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by Andrew Gorman
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Corrugated conduit to hide wires
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Corrugated conduit to hide wires

Or the old classic desoldering braid. It's cheap.
by Andrew Gorman
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Black/blue paint
Replies: 19
Views: 1077

Re: Black/blue paint

Thanks! That is great information. I've been a tangential train guy for a while, but am getting more interested in the very early 19th Century.
by Andrew Gorman
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Black/blue paint
Replies: 19
Views: 1077

Re: Black/blue paint

Southwest forests, is that a recipe for a"Russian Iron" finish?
by Andrew Gorman
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Original Fighter Ship Design (Scratch Build)
Replies: 13
Views: 1328

Re: Original Fighter Ship Design (Scratch Build)

I've been using wood for models lately, and I am enough of a hippie to really enjoy sweeping my scraps into the compost instead of the trash. Your fighter looks sharp!
by Andrew Gorman
Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1082

Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Both of those are classic methods, and a lot easier than trying to position glue soaked tissue!
by Andrew Gorman
Wed May 31, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Source for small photoetched stars?
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Source for small photoetched stars?

Check out craft punches for scrapbookers. Conductors punches might be too small, but worth a look. paper that size usually looks just fine, or you could use very thin styrene.
http://www.dickblick.com/items/58923-1004/
by Andrew Gorman
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: MEK-dissolved styrene filler?
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

It does take a long time to dry, and stinks to high heaven. If you really want to cheap out, PVC primer makes a pretty good if stinky styrene cement/solvent. and it doesn't have to be purple- it comes in clear too.
by Andrew Gorman
Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: New to modeling and need plans.
Replies: 21
Views: 2860

My best advice is find a subject you REALLY want to make. If you really want it, it will give you incentive to get through the difficult parts.
by Andrew Gorman
Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: New to modeling and need plans.
Replies: 21
Views: 2860

There are a lot of good and simple plans at:
http://smm.solidmodelmemories.net/Gallery/index.php
There are a few Guillows rocketships hiding in there.
by Andrew Gorman
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: New to modeling and need plans.
Replies: 21
Views: 2860

Paper models can be a good source for plans if you need them, but most scratchbuilding is making something look like something other than what you started with. It's not art, just drafting. I'm using wood more and more these days, and am enough of a hippie to really enjoy putting my scraps in the co...
by Andrew Gorman
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: best chemical to break down CA glue?
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

CA usually has no shear strength, so lever something into the joint and give it a pop. Or just drop it on the floor.
by Andrew Gorman
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: 3-D printed model kit
Replies: 3
Views: 1214

3-D printed model kit

An interesting thread (that I have not read all of) on building a 3-d printed kit of the WWII Woomera bomber. If it's the wave of the future, it's best to be prepared. According to modelingmadness, the kit is available for purchase.
http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/forum/ ... =8&t=11372
by Andrew Gorman
Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Surface for my build table
Replies: 6
Views: 1690

Best work benches I've ever had were industrial packing tables. Super sturdy with laminate tops:
http://www.uline.com/BL_3853/Industrial-Packing-Tables
If I had the space I'd buy another right now.
by Andrew Gorman
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Source for ribbed tubing?
Replies: 16
Views: 2877

And piano strings are thicker yet.
by Andrew Gorman
Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Replacement for Dremel Stylus
Replies: 4
Views: 1536

Or just open it up, find out what the original battery specs were and find a generic replacement. They are easy to find- just check ebay.
by Andrew Gorman
Thu May 19, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Scratch-Building for Resin Casting
Replies: 9
Views: 1923

Before you mold it, thicken up the master on the inside.
by Andrew Gorman
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: bare metal foil?
Replies: 10
Views: 4659

For headlights I like acrylic cabochons from the bead store- very shiny, have a lens effect and available in a lot of sizes. First source i found on the interwebs: http://www.wiinoshop.com/products/5mm-half-round-silver-chrome-flat-back-acrylic-cabochon-nail-art-15-pcs Whoops... Looked at the pictur...
by Andrew Gorman
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Cutting openings into brass sheet
Replies: 7
Views: 2271

I haven't done it myself, but photo etch seems to be the ticket.
by Andrew Gorman
Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Micro Holes/ better tools?
Replies: 10
Views: 3287

For hand drilling I've been using a 3/8" drill chuck as a pin vise- much larger and easier to hold. If it is not a REALLY good chuck. a mini drill bit adapter will make any chuck work with 60-80 size bits. http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/metalworking-tools/vises/pin-vises/mini-drill-chuck-1-8-shan...
by Andrew Gorman
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Recommend a Good "Model Kit Building 101" Book or
Replies: 5
Views: 2251

For me, the Sheperd Paine diorama sheets in Monogram models were a great kick in the pants to do better. There are some scattered around the web at: http://www.sheperdpaine.com/monogram/index.htm http://www.revell-monogram.com/community/dioramas/index.html And: http://sheperdpaine.atspace.com/ Anoth...
by Andrew Gorman
Sun Aug 30, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Miniature mechanical irises?
Replies: 11
Views: 4554

by Andrew Gorman
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Extremely tiny pre-wried SMT LEDs?
Replies: 5
Views: 3052

If you don't have a soldering iron, get one! For tiny surface mount bits you don't need a good one. Hit up the Radio Shack going out of business sale amd [racyice. practice, practice!
by Andrew Gorman
Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Creating an angled curve, like a partial cone
Replies: 14
Views: 7291

Find a model rocket "shroud calculator" and you are in business.
by Andrew Gorman
Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling perfectly perpendicular holes
Replies: 6
Views: 3523

First, don't scrap the hull- fill the botched holes with some sprue or rod! A pair if dividers can really save you here, even if they are improvised from a compass. Also, a hole in a curved surface is not going to act like a hole on a flat one- https://books.google.com/books?id=OjJLAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA302...
by Andrew Gorman
Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Working with clear styrene
Replies: 4
Views: 2511

Before you start cutting glue in a lot of reinforcement on the inside- thick pieces of sprue at the base of the fins, discs every 1/2 inch or so on round sections- I use poker chips, tiddly winks and car wheels. Where that doesn't work just make a Hong Kong bamboo scaffold of sprue on the inside. Th...
by Andrew Gorman
Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Intriguing and inexpensive bench saw kit
Replies: 0
Views: 2200

Intriguing and inexpensive bench saw kit

I tripped over this little saw on the internet: http://www.banggood.com/DIY-Mini-Table-Saw-Handmade-Woodworking-Model-Saw-With-Ruler-p-959473.html?currency=USD&refreshTmp=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_content=saul&utm_campaign=Industrial-us&gclid=CjwKEAiAgfymBRCEhpTR8NXpx1USJAAV0dQyQLk...
by Andrew Gorman
Sun Feb 01, 2015 1:02 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Source for small quantities of CA
Replies: 8
Views: 3452

This is another case of you get what you pay for. The dollar store/walmart packs are cheap but set up hard as iron and brittle as glass with no time to to adjust the fit. The better stuff from a hobby oriented shop is a LOT better, but will be no good in a year at three times the price. Think throug...
by Andrew Gorman
Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Nice tiny hole punch
Replies: 0
Views: 1774

Nice tiny hole punch

At the local bead store I found a really nice hole punch: http://www.amazon.com/1-5-2mm-Double-Hole-Punch/dp/B00BXBJNXA/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1420943394&sr=8-15&keywords=beadsmith+hole+punch It only does round 1.5 mm and 2mm holes, but has a throat 4mm high by 22mm long. This means that you can fi...
by Andrew Gorman
Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Small Square Holes-How to cut
Replies: 12
Views: 6068

From bitter personal experience, melting a hole in styrene is NOT a way to get a clean hole. Poking around I did find some square leather or conductors' type punches: http://www.amazon.com/Square-Hole-Punch-Pliers-1-5mm/dp/B003JIMQIY\ Maybe use the tooling from these to square off a drilled round ho...
by Andrew Gorman
Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Small Square Holes-How to cut
Replies: 12
Views: 6068

Industry would use a broach to make holes like that, but a quick search didn't turn up any that small. You are probably stuck with drilling a 1mm hoke and squaring yup the corners, either with a new X-Acto blade or a file you have ground down to size. A tiny square file could probably be modified in...