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by Kylwell
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Guage of wire to use
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Guage of wire to use

I use 32 awg 7/40 for damned near everything. It'll handle usual LED power loads w/o an issue and fits well into tiny places. The multi-strand makes soldering stronger and easier (I've found).
by Kylwell
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Drill bits for Fiber Optics
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Re: Drill bits for Fiber Optics

Widget Supply is where I get my bits from, $2.29 for 10, decent HSS ones.

https://www.widgetsupply.com/product/BEH48.html
by Kylwell
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Removing paint/ink from plastic signs
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: Removing paint/ink from plastic signs

It helps if you have the MSDS for the degreaser/cleaner not the tire cleaner https://www.superclean.com/wp-content/u ... S-v2.0.pdf
by Kylwell
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: cheap plastics or balaswood
Replies: 14
Views: 670

Re: cheap plastics or balaswood

Check for your local plastics supplier, you should be able to get 4x8 foot sheets. Or order them online. Or hit the hardware store and see what they carry. You can get some pretty fine plywood.
by Kylwell
Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Safe acrylic paints for Bandai models?
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Safe acrylic paints for Bandai models?

I use lacquers and alcohol based acrylics all the time on Bandai kits. I don't work with solvent based enamels. Alclad II, Tamiya, Mr. Hobby (Gunze), Lifecolor, Vallejo, etc. Yes, soaking some Bandai plastics (ABS IIRC) in turpentine will leech the polymers out making it brittle otherwise you're fin...
by Kylwell
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting a Checkerboard pattern
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: Painting a Checkerboard pattern

This is the method I'm talking about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8aRkpccKfE just done on a tinier scale.
by Kylwell
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting a Checkerboard pattern
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: Painting a Checkerboard pattern

There is a rather tedious and mask intensive way to mask checkerboard. It's done 2 stages using precision cut tape both as a spacer and mask. I'll see if I can dig up the tutorial.
by Kylwell
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Source for super fine metal mesh?
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: Source for super fine metal mesh?

Do you want wire mesh or perforated sheet? Wire mesh can go to fine fabric level where as perfed sheet can go down to single micron (or less).
by Kylwell
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Superglue
Replies: 27
Views: 3213

Re: Re:

Superglue age hardens and becomes brittle. This is one of the reason I recommend the rubber impregnated Gorilla CA. Less brittle and less likely to pop apart. I've moved to Gorilla for a few reasons but have had no issues and use it on everything. Me too. Love the stuff and you can get it most plac...
by Kylwell
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Rotating Police Strobe Lights Effect
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

Re: Rotating Police Strobe Lights Effect

Which is why I'd just order them. I'm a wimp when it comes to soldering tiny LEDs. Well, based on my experience building LED clusters for police lights I wouldn't think less of anyone who chose to buy them rather than build them... But did the site you linked sell the LED clusters? I thought it jus...
by Kylwell
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Rotating Police Strobe Lights Effect
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

Re: Rotating Police Strobe Lights Effect

Which is why I'd just order them. I'm a wimp when it comes to soldering tiny LEDs.
by Kylwell
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 46
Views: 39681

Re: Tools of the Trade

And now, having gotten to play with a Godhand 5.0 flush cut sprue cutter I can tell you... yeah they're worth the $45.
by Kylwell
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Black/blue paint
Replies: 19
Views: 1429

Re: Black/blue paint

I just found this on the internet: https://www.usagundamstore.com/products/alc-710-1oz-bottle-candy-cobalt-blue-enamel So I'm thinking, if I spray this over a black basecoat, I should end up with a really cool effect?? What's the difference between transparent paint, such as Tamiya Clear Blue and c...
by Kylwell
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: What putty?
Replies: 16
Views: 3083

Re: What putty?

Okay, will do. Found it, still in shrink wrap. And a little bottle of love potion number nine, well, some kind of special tool cleaner, actually. That's their "safety solvent". Use it to smooth the putty out. You can also use water. As a note, despite the "non-toxic" label, it's best handled with e...
by Kylwell
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: What putty?
Replies: 16
Views: 3083

Re: What putty?

Try the Aves. You'll like it.
by Kylwell
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Black/blue paint
Replies: 19
Views: 1429

Re: Black/blue paint

OK, thanks for all the tips and suggestions guys. After trolling the internet and spending hours researching and reading different sites etc, I have come to this conclusion. I really wanted a colour changing "Chameleon" paint, but I couldn't find a black-blue one. They have all sorts of other colou...
by Kylwell
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Black/blue paint
Replies: 19
Views: 1429

Re: Black/blue paint

Preshade with clear blue overcoat. This is trick and you'll need a good light source (along with an airbrush) but spray the model black then use a really dark blue, like Tamiya XF-17 Sea Blue, as the shading. Then overcoat with clear blue, also from Tamiya. Just clear blue over black gives you gloss...
by Kylwell
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???

And make sure you are placing them in such a way that they're not overheating as that is death to LEDs. It'll kill a diode faster than overpower it. And how does one achieve that, the way in which the LEDs get placed is pretty much dictated by the model itself? What about securing them in place? I ...
by Kylwell
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3978

Re: Forum Moderation

We're here voluntarily. We catch stuff faster than you might realize. For every spam you see we've most likely deleted 3 more. We do our best but there's a limited # of us.
by Kylwell
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 11337

Re: Forum Upgrade Coming

and it's one us Moderators can't do anything to.
by Kylwell
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: super realistic chrome
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: super realistic chrome

And they are re-fillable if you balk @ the price
by Kylwell
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: super realistic chrome
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: super realistic chrome

They nice but take forever to cure hard. As Dave says. Neet-o but it doesn't replace Alclad in any way except convenience.
by Kylwell
Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???

And make sure you are placing them in such a way that they're not overheating as that is death to LEDs. It'll kill a diode faster than overpower it.
by Kylwell
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???

Or if you insist on pre-wired try http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/
by Kylwell
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Material weight limits for base to model supports
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Re: Material weight limits for base to model supports

If I'm concerned about weight being a problem I'll see how much the model box, with sprue, deflects what ever I'm thinking of using for support. This is easily done by setting the box on edge, sliding the rod or tube under and lifting. Yes, you'll have to guide it with one hand to keep it from falli...
by Kylwell
Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 46
Views: 39681

Re: Tools of the Trade

They do. I've sharpened them a couple of times. Usually just re-dressing the edge but I've had to re-edge a few also. My fault not theirs.
by Kylwell
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 46
Views: 39681

Re: Tools of the Trade

Light light http://www.micromark.com/Hobby-Hammer-w ... eable-Tips

Heck I've improvised with a decent spanner @ times.

The MicroMark chisels are nice, and they come pretty damned sharp but lose their edge faster than the Yellow House Model ones. YHM chisels are scary sharp.
by Kylwell
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 46
Views: 39681

Re: Tools of the Trade

Sharp chisel set and a light hammer. http://www.micromark.com/Miniature-Chisels-Set-Of-7