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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Project Thunderhawk P.2 Light Harness

The light harness is complete and undergoing stress testing to verify battery life expectancy. With this 9v. configuration I'm expecting a bit less than 3 hours so am planning to move to an AA configuration with a target of 10 hours of operation.  This harness is for all the onboard systems while a separate circuit and power supply will address the offboard lighting.

Here are the dry fits off the spot light housings.  I think that they'll look fine when painted and should not require a diffusing lens cover to achieve the spot effect.

I've started the filling and sculpting to finish all of the roughed in areas now that I know how the harness will fit into the model.  The next block of work will be on finishing the greenstuff and primer/base coating the subassemblies.

2 comments:

  1. So...I grossly miscalculated the battery life expectancy. At about 6 hours there was some noticeable reduction in the quality of the light but the system, at last check, was still going after 12 hours. I think swapping to the AA configuration will push back the loss of quality into the 12 hour area.

    The white spots are throwing nice circles at a useful range so I'm looking forward to the next phase. Skipping to phase 4 for a bit as I need to get the model into its final dimensions before confirming the display base design.

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  2. I had to stop the stress test after 20 hours. The lights were still running though at a much reduced brilliance.

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