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    Default Adding a headlight to a light-less model?

    I'm picking up a couple of second hand geeps which have what appear to be Miniatures by Eric barrel headlights - Cast without a hole and non-functioning. It's my first crack at it, but what would be the best looking way to get these lit up?
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    best looking......

    can you solder?
    or more to the point... do you think you can solder magnet wire to 0204 surface mount leds?

    if you are able,
    drill headlamp case for led and a small hole at the back for the magnet wires.

    you will want a resistor and a reverse bias diode... somewhere in that circuit.

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    Sorry, I'm being unclear! I can do the electrical work required. I'd rather not attach an LED to the shell, but I'd like to know how I should go about getting the light into the headlight and making it look as though it's a bright-arse bulb in a big-arse reflector, like the prototype For that matter, making it look good when it's off!
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    About the best overall look for steam is a metal headlamp with a chip led in the headlamp case with magnet wires
    to the rest of the resistor and diode bridge circuit in the tender and locomotive.

    once the LED is working you can add a little epoxy as a lens.

    I drilled out the case for the headlamp and a small hole at the back....
    straight down may be a better light trap.

    ETA:

    if you are looking for advice on light pipes or fiberoptics,
    I have never seen one that looked like it it was worth copying.

    victor
    Last edited by victor miranda; 18th Mar 2019 at 08:24 PM. Reason: decided op may have meant something else...

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