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Docking Bay Ground Lights, fewer sprues, 1:72 3d printed

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Docking Bay Ground Lights, fewer sprues, 1:72 3d printed
Docking Bay Ground Lights, fewer sprues, 1:72 3d printed

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Docking Bay Ground Lights, fewer sprues, 1:72

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Recreate your first sight of the Falcon! Here are some of the scenic accessories you need to make a diorama of Docking Bay 9 4, or Echo Base from ESB.

The parts are scaled to match 1:72 Falcon models, such as the old MPC/ERTL/AMT/Airfix kit from the 1970s (which is probably more like 1:68), the now-discontinued Fine Molds 1:72 kit, the Revell Master Series 1:72 kit (which is just the Fine Molds kit reboxed), or the awesome Bandai 1:72 Perfect Grade Falcon.


Ground lights.

Both Docking Bay 9 4 and Echo Base feature these round lamps on the ground beneath the Falcon. They're actually US military runway lights from World War II - “Bartow” type D-1 beacons built by the Line Material Company of Pennsylvania; widely deployed in Britain to illuminate the runways of US airbases. Thirty years later some of these beacons were bought as surplus scrap by Roger Christian and the set decorating team, and became a minor footlight, er, footnote, in movie history.

I've designed the beacons in two halves so they can be lit. There's a recessed spot for an SMD LED - prewired white 0402 LEDs are ideal. Experiment with the correct location for the light to be positioned vertically inside the beacon for your satisfaction.

You'll need to prime and paint the lower half, and clear-coat the upper lit half to protect the acrylic resin. You may want to paint the interior of the LED cavity with some thick paint, such as fabric T-shirt paint, to avoid light leakage into the lower half of the beacon, as that looks really unconvincing.

Note that the hole running through the pole is pretty small, and will probably need to be thoroughly cleaned of support wax. This means running it under very hot water and gently poking a thin wire into the hole until you can scrape out the softened wax. This takes time.

Sprues

Because Shapeways now charges by the part, I've had to add a bunch of sprues to this product to keep the price down. I'm sorry about this, as it is time-consuming to cut them off and file them flat.

This version, however, only has sprues for the base part of the lamp. These are fairly easy to cut off. To save work the upper domes are not sprued. This increases the price, but decreases your labour - take your pick! I also have a version of this set that's fully sprued.


Please read the following if you're interested in this item.

These accurizing parts are not mass-market commercial products. I made them for my own use, and have put them here in case they're of interest to someone else. Possibly you, since you’re reading this.

These are components for the serious model maker who wants to build a more accurate miniature. They require finishing. If you don't want to trim, file, sand, and glue, then these aren't the parts you're looking for!

The parts are tiny, and easily broken. They push the limits of today's 3D printers. The detail in the digital previews is all there, but it won't always be visible at the miniscule sizes that this scale requires!

 
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Ground Lights fewer sprues 1:72
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6.17 x 1.89 x 0.87 cm
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