Are your minifigs tired of running over spiky cacti, driving off of icy slopes, and running into stubborn spruce trees during their night-time off-roading adventures? Well, that's because they can't see. LEGO's Power Function series offers lighting, but that requires a ginormous battery box, with equally ginormous cables and light housings. Luckily, Brick Modder Labs has come up with the solution: LifeLites
I'll be demonstrating the use of an eLite Junior to create some realistic off-road lights and taillights for the Chopsaw.
Step one: get youself an eLite (duh!). You'll be glad you did. In this case, I chose the eLite Junior because it was fully self-contained (it doesn't need an attached battery box) and it was tiny (The same footprint as a 2x4 brick, with an added plate). The downside to the Junior is that you will only be able to run four LED's (included, by the way)- but, the Chopsaw's such a little guy, it didn't need any more than that anyway. Here's the eLite Junior with its four LED's. Inside the 2x4 brick is the circuit board (which can hold several different flashing sequences in memory should you desire) and the power source: a CR1225 lithium cell.
So you got your eLite. Now's the hard part. Depending on your model, you need to figure out how you're going to route the wires. For the Chopsaw, I knew I wanted two overhead lights and two taillights. First, I built the Chopsaw to look how I wanted it to look. Then, I figured the best place for the lighting system. In this case, that was the main upright portion of the rollcage - basically, the back of the passenger compartment.
I used technic pieces to create the top of the roll cage and the holders for the off-road lights. I used two "minifig back plates with knobs" to hold the taillights.
The eLite LED cables are six inches long EACH. That's great for large models. That's a problem for a model that is just over six inches in total length. So, I bound the wires (I wasn't going to even try splicing them - too many bad experiences with my real off-road machine) with just a touch of BLACK electrical tape (holds well, and doesn't stand out)
The two bound wires for the overhead lights are placed in front of the passenger compartment backing, and are held in place by a black grab-iron piece (pictured above). The two bound wires leading to the taillights are placed beneath the back of the ATV, and rest upon the eLite unit itself, actual helping to support the rear of the vehicle (pictured below).
I added two 1x4 plates to help support the structure in the front.
And I added a 2x4 bley plate to finish of the back and to provide a mounting area for the spare tire.
And that's that!
It really brings a whole new dimension to your models, and the configurations are all based on your own designs. If anyone would ever like help with this sort of system, I would be happy to provide my assistance.
Oh, I just noticed!!! I love your minifig's helmet. Brick forge is so good. I have a Master chief with that helmet. You can look at it if you would like at my Page (one creation... for now). More to come soon!
Wow brick freak, that stinks for you. I managed to procure some paypal money by selling some less useful legos on Bricklink, it is great. Tell your parents that Grant says paypal is good. They should immediately let you use it. If not, I'm sorry, I tried. ; )