| Lighting the bay windows has gotten to
be a pretty major, frustrating project. As I said, I've been
using the white LEDs and intended to position them such that they'd
light the windows.
What I'm trying to do is this.
I first clipped the leads of the white LEDs I had and attached black
and red electrical wire to each lead (putting some shrink-wrap
tubing around one of the poles to avoid a short). I then
used some of the sprue plastic to make stands, then used a candle to
heat them up enough to bend and make a little "L", into
which I glued the LEDs. Sand down the bottom of the post,
attach it to the hull. Connect the wires, move on - sounds
Well in fact, it isn't. My primary frustration is with the glues
- there isn't anything I have that provides an instant bond, or even
close. This requires that I apply a pretty fair amount of force
for about a solid minute, and it's a really fragile environment in
there (I can't allow anything to catch on the window fibres
whatsoever). The electrical wires, while thin, are of sufficient
gauge to cause a problem with placement.
I'm trying super glue, the model cement
and the plastic fuser, and no matter what the connection is
still gooey over a minute later. I have to prop it up by super
gluing the wires to strategic places on the hull, and go back and push
down on the post every so often until it's solid.
This is just way more complicated than
it should be.