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smojo
04-25-2013, 04:10 PM
Does any one have a decent way of fabricating light buckets for the inside of lexan bodies? I have made some before out of styrene and shaped them to pretty square boxes before shoe-gooing them in place, but I wasn't sure if there was an easier way. Especially in cases where the body is very contoured around the headlights like touring cars etc.

Also, I was seeing if anyone had any good ideas for light buckets that could mount to existing hardware? I.e bumper mounted light buckets. I can't find anywhere that carry any aftermarket single buckets for offroad vehicles (besides the ones you can find in the axial parts tree)

sgl
04-25-2013, 04:26 PM
I to would like to know how to make nice ones, to that end I was going through different sections at RC planet the had what looked to be a vacu-formed sheet of buckets, round, square and rectangle. I think it was around 12 or 13 bucks.

Wrencher
04-27-2013, 05:52 PM
not sure about lexan ones but for auxillary light buckets i keep meaning to try these. they sure look nice made from aluminum. just don't like the bar.

http://www.junfac.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=334

sgl
04-27-2013, 06:24 PM
Agreed plus it would be nice to be able to make them. I hope you get it figured out, so I can barrow the idea!

sgl
04-27-2013, 06:38 PM
Wrencher,
I know you'd like rectanglular units. If you need round ones, I had made metal lamp bucket for some bird houses ( Why do birds need LED's? I'm not sure, they just do! ) out of US 25 cent coins. The first few I made a half round indentation in a piece of hard wood, then used a ball peen hammer to make it concaved. the next set I bought a Doming block and punch set at Harbor Freight for around $30.00 on sale, I think there near $40.00 regularly. The pre 70's coins were silver, so were easy to work and tended to stay shiny enough.
If you need pictures let me know, and of course different size coins make different lamps ( who would have thought?. )

stevem50
04-27-2013, 08:24 PM
I would also like to make light buckets... but using silver coins is crazy! they are worth way more than their face value in raw silver value. google silver's value in oz/$ ratio

sgl
04-27-2013, 09:22 PM
I would also like to make light buckets... but using silver coins is crazy! they are worth way more than their face value in raw silver value. google silver's value in oz/$ ratio

It's just one of those things I guess, the silver coins worked better, were easier to shape, were prettier and the finish was more durable for the intended use. Also I must have got them at a discount, I only paid 25¢ for them! You must admit they were a great deal! While I didn't use a great number of them still! I also tend to use the all copper 1¢ coins ( once again a great deal ) as malleable washers with some exotic hard woods. So while it's very interesting, I don't want know how much different metal is worth, I wish to remain ignorant and happy.
By the way being crazy isn't always a bad thing!
Thanks for the thought anyway.

alan
04-29-2013, 01:06 PM
I always end up with poly bodies without lightbuckets and still haven't found a good/easy solution. Foil tape is usually my default.

stevem50
04-29-2013, 06:30 PM
as far as easy on lexan, first I use the supplied sticker for the light, then I use clear 5mm led lenses drilled and mounted in the center of the sticker. then I coat the back of the light housing with flat black so it does not back-light into the body.i tack it into place with hot glue, then shoe goo for a permanent mounting

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/lenses-mounts/led-lens-mount-red/301/

matt c
04-30-2013, 07:19 AM
Lego can often be modified to make some unique light buckets. I've used it many times.

sgl
04-30-2013, 10:22 AM
I had posted that there was a set of light buckets available at RC-planet. Unfortunately I was mistaken it was at Hopmeup.com. These light fixtures are made by integy and can be found under part number C23524, they sell for $6.76 and look like this.
http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a522/sgl54/INTC23524_zpsc54cf06c.jpg (http://s1282.photobucket.com/user/sgl54/media/INTC23524_zpsc54cf06c.jpg.html)
I aplogize for the mistake, hope this helps.
Scott

2EZ
09-12-2015, 08:01 PM
I use flashlight buckets from 1$ flashlights at dollar store.

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GEM51
02-14-2016, 03:38 PM
tiny Christmas bells

BadWagon
02-15-2016, 05:09 AM
I had posted that there was a set of light buckets available at RC-planet. Unfortunately I was mistaken it was at Hopmeup.com. These light fixtures are made by integy and can be found under part number C23524, they sell for $6.76 and look like this.
http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a522/sgl54/INTC23524_zpsc54cf06c.jpg (http://s1282.photobucket.com/user/sgl54/media/INTC23524_zpsc54cf06c.jpg.html)
I aplogize for the mistake, hope this helps.
Scott

That's exactly what I use. They are fantastic and very easy to work with. Little CA and shoe goo and they go right in.

JunkGTZ
02-15-2016, 04:59 PM
The LEGO solution seems like a great one and easy to come by. I've also used aluminum roofers flashing you can pick up at Home Depot or other building supply store and made a paper template which I folded and trimmed to fit. Then I traced the outline of it on the aluminum and marked the folds. I used a pair of needle nose plyers to fold the tabs and then glued in whatever I was using for headlights, usually cheap "wearable jewels" from Hobby Lobby. The combination of the folded aluminum buckets with the conical shaped LEGOs might work if you were putting in LED's in them.

stevem50
02-24-2016, 05:13 PM
i have been using the scrap lexan left over from trimming bodies. lay it over the end of a broom handle and heat gently with a micro torch and it will shape itself. a quick spritz of silver paint and done. easy to shape to fit all types of body contours too

JunkGTZ
02-27-2016, 10:41 AM
i have been using the scrap lexan left over from trimming bodies. lay it over the end of a broom handle and heat gently with a micro torch and it will shape itself. a quick spritz of silver paint and done. easy to shape to fit all types of body contours too

That sounds like a great and easy fix. For smaller bowl shapes you can use the end of a drum stick although not everyone has them lying around the house like me!

integra22t
03-04-2016, 06:43 AM
one of the best scrach built light buckets ive seen https://youtu.be/S-Spnykwtus

BadWagon
03-05-2016, 05:35 AM
That's a great video on building buckets.

GEM51
08-27-2016, 10:41 PM
little silver bells from Micheal's work well