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    • May 13, 2018 8:57 AM EDT
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
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      That black is not the foundation, but some black plastic used to disguise the bottom course of siding that needs paint badly. This is what it looked like 'before'...

       

      The plastic won't stay; just put in place for photo ops.

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    • May 13, 2018 2:07 PM EDT
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      Bringing the latest pictures forward so they don't get lost in the sauce.

      Jon Radder said:

      Vehicles have lights - so the next logical thing to mess with is making the die cast cars light up.  Not all of them lend themselves to this upgrade, but a '55 Nomad I have does, so first an experiment. Open it up and tape some GOW bulbs behind the plastic headlight lenses...

       

      Not bad. Worth going further; so I used hot glue to hold the bulbs in place...

       

      I was thinking about gluing on a cover to keep from also illuminating the interior of the body; but I left that for later while I used more hot glue to tuck the wires out of view where the chassis would still fit on...

       

      I popped the chassis back on for a fit and function test. I kind of like how the engine compartment is illuminated with the hood up, so no light blocks for now....

       

      The wire exits in the rear...

       

      This car suffered some rear bumper damage somewhere along the line, so the back end will face away from the viewer when set in the scene.  I have a Shelby Cobra that also looks easy to light, so it's up next. Then the two will join the new buildings.

       

       

      This post was edited by Jon Radder at May 13, 2018 2:18 PM EDT
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    • May 13, 2018 3:07 PM EDT
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      Very classy Jon, that'll look so cool on the layout!

    • May 13, 2018 8:16 PM EDT
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      My older brother and his wife will be coming to visit over the summer. A highly modified Nomad was one of his post high-school cars. He drove the Shelby Cobra El Cid at Daytona Beach in the sixties.  I have a 427 Shelby coupe that has lenses for both the head lights and the tail lights so it was next up to be fitted with bulbs. I tried an experiment of hooding the bulbs with heat shrink...

       

      These were then hot-glued over the lens where it passes through the cast body...

       

      Wires need to be routed where they will be out of view from the top side.  Held in place with hot glue they will be visible from the bottom with the tube chassis back in place...

       

      Function test...

       

      The heat shrink hoods did not work as well as I had hoped...

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