Hi, thank you for joining the forum and for posting your question! Jim Pirzyk has done a magnificent job of lighting his 10181. He had the model on display at 2016's Brickworld Chicago. I took some not-so-good photos with my phone, and also a video during the "World of Lights" at Brickworld (where they turn off the house lights and let everyone's LEGO models come to life).
Basically we made some custom-length light strings for Jim (long ones!) with our flashing white lights. He strung them around the superstructure, and everything twinkled at night.
Hopefully Jim picks up on this thread and can add more info about how he approached the wiring.
Thanks again for asking your question!Reply
Hi, sorry for the delayed response, work sucks... Anyway here are a few more photos. I used the following bricks/plates as additions or replacements to wrap the wire around:
- 2921 Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Handle
- 30241b Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Vertical (open O clip) - Hollow Stud
- 4081b Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Light - Thick Ring
- 88072 Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Arm Up (Horizontal Arm Length 5mm)
- 4274 Technic, Pin 1/2
I also ran the wires through the headlight bricks, the 1x4 fence pieces, and Technic holes in different locations, depending on what the model gave me to work with. Rob provided me 12 cables of 30 LEDs each. I pretty much ran each cable on one side of each segment (when you build the ET, it is "modular" into 3 sections). I have kept this arrangement in that it helps me transport the model. The middle and upper sections plugs into the 1x8 connector in the base segment . In the middle and upper sections I use 1x2 boards to connect the 4 strands together near the bottom of each section.
The wires actually help the model stay together as it is a more fragile LEGO build. In one of the bases I hid the switch that allows me to turn on and off the tower independently of the rest of my layout.
Hope this helps!Reply
NILTC (Adam Stasiek) was interviewed on TV during Nebraska Brick Days with the ET right behind him (0:19 into the video):
With a cameo of the Hot Dog Cart at 1:11Reply