Lighting up an AT-AT

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Zaphod, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. Zaphod

    Zaphod Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,
    So I'm working on the ERTL?AMT re-release of the AT-AT
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    Anyway, I wanna put a light in the "eye". Figured the bulb would go in the head and run through the body and down a leg, into a base. The base would have a on/off switch and a wire leading out to plug it into a wall.

    Sounds simple enough right?

    Problem is I don't know how to do that. Wouldn't know what watt bulb to use or what kinda wire, etc...

    Can anyone help a guy out here?


    Thanks in advance




    PS: that isn't my model, just a pic I grabbed off google. I haven't assembled all pieces, so that I could put the wires in.






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  2. cobywan

    cobywan Sr Member

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    There is plenty of room inside that kit for a small battery pack. You could hide the switch in the detail of the leg transmissions.

    A red LED would be easy enough to hook up too. So you shouln't need more than two AAA betterys.
     
  3. division 6

    division 6 Master Member

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    A regular LED should work fine.
    I put one in mine many years ago that worked for a few minutes till it blew up cause I didn't know about resisters. :lol

    since there isn't that much of it showing through the slot one should be fine.
    Just make sure it's wired with the correct voltage.

    Personally I have no idea how to do that sort of thing.


    Are you also going to add the pilots.
    I modified some 1/72 scale pilots and built part of the cockpit for mine.
    One of them has a nice burn mark on the back of his helmet.

    I really need to dig that thing out and finish it some day.

    D6
     
  4. wishbon7

    wishbon7 New Member

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    Hey I'm build that same model right now. I used a red LED, 470ohm res. and a 9 volt batt. with a on/off switch in the under belly. worked great. Still gotta put the legs on and do some weathering.
     
  5. Zaphod

    Zaphod Well-Known Member

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    I'd thought of that, but, I wanna leave the light on most of the time and don't wanna have to change batteries. That's why I wanna be able to plug it in.
     
  6. Zaphod

    Zaphod Well-Known Member

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    Nah, not gonna bother with the pilots, couldn't fit them/see them with the lights.
     
  7. Zaphod

    Zaphod Well-Known Member

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    Do you know how I could do that, but, by being able to plug it in?
     
  8. hotcranium

    hotcranium New Member

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    Yeah, just get a DC converter from Radio Shack that has 9 volts out. Tou'll probably need a connector for it which they should have. Just use that instead of the battery.
     
  9. Zaphod

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    Thanks.
     
  10. Goldenrod

    Goldenrod Sr Member

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    Can you post a pic of it lit up?
    I have the same kit and this sounds really cool. :thumbsup
    -Goldenrod

     
  11. wishbon7

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  12. jonnytrooper

    jonnytrooper Well-Known Member

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    Pic looks great. And as for the watts, just ask a guy at radio shack how to work with LEDs. I asked before, and they were great, they showed me everything that I need to buy. Shouldn't set you back any more than $10.00 for everything. Good luck.
     
  13. Zaphod

    Zaphod Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the tip JT
     
  14. Zaphod

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  15. wishbon7

    wishbon7 New Member

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    Very cool. What did you use to for lights? Haven't had the time to finish this yet :( I was gonna get some translucent blue plastic for th window & get white lights.
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    Hey I used a Red LED with a clear winsheild. There is a 9 volt in MR. AT-AT's butt to power it.
     

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