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Graffen Posted - 03/22/2018 : 2:41:58 PM
Latest project ....
A reflector with light for my narrow-gauge locomotives.
The diameter of the reflector is 4 mm.
The LED is 0.5 x 1 mm!
The reflector is made out of aluminum from oven trays.
I took a nut of the right diameter and slowly pushed the aluminum with the rounded top of the hat from a ballpoint pen.
Then I rough cut the edges and filed it to shape with a needle file.
I then drilled a 0.8 mm hole in the center of the reflector.
I glued the LED to the backside of the reflector with epoxy.
The LED is a bit too white, so it'll get a drop of Tamiya transparent orange.
Then I'll take Microscale Crystal Clear and fill the reflector so it gets a lens.

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Graffen Posted - 03/27/2018 : 03:08:05 AM
https://www.ebay.com/p/T0402r-20pcs-Pre-soldered-Micro-Litz-Wired-Leads-Red-SMD-LED-0402/780007366?iid=252440294670
Graffen Posted - 03/27/2018 : 03:06:22 AM
Thanks all, I bought the LEDs on eBay. Search for 0402 LED with microlitz wire.
john holt Posted - 03/26/2018 : 8:09:23 PM
Micheal....Did you purchase the LEDs with leads attached? If yes, can you share the vendors name, e-mail etc? Thanks....John
MarcusF Posted - 03/23/2018 : 10:15:56 AM
Nice job! Looks very fiddly, I think I'd have trouble doing that with my eyes the way they are... or at least I'd have a headache after doing it!
What I've done in the past is to sand the reflective material off the back of an MV Lenses lens, and then attach the surface-mount LED to the back with UV curing resin. Then I set the lens in the headlight mount with more UV resin (Bondic or similar).
sgtbob Posted - 03/23/2018 : 05:46:49 AM
Very good Michael. Light it up!!

Bob
jbvb Posted - 03/22/2018 : 10:59:59 PM
Nice. Do you wire the LEDs, or buy them with leads attached?
quartergauger48 Posted - 03/22/2018 : 7:59:09 PM
Don't forget to show us when it is lighted'
Bill Gill Posted - 03/22/2018 : 5:23:58 PM
Looks good, Michael
desertdrover Posted - 03/22/2018 : 4:03:22 PM
Nice going Michael, also great ideas for making the headlight!

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