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The MkII Viper.

As Always, I will be adding custom lighting to the model.

Nothing to fancy, just the cockpit screen illumination, some fiber optics to light up some switches and buttons in the cockpit as well as blinking wingtips and engine lights. So keeping this model pretty basic.

The Video's show the R&D of the lighting kit, which of course is available in the store and this page not only features my build of this model but showcases the lighting kit.

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Tools needed.

Pointed blade scalpel

Hot melt glue and gun or epoxy

2mm and 0.5mm drill bits

Pencil

Chisel blade scalpel

Masking tape

Poly cement / liquid poly

Hand drill

Paints being used.

Testors gloss white - 1745

Testors Aluminium - 1781

Testors Steel - 1780

Testors Jet Exhaust - 1796

Testors Gun metal - 1795

Testors Chrome silver - 1790

Testors  Gunship Grey- 1723

Testors Insignia red - 1705

Pilot suit covered below.

Testors Flat black - 1749

Testors Brass - 1782

Testors Gloss red - 2718

Testors Stoplight red metalic - 2724

Testors Aluminium plate buffing metalizer - 1451

Testors Gunmetal non buffering - 1423

Testors  Exhaust buffing metalizer -1406

Testors Metalic gold -  1705

The box (front).

The box (back).

Coming soon

The Sprues.

Coming soon

The lighting kit.

Here is an overview of the lighting kit.

It includes 3 sets of 3, 3mm blue leds, one set of 3 per engine, 2 white leds to light the cockpit screen, 2 red static leds for fiber optic strands, one blue, one white and one green led also for fiber optics to light up the cockpit controls. It also includes a red blinking led which is for fiber optic strands which go to the wingtips and 3 led holders for the engines.

 

Please note, fiber optic strands not pictured above.

The kit also includes a small light box (used with the 2 white led's) and is used to light up the cockpit monitor, as well as a PP3 (9v battery) clip and switch. The kit is supplied with 5x 10cm lengths of 0.5mm diameter clear fiber optic strands per led for cockpit lighting and 4x 20cm lengths for the wingtips. (1 strand per wingtip, 2 per wing)

This kit runs on a 9v 400ma power supply which should be readily available from most electronics stores.

Lighting R&D Video 1 - Preperation.

This video covers the required parts and tools. It goes over the basic preparation of the parts prior to assembly.

Lighting R&D Video 2 - Basic assembly.

This video covers the basic assembly of the electrical loom and adding the leds for the static fiber optics.

Lighting R&D Video 3 - Electrical loom revisited and a basic stand.

I was not happy with the original loom I made for this project so I went back to the start and remade it. The first video is still applicable, but I used a thinner gauge wire and cleaned things up. I've also added the resistors for the engine leds.

Adding engine leds and blinker led.

Here you can see the engine led's have been added. This video also gives a brief tour around the lighting kit and shows the led's for the cockpit lighting and the cockpit screen back lighting.

Adding fiber optics.

Coming soon.

A few pictures showing the fiber optics being added to the lighting loom. The optic strands have been cut longer than required to allow fitters some "wiggle room" when installing the optics. They can be cut down to size easily with a sharp knife blade.

Lower hull.

Firstly, decide if you want to assemble your model in flight mode or standby mode. If you choose to go with standby mode you will need to think about the power wires. I will be building it with the landing gears down and feeding the power wires down through the landing gears, if you go the same route, drill holes down through the gears to pass the wires though. Remember though, you only need to do this for 2 of the gears, best ones will be the rear 2.

 

Once you have chosen your final pose, assemble the lower half of the hull and the landing gears if applicable as per the instructions with the model.

The cockpit.

First job is to drill out the various buttons and switches that you want to illuminate. Use the hand drill with the 0.5mm drill bit to do this.

 

Then apply primer to the cockpit parts and re-drill the holes to remove primer from the inside of the holes. It is best to paint the cockpit before assembly. Now the cockpit is primed and painted you can assemble the cockpit, but do not yet install the fiber optics.

 Now take the cockpit and the small styrene box included with the lighting kit. Fix the small box to the back of the cockpit monitor and install one of the 2 white leds on the lighting loom of the kit into one side of the box. At this point, it is best to install the fiber optics for the same side of the cockpit as the side you installed the led into. Take some of the optical strands for each colour and feed through the holes. Test fit the cockpit into the same side of the hull that has the led and optics in. Position the loom in the nose of the hull and adjust the optics to suit. Use your hot melt glue or epoxy to secure the fiber optic stands in place.

 

REMEMBER NOT TO USE THE OPTICAL STRANDS FROM THE BLINKING LED. THESE ARE MARKED WITH PURPLE HEAT SHRINK!

 

 

If you installed the light into the left side of the cockpit screen box, take the left side of the hull and fix the cockpit into it. If you installed it into the right side, glue the cockpit into the right side of the hull. You should have the cockpit installed in the same side of the hull as the side of the cockpit with the led in it.

 

 Now you have the cockpit secured in one half of the hull, you can secure the lighting loom in the nose of the hull test fitting it with the other half of the hull to ensure the parts will still go together. Once secured, finish installing the fiber optics leaving the blinking led optics free.

Upper hull.

With the cockpit installed into the 2 half's of the hull, now referred to as upper hull, they can be attached to the lower hull. If you are running your power cables out of the model, either through the stand, or through the landing gears, remember to feed them through the holes intended for the power cables.

 

Also, do not forget to feed the engine lighting out the back of the model so far and the optics for the blinking wingtips through where the wings attach.

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