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Vacuum Tube LEDs: Aligning the Plate Cap Leads

The original plate cap, even without fins, seemed entirely too large for the 21HB5A tube.  There’s not much wasted space inside and, after trimming the outside a bit, this is about as small as seems possible:

Vacuum Tube Lights - thin cap solid model - section

Vacuum Tube Lights – thin cap solid model – section

PETG doesn’t bridge well and, after cleaning out the wire hole, the remaining shell didn’t hold the brass tube very securely. Epoxying tubes into two caps at once, with a longer brass tube holding them in alignment, worked well:

Black PETG Plate Caps - brass tube alignment

Black PETG Plate Caps – brass tube alignment

The tube eliminates vertical tilt and you (well, I) can eyeballometrically align the caps and tubes in azimuth. The thin ring of JB Kwik epoxy around the brass tube isn’t visible, so it’s all good:

21HB5A - Black PETG base - flash

21HB5A – Black PETG base – flash

This project may eventually force me to try epoxy coating, high-build primer, and good paint…

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  1. #1 by Jim Register on 2016-09-16 - 09:24

    For a moment, I thought you were aiming for a steam punk push-pull amp…

    Jim R