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: How to Install an LED Kit in a 1:18 Scale Hot Wheels '66 Batmobile

Jan 21, 2016

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    How to Install an LED LIGHT KIT ina 1966 1/18 Scale Hot Wheels

    BATMOBILEby Jordan 'J.B.' Malik

    email: [email protected]

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    YOU WILL NEED the below TOOLS (you probably have most of these around the house. If you don't, check your local hardware store. If that fails, I have a web address after some of the major items where you can buy them, inexpensively, from Amazon.com):

    >> Hot glue gun (buy a cheap one here: http://amzn.to/1eHECUI )

    >> Black electric tape

    >> One (1) 9V Battery

    >> Rotary Tool/Power drill (or Dremel tool) (buy a cheap one here: http://bit.ly/rodrill2)

    >> Drill bits in these sizes: 5/16, 11/64, 1/8, 7/64 (buy a cheap one here: http://bit.ly/bddbset )

    >> Mini philips head screwdriver: (buy one cheap here: http://bit.ly/miniphill )

    >> Optional: Super-glue

    >> Optional: Soldering gun (buy a cheap one here: http://bit.ly/hsgun2), don't forget to get soldering wire (http://bit.ly/soldwir)

    >> Optional: Small pieces of paper and a pen, and scotch tape so you can label your items as we go along (we will tell you what to label, and we'll refer to it often.) This will make it easier for you to follow.

    >> Optional: Small exacto/hobby knife (suitable for stripping the ends of the LED wires). (Buy a cheap one here: http://bit.ly/xactokn ) You will be stripping the to -inch at the end of each black and red wire so you have a nice length of the 'raw' wire to connect to the other wires. You can use a very FINE Knife to gently 'shave' the black and/or red plastic off the wire, OR (what I do) use a lighter to melt the plastic off the last 1/4-inch of each wire until the metal fibers of the wire are fully exposed).

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  • IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THE LEDs and WIRING KIT, CONTINUE (Skip ahead) TO PAGE 8

    IF YOU NEED TO ORDER a 'READY TO INSTALL' LED and WIRING KIT, GO http://kit.batmobilelights.com

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO SOLDER YOUR OWN LEDs to Your OWN RESISTORS & WIRES, go to the NEXT

    PAGE

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  • If you are getting your OWN LEDs and Wiring for this project, YOU WILL NEED the below COMPONENTS. HOWEVER, THE LEDs are HARD TO FIND, & DIFFICULT TO SOLDER. You CAN order the ENTIRE LED Kit from me, with the LEDs already soldered to the resistors and 'ready to go', here: http://kit.batmobilelights.com:

    If you are creating your own LED kit, you will need:

    (Qty: 2) 3mm Yellow LED lights (for front 'bat ray' marker lamps)(Qty: 1) 3mm Blue LED light (for cockpit)(Qty: 1) 3mm Flashing Orange LED light (for 'fire effect' in exhaust-turbine)(Qty: 1) 3mm Flashing 'fast' Red LED light (for 'fire effect' in exhaust turbine)(Qty: 1) 1.8mm Flashing 'normal' Red LED Light (for 'beacon' red light on top of cockpit)(Qty: 6) 470 ohm resistors (you need to solder one resistor to the 'positive' (long) prong on each LED.(Qty: 1) 9V 'battery strap' connected to:

    (Qty: 1) on-off switchabout 4 feet of red ('positive')-coated wireabout 4 feet of black ('negative)-coated wire

    Your components should look like the below:

    LED bulbs (6 total):

    470 Ohm Resistor (6 total):

    9V Battery Strap and connected On/Off Switch: (See next page)

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  • Red and Black wiring (thin gauge):

    Don't have the lights yet? Make it easy for yourself and get the ENTIRE LED kit, ready to go, here:

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  • Here we go!

    FIRST, WE ARE GOING TO ASSEMBLE OUR LEDs VIA THE DIAGRAM BELOW. (If you already have your LEDs, Wires, and Battery Strap/On-off Switch, JUMP TO PAGE 8

    TO ASSEMBLE YOUR LEDs:

    TAKE EACH LED and SOLDER ONE END of a Resistor to the 'POSITIVE' Leg (the longer of the two) to the LED. THEN SOLDER the RED Wire to the OTHER end of the resistor.

    Then SOLDER the BLACK wire to the OTHER LED Prong.

    All soldered connections and exposed wire should be protected/covered with a thin strip of electrical tape or shrink tube.

    (See the diagram below for details):__________________________________________________________________

    All soldered connections and exposed wire should be protected/covered with a thin strip of electrical tape or shrink tube.

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  • NOW WE ARE GOING TO DISMANTLE our BATMOBILE so we can begin INSERTING our LEDs

    ***PLEASE READ THIS PAGE BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION OF THE LIGHT UP KIT TO YOUR BATMOBILE*** PLEASE READ THIS PAGE BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION OF THE LIGHT UP KIT

    TO YOUR BATMOBILE***

    BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

    As you disassemble the Batmobile MAKE CLOSE OBSERVATIONS as to how the car is PUT TOGETHER, Particularly the FRONT AXLE and STEERING COLUMN. My Pictures and description will help you, but you will find WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR YOU TO REASSEMBLE THE CAR, it will be helpful for YOU to take note of how the parts are fit together.

    Also, this project and pictures are intended for modifying the 'base' 1966 1/18 scale Batmobile, NOT the 'Elite' or 'Super Elite' or any other limited editions of the 1966 1/18 scale Batmobile. Certainly, it is possible to install this kit on toy cars OTHER than the base 1966 1/18 scale Batmobile (I know some readers have used my instructions to install an LED Kit in the Elite), but this guide is for the base 1966 1/18 scale Batmobile only.

    Finally, we recommend you read ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS first, before you actually begin this project. This will help you get familiar of the parts required, and the process flow. Go ahead, it will only take a few minutes.

    PLEASE READ THE ABOVE BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION OF THE LIGHT UP KIT TO YOUR BATMOBILE

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  • 1.Take your Batmobile and flip it over so it is resting on its 'beacon'. Be sure its laying on something soft (like a cloth, not shown here) so the beacon/antenna don't break off.

    2. With the Batmobile flipped over, look for the tiny screws that are holding the bottom chassis to the car. Remove the Screws using a Mini Philips-head screwdriver (there are 8 screws) and PLACE THEM IN A BAGGIE OR A SMALL JAR SO YOU DON'T LOSE THEM!

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  • 3. After the 8 screws are removed, Grab the rear end portion of the BOTTOM CHASSIS (grab it right behind the rear wheels) and lift it up and away from the car. AS YOU LIFT IT UP, be sure to OBSERVE how the FRONT WHEELS AND AXLE are CONNECTED to the MIDDLE of the Car (Note how the pegs on the Axle are INSERTED Into the chassis. Gently remove the FRONT AXLE (the front wheels will still be attached to the axle).

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  • 4. Now rotate the car so the Front (Nose) is to Your LEFT. As you continue to lift the Bottom Chassis up, You will see the doesn't lift up easily from the FRONT part of the car. That is because the chassis is being held on by a couple screws that are VERY DIFFICULT to get to. I just continued pulling the Bottom Chassis in the direction shown by the arrow (see below) until it SNAPPED off (this will not ruin the appearance of the car when you are completed).

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  • 5. This is a closeup where the bottom chassis SNAPS off the car. WE SUGGEST YOU SCOTCH TAPE A SMALL NOTE TO THIS BOTTOM CHASSIS AND LABEL IT BOTTOM

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  • 6. Set the BOTTOM CHASSIS ASIDE. The picture below is of the MIDDLE CHASSIS" (plastic) still attached to the Body (metal) of the car. There are NO SCREWS or anything for you to remove this middle chassis. WE SUGGEST YOU SCOTCH TAPE A SMALL NOTE TO THIS MIDDLE CHASSIS LABELED MIDDLE

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  • 7. Lift Out the MIDDLE CHASSIS. This will come out easily. You'll see that I am lifting it out by pinching the bottoms of the seats.

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  • 8. After you lift on the MIDDLE CHASSIS, you will see the cockpit, canopy, 'Bat-Reverse' Lever, Steering Wheel, and Dashboard.

    9. LIFT OUT THE