How to wire up the light for a WWII Anderson Shelter.
In this 5th part of the craft project on how to make a realistic miniature
version of a WWII bomb Shelter you will now wire up your light.
Parent supervision required !!.
For this simple project you will need:
2 x AAA
A battery pack which I will show you how to make
4 fold out paper spilt pins.
1 of old dried up Berol coloured pen or pen of similar size.
1 long length of thin wire
1 of candle
PVA adhesive or sticky tape
1 sheet of A4 paper
Glue spreader or glue stick
A soldering iron or glue gun.
Stage 11 making a battery pack.
To make the battery pack you will need the components shown above.
sheet of A4.
1 x old berol ink pen or similar.
2 x AAA batteries.
2 x paper split
1 x long length of thin wire.
Abrasive paper / nail file.
The first thing to do is to place the sheet of A4 on a flat
Take your pen and place it against one of the long edges.
Move it upto the end of the sheet of paper and mark its length. Do the same
at the other end , join the marks together with a ruler and then cut your sheet of A4 paper
along it's full length to the length of the pen, as shown in
the example below.
Hint: Before gluing, place your pen on the paper and begin
rolling it until the edge of the paper touch's the rest of the sheet.
Mark this point and then from
the mark apply the glue to the rest of the paper.
This will ensure that the pen does not stick to the paper.
Another way is to apply a thin layer of talc to the pen prior to rolling up
With your paper cut you will now need to apply a thin
layer of glue to the whole side of the sheet that you will place your pen on,
begin tightly rolling it up on the shaft of the pen making sure that the
paper edges line up until all the paper is in contact with the tube.
When you have finished you should have an evenly wrapped tube with near flush ends.
Leave the tube to dry and then remove your pen.
With that done you should now have a rigid tube.
While you are waiting for your tube to dry you can begin making the battery terminals
like the one shown in the picture.
To make your battery terminals you will need to remove the lid from your
pen, making sure you do not get any excess ink over yourself or anywhere
else. It might be wise just to rinse it out before you use it just to be safe.
To make your battery pack terminals, first push a hole in the centre of
the solid end of your
pen top just big enough to push your wire through as shown.
Next you will need to connect a split pin paper fastener to the end of the
wire that exits the solid end of the pen top.
Spread the split pin paper
fastener legs and gently score one of the surfaces with some abrasive paper to make a key for your
solder or glue.
Gently hold the wire in place and fix it as shown either
by soldering it or gluing it with a glue gun.
Note:If you are a child you will need
an adult to do this as both soldering irons and glue guns are hot and will
burn if not used correctly.
If you are using a
glue gun be sure to make a good contact with the split pin paper fastener
before applying the glue. It will probably be best to wrap the wire around
the leg of the fastener a few times to ensure a good contact.
Once you have your wire fixed firmly in place press the two clips back
together on the split pin paper fastener making sure that the wire runs down
the center of the two legs on the fastener as shown below.
points through the hole that you made in your pen top until the cap of the
fastener touches the pen top. (You may need to make the hole slightly
bigger but try not to make it too big as a snug fit is better.)
With that done open the two legs out inside the pen top to ensure
that the paper fastener does not come out.
To make the other end you will need to carefully cut the end off of the pen
at about the same length as the pen top, shown below. Use either a craft
knife or fine saw to do this.
Note: If you are a child you must get an adult to help you as craft
knives and saws are dangerous and can hurt you.
Repeat the process as before putting a hole through the solid end to
enable a wire to pass through it.
You will notice on the image above that the legs on my paper fastener were
too long so I folded them out and down the sides of my end terminal. This will
help to hold it in place. To help hold the wire and split pin fastener in
place I then carefully filled both end caps with wax using the candle as
Note If you are a child you will need an adult to do this as hot wax and fire are both
very dangerous and will burn. :
Carefully light the candle and allow the melted wax to drip into the pen
tops untill they are full, then leave to cool down slightly and gently press
the soft wax into the pen top to ensure that it seals as shown below.
With this done insert one of your terminals into the end of your paper tube.
If it is not a snug fit wrap a piece of sticky tape around it and try again.
When you have it fixed firmly in place insert your AAA batteries making
sure that you have the positive and negative terminals the right way up.
ie the negative on the battery is in contact with the terminal and the
positive on the battery is in contact with the negative on the second
battery as shown.
Once you have done this you can insert the other terminal.
To make a
circuit and see if you have all the contacts the correct way around connect
up your light bulb and see if the bulb lights. If it does not light recheck
you contact points and try again.
If you have successfully lit your bulb you are now ready to move on to
fitting the battery pack into your model.
Fitting the battery pack.
To fit the battery pack you will first need to turn you model over so
that you can get to the base.
Mark out your battery compartment as shown with the dotted line making sure
you do overlap the floor of your Anderson shelter and that it is no wider
than your side piece.
to only cut three sides as the side without the dotted line is where you
will fold it open.
With the battery compartment cut out, fold it back to expose the support
strut as shown.
Take the battery pack and secure it firmly to the support strut.
If you cannot do this, secure it where you can. You will also notice that
I have added a velcro tab so that I can close my battery compartment and
The next thing to do is to make the curcuit by making a simple switch as
shown below. You can do this using stiff card to mount your switch terminals
at a paper clips length apart as shown. When bending the paper fasteners over
on the back make sure terminals do not
touch each other.
To secure them in place I glued a second layer of card over them then
stuck the switch unit to my model.
Place your switch any where you want it.
Either hidden in the end of your
model or in full view on the surface.
I connected a piece of dowel to my paper clip so that I could have the
swtich on the outside of my model, see below
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