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Wolfman63

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  1. The upper levels of the island are together. Need to start building the 19 aircraft that will be placed in the hangar bay so I can assemble and wire up the ship.
  2. The lower section of the island is now done. I trimmed the fiber optics and applied the decals.
  3. This week I started working on the island. I ran all the fiber optic lines to light up the ship numbers and the yellow flood lights that light up the flight deck. Surprisingly I was able to get the lines routed with room to spare. I also modified the level for the Mk 95 NSSM director bays and added the LED light.
  4. CVN-70 Project - Starting on the island Drilling lots of holes to light up the numbers and adding LED's for the island rooms. The lighted 70 looks funky because the fibers still need trimming after I paint the walls. Over 50' of fiber optic just to light the numbers on one side of the island. Working on the other side next.
  5. Been a busy two weeks with taking care of other things so model time has been limited. I was able to get the hangar bay GSE tractors, Captains boat, and liberty launch together. Just need to do a little bit more detailing and decals. Next week I will be starting on the island.
  6. CVN-70 Project - The flight deck has been painted and fiber optic lines trimmed flush. Still need to add decals and weathering.
  7. CVN-70 Project - Spent the day setting up the hangar bay lighting. I just taped everything to see if I had the placement right. Here is a trial fit test.
  8. I have received many requests on how I am doing the fiber optic lighting on my 1/350 USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. This is a step by step on installing the fiber optic lines. This can be done on any model. The first step is to drill a hole where you want the light to be. I am using 0.5 mm optic lines. The holes are drilled with a 0.5mm drill bit and are at a 45* angle so the lines will be flush to the surface on the bottom side. The next step is to bend the fiber optic line at a 45* angle with a pair of round tip needle nose pliers. You will need to bend the lines first. If you insta
  9. CVN-70 Project - All the fiber optic lines have been run and the LED's have been installed as the source. The pictures are the result. Note that I have not trimmed the fibers down yet since I need to paint and weather the deck before I can trim them flush. They do look very bright in the photo's due to the way the camera sees the light. Once trimmed the brightness will not be as bright. Coming in for a landing view:
  10. So the runway and foul line optics have been laid and glued. Looks like I can light them with just 5 LED's. Runway in white and foul line in blue. Tonight I will run the bow lights then I need to route all the fiber optic lines so they are flat and aligned evenly. Hoping to have pictures of the deck lit up with LED's by weekend.
  11. CVN-70 Project - All the fiber optic lines have been laid out. Starting to glue them down so I can route them. It's slow going. Have to do it in sections.
  12. I have 2mm of clearance and if I lay them all flat, the thickest fiber is .75mm. The plan is to lay them flat like overhead pipes and cables. I also have 7 LED'S per bay to install. It's going to be tight but I believe I can fit them without too many problems.
  13. CVN-70 Project - I finished the runway optic lines and halfway done with the foul line. Have about 28 more lines to run. I have quite the bundle. It's going to be a while to get them lines up and laying flat. Here is a preview of the lights (just used a table lamp to see how the pattern looks)
  14. CVN-70 Project - After I cut off all the catwalks (have PE version) I put flight deck together and made sure it fit the hull. I then started the long process of drilling and routing the fiber optic deck lights. I have the rear approach line done and am working on the foul line. The approach line will use a white LED and the foul line will use a blue LED. I drilled the holes at an angle so the optic lines will lay flat. I also mount them sticking up. Once the deck is painted and detailed I will trim the optic lines flush. They will be nearly invisible until the lights are on. Once all the lines
  15. Almost all of them are 1/48 scale. The F-4N and the KC-97 are 1/72 scale (done for friends) On my Pintrest link it has the scale and the kit manufacturer. If you have any one you are interested it, I can give you specifics. Thanks.
  16. CVN-70 Project - After 5 attempts I finally figured out how to do the landing light "meatball" It's difficult to get a good picture due to the brightness but it does look cool. d
  17. Here is a link to the many aircraft I have built over the last 10 years. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3661064452689.2128710.1457024256&type=1&l=178c523475 You do not need to be a Facebook member to view them. These include build pictures. There are 562 pictures showing details and completed builds. Enjoy.
  18. Greetings, I have been doing plastic models for many, many years. Typically I build 1/48 scale aircraft and occasionally ships. I am in the process of building a 1:350 scale model of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier as it was during the 1983 World Cruise (as I was aboard the ship for the cruise). You can see many of my complete 1/48 scale aircraft at the links in my signature. Looking to share ideas and skills. Recently I have started to learn fiber optic lighting and the many ways to illuminate a model. Thanks.
  19. Hangar Bay Details. Port walls Doorway details Forward tunnel and GSE area lighted Aft hangar bay walls Port hangar walls Looking aft from hangar bay 1 View from hangar bay 2 doorway Hangar deck completed (weathered and painted deck)
  20. Fantail Details Here is the fantail with LED's and fiber optic lighting.
  21. I am starting a 1/350 scale of the USS Carl Vinson as it was during the 1983 World Cruise. I will be detailing the hanger bay, all 86 aircraft, modifying the island and hull to match the timeline and ship. It will also include illuminating many areas like flight deck, Island, hanger, and catwalks. It will be using 14 LED's and over 400 feet of fiber optics. Goal is to have it completed by December. The first challenge is to add the "as-built" sponsons. She only had the original sponsons for a short time. While there is limited photos (online and personal) for these I have been able to replicat
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