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CNCPVIA
Brakeman

Canada
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Posted - 07/11/2011 :  19:24:21  Show Profile  Visit CNCPVIA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here is a picture of an ATLAS CN C630 on which I have installed the "proper" lights in the nose and the ditch lights.



All this work was done using optic fiber and a soldering iron.
I first touch the end of my optic fiber with the iron to create a small ball of plastic that will become my "sealed beam".
Once I had a small bulb at one end of my optic fiber, I cut a lenght of 4 inches to be able to have enough room to work with this smaller piece.
I had drilled the holes for the optic fiber wires in my engine's shell, I used my soldering iron to heat the wires to bend them in place.
YOU DIFFINATELY DON'T WANT TO BRAKE THEM AS IT WILL CUT THE FLOW OF LIGHT!!
You don't need to touch the optic fiber, just to get close to it so that the heat of your soldering iron makes it bent.
Use some small pliers to hold your optic fiber in place while you approach your soldering iron with your other hand.
Once the wires are all in place, cut the proper lenght to get as close as possible to your LEDs.
Practice makes perfect...
The easier engines to practice would be the KATO F40PH and the ATLAS C630 as there is a lot of room to work the optic fiber into the shell to the LED.
Good luck!

Viarailfan
Hobo

USA
11 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2011 :  20:11:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great description on making the ditch lights. Do you have any close up shots???

Trying to model a little bit of Canada in N-scale
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CNCPVIA
Brakeman

Canada
272 Posts

Posted - 02/05/2012 :  17:55:50  Show Profile  Visit CNCPVIA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sorry for the delay...

We could say that I was on vacations from this site!

I will try and post new pictures with close-up shots of the different engines I have converted...
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CNCPVIA
Brakeman

Canada
272 Posts

Posted - 02/06/2012 :  00:37:29  Show Profile  Visit CNCPVIA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
OK... here are some pictures of different engines on which I have installed ditch lights using optic fiber.

This is one of SANDRO's F40PH custom paint job.
I have installed the ditch light right under the colored shell.



This engine is the basic Kato's E8.
Same thing, I have installed the optic fiber at the bottom of the shell, but made holes in the nose, not under it.



These next pictures are different views with good lighting so that you can see in close-up the details of the bulbs at the tip of the optic fiber strings.





I hope it helps
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