STAGE 80

 Return to the BUILD


“In this issue, you will fit the electric motor and the cables that raise and lower the headlights of your K.I.T.T. scale model.”

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: All of the parts in this stage are plastic.

Magazine

  • The Series – Knight in Retreat (Part 1)
  • Build Your KI.T.T. – Step by Step

Build


Headlamp Electric Motor Cover

NOTE: I have slight changed the order of these assembly steps from the printed instructions.

Step 1

Head over to your Chassis assembly and retrieve the Pop-Up Headlights Motor and Wiring (marked ‘Mot’) by disconnecting it from the plug in front of the Dashboard:

Step 2

Retrieve your Body assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Fit the Pop-Up Headlights Motor down into this matching recess, noting how the motor gear meshes with the Gear of the Headlight Drive Rod:

To align the Gears properly, lift the Motor slightly to disengage them. Then, rotate the Headlight Drive Rod so the Rod Ends are touching the posts of the Headlight Bases (where we attached the Springs). Finally, fit the Motor back down into place:

Step 3

Cover the Motor with the Engine Cover, orienting it as shown.

Make sure the wires of the Motor are not pinched or trap during this step:

Cover this Engine Cover with the Engine Cover Top, aligning the screw holes as shown:

Secure the front of these two parts to the Motor Bay Frame with two (2) UM screws.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Secure the rear tab of the Engine Cover Top with one (1) GM screw:

Step 4

Route the Right Headlight cable and the Motor cable along the inner edge of the Motor Bay Frame towards the left side of the car, as shown:

Step 5

Cover these cables with the Double Cable Tie at this location and secure it into place with one (1) AM screw.

One hole of this Cable Tie fits over a locating pin underneath the Headlight Drive Rod:

Next, cover these cables with a small Cable Tie at this right-side location and secure it into place with one (1) more AM screw:

Then, continue to route the Right Headlight and Motor cables to the left front corner of the Motor Bay Frame. Cover them at this location with the remaining Cable Tie and secure it into place with one (1) final AM screw:

Step 6

Secure the center of these wires with an Adhesive Strip, as shown.

Instead of the provided Strip, I used a piece of black electrical tape here:

Step 7

Route all three cables at the left-front corner of the Motor Bay Frame around the corner as shown, and secure them into place with the other Adhesive Strip.

Make sure you leave enough slack in the Headlight cables so they can still open and close easily:

Again, I used electrical tape here:

Step 8

Retrieve your Chassis assembly and connect the plugs of the Headlights (marked ‘m’) and Pop-Up Headlights Motor (marked ‘Mot) to their respective plugs at the Dashboard:

Step 9

Power up the model and press the Dial on the Watch assembly – this should turn on the Headlights and activate the Pop-Up Motor:

As you can see in the picture above, my Headlights did not want to open all the way when turned on. I tried adjusting the Motor and Drive Rod positions with no effect. Therefore, I decided to try making a couple of shims to help the Drive Rod push the Headlights open. I started off by super gluing three small strips of black 1mm acrylic sheet on top of each other in a stair step shape:

Then, I sanded this ‘block’ to a smooth arc shape and glued it to the forward side of the Drive Rod Ends on each side. I shaped it to move the Headlight farther as the Rod rotates:

This small modification really helped the Headlights to open fully to their vertical position:

Step 10

Pressing the Dial button again should turn the Headlights off and reverse the Pop-Up Motor, lowering the Headlights again:

Thoughts


It seems like the design of the Headlight Activation Mechanism is fine, so it possible that my modification is not needed. Perhaps I installed something incorrectly, but regardless it is working as expected now!

Next Up


 Stage 81 – Right Headlight (Fog Light) Housings/Lenses/Frames/Bracket, Bumper Brackets

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