Fibre optics are very popular for detailed display models. Again, think about the length of fibre cable that you need for the area to be lit, and ensure it's long enough to also allow placement of the light-source led.
When you are routing fibre optics through the model, bend the fibre slowly and gently to avoid kinking or snapping it. Fibre optic is quite versatile, but smaller diameter fibre can snap easily if handled too roughly on fitting. The key to all good quality model making is to take your time.
All of our fibres are dispatched as "end glow" in that they emit the light mainly from the end of the fibre. Fibres can be cut to size using a sharp pair of scissors. Try to make as clean a 90 degree cut as possible. For best results, polish the end of the cut fibre with very fine wet & dry paper.
You can obtain different effects by "notching" the fibre at various points along its length with a Stanley knife blade. This allows light to bleed from the fibre at specific points. Lightly tap the Stanley blade at points along the fibre where this is required. Where the full length of the fibre may be required to glow, for example with our Tie Fighter red optic cockpit lighting, you need to notch the fibre fully as shown below. Simply put, it's like dicing carrots very quickly, with the weight of the knife itself being enough force to apply. It doesn't take nearly half as long as you would think to achieve this effect. Formed fibre can then be super-glued in place within the model, ensuring the notched side of the fibre is shining in the direction required.