Using SMD LEDs to light up X-Wing engines

Raven Morpheus

New Member
Hi there

I'm going to attempt to light up the engines of a Bandai 1/72 X-Wing that I have, however I'm not quite getting my head around how to do it.

I want to use 0402 SMD LED as they and their wires are nice and small so don't require much in the way of holes.

However, I've used the same type SMD LED on another project, and they were very bright, which was fine as I used them as a pair of eyes, but I'm not sure how to go about diffusing the light from such small SMD LED to get that glowing engine look without having a "hot spot" or it looking like there is a tiny LED in the engine bay!

Would anyone here have any experience/tips to share on doing this?

Thanks in advance for any help on this.
 
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xl97

Sr Member
As far away form the surface as you can.
Some sort of diffuser material between led & surface as well

If you are NOT using some sort of microcontroller to control the led brightness/pattern..etc..etc.. you may try to increase the resistor value
 

COlson

New Member
Yes, to add to what xl97 said, you can change the brightness by increasing the resistor size. So you can try that as well. A 970 Ohm resistor will bring down brightness on about any LED. Just gotta kind of experiment with it. Or just diffuse.
 

Richard Baker

Sr Member
Why not add a variable resister and that way you can dial in what brightness you want with a twist of a knob- nice glow for display and brighter for photography...
 

xl97

Sr Member
Sure.. use a pot if you want... however..

That brings up the aspect/point of where do you mount/hide it.. while still maintaining access.. but not killing the overall look of the model?
 
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