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by Tchail
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 654

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

I guess utilizing the technology used by the C.M.D.F. is out of the question? If you have seen "Innerspace" you will know that the guy with that technology and the drill... (SPOILER ALERT->) came to a bad end (<-/ Spoiler Alert) As a more constructive note, you may need to mark and count turns on t...
by Tchail
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 654

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

Thanks! I’ll take a look at what I have in the way of heat shrink tubing. It’s definitely worth a shot.

I should add that there are two hex screws on the chuck, positioned opposite from one another.

But trying to screw them in so that they’re equidistant from one another has been a challenge...
by Tchail
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Drill bits for Fiber Optics
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Drill bits for Fiber Optics

IMHO, Widget Supply is the best value for the money when it comes to drill bits:

https://www.widgetsupply.com
by Tchail
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 654

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

I made myself a mini drill from a 12v motor & 600RPM gearbox combo, and miniature chuck, both from ebay for a total of less than 5 quid that I have been using with 0.5mm drills on my Zvezda SD and haven't broken a drill yet. It's fast enough to drill a hole in a couple of seconds, but not fast enou...
by Tchail
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Has Anyone Heard of "Gallery Glass?"
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Has Anyone Heard of "Gallery Glass?"

https://plaidonline.com/products/brand/galleryglass Comes in a variety of colors, including clear, and dries clear in that color. Apparently, it dries to a rubbery consistency, and is easy to remove if you make a mistake. It’s supposed to be available at Michaels, and at $2.99 a bottle it’s probably...
by Tchail
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 654

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

If you're friendly with your dentist he (or she) would probably be willing to give you old dental bits. Even when they're no longer good for teeth they're fine for styrene and resin. Been using them for years and have only broken two. I found these on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...
by Tchail
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 654

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

Never mind!

I figured out the answers to my questions!

Thanks anyway!

-T
by Tchail
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 654

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

I made myself a mini drill from a 12v motor & 600RPM gearbox combo, and miniature chuck, both from ebay for a total of less than 5 quid that I have been using with 0.5mm drills on my Zvezda SD and haven't broken a drill yet. It's fast enough to drill a hole in a couple of seconds, but not fast enou...
by Tchail
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 654

Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

I bought a Rogue One Star Destroyer model, and am interested in lighting it with 0.25 mm fiber optics. The problem is, how do I drill the thousand(s) of tiny holes? I have a pin vise, but based on my experience with #80 drill bits, I would end up breaking a lot of those. And the cheapest I've been a...
by Tchail
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Off White Paint?
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Thanks!

I'll probably go with adding a small amount of light gray and light brown to a base of white.
by Tchail
Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Off White Paint?
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Off White Paint?

Any suggestions on how to achieve an off white paint color?

White + light gray? White + gray? White + ivory?

I have a color that's described as follows: White (60%) + Akira off-white (40%) + wood brown (small amount)

Any help would be appreciated!
by Tchail
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Washing Small Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1413

Brilliant!

Thanks!
by Tchail
Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Washing Small Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1413

Washing Small Parts?

I just purchased both of the Cosmo Fleet Sets from Yamato-2199. The kits are 1/1000 scale, and contain plenty of small parts. Other than using a fine-mesh strainer on the drain of the sink, are their any tips for washing very small parts? Is it best to do sub-assemblies before washing with dish soap...
by Tchail
Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: With what do you secure LED wires to your model?
Replies: 23
Views: 3919

Try UV glue!

My understanding is that it bonds almost anything, and dries clear.

But I haven't had the chance to play with it yet.
by Tchail
Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2016
Topic: Remember those of us who cannot attend...
Replies: 72
Views: 14907

YouTube now has smell-o-vision?!?!

:shock:
by Tchail
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2016
Topic: Remember those of us who cannot attend...
Replies: 72
Views: 14907

Disappointing, but not unsurprising. I wish Round 2 would announce some new Cadet Series kits... :cry: Haven't read this thread fully so I apologize in advance if this was already answered but they are releasing an Enterprise set which will include the NX-01. Wish they would have just done it separ...
by Tchail
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2016
Topic: Remember those of us who cannot attend...
Replies: 72
Views: 14907

Just spotted over at the CultTVMan site that Round 2 is planning a set of all seven Enterprises in 1/2500 scale, with the NX-01 being a new tool.

:D

Should be out by the end of the year.
by Tchail
Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2016
Topic: Remember those of us who cannot attend...
Replies: 72
Views: 14907

Disappointing, but not unsurprising.

I wish Round 2 would announce some new Cadet Series kits...

:cry:
by Tchail
Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2016
Topic: Remember those of us who cannot attend...
Replies: 72
Views: 14907

So, end of the second day.

Any news?

Or are all of you still out drinking?

:P
by Tchail
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: UV Glue?
Replies: 8
Views: 3537

UV Glue?

Has anyone heard about UV glue? It's glue that remains liquid until exposed to UV light. I first heard about this on an infomercial last night, but in thinking about it, this stuff has been around for years at the dentist's office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE2B1ET-p1Q It seems to be optically...
by Tchail
Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Photo luminescent panels
Replies: 13
Views: 3525

I don't know about a tutorial, but Adafruit sells EL panels and tape.

https://www.adafruit.com/category/50

Basically you need an inverter to drive the panel. They usually off a source that's betwwn 3V to 6V depending on the area of EL panel/tape you're trying to drive.

Best of luck!
by Tchail
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Source for 10/0 Brushes?
Replies: 3
Views: 1790

Source for 10/0 Brushes?

I find that I'm using a lot of 10/0 brushes - Mostly because I've been working on 1/1000 & 1/2500 kits, and I find them to be very useful for fine detail painting. But the downside is that they're expensive. (Even $2.50 a piece adds up really fast!) Can anyone suggest an alternative? I have tried pu...
by Tchail
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Monza Red?
Replies: 9
Views: 3639

After watching Episode 4 last night, it looks like the paint instructions are wrong when it calls for Black. His head and chest aren't quite that dark.

I think Graphite would be a better match.

And I just painted the silver details on his head and chest.

Sigh...
by Tchail
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Monza Red?
Replies: 9
Views: 3639

Testors does offer Italian Red under the Model Master brand.

I'm building Analyzer, from Space Battleship Yamato 2199, so it's not like I need an exact color.

:P
by Tchail
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Monza Red?
Replies: 9
Views: 3639

Monza Red?

Hey all,

I'm looking for a match for Monza red.

I've been searching, and I can't decide whether Tamiya X7 Red, or maybe Testor's Insignia Red would be the closer match.

Any insight would be appreciated!
by Tchail
Fri May 22, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: 3d Printed Model Painting Prep?
Replies: 4
Views: 2802

3d Printed Model Painting Prep?

I bought a 3d printed model of the Discovery One, from 2001.

Is there anything I need to do to prep the model for painting?

(E.g., washing the model with either Ajax or dish soap?)

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
by Tchail
Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Quick and Dirty Resin Casting?
Replies: 9
Views: 4597

I was about to yell "NO! Not EnviroTex - it'll melt your model!" Then I realized that the last time I personally used EnviroTex was back in '81, so I have no clue what the EnviroTex Lite may do. Maybe another, more recent user of it will surface? Don Matthys, over at DLMParts, used to have a web pa...
by Tchail
Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Quick and Dirty Resin Casting?
Replies: 9
Views: 4597

Quick and Dirty Resin Casting?

I have EnviroTex Lite bi-part resin, and I'm wondering if there's a way to make a quick and dirty resin cast of a model part. Perhaps using Super Scupey as a mold. I'd like to make clear domes for my 1/2500 Romulan Bird of Prey, and there's also a ladder-pattern on the engine of a 1/1000 Klingon BOP...
by Tchail
Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: clear window material?
Replies: 11
Views: 5525

Elmers makes clear glue. I bought it, but haven't yet tried it for windows. It does dry clear, though. In my experience, Micro Criystal Clear always dries with a blue color. But maybe I'm not applying it thin enough. Clear resin, like the type used to varnish tabletops, is an option, but it's by far...
by Tchail
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: sources for fiber optics?
Replies: 7
Views: 3820

There's this site for fiber optics and LEDs:

http://fiberopticproducts.com/