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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby OHWceta » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:40 pm

Does anyone know anything about LED lights? Here's some photos of the figure I have and the LEDs I'm using.
The LED Kit:
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My Figure: The Chest is made up of 3 parts which I unfortunately had to cut to do my custom work. Since the figure talks it's probably a lot more complicated than a simple light up figure. My Custom only needs to light up so I can forget the talking function.

-The Weapon is in the front part of the chest, it has 2 wires, a red and black, it has a light inside.
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-The Center peice has the button that will cause the eyes to light up when pressed on one side (The Rear of the Figure when together) and the other side has the voice chip. This piece has the neck where the light will be attached.
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-The Rear Piece is mostly just where the batteries are housed
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby ZeroEdge » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:11 am

You can also try using the compact LED kits that are used for MG Exia and Gundam 00 Raiser. They are bought separately, and in pairs I believe.
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby OHWceta » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:31 am

Yeah, I have the LED, now I need to figure out how to attach it so it will work.
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby royalpain88 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:56 am

If I may ask, what are you customizing?
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby OHWceta » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:54 pm

It's a Leader Class Ironhide.

It's mostly just a repaint aside from my swapping out the head entirely and giving him blue LEDs instead of Green ones.

The compact LEDs like the ones that come with Gundams are a proble because:
1) They're green, I need Blue (My LED kit is about that size anyways.)
2) They're too big to fit in the head and I have no place to put a button, so only the bulb can go in the head, the rest of the LED kit has to go in the torso where there's a place already for an on/off button.
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby Xehn » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:42 pm

...if I remember right there are LEDs in Ironhide's head already, why not just replace the LED itself and leave all the wiring intact? all you should need to do is snip and solder.
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby OHWceta » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:19 am

I need a blue LED and Ironhide has a green one, plus the one in the head was destroyed when I accidentally cut through the wires when I removed the head. (It's surprisingly hard to remove... XD)
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby Xehn » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:00 am

...that's what I mean. Find a blue LED, use the existing wiring and put the blue one on it.
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby OHWceta » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:07 pm

How do I tell which wires take the electricity from the LED to the battery and which ones take the electricity from the battery to the LED?

Or does it really matter?

My current setup, nothing is currently connected.

I have a white bulb in the chest, a blue one in the head, I have 2 yellow wires from the on/off button, 2 blue wires from the batteries, a green wire from the right side and a red from the left, then I have a red and a black wire coming from the weapon the lights up. any suggestions?
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Re: The Action Figure Customization Thread

Postby Klinkin » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:13 pm

With LEDs, I think the polarity does matter (it doesn't for light bulbs). Your best option is just to trace the wires and see which one is positive and which negative based on the way the batteries fit in. Just a note: convention has "current" running from positive to negative, while the actual electrons go the other way (almost certainly won't affect you, but it helps to know just in case).
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