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by sbaxter
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: EPSON inkjet printer with white ink
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

The problem with the Alps technology is it's incredibly wasteful and very limited on resolution. Yeah; I have a (slowly-developing) project accurizing a few large-scale Lightning McQueen toys for which I will need quite a few decals. I can collect and/or draw the decal art myself, but some have smo...
by sbaxter
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: EPSON inkjet printer with white ink
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

Dude, ah'm just noting what their literature says. So will take letter sized, some won't. I've worked with dozens of wide format printers. Yeah, I gotcha -- just trying to weigh the pros and cons of two different, potentially exciting technologies -- neither of which, of course, have I seen in acti...
by sbaxter
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: EPSON inkjet printer with white ink
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

It's a wide format printer and doesn't print letter sized and ink, all 8, cost about as much per cartridge. I just wanted to note that all of the wide-format Epson inkjets I've seen, including the one I use here and the smaller one I had previously, will print on letter-size paper. It isn't a capab...
by sbaxter
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: EPSON inkjet printer with white ink
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

Kylwell wrote:Fabirc, decal paper, it could work.
Theoretically, it might. But it costs $20,000, requires ink cartridges that cost over $200 each, and has a limited color range (regular CMYK plus white ink). The new hotness that TVGM posted is much less expensive, at least.

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by sbaxter
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: EPSON inkjet printer with white ink
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

https://epson.com/For-Work/Printers/Large-Format/Epson-SureColor-F2000-White-Edition-Printer/p/SCF2000WE Nice, but that model is meant to print on fabric. The white ink will have to be refined (just to bring down the price) and trickle down to models that aren't quite so clearly niche products -- a...
by sbaxter
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: EPSON inkjet printer with white ink
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

I have an Epson 9800 Stylus Pro inkjet (with UltraChrome K3 ink) here in my office -- has been going strong for many years. When the time comes that I can/must get something new, a printer that includes this technology will definitely get a serious look. And yes, even the model I use, which is at le...
by sbaxter
Tue May 24, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Creating an angled curve, like a partial cone
Replies: 14
Views: 7284

I was trying a while back to find a formula for making a truncated cone — I wanted to make the engine cans for an X-wing fighter. Never have quite gotten to it for various reasons. However, I did learn that the word for a truncated cone shape is frustum. Just FYI.

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by sbaxter
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting on highlighter / marker plastic
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

I'll typically test on an unseen area. If Tenax or ProWeld affect it, it's ABS or styrene. If CA grabs hold it's acrylic. If neither affect it go with a hot primer or adhesion promoter and hope. That's a good idea. I don't yet have enough experience with adhesion promoter to say that if you use it ...
by sbaxter
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting on highlighter / marker plastic
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

Considering the unknown composition of the plastic, it might be good to first coat it with some of the "Adhesion Promoter" sold with the spray paint at stores such as AutoZone or Pep Boys.

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by sbaxter
Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Cutting openings into brass sheet
Replies: 7
Views: 2271

Or you can drill the hole out, clamp the sheet between two sacrificial holders, drill through all three at once. The holders will help to keep the material from climbing up the bit. This is essentially the idea I had myself. It is likely the one I'll try first, as I have more than one sheet of appr...
by sbaxter
Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Cutting openings into brass sheet
Replies: 7
Views: 2271

Cutting openings into brass sheet

I have some fairly thin brass sheet (not paper thin, but pretty thin nonetheless -- maybe .010 to .020 at most). I want to cut openings in the stuff without warping the sheet overall. The openings wouldn't be smaller than what a 16th-inch drill bit would make, and most would be much larger. What's t...
by sbaxter
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Page full of painting ideas and tricks
Replies: 0
Views: 1608

Page full of painting ideas and tricks

I stumbled across this page chock-full of mostly painting-related ideas while searching for something else. Some of these will be old hat to many of us, and some might not work as easily in practice as the page makes it sound, but some were brand-new to me, are quite intriguing and seem promising. O...
by sbaxter
Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Removing dried acrylic paint?
Replies: 6
Views: 2554

Stu Pidasso wrote:FIRE
Points for efficacy, but aegrescit medendo.

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by sbaxter
Sun May 31, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Removing dried acrylic paint?
Replies: 6
Views: 2554

Thanks, guys. I was able to fix the brush she wanted to use with a soaking for a few hours in Superclean.

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by sbaxter
Sat May 30, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Removing dried acrylic paint?
Replies: 6
Views: 2554

Removing dried acrylic paint?

My wife uses loads of Apple Barrel-type craft paint for her various crafts. While she is an excellent artist ( far better than I am with traditional media, without question), she is not very careful with her brushes. Some of those she really likes have thick, dry paint clogging the bristles. Will Te...
by sbaxter
Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Working with clear styrene
Replies: 4
Views: 2511

Talking to one of the RC guys at the local Hobbytown yesterday -- and my best Google-fu -- has me convinced that RC aircraft spinners don't exist at the size I need. However, the head of the machine shop here at work offered to turn aluminum stock on a lathe to make the parts I need for that end of ...
by sbaxter
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Working with clear styrene
Replies: 4
Views: 2511

Okay -- both of these replies echo much of what I had guessed would be true. What I'm trying to create here are the engine finials for the N1 Naboo Starfighter -- sized for the Hasbro version, so the finials alone should be about five inches long. The toy comes with finials that are way too short by...
by sbaxter
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Ridiculously stupid question -- will glue stick to primer?
Replies: 7
Views: 3601

Okay, that was what I always thought and the way I always worked, but I had seen some people who appeared to have made it work. Sometimes it can be a little inconvenient to have to remove primer, but I guess I'll keep doing it. Thanks for the replies!

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by sbaxter
Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Working with clear styrene
Replies: 4
Views: 2511

Working with clear styrene

I have one of those projects where success requires a "found item" in the proper shape. It has taken me nearly 15 years, but I've finally found said item. Problem is, the piece I found is made of clear styrene. Naturally, it isn't perfect as-is. For one thing, it has a couple of "fins" that will nee...
by sbaxter
Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Ridiculously stupid question -- will glue stick to primer?
Replies: 7
Views: 3601

Ridiculously stupid question -- will glue stick to primer?

I see builds sometimes where it appears people have added parts to a kit they've already primed, and sometimes read accounts that seem to indicate some glues will adhere to primer, but I had always presumed it would not. I'm reasonably sure regular model cement wouldn't work, but what about CA and/o...
by sbaxter
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:50 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: My Defiant needs lights, but I know nothing!
Replies: 1
Views: 1952

My Defiant needs lights, but I know nothing!

I'm gearing up, so help me, to start serious work on the AMT 1/420 Defiant . I know I won't be satisfied with this one without lighting it, but I really know nothing about where to get what I need, how to determine what I need in the first place, and what to do with it. I do have a friend who would ...
by sbaxter
Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Finishing: Home-made decals
Replies: 56
Views: 49228

Been a while since anyone posted to this thread, but I didn't see this particular topic covered. Has anyone used one of the Tektronix (now Xerox) Phaser or ColorQube laser printers that uses NOT toner but "solid ink" — essentially blocks of wax similar to a crayon? If so, can you use the same sort o...
by sbaxter
Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Scribing clean curved panel lines
Replies: 4
Views: 3268

Make a "rubbing" of the existing panel lines. Place a sheet of tracing paper over the area you wish to duplicate and rub the area with a soft pencil held sidewise or a piece of pastel chalk. Refine the line with a French curve if necessary, then stick the paper to a sheet of 0.020 in. styrene plast...
by sbaxter
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Scribing clean curved panel lines
Replies: 4
Views: 3268

Scribing clean curved panel lines

Well, I've searched several different sets of terms and haven't found anything promising on this (more general terms yielded lots of results, but the threads were certainly not specific to the subject and I don't have time to wade through 35 threads for what is likely a passing mention). So, what's ...
by sbaxter
Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Considering buying a Dremel … but which?
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

I prefer the cordless 8220 12v. Have the torque for low speed work but can chew the hell out of things if need be. Save yourself some hassle and buy a second battery. On my way into work I stopped at Lowe's and hemmed and hawed a couple of minutes over the Micro versus the 8220. My hands are fairly...
by sbaxter
Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Considering buying a Dremel … but which?
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

Considering buying a Dremel … but which?

I have the rare opportunity to get something I would like to have as a Christmas gift but which my wife has also spoken of wanting — a Dremel. I would, of course, use it as a model-building tool, with general household use as well. My wife does various craft projects and makes jewelry, usually with ...
by sbaxter
Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Questions on using a miter box
Replies: 2
Views: 2283

Questions on using a miter box

Hey guys ... Sometimes I need to cut small materials on my small hobby-size miter boxes. Another project I have going requires me to make straight cuts in PVC pipe -- I do have a larger hardware-store-type miter box as well. Anyone have any tricks on how to hold the materials in place in the box so ...
by sbaxter
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Epoxies for assembling models?
Replies: 8
Views: 5015

Very helpful and good catch. Is there anything in injection plastic, resin or vinyl models that is polypropylene or polyethylene? Says it won't work for those. Some toys are made with these types of plastic. Many are reporting success by applying an adhesion promoter spray (from an auto parts store...
by sbaxter
Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:24 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Epoxies for assembling models?
Replies: 8
Views: 5015

Just wanted to point out that the JB Weld site has a FAQ with some useful information (see http://www.jbweld.com/faqs/ ). One point it makes (rather strongly) regards the use of surface cleaners prior to use, stating "We recommend using acetone or lacquer thinner. In the absence of these two, soap a...
by sbaxter
Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: .010" sheeting and your printer - ever print on it?
Replies: 14
Views: 10048

What I typically do is print on paper and then apply a thin coat of white glue to the plastic (or the paper), place the paper on the plastic and let it dry. Then you can cut the plastic and soak the cut pieces in lukewarm soapy water, which will make the glue release.

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