Maximum wingspan 500mm/20"
Would you like your models to stand out from the crowd? Have you always wanted to fit lighting to your model aircraft, but just didn't know how? Here at Raven Scale Models we have developed a range of kits that allow you to install realistic aircraft lighting to your models, as you build. The Beacons Model Lighting Kit is a ready-to-fit, self-contained LED lighting kit, for installation as you construct your model aircraft, featuring a pre-programmed generic lighting sequence, including authentic strobe effects.
The lighting kits are suitable for larger scale and larger-sized smaller-scale model aircraft. Each Beacons Model Lighting Kit in the range suits up to a maximum given wingspan – 300mm, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm – so each size is suitable for a wide range of aircraft kits. They are very well suited to 1:48, 1:32 and 1:24 kits and will also fit comfortably in a 1:72 scale Douglas C-47 Dakota Skytrain (wingspan 40cm/16"), for example. Compatibility depends mainly upon the wingspan, but also on the fuselage girth and wing profile, as there must be enough room to accommodate the button cells and chip in the fuselage*, and the wires and LEDs in the wings. A fibre optic extension option gives increased accessibility to confined spaces, as well as enhancing the scale effect.
No wiring is visible once the lighting kit is installed and the model build completed. The system is switched externally using a magnet, which triggers a magnetic reed switch that is housed within the body of the plane. To allow the battery cells to be replaced, a small modification may be needed, to create a removable and replaceable panel on the fuselage. Some kits, such as the Dakota, have a door that is well-suited to this task. Bomb bay doors are also a good point of access.
If you would prefer to power the lighting from an external source such as a battery pack or mains transformer, we can replace the button cell holder with a standard length 2.1mm DC power socket on a 50cm length of wire that can be passed out of the model (Please note that a mains transformer is not included with the lighting kit). This option removes the need to gain access to the model for the purpose of changing batteries. Although Raven Scale Models make no extra charge for this modification, there may be an increase in despatch time of up to seven days. You can opt to include an AA battery pack at an extra charge of £2.
During the checkout process, you will need state whether you want the kit to feature a single-flash or double flash strobe. Double-flash strobes are often seen on airliners.
All soldering and crimp connections are complete (we've done all that for you). Each kit comes with comprehensive instructions, plus the offer of our advice and support should you encounter any hitches during installation. We have designed and built them here at the Raven Scale Models workshop, so we can help with any queries.
To watch a great review video on our website, prepared by David Francis of SAM Publications' Scale Aviation Modeller magazine, click on the link below.
Beacons Model Lighting Kits Information
- Maximum model wingspan 500mm/20inches
- Minimum fuselage diameter
- *Approx 20mm, to house 15mm x 15mm cell holder
- Skill Level
- Some modelling experience required
- Age Guidance
- 14+ years
- 2 x navigation (red & green), 2 x strobe (white), 2 x landing (white), 1 x beacon (red) LED lights
- pre-programmed micro-controller unit (micro-chip)
- cell holder + 4 x 1.5V alkaline AG13/LR44 batteries (or optional external power connector)
- magnetic reed switch + 1 x neodymium rod magnet
- fibre optic extension pack
- instruction leaflet
WARNING! THIS IS NOT A TOY. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Choking Hazard, contains small parts.
Beacons Model Lighting Kits are intended for adult collectors age 14 and over.