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On most models the headlights leave a lot to be desired. In a photo of a real vehicle it is obvious that the headlight is clear glass - it shines. You can find several methods to replicate that shine here, all gathered from the 87thScale.info messageboard.
Round headlights (on fender or attached to grille / radiator) / tip from Lee
The only way of copying this shine that I know of is drilling out the headlight and putting in a clear jewel or an 'N'-scale clear resin headlight lens.
round headlights (on fender or attached to
grille / radiator) / tip from Lee
Hollow lights (old Wiking or Roco models for
instance) / tip from Skunk:
Painting headlights / tip from various contributors:
- Paint the lights silver and give them a coat of
Round headlights (on fender or attached to grille / radiator) / tip from Eric
I am using crystals made by Tron which will be glued in the middle of the drilled out headlight (and then painted clear yellow). After that I will add a drop of Kristal-Klear or gloss varnish on top to get the rounded shape of the glass.
Headlights that are part of the glass insert / tip from Skunk
Cut the headlights from the
glass insert, round off the backside of the headlights, and then cover this in
chrome Bare-Metal foil.
Lenses (crystals) / available from:
- M.V. Products
(available through Walthers.com)