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PostPosted: Sun 10 Feb 2013 18:20 pm 
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When painting lights or lenses ie headlights is it better to paint the model or the back of the light as I dont want to ruin the part with glue when I fit it. Any suggestions


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It could vary on the type of lens and where it is. My only general recommendation would be to use a non-solvent adhesive wherever possible, either Humbrol Clearfix or UPVA which should not cause the clear plastic to fog, disturb the paint and also dry clear themselves.

Best of luck, I'm sure others will guide you in the right direction.

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newby in poole wrote:
When painting lights or lenses ie headlights is it better to paint the model or the back of the light as I dont want to ruin the part with glue when I fit it.

I paint the model and use PVA glue to fix the transparency :wink:

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My next kit (a Mossie PR.XVI) calls for clear green and clear red wingtip lights, but to be entirely honest I'm not too fired up at the idea of buying two paints which, for all I know, will be used once and then sit on the shelf for the next five years. I'm working with 1/48 WW2 aircraft, how essential, or useful, would you consider them to be? I might be facing a struggle between my wallet and a desire for accuracy. :scratch:

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I believe your Mossie is 1/48?
Does it have clear parts for the lights?
If it has, drill a small dimple hole in the rear of the clear part and put a drop of the appropriate colour in there. Use a bright shade, eg 19 red not 153. It will look fine.
I have the 'clear' colour paints but I've never used them on a model yet. Only on my Austin 7.

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Mossies, in common with many other WWII types are usually seen with clear covers and coloured bulbs, so Fred's suggestion is the way to go.

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PostPosted: Sat 10 Sep 2016 20:50 pm 
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Fred's suggestion also works well in 1/72 scale too :)

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Sounds good to me, thanks. Which green would you recommend?

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I use whatever bright green comes to hand first, H. 2, 80, 120 or one of the non-Humbrol ones I have. I prefer 2 tho.

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Useful tips for all of us aeroplane builders.
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MattNSW wrote:
I'm not too fired up at the idea of buying two paints which, for all I know, will be used once and then sit on the shelf for the next five years.
Do you not intend to paint the navigation lights on any other aircraft you might build :shrug:

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fred wrote:
I use whatever bright green comes to hand first, H. 2, 80, 120 or one of the non-Humbrol ones I have. I prefer 2 tho.

I'm generalising rather than quoting $Make colour codes, but I'd say that British Racing Green is too dark, and Emerald Green too bright, for nav light bulbs; if someone did an intermediate shade that might be better.


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newby in poole wrote:
When painting lights or lenses ie headlights is it better to paint the model or the back of the light as I dont want to ruin the part with glue when I fit it. Any suggestions

Someone's started reading this recently so my 2pennurth:-

As others, with WW2 nav lights, drill a small hole in the lens back and paint that with a bright red (port side) or green (starboard).
With later tinted lenses paint the entire lens with clear colour if it's a clear part. If it's moulded as part of the wing/fuselage, paint bright silver, and overcoat with clear paint.
For landing lights, where you have a clear moulding, paint the back of the moulding silver, let that dry well, and then paint it to match the leg.

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