1/25 scale plastic model, 70' Ford Torino with marker and tail lights
LaFrance fire truck
Been meaning to do one of these trucks for some time. Finally picked this one up at a very reasonable price from a friend in the model train world.
The "cool" guys had these things when I was in high school (shortly after rocks were discovered!).
Seems I got into "van mode" recently. Don't see a lot of them offered at reasonable prices but I found a few. Here's the first one.
News station van
The fall layout at historic Edgerton Model Railroad Room in Rochester features a train wreck scene, a recreation of an incident about a decade ago in this area. So I built this news van to add to the scene that already features a police car and fire truck with flashing LED lights
Yellow fire truck
Ford C fire truck with LEDs
Cars in front of a diner
1950 Diner made with Luaun plywood, bass and balsa wood. Windows are single pane glass. Contains three booths and a long lunch counter. Have just added your led's and now need to light up the roof sign and interior, Doors open and close.
Red Cadillac Eldorado
Since making the video, I've discovered this diecast is actually 1/48th scale..a perfect match for O-gauge!
Lucky to pick up this relatively rare older diecast in near mint condition. Those outstanding Evan Designs Nano LEDs fit perfectly in the headlights once the lenses were pried out. Wires go through the holes in which the headlights are mounted. Lenses were reattached with white glue so as not to etch the plastic with other cement.
Elegant pink Buick
This one took a bit of time since the headlights and tail lights were simply molded plastic with no lenses originally. I probably should have cut down the seat before putting the driver in there but I kinda like the illusion that his hat is almost surely going to blow away!
Dark green pickup truck
Hoping to add even more interest to the lighted vehicles by including some sort of load in the open bed of the 1/43rd scale pickup trucks. It is surprising what you can do with stuff that is just lying about!
Illinois State Police
Completed a ISP charger and lit tahoe. Thanks for looking.
Grayhound classic bus
Found several of these in mint condition at train shows or on line and decided to branch out into lighting buses. It is another diecast that I have not seen on a lot of layouts.
Dodge Route Van
Neat little diecast with outstanding graphics..perfect for lighting. Don't see many of these compact Dodge Route Vans on layouts.
Fire fighting truck
Red fire truck from the back with a lot of lighting
Ford truck show off
Nothing startling here, just three LEDs. Tough project, though, due to little hidden space for wiring. Had to get creative!
Postal service truck
While this looks suspiciously like something I posted here nearly a year ago, it is a new light scheme. I've gone with just 15 (!) for this vehicle...the earlier prototype set up was just too labor intensive.
Yet another relatively rare 1/43rd diecast that I was able to get still in the package, complete with a Pontiac billboard in 1/43rd scale.
Managed to obtain 3 of these made by National Motor Mint. Probably some sort of promotional edition. Have not seen many of them around so I'm assuming it is sort of rare. Cute as a button!
Sheriff and ambulance at an accident
LED Sheriff Car and lighted ambulance at an accident scene, 1:43 scale, sent by Paul, taken on his Terrific O Scale Layout
Picked this diecast up at a good price at a train show, still in original packaging. Took some patience to get it right. Hope you enjoy seeing it.
I've been wanted to do one of these for some time. Finally got around to it.
Heavy equipment in garage
Great garage using cool white LEDs for lights!
Blue panel truck
Haven't seen a whole lot of these up for sale. Pretty simple but still pretty slick!
Florida patrol car
Had to make a FHP unit for my personal collection. I added leds to the front visors, custom push bar, head and tail lights, rear deck with red/blue alternating leds, back up lights and plate lights. Decals are from Bill. Thanks for looking.
Texas tow truck
In the midst of a building frenzy in anticipation of a two-day train show Nov. 1 & 2 at New York State Fairgrounds. This is one of three older trucks I got in a lot, all with the Texaco logo. The other two are still awaiting lighting.
While the lighting project was neither complex nor difficult, I really like the subject matter of this one. Wish I could afford a real one of these! For this one, I used chip warm whites for headlights and pico reds were just the right size for the relatively small tail lights in the rear deck's lower lid. Most difficult part of the job was drilling the holes for those lights. It also meant that the tail gate had to be glued shut.
At long last, I got this little guy all lighted up! My favorite project....so far. Interior light and lights on signs are yellow Pico chip LEDs, tail lights are red Nano chips, top light is 3-mm self-flasher and headlights are warm white SMD chips. Also added 2 100-ohm half-watt resistors to the line in to help keep the resistors on the LEDs much cooler. White glue used for lenses on the head and tail lights and the two lights on the side signs.
San Francisco police
I added leds to a 1/32 scale SFPD k-9 tahoe. Leds are random flashing. Thanks for looking.
Studebaker Golden Hawk
I've always liked the kinda quirky styling of these cars from my youth! Hard to find this one in this color at a reasonable price. SMD warm white headlights and Pico chip reds for tail lights. Drilling out the tail light openings was tricky!
A dog and a truck
Been itching to get this done and here it is...a custom-made scenario for any model rail layout! Quite a bit of thought and work went into this very small space!
Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Always on the look-out for unusual vehicles to offer for use on model rail layouts. Got this seldom-seen little guy as part of a 9-car lot.
Chrysler Town & Country oldtimer
My latest lesson in "not-all-diecasts-are-built-the-same!" Almost every one I tackle turns out being unique in its own sometimes-frustrating way.
Awesome police car
Hello, just wanted to share my project with yah to show off your LED's and how awesome they look!
Lights on police car
Hi guys, just wanted to share another couple projects I've done with your LED's. Thank you!
NY State police cruiser
The video tells the tale. Toughest part on this on is first drilling the holes for tail lights, then getting the lenses as near to authentic as possible.
Scratchy old Porsche
Old Porsche makes great use of our 3mm warm white in the headlights! Great deal on this car, only $500!
Chevrolet taxi car
Getting ready for the Fall and Winter train shows in Western New york by completing this fairly rare Solido diecast.
Eight classic cars
Evan Designs LED lighting added to eight cars handed to me by a long-time customer. All are wired for use on an O-gauge model railroad layout. Would not have been nearly as easy without the great array of LED sizes and types from Evan Designs!
one of four diecasts handed me by a customer. It was lighted to his specifications although tail lights were just not feasible due to the way this diecast is made.
Ford ambulance vehicle
Part of a four vehicle order. A bit different from the ambulances in my stock. This one was already owned by the customer.
Police car presentation
Had a second and wanted to forward a video of my latest personal build. Its my patrol car with my new police department. Thought you'd like to see where 50+ of your LEDs (and siren, although not demonstrated) went!
Civil defence truck
Thank goodness for the Evan Designs Nano LEDs and the fact that the owner of this beauty agreed to have it done in DC only! VERY limited space inside the body but I was able, as usual, to hide the wiring and circuitry without altering the visible interior spaces of the vehicle.
Pick up vehicle
Part of a three-truck deal for a guy from PA. This is the easiest one of the lot...made complicated because it came apart in 8 different pieces! Really tricking to get it all back together after installing the Evan Designs LEDs.
Car with snow plow
A nicely detailed diecast made even neater with the addition of five Evan Designs LEDs.
This was a relatively simple project but some ingenuity was required to create the roof-top light. Got lucky and it turned out super!
Chevrolet Suburban oldtimer
Picked this neat little vehicle up for peanuts at a train show. If I ever do another one, I'm going to have do come up with a replacement for the absolutely HUGH dummy radio antenna!
State Highway patrol car
A Road Champs 55-Chevy marked State Highway patrol gets the LED treatment