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Old 05-19-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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Solar Panels

Wasn't sure where to put this so if this is in the wrong section please feel free to move it.

Has anyone ever modeled a solar panel before?
Couldn't find any thing on this site or through Google so I thought I'd ask before I experimented. My first thought was to size down and print a picture of a solar panel and glue it to a piece of styrene.

BTW, this would be for HO scale.
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:53 PM   #2
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okay, so I decided to experiment anyways and I found this pic online.
Print at 15 percent.jpg
Its of a Kyocera 210W solar panel which is 1500mm long x 990mm wide x 46mm thick.
If you scale down the picture to print at only 15%, the result is pretty close to HO scale which I believe should be around 20.83mm long x 13.75mm wide.
The only prob I have is that when I print it, it basically looks like a blue square with some white dots. I know what it is, but I'm not sure my guests will.

Although being placed on the roof of a home might suggest what it is
I will try cutting out some styrene later and gluing the paper to it to see how well/poor it looks and I'll post a pic. But right now I need to put food in my stomach

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Old 05-19-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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Why don't you just remove one from a cheep calculator?
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The image color does look too dark to me ... can you lighten the blue a bit?

Also, maybe try laminating it in some clear film ... the sticky-peely stuff that you would buy at a Staples or similar. I think that might add a clear sheen, like you have on solar panels.
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Why don't you just remove one from a cheep calculator?
Not sure if I could find them the right size and that could run into some money trying to model a complete solar setup on a house on my RR.

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The image color does look too dark to me ... can you lighten the blue a bit?

Also, maybe try laminating it in some clear film ... the sticky-peely stuff that you would buy at a Staples or similar. I think that might add a clear sheen, like you have on solar panels.
I can ask my buddy to try to lighten the blue with the use of his Photoshop but MS Paint does not allow me to do so. At least not that that I know of.
I will try the laminate sheet as well. I didn't get to the styrene today so I'll try that tomorrow.
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It depends on the effect you want. I wouldn't dismiss real solar panels. I bought a used calculator for $2.00. The four panels together measure 3/4 by 5 1/2 cm. In the Northeast that would pass as a hot water assist unit.

If you can't print anything try a scrap booking store. They sell oodles of designed paper. Maybe you can find a match.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:16 PM   #7
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They are not the greatest shots, and the final product is not to my standard, but when I asked my dad if he could tell what it was he was able to figure it out.
Sorry about the use of the U-Haul truck but I don't have any built buildings handy.
PICT0196.JPG
PICT0197.JPG

I printed the picture as I did before, and glued it to a piece of styrene. I then painted the edges black with a paint marker.
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Looks good to me. I think anyone would see it as a solar panel if it's mounted on the house in a manner they are familiar with.
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Looks nice!
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So I had some spare time the past couple days and decided to take my solar panels one step further and make a solar panel array. Found some pictures on line for reference and the rest I sorta made up as I went along.


The back of the 6 solar panels with the wire I used as the "mount" in the foreground. Each panel was outlined with a silver paint pen before being glued together.
PICT0210.jpg
PICT0213.jpg

The wire and everything glued together. After this step I painted the back of the panels and the wire silver.
PICT0214.jpg

My new solar array next to the same U-Haul truck for reference. Not real sure about what the scale height should be as I saw some pictures where the array was on the ground, and other pictures where the array was 10ft in the air.
PICT0218.jpg
PICT0221.jpg

I'm thinking my next small project is going to be a HF Ham radio antenna
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