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Yamato 1/60 Fan Racer (Happy Minmay Custom)


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I reckon get the flash to be max brightness cycling on/off in 300millisec bursts for 2 or 3 cycles then off for 2 seconds.

That will be two seperate lines of coding in the sketch but the results should be good.

What LEDs are they? Addressable RGBs? If so you could even get the flash to be white with the off state instead being green/red

Nav lights are strobes to is a super bright quick on/long off state to grab attention.

 

When I get my noise sketch sort (if I ever get it right) I'll pass that on and you can use it for the dash screen to slightly flicker fade like a TV screen does.

Its good for Flame effects in engines too... if I get it to work right.

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I'm no pro, and definitely not a skilled painter. But I encourage anyone interested to get into Arduino, because it is really easy and loads of fun. Six months ago, I didnt know the difference between the red wire and the black wire.

Some stuff I learned about effects of LEDs on plastic from my mistakes on this build: 

On clear parts, LEDs will glow through the plastic, even after primer and paint. If there is no clear outlet for the LED, the light will be diffused.

It is very difficult to occulate LEDs on clear parts. I dont have the solution, but I believe people prime in black or metal to fully occulate clear parts.

On non-clear parts, LEDs will also shine through white plastic and darker plastics, but are easier to occulate with a few coats of primer and paint on dark plastic. 

If you need a sharp lighting effect like a warning light, then you need to have the LED directly on the clear part, otherwise it will diffuse. 

 

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3 hours ago, arbit said:

I'm no pro, and definitely not a skilled painter. But I encourage anyone interested to get into Arduino, because it is really easy and loads of fun. Six months ago, I didnt know the difference between the red wire and the black wire.

Some stuff I learned about effects of LEDs on plastic from my mistakes on this build: 

On clear parts, LEDs will glow through the plastic, even after primer and paint. If there is no clear outlet for the LED, the light will be diffused.

It is very difficult to occulate LEDs on clear parts. I dont have the solution, but I believe people prime in black or metal to fully occulate clear parts.

On non-clear parts, LEDs will also shine through white plastic and darker plastics, but are easier to occulate with a few coats of primer and paint on dark plastic. 

If you need a sharp lighting effect like a warning light, then you need to have the LED directly on the clear part, otherwise it will diffuse. 

http://grathio.com/2010/06/how_to_edge_lighting_displays/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Power-light-for-Glue-Gun/step5/Grinding-down-the-LED/

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The solution is to wrap them in a turn of fiol tape so the lights only projecting from the end. Remember also that you can get brutal with an LED on a sanding wheel and grind the clear over into any shape you want as long as you dont hit the Cathode/Anode cup. Grinding the top off flat then drilling it to a counter sunk cone makes a lens effect that directs the light into a thinner beam. I light pass with a mini blow torch will glaze the cutting and drilling back to transparent.

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I will try the foil on LEDs.

The wings and engine flares have tiny SMDs, which are even thinner than the wire, and much smaller than LEDs.

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Engine Test!

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Some new effects on the cockpit.

Squeezed some side glow fiber in the engine.

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Thanks. The benefit is you can reprogram as you like without taking the kit apart.

There are much cooler effects yet to learn to make the engine rock and roll.

 

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  • 2 years later...

I needed to open this build to correct a resistor, so I went for a full retrofit while I was at it. I replaced the engine LED with an RGB neopixel, and added a new base with sound effects. Also got a nostalgic little friend from Shapeways to hang out with.  

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