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Old 01-30-2012, 05:19 PM
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Anyone mke there own light buckets for lexan bodies?
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:33 AM
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I did see a thread on making light buckets from lexan which basically involved drilling a bucket shaped hole in a piece of wood then laying lexan over it warming and allowing it to sag or pressing it in to the recess.
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The small mag light lenses work well too.
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I've seen guys use shells from nuts painted silver inside, as Red said the mag lights work good, theres a few other tricks. Shoe Goo works good for sticking them to lexan.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:11 AM
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If you plan to make a bunch, I would look into a doming block set.
I make them all the time for my micros & have done some 10th scale buckets..I picked one up from harbor freight when they went on sale about 30$ shipped...




The results on a 1/24 scale rig, buckets made from styrene:


If ya don't plan on making alot of them do as Red said & get some mag lights.
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Chev, that's a decent little set up!
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Yeah it is a nice little tool to have around ED!

I have used styrene & lexan with some heat applied, also some thin sheet metal with some help from the hammer.
Works great every time & all the buckets turn out the same size, not the case with my old method
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for 1/10 stuff I have used deep dish style wheels from 1/24 model kits and they work very well mounted in lexan, just find a deep chrome wheel of a diameter that looks right on your body, drill a hole in the center for the LED then use a body reamer to open up a hole in the body that will be a snug fit, I usually cut the sidewall out of the tire that fit the model wheel and use it as a kind of gasket to hold the wheel in the body. Makes for a pretty convincing headlight bucket using the bead of the wheel as a trim ring and adding a lense. next time I make a set I'll do a how to.
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That's what I like about these forums. All the little tips and tricks you can learn. Thanks guys.
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Go at Christmas and get those very small plastic ornament balls and cut one end off! Insert LED in the end where the hook used to go! Some of them you don't even have to cut, because they are molded in two part's, just pull the bottom half off! Bonus, many times they are already painted silver!
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I'm having trouble looking for mirror/chrome paint. What are you guys using?
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I use silver fire line tape?... In the uk I can get it from the 99p store a role!

I don't think you can get chrome paint :/
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Spaztik makes a mirror chrome paint, not sure if they make it in rattle can or just airbrush style. I have also seen some chrome paint for cars at autozone, never used either but it is out there.
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I know I seen it somewhere. I think it was for rim painting.
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chevy do you heat the styrene before you put it in the block?
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