More lighting!!! This time in the cockpit.

The photo etch set includes a large piece for the back and side walls of the cockpit.  I mucked up the decals when I went to apply them but fortunately I’d taken a scan of them before and could reprint a set.  Once I’d done that they went on smoothly the second try.

Cockpit Photo Etch

Behind the wall I built up a tunnel using the original back wall piece in order to enclose the light sources.  I used 3 LEDs to provide an even light source.  Even then the panels on the sides were hard to light up as there is only a very small gap between them and the outer wall of the tunnel.


End result isn’t too bad though and some colours were applied to the rear section of the back wall using Tamiya clear acrylics.


I did add a few fiber optics to the back wall which were linked up to a flashing LED but the main lighting source pretty much washes them out and they are hard to make out.

The much harder piece was the console area, which I wanted lit.  The only way I could devise was to drill out some parts and run some fine fiber optics down the upright and under the floor into the area behind the wall.  That way they could pick up the light from there.  Unfortunately although I tested and retested, when the final gluing down was done it must have crimped some of the tiny fiber optics and I broke some of them.  So I now have less lighting than was planned.


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