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by naoto
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: What to light on starships? And how?
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: What to light on starships? And how?

... and let's not forget the rather clever trick (some may call it a cheat) used on the Moonbase Alpha miniature from Space 1999 -- reflective safety tape.
by naoto
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Drill bits for Fiber Optics
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Re: Drill bits for Fiber Optics

Hrm... I wonder if someone like Dr. Henry Pym could render assistance?
by naoto
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: cheap plastics or balaswood
Replies: 14
Views: 661

Re: cheap plastics or balaswood

https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/cut_to_size_plastic with above link, I looked up pricing for a clear acrylic sheet 1/2" x 20" x 20" -- price came out to around $65 (if I'm not mistaken, this doesn't include shipping). Not sure if this is within your budget ("small budget" is sort of vag...
by naoto
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: cheap plastics or balaswood
Replies: 14
Views: 661

Re: cheap plastics or balaswood

Since you mention you're on a budget, have you considered papercraft? You can build relatively large objects using such techniques: http://www.coolthings.com/a-life-size-papercraft-honda-nsx-race-car/ perhaps you use combination of posterboard and foamboard that you can get from the dollar store? "b...
by naoto
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 797

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

I guess utilizing the technology used by the C.M.D.F. is out of the question?
by naoto
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting a Checkerboard pattern
Replies: 10
Views: 1178

Re: Painting a Checkerboard pattern

If only "toon physics" and the like was real -- then it'll be a simple matter of opening up that can of checkerboard paint.

It would be cool if it was possible to create paint (say, with naonmachines) that would have capabilities of cuttlefish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-cxg8mF_Lw
by naoto
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Has Anyone Heard of "Gallery Glass?"
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Has Anyone Heard of "Gallery Glass?"

Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ simulates the look of cathedral stained glass on glass, mirrors, styrene & more. Also perfect for creating colorful reusable window clings. Its unique, water-based formula can be applied vertically or horizontally. Dries in 8 hours. cures in 7 days. Permanent on styren...
by naoto
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Superglue
Replies: 27
Views: 3197

Re: Superglue

DaveVan wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:49 am
naoto wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:15 am
... but is this Gorilla glue actually made from gorillas? And if so.. how long before PeTA gets involved?
People Eat Tasty Animals??? I'd think they'd be happy!!!
We'll all laugh at this... then the Kanamits arrive...
by naoto
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Superglue
Replies: 27
Views: 3197

Re: Superglue

... but is this Gorilla glue actually made from gorillas? And if so.. how long before PeTA gets involved?
by naoto
Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 679

Re: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!

DarKev wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:30 am
… Vinyl Mecha Model … I've got plans to add some movable joints because I don't want this thing to be a statue. …
In adding movable joints, I presume you're planning to use an armature (i.e. an internal "skeleton") ?
by naoto
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 679

Re: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!

As for filling a vinyl figure -- definitely want to do that to prevent the problem I saw at Anime Expo 199. The air conditioning in the main dealer's room was having difficulty, and the air conditioning in the secondary and tertiary dealer's room (these were added because they would've had too many ...
by naoto
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 679

Re: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!

One caution about plaster -- the reaction is exothermic (i.e. gives off heat) when it is setting up -- likely to be hot enough that it may deform soft vinyl. Similarly resins could also get hot when they're setting up.
by naoto
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Toggle Switch options
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Toggle Switch options

I know this isn't answering your question, and significantly strays off-topic... Perhaps some interesting possibilities for a user interface (some may require use of microcontroller) ? https://www.adafruit.com/category/60 https://www.adafruit.com/product/1374 https://www.adafruit.com/product/1375 ht...
by naoto
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Old Imai Mecha Kit Painting Help Needed!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Old Imai Mecha Kit Painting Help Needed!!!

… It really does make one wonder, WHAT was Imai thinking, "back in the day"... when they used those awful bright colors, to inject their molds with. I had one of the original "Valkyrie-Gerwalk" Imai models, but at least mine was "shot" in a neutral grey color... (circa 1984...) Speaking of kits mol...
by naoto
Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Why is my 555 timer not blinking?
Replies: 30
Views: 1641

Re: Why is my 555 timer not blinking?

I'd also like to remind everyone how easy this is with a Microcontroller like Arduino: You can set those two values however you like. There's no restriction on the duty cycle as there is with a 555, and you don't need to rewire your circuit if you change your mind about the flash rate or duty cycle...
by naoto
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Re:Purging and Deletion of Topics/Threads
Replies: 7
Views: 3047

Re: Re:Purging and Deletion of Topics/Threads

Wound an appropriate ...(shatnerian pause)... tribute expedite the process? :wink:
by naoto
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3922

Re: Forum Moderation

This Forum clearly no longer has active, 24/7 moderation. There's simply no substitute for someone being able to see a New Post and to then kick it into quarantine, at the very, very least. People have lives, and this is a *free* forum, so nobody's getting paid to moderate. Yeah, SPAM is annoying, ...
by naoto
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 1133

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

Is the vinyl really vinyl and not polyethylene? Don't let styrene and vinyl touch. The vinyl might soften. Create a barrier between the two materials. Put a thin layer of epoxy on one part. Let it set. Epoxy it to the other. http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/p/91997/899668.aspx http...
by naoto
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3922

Re: Forum Moderation

I've helped moderate forums in the past and would volunteer here. As it is I need to remember to not try and come here during work now because of the images they're embedding. One of the downsides of allowing inline images. Have noticed a few recent examples of porn spam posts with NSFW (Not Safe F...
by naoto
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3922

Re: Forum Moderation

Absent some "master gatekeeper" filter to keep the spammers out, it seems this forum needs a few more sheriffs (known "good" people) with a delete power, or at least the ability to knock spam into a holding cell, non-displayable until a mod reviews it. Just my 2c. gatekeeper... https://www.youtube....
by naoto
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Contest 23: Departures v2.0
Topic: New Contest ?
Replies: 24
Views: 15329

Re: New Contest ?

speaking of pink color.... SPAM is pink... anyone ponder using some of it in a build? ... and on a less weird direction -- how 'bout something totally different -- like a contest for SF-themed bento ? (try Google image search on keyword " charaben " ) Ohmu rice. http://yukitchen.com/ohmu-rice/ ( ima...
by naoto
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 1133

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

Gorilla Glue should not be confused with Gorilla Snot ( http://www.gorillasnot.us/ )
by naoto
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 1133

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

I do find the commercials for Gorilla Glue rather amusing
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCopgH8 ... C3SiqNyZwQ
by naoto
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Thank goodness you're back...
Replies: 17
Views: 2462

Re: Thank goodness you're back...

[pokes head out from partially opened door] Has anybody noticed anything odd ... [trails off mid-sentence while looking around the room]
Uh... never mind ... it is ... nothing you need worry about
[quickly exits]
by naoto
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: WE HAVE MOVED
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

Re: WE HAVE MOVED

by naoto
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: WE HAVE MOVED
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

Re: WE HAVE MOVED

No blame to you.....the host SHOULD handle that stuff.....if they want to keep their customers. I always tell this story about our 'state of the art Direst Access Storage Device (DASD) farm the bank opened in 1984. It was a dedicated building with power supply, environmental and fire systems that w...
by naoto
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Custom print decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Custom print decals?

There are laser printers that print white http://www.okidata.com/printers/color/c711wt (but a tad pricey at around $3400) With regards to artwork -- it's best if you create the image in a "vector-type" or "object-type" format (i.e. using a "draw" type program like Corel, Illustrator, etc) rather tha...
by naoto
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Need help in duplicating wood finish!!
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: Need help in duplicating wood finish!!

adam.kavanagh wrote:
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:12 am
naoto wrote:Have you tried Google? (extraneous text trimmed by naoto for brevity)
'Have you tried google? '

Come on now.

Sent from my SM-N910W8 using Tapatalk
Agree -- I wasn't too helpful in stating the obvious, and apologize for my condescending tone of my original post.
by naoto
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Need help in duplicating wood finish!!
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: Need help in duplicating wood finish!!

Have you tried Google with the following keywords? model aeroplane painting wood grain https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=model+aeroplane+painting+wood+grain&spf=1496964700280 BTW -- if you're wondering why I've got "aeroplane" as one of the keywords -- WWI era aircraft often have wooden propeller...