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Title: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: AlistairBiggs on June 12, 2013, 06:39:07 am
Hi guys,

On my Enterprise 1/350 project I've been searching the net for places to get electronic components that are close to home and thought I'd share.

For individually wired SMD's this site is great http://www.jsminiatures.co.uk/index.php (http://www.jsminiatures.co.uk/index.php) not hugely expensive and arrived within 2 days from ordering! :)

Another site I found for LED's although not used them yet as I used the above but here is the link http://www.microminiatures.co.uk/ (http://www.microminiatures.co.uk/)

Hope this helps any fellow UK modellers :) maybe save you a bit of hunting!
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: billski on June 12, 2013, 09:05:36 am
Hi Alister,

Thanks for the info, I have used Mircominiatures before, with no complaints, I also use RSH electronics.

http://www.rshelectronics.co.uk/category.php?id_category=65

They have all sorts of  bits and bobs as well

Cheers Billski

Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: warped_one on June 15, 2013, 04:39:49 am
these are good but have a 20 pound min order
http://uk.farnell.com/leds-standard-under-75ma
or try these
http://www.expressmodels.co.uk/acatalog/WHITE_LEDs.html
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: InsaneFinn on June 15, 2013, 05:22:24 am
Mostly I purchase my electronics from eBay seller called Bright Components. They have lots of components, including leds for a great price and they have very quick delivery. Last week on Saturday I placed the order for few packs of leds and resistors and they arrived to Finland in my mailbox on Tuesday. I've known their speedy delivery from earlier orders, but there was no way I would have expected them to arrive on Tuesday. So I can highly recommend this seller for their prices, including shipping price and fast delivery. Only reason I sometimes buy from somewhere else is that the don't have the specific component i might need. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/bright-components?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: billski on July 20, 2013, 03:28:38 pm
Took your tip and bought some stuff from bright components. Very pleased with the products and delivery, thanks for the info :)
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Carwyn on July 21, 2013, 01:18:32 pm
Thanks Alistair I've been searching for a good UK supply of SMDs for ages I considered importing them but the cost of import tax throws the price sky high when you consider the product price so this has really saved me loads. Thanks again.

Caz
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: khitomer on August 01, 2013, 08:09:11 am
Nice links, thanks for the info. Especially these http://www.microminiatures.co.uk/acatalog/Miniature_LED_s.html great for port and starboard lights! Also their pre-wired leds with resistors, saves a lot of soldering!
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: AlistairBiggs on August 09, 2013, 03:23:33 pm
You're welcome guys :) if I find any more i'll post them
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: luminous on November 07, 2013, 11:46:51 am
here's a link to polytranspar iridescent paints for aztec patterns
http://www.jhtsupplies.co.uk/polytranspar-paint-%28iridescents%29-4oz/p00000417
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Firebiro on November 08, 2013, 04:38:35 am
If only I had found this thread before ordering my SMDs from the states ha ha, but I do need some LED strips so may look into some of these sites, cheers guys, this is a great resource for us in the "Isles"
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: billski on November 08, 2013, 04:55:33 am
Hi Firebiro,

I get my led strips from bright components on ebay uk, you can get 1 metre for 99p, all colours. They can run up to 12v
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Firebiro on November 08, 2013, 05:22:55 am
Hey Billski I was actually just looking at that :D woo hoo, thanks mate!
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: billski on November 08, 2013, 03:16:13 pm
Hi Firebiro,

If you need magnet wire try these guys, also on ebay


http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/wirescouk/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2654 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/wirescouk/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2654)

I use the 0.315mm enamel wire at 3.75 pounds plus pp. Its good stuff you get alot of it

Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Firebiro on November 09, 2013, 06:33:40 am
Thanks Billski, seem to be coming across you in all the topics :D Great to see the similar interests, I just orderd my 350 refit lighting from Bright componants, couldnt find the meter length so went with 4 20cm lengths, aught to do it :D
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Tony Westwood on November 12, 2013, 06:06:13 pm
Hi Firebiro,

If you need magnet wire try these guys, also on ebay


http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/wirescouk/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2654 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/wirescouk/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2654)

I use the 0.315mm enamel wire at 3.75 pounds plus pp. Its good stuff you get alot of it

Okay remember I'm new to all this, but at the risk of seeming like a complete moron.... what exactly is magnet wire?
I've seen Boyd using it in his build videos, but it just looks like thin uninsulated wire to ne, wouldn't that be prone to shorting out if the + and - wires touch when you glue the model together?

Tony
 
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Tankton on November 12, 2013, 08:15:59 pm
Magnet wire is really small wire that has an enamel coating as insulation.
It is normally used for coil windings in electromagnets and transformers.
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Tony Westwood on November 13, 2013, 02:11:12 am
Cool, thanks for explaining that for me.

Looks like I'll need to get some of that too then  ;D
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Tony Westwood on November 13, 2013, 02:28:18 am
I've been trawling for LED strips and found these links on Amazon, are they any good?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lighting-EVER-Strips-Cabinet-16-4ft/dp/B004JRNNKY/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2KTHBZ9SBGV6S

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lighting-Flexible-Waterproof-Ultimate-Backlight/dp/B0085UPUDE/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2KTHBZ9SBGV6S

I don't really know what I'm looking at with electronics yet, they do look the same as the ones Boyd uses, but it just says high brightness SMD and I'm sure Boyd said his were "Double Density".

Tony 

Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Tankton on November 13, 2013, 08:54:15 pm
Checked out your links. Those are the right led strips. They are what I use.
They are single density but work fine. Double density packs more leds in less
length. Single = 3 to a 3 inch section, Double = 6 to a 3 inch section.
Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Tony Westwood on November 14, 2013, 12:11:06 pm
Yep, that helps loads.

Thanks Tankton
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: billski on November 14, 2013, 02:00:30 pm
Hi Tony,

You could try these, a cheaper option:-
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3528-5050-5M-White-300-SMD-12V-LED-Flexible-Strip-Light-Waterproof-tape-Adapter-/160918724423?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Night_Lights_Fairy_Lights&var=&hash=item257780df47
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Firebiro on November 15, 2013, 03:22:21 am
5M???? That's epic!!!!! They look double density too, looks like they don't post to Ireland though, boo, ha ha have enough strips to keep me going for now though, but great find! Does the waterproof tape hinder in any way?
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: billski on November 15, 2013, 07:28:48 am
You can non waterproof tape in 5M, I will have a look if a site ships to Ireland. I do prefer the non waterproof as it doesn't have the plastic top over the SMD's
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Firebiro on November 15, 2013, 08:00:10 am
Must look again, its one hell of a price! yeah the non waterproof would take less room in the model also!
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Tony Westwood on November 15, 2013, 11:56:21 am
Once you pick the options on screen the price changes to
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: luminous on December 02, 2013, 07:52:53 am
Super thin masking tape http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/jammydog-tape
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: Tony Westwood on December 07, 2013, 09:00:27 am
hi guys,

As you are probably aware, no-one seems to stock Testers decal sealer here in UK, so we've either got to pay more in shipping than we've paid for the item from USA or take a gamble on the minefield of "Acrylic Lacquer" products here in UK and hope that they are not in fact Cellulose based items that will dissolve your decals (Halfords clear lacquer is a good example of this).

After trawling through Google most of the morning I finally found a proper acrylic decal sealer here in UK. It's called KEEN TOP CRYSTAL CLEAR SPRAY and it specifically states in the product description that it is "PERFECT" for sealing inkjet water slide decals.

Here's the link just in case anyone else wants some for their Acreation decals....

 http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CD4QFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk%2F.-Acrylic-Spray-UK-SALES-ONLY_SPRAY-ACRYLIC.htm&ei=xDOjUp2pO4Gp7AbUoIC4Bw&usg=AFQjCNF3oYC8kwntS0yQaTcpu1GiSRZ1Jg

Hope this helps,

Tony


Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: AlistairBiggs on March 13, 2014, 01:26:19 pm
Good link Tony thanks :)
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: TK Iain on March 13, 2014, 03:10:57 pm
Many thanks for the links Tony - these will be getting used in the future! ;)
Title: Re: Some links for UK modellers
Post by: billski on March 13, 2014, 05:46:08 pm
Thats great Tony. Fantastic find