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My needs don't usually include headlight lenses. I want the small red, green ,amber, and clear lenses in sizes .096" or slightly smaller that MV Products was good for. I can usually get them by watching Ebay, but was inquiring about the potential for a better supply source. I do appreciate the suggestions offered.

Bob

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I don`t care for jewels. Something about them looking fake. Make your own MV lenses. Super easy with slow setting epoxy, a tooth pick and wax paper. You can tint the mixed epoxy with a little acrylic paint. Dip the tooth pick in the epoxy and let it drip off. Makes a perfect circle every time. They basically cost nothing and I have a lot of drips on the wax paper. Let them dry, sort through them, toss the rest.

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@mr buttons posted:

I don`t care for jewels. Something about them looking fake. Make your own MV lenses. Super easy with slow setting epoxy, a tooth pick and wax paper. You can tint the mixed epoxy with a little acrylic paint. Dip the tooth pick in the epoxy and let it drip off. Makes a perfect circle every time. They basically cost nothing and I have a lot of drips on the wax paper. Let them dry, sort through them, toss the rest.

Great idea!  What kind of epoxy have you found to be the best?   

PSC does have lenses too, but they are limited in size.  I was looking for jewels for some postwar/MPC engines...I love those PW jewels.  Brings back some great memories when the Christmas lights would catch them just the right way.

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@mr buttons posted:

I don`t care for jewels. Something about them looking fake. Make your own MV lenses. Super easy with slow setting epoxy, a tooth pick and wax paper. You can tint the mixed epoxy with a little acrylic paint. Dip the tooth pick in the epoxy and let it drip off. Makes a perfect circle every time. They basically cost nothing and I have a lot of drips on the wax paper. Let them dry, sort through them, toss the rest.

But how do you get the correct concave in the background foil to reflect the light? That was the sucess to MV lenes compared to jewels.

@mr buttons posted:

Larry, Use the 2 ton slow curing epoxy. 24 hr cure? The 5 minute stuff cures way to fast to get many drips. The home made ones are naturally flat on the bottom against the wax paper. They are glossy and reflect the ambient light. I have used a bulb behind locomotive class lights.   

Thank you.  So something like this? - Epoxy

I did see some 30 min stuff in my search as well.

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