic on my build log of the Herminoe.I removed both leds and the switch.I think I shall start fresh with yellow leds as they look more like candle light.Luckily I can get back to the lighting problem any  time I want because of the hinge.Might be time to resume construction .

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I am using SMD (Surface Mount Device) LED's, which I bought from a local hobby shop (Brunel Hobbies - http://www.brunelhobbies.com.au/LED/LED-SMD-Light.htm). AUD$8.25 for a pack of five. These SMD LED's have been pre-soldered onto very thin wire, with an integrated resistor. All you need to do is connect it to a 6V power source and it lights up. Take a look at my Royal William build thread for examples. The advantage of SMD LED's is that they are MINISCULE, smaller than a grain of rice. They also generate almost no heat, and they are adequately bright. I am using yellow SMD LED's in my build, and I think it looks great. 

 

If you want to look for these lights locally, try a hobby shop that specializes in trains. These lights are typically used on model railroads. 

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