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by Vince Hoffmann
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Anyone up for a trip to Dayton on Friday?
Replies: 20
Views: 1718

Me! But I won't be there this year :cry:
by Vince Hoffmann
Wed May 25, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2016
Topic: Make-N-Take Volunteers needed!
Replies: 6
Views: 2006

Sign me up and tell me what time you need me!
by Vince Hoffmann
Tue May 11, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Ask Your Questions about SSM HERE
Topic: Search function
Replies: 4
Views: 5338

Well stop taking videos of your Roomba and get to work! :P
by Vince Hoffmann
Mon May 10, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Ask Your Questions about SSM HERE
Topic: Search function
Replies: 4
Views: 5338

Search function

You know, a search function on the main site would be .. erm..

nevermind.
by Vince Hoffmann
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Mighty Putty = Milliput?
Replies: 5
Views: 2049

They advertise in Fine Scale Modeler if that means anything.

As for the answer to your question... dunno. But since you mix the two parts, it certainly seems like an epoxy putty.
by Vince Hoffmann
Sun Jul 08, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Cheap CA de-bonder?
Replies: 4
Views: 2257

Acetone-based nail polish remover. I don't recommend washing your hands with solvent. In order for acetone to work, you'll have to soak your fingers for a few minutes, and that's bad. If you let the CA sit, it'll flake off your skin within a day, no carcinogen required. The natural oils in your ski...
by Vince Hoffmann
Tue May 08, 2007 1:37 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: alcohol to clean airbrush?
Replies: 10
Views: 3469

Lacquer thinner works well, but is a bit overkill if you're spraying acrylics. I use acetone and it works exceptionally well for thinning and cleaning. Don't use the fake stuff they sell as nail polish remover it reacts differently with various brands of paint.
by Vince Hoffmann
Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Question about Resin Casting
Replies: 10
Views: 3296

Is it possible to pour a thin layer of straight resin in the mold, slosh it around a bit until it sets, then pour another layer with the microballoons, slosh it around until it sets?<snip> Yes, but by the time you've poured your first layer, you would have what would amount to as a hollow casting (...
by Vince Hoffmann
Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Question about Resin Casting
Replies: 10
Views: 3296

Microbaloons works very very well.
by Vince Hoffmann
Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Making a two part mold in one part???
Replies: 9
Views: 4173

That method works for any kind of molding rubber that is stiff enough to support its own weight. The big problem you'll encounter if you cut your one-piece mold in half will be re-alignment. To do a 2-piece mold properly, you need to create interlocking keys. Simply cutting a zig-zag will not do eno...
by Vince Hoffmann
Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:27 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: "Klean Clay" for mold making?
Replies: 17
Views: 7651

haywire wrote:Does PLay Doh have sulphur in it?
Make your own:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tarter
2 cups of water
1 tablespoons mineral oil
food coloring
by Vince Hoffmann
Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:05 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Help finding plastic for Vacuforming
Replies: 7
Views: 3155

Acetate shrinks is not a good plastic of choice for thermoforming. Styrene works well, but heats unevenly. By far the best (clear) plastic you can use for thermoforming is PETG (don't ask me what the acronym stands for). This plastic is inexpensive and widely available from plastic wholesalers in la...
by Vince Hoffmann
Mon Jan 22, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: What is blue foam?
Replies: 20
Views: 8245

macfrank wrote:Actually blue (and pink) insulation foam are not available everywhere, just in places where temperatures drop down far enough to require better home insulation.
Not true. Insulation works just as well to keep a building cool as it does to keep a building warm.
by Vince Hoffmann
Mon Jan 22, 2007 10:06 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: "Klean Clay" for mold making?
Replies: 17
Views: 7651

Kleen Klay does not contain sulfur and therefore it won't cause a reaction with your RTV (inhibit curing).

The microwaveability of it is the same as any other clay.
by Vince Hoffmann
Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:23 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Plank on Frame questions -- pls help
Replies: 10
Views: 3344

I usually go right to fiberglass and resin. one layer of fiber glass, and two to three coats of resin. Then sand and fill, and sand and fill and sand... :wink: Same here. 1 layer of 1.4oz (lightweight plain weave) fiberglass cloth and a couple applications of resin will solve your problems. You mig...
by Vince Hoffmann
Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Airbursh Lube
Replies: 11
Views: 3204

Do you put a drop in the gravity feed well or do you have to take the needle out and wipe it down??? Don't do that because you'll contaminate any paint you want to spray later. Be very conservative with any foreign substance you put into your airbrush or else you'll be incorporating it onto the sur...
by Vince Hoffmann
Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: New Toy
Replies: 18
Views: 6116

ahh, sorry Darkov :oops: . I thought that unit you got there was a wood lathe. Many apologies!
by Vince Hoffmann
Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:46 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: New Toy
Replies: 18
Views: 6116

Sorry to hear that, you could have gotten a much better mini lathe at a cheaper price at Rockler. The JET mini-lathe is more reliable and far more stable at higher speeds.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2441
by Vince Hoffmann
Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:16 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Airbrush comparisons, please help.
Replies: 20
Views: 8136

Go for the Badger (number 1). You'll be happier with it in the long run because they are higher quality than the Paasche and you'll have a much easier time finding replacement parts and aftermarket accesories that will work with it. As for the compressor... make sure your hose fits (a badger airbrus...
by Vince Hoffmann
Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:09 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Shrinkage...
Replies: 8
Views: 2316

Also, avoid casting large solid parts. The more mass you cast, the more heat it creates (ruining your mold faster) and the more shrinkage you will have.
by Vince Hoffmann
Sun Jul 17, 2005 10:16 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: The Chopper II
Replies: 2
Views: 2058

I agree, I immediately tossed my chopper v.1 when I got my chopper v2, the chopper 2 is much more sturdy and the knife handle and blade is solidly attached to the base and doesn't wiggle like the old one.
And now a word from our sponser... :P
by Vince Hoffmann
Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:34 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: krylon primer on resin problems...........
Replies: 7
Views: 3547

joewhite wrote:I'm fairly new to resin. What is a good product that will strip paint and primer off of resin kits?
Simple paint thinner or mineral spirits on a rag, then use an old toothbrush for the corners.

Don't use anything hotter (lacquer thinner is a no-no) or else you risk damaging the resin.
by Vince Hoffmann
Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:45 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: krylon primer on resin problems...........
Replies: 7
Views: 3547

Toss the Krylon in the trash and go buy yourself some Duplicolor primer or paint at the auto parts store. Duplicolor goes on and adheres much better to resin than Krylon.

Tamiya primer works well too but is hard to find. Both Duplicolor and Tamiya primers are Lacquer based.
by Vince Hoffmann
Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:12 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Problem scribing lines on resin casting
Replies: 9
Views: 4396

Moving to the construction forum.
by Vince Hoffmann
Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:03 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Lighting of a Republic STD
Replies: 2
Views: 2075

Looks like light sheet, only in ribbon form.

From looking at the picture, I'd say it would work fine. Now if I could only read the details... :?
by Vince Hoffmann
Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:44 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Airbrush bubbling in paint cup
Replies: 9
Views: 4913

Sometimes it can be a bad o-ring or washer.
If you use solvent based paints, then the plastic parts can become brittle over time and cause air to leak backward from the mixing tip.
by Vince Hoffmann
Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:46 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Need advice on mastering locator pegs/holes
Replies: 24
Views: 10869

I don't pin anything, I just use lots and lots of glue! :oops:
by Vince Hoffmann
Sun Feb 06, 2005 1:11 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: How do I get THIS color red?...
Replies: 8
Views: 3632

A spot of blue will tone your stop sign red down a to the shade you want.
A touch of black would grey it a bit, but would give you a different color than the blue would.
by Vince Hoffmann
Tue May 25, 2004 9:19 am
Forum:
Topic: Who's goin' next year!
Replies: 58
Views: 988

Most definitely! Next year Becky and I are renting a car to tour the lovely :?: countryside. We'll be able to take a couple of extra days off since it will be over Memorial Day weekend.

Hey, I might even bring a real model to enter in the contest instead of the leftovers I brought this year :?
by Vince Hoffmann
Mon Nov 10, 2003 4:42 pm
Forum:
Topic: 1:2500 PNT Avenger competition?
Replies: 116
Views: 2097

Does this count? :)