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At the request of some other members, I am posting some pictures of an AMT/Ertl 1/72 scale Millennium Falcon model.
Since this is going to be an overhead 'light fixture', I got the more durable (but slightly less detailed) snap-tite model.

It has 50, 5mm LEDs (6 orange, 44 white) and 6, 10mm LEDs (all white).
30 of those 5mm white LEDs compose the engine.
Two gutted 'wall-mart' power adapters power three separate circuits.
Engine LEDs has it's own circuit, 5mm white LEDs have theirs and the orange ones have theirs. Both 5mm circuits are on one adapter.

Internal wiring and soldering.


Underside quarter view. Sorry for graininess; cell phone camera.


Underside cockpit side view. the two LEDs on either side of the entry ramp are two of the 6, 10mm LEDs. Two more are on the exact opposite side.


Front view. The center LEDs are two of the 10mm ones.


Backside/engine view.


I don't have a close up of them but I also cut out the plastic where the five circular engine vents and put pieces of drywall sand paper (they look just like small grilles). You can see from the guts picture that they are right over the two power adapters which allow any heat they produce to cool better.

I will also be hanging up two Action Fleet Micro Machines (similar scale) Bespin Cloud Cars up on the ceiling behind and beside it to simulate it being escorted into Bespin.

As well I also have a 1/72 scale model of Slave 1 which I'm considering hanging on the wall behind all of them to simulate Boba stalking them as well.

Unfortunately I still have not hung it up as I have yet to find an appropriate mount, or come up with any fabrication ideas for one. I need one that will allow me to turn and pitch it at different angles.
 

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OMG My request did not go unanswered! :D :D :D Soo glad I asked at it didn't send me back to the "Things that have you pissed off" thread. Thats pretty freaking sweet :) Great job!
 

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For all the honest Star Wars fans out there you remember this part of the movie. This is Family guys take on it and I think you'll all agree with Peter.
 

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For all the honest Star Wars fans out there you remember this part of the movie. This is Family guys take on it and I think you'll all agree with Peter.
You're gonna attack them!? - YouTube
The part where they fight off those TIE fighters and 'Cleveland'2-D2 sticks his gat out the window, fires and says, 'That's how we do things in my hood, bitch', I fell out of my chair. Had I been taking a sip of anything, it would have been all over me. That and the blinged out TIE fighter with 'hydraulics' just had me in stitches.
 

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The wal-mart adapters, are they converting the power from 115v to 12v? I have a friend that would like to do the split wing fighter with LED's but run it off a 9v battery.
 

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The wal-mart adapters, are they converting the power from 115v to 12v? I have a friend that would like to do the split wing fighter with LED's but run it off a 9v battery.
They are converting voltage but to 5 volts, not 12.
Most all 5mm LEDs will run between 2.0v (yellow, red, green) and 3.3v (white and blue). They are also rated/draw anywhere from 25-30mA.

The lower the voltage (or the closer the voltage is to what the LED is called for), the lower resistance (resistors) you will need and the less heat out put there will be. I could've used a 12v adapter but I would've had to get bigger resistors that would've dissipated more heat; more voltage, more heat.
Unless he's planning on running a whole slew of LEDs, hooking up two (maybe 3, AA or AAA batteries in series) would provide 4.5 volts will do him just fine.

As for the amperage, multiply the number of LEDs you will be using, by their amp rating (i.e. 10 LEDs @ 20mA = 200mA). You will need a power source that is rated for more than 200mA. Otherwise you will wind up torching whatever power supply you use.

You can find all kinds of resistance, voltage and amperage calculators online tha will help you determine what voltage and resistance to run.

You can buy the LEDs by the (whatever amount you need, 10, 20, 100), and pretty much whatever color you need from Amazon. Radio Shack has them in a pinch as well but they are way more expensive. You can also get resistors from both places too.

If neither of you have a multimeter, I would STRONGLY suggest investing in one. They are a godsend.
If he runs into any snags and what not, let me know.


I have a friend that would like to do the split wing fighter
You mean the X-wing fighter?
 

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I always thought the A wings were bitchin :D
The A-wings are BY FAR my favorite Rebel Alliance fighter. In fact, of my several Action Fleet Micro Machine vehicles, two of them (one green unit, one red unit) are A-wings.

A close second is the TIE interceptor (and I have one of those too!).

A-wings are for wimps. The TIE Defender is where it's at
Nope. A defender has only a slightly higher maneuverability rating but the A-wing can out-accelerate it. Very few craft in the SW universe is going to keep up with an A-wing.

Now from what I've read, the TIE Avenger has superiority over Rebel Alliance craft.
Still wouldn't give up the A-wing.
 

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Not when the Defender has a tractor beam on it, firing 4 lasers up its arse.
Kinda like how that star destroyer snagged the Falcon with it's tractor beam?
Oh that's right, it didn't, because the MF took the **** off!

And if you're going to cite a tractor beam as the only advantage, then it's not really the better fighter.

Tell me more about how the 'tractored' A-wing couldn't spin around and fire back or turn it's rotatable laser cannons to the aft and fire back.

Or...
Tractor beam - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki

Tractor beams could also be disrupted by a Stage Three torpedo. These instances, however, were rare in relation to the number of times tractor beams reliably captured small vessels.
There were several novel ways to escape from a tractor beam. Very small craft with powerful engines could out-maneuver tractor beams if the ship's pilot was more cunning than the tractor beam operator or targeting computer.
Find me a SW starfighter with a better power to weight ratio than the A-wing. :evilaugh:

Oh, and the tractor beam isn't a standard item on the defender. It is on the avenger but only retrofittable on the defender.

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You rebel scum - That's like saying "my penis is better because it's smaller and goes faster". Defender is better armed, better shielded, and is only a fraction slower accelerating than the arse-wing (even though it has a higher top speed). It's another Picard/Kirk debate - it'll go on forever :rotfl:
 

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LOL this thread is great!
A wing pilot, "I'm going in after this tie defender even if he is just eggin' me on."
Admiral Ackbar, "IT'S A TRAP!!!" :D :D :D

Snow speeders suck btw. LOVE this scene too. Everyone was thinking it when he says it in the original film.
 

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You rebel scum - That's like saying "my penis is better because it's smaller and goes faster". Defender is better armed, better shielded, and is only a fraction slower accelerating than the arse-wing (even though it has a higher top speed). It's another Picard/Kirk debate - it'll go on forever :rotfl:
:evilaugh: Everyone knows Picard was the better Captain.
 
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