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    what's an FO?
    Glad the pics helps.

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    The neon is so simple , what a great idea.
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    FO is fiber optic, and this is a great write gonna have to pick up some materials and try this out. Thanks for sharing and the building is looking much better.
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    Thanks guys. Glad to be able to help.

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    Clear plastic rod and real fiber optic cable isn't exactly the same thing. No offense.
    Fiber optic cable is not that expensive to buy, so why not get the real thing instead?
    I've used it to make outdoor lamps on buildings with great success.

    Just my 2 cents,
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    There are great sources for fiber optic cable this time of year. One of the best is those fiber optic Christmas trees. Of course you can also buy FO cable in bundles from amazon. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_kk_2?...qid=1354486142
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    I just seen that plastruct actually sells fiber optic strands. Wow, did not know there was a difference. Do they transmit light better?

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    hello..thanks for sharing that info
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    Very good article. Well done!

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    Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing, I am going to use this on my layout.
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    so did you end up trying the 'real' fibre optics in the end???

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    Great idea Thanks
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    How flexible is the rod your using and if it breaks do you lose much of the light in the transition from plastic to air and back to plastic within the heat tube?

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    Default Reviving he thread ...

    Great ideas! I used an old toy fiber light to make traffic signals some time ago, but I seem to have lost the remaining bits, so I just bought one of these on Amazon for $3.15. I'll be using the fibers to light all sorts of stuff. It's called a"Fiber Optic Light - Multicolor" if anyone wants one.
    fibre light.jpg



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    Wish I could take credit for thinking up this one!! I just did this to one of my houses. I put outside coach lights by the front and back doors. What an effect! Got some 5mm flat top clear led's, drilled 2 holes in the top, glued in .75mm end lit FO cable and mounted that assembly to a gusset. Glued that entire assembly to an inside corner of the house with wood glue (used Elmers wood glue for a secure bond). I drilled 2 holes (front and back doors) and inserted a small piece of brass tubing painted black (ID of tubing to accommodate the .75mm FO) in each hole to simulate outdoor fixture and glued in place. I then fed the 2 FO cables through the tubing (1 per tube of course) and cut to desired length leaving enough cable to be able to melt the ends causing the light to refract (I think that's the right word). If you don't melt the end you'll only be able to see the porch lights when looking straight on.

    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. I'll probably do this to all my houses. I've ordered some larger (2mm FO) for the industrial structures to simulate vapor lights. I'll use bright white led's instead of yellow as was used on the house. Again, GREAT idea (and cheap, too!!)

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    Going over your thread again and no pics in first page. ?????
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    Yes, when I started this from page one, no images appeared.

    Technically speaking the clear material from Plastruc is considered a Light Pipe. Although you can get Fiber Optic threads as thick as a few millimeters the big difference is flexibility. Pipes are rigid. The Plastruc material can be formed by applying heat to the plastic. Just be careful, hard 90° bends in either FO or LP can reduce the light output considerably.

    If I get the gist the concept is illustrated here…


    By the way, the stuff we buy as fiber optic line is low grade stuff. It's a single plastic thread. The fibers used in communications are glass with a flexible plastic sheath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magi46 View Post
    Going over your thread again and no pics in first page. ?????
    These are the only pics I have. Hope this gives enough info....

    back of house .jpg

    back door lite.jpgporch lites.jpg

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