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by slookabill
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2018 - JUNE 2-3, 2018
Topic: OK, who's going?
Replies: 7
Views: 65

Re: OK, who's going?

I'll be there... really excited for my second year going.
by slookabill
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: What to light on starships? And how?
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Re: What to light on starships? And how?

Fiber optics will give you a circular light. Unfortunately no one make a square or rectangular fiber. Does the kit have portals already cut into the model or are they simply recessed windows in a clear piece? If the the latter then you may try lighting the whole clear piece with carefully placed su...
by slookabill
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Guage of wire to use
Replies: 6
Views: 136

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). Just curious where you're able to find that size, not finding much on amazon(at least smaller than 22 AWG).
by slookabill
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Guage of wire to use
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Guage of wire to use

I'm curious what everyone uses for the size of wire that they use... I currently have some 22AWG wire that I've used a bit... now I just got a kit that's using far smaller/thinner wire. I'm just wondering what everyone else uses.
by slookabill
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: What to light on starships? And how?
Replies: 7
Views: 316

What to light on starships? And how?

So, I got 2 new kits yesterday from Starcraft Models(2 Vulcan ring ships), that I'm wanting to light. I've figured out how to use fiber optics to do pinpoint lights, but a lot of the kits have oval/rectangular windows. How do you effectively light these? Light strips then cut the windows out... do y...
by slookabill
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: New Airbrush/Compressor
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: New Airbrush/Compressor

I'm mostly using Vallejo Acrylics, and it feels like I'm doing 3-1 paint to thinner ratio and that psi setting. Using no thinner and/or lower psi, I end up after a few min of having the tip completely clogged or similar.
by slookabill
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: New Airbrush/Compressor
Replies: 4
Views: 208

New Airbrush/Compressor

I'm wondering what I need to replace or if I'm doing something really wrong. Currently I have a Master/Airbrush Depot TC-20 compressor and Master Airbrush G233 airbrush. When using to get a decent flow/consistent paint, I end up using a lot of thinner(almost a 1-1 ratio it feels like), and have to b...
by slookabill
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Drill bits for Fiber Optics
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Drill bits for Fiber Optics

Does anyone have any recommendations for where to get decent sized drill bits for drilling holes for the fiber optics? I'm thinking I'll use .25mm fiber optic, though I do have .5mm, .75 and 1mm fiber as well for end glow optics. I just discovered either my drill bits I bought before are missing or ...
by slookabill
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Corrugated conduit to hide wires
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Corrugated conduit to hide wires

From where it'll come out of the model to the area on the base, it's about 1 inch... I'm basically running the wires from the bottom of the Outrider to a base of a landing platform, so I was thinking corugated conduit would look appropriate there as an umbilical to connect the two, and hide the wire.
by slookabill
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Corrugated conduit to hide wires
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Corrugated conduit to hide wires

Has anyone used Corrugated conduit to hide wires, between model and base? I'm on the verge of ordering some, internal diameter 8mm outside 10mm, and just wondering if this is too large, or how the material is to work with.(Ordering this)
by slookabill
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting a Checkerboard pattern
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Re: Painting a Checkerboard pattern

Sadly the checkerboard goes across several flat surfaces, front part of a Z-95(https://starshipmodeler.biz/shop/index.cfm/product/1803_195/172-zed-95-hunter.html), Mostly going to be in front of the cockpit, but before the final nose cone area... wish that hlj stencil option was larger and available...
by slookabill
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting a Checkerboard pattern
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Painting a Checkerboard pattern

Does anyone know how to mask to paint a checkboard pattern? I'm not sure how to best go about it.
by slookabill
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: How to weather question
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

How to weather question

Hello all, I'm still very new to painting and techniques(I'm lucky to mask and do various extra paints beyond the main color... though I do have an airbrush and compressor). I'm wondering if there's a good tutorial/book/videos/etc, for actually how do you weather things... obviously looking mostly a...
by slookabill
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Priming model options
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Priming model options

Currently, on all my kits(Resin mostly so far, but again some styrene), I prime my kits with a rattle can of Tamiya Fine Surface Primer, and is my major road block in working on models(besides time/energy). This is due to the amount of stench and time to air out the house after using it(yeah, probab...
by slookabill
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Toggle Switch options
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Toggle Switch options

Does anyone have any good suggestions for toggle switches they use for controlling the lighting in their models? I'm looking for a good decent strength(don't want it to feel cheap) toggle switch for switching between 2 light settings on a kit I'm soon to work on(Cruise lights vs battle mode!). I'm l...
by slookabill
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Number of Fiber to LED
Replies: 8
Views: 785

Number of Fiber to LED

Does anyone know the general max or optimal number of size/dimensions of LEDs to a 3mm and 5mm LED(30degree viewing angle)?
by slookabill
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Switching windows between 2 light colors
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Switching windows between 2 light colors

I'm about to start working on my Acclamator(JPG kit)... and one thing I think would be cool would be to have the windows/lights switch from a white/blue to a red, with a switch. Is there any way to do this easily without having to drill second holes and run a second set of fiber?
by slookabill
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Material weight limits for base to model supports
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Re: Material weight limits for base to model supports

Yeah, I'm just wondering about diameters/length to weight relationships say 1/4" acrylic rod is good for most models at 5", or need 1/2" or larger size after x inches or similar
by slookabill
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Material weight limits for base to model supports
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Material weight limits for base to model supports

I've gotten several kits that have bases to go with the model(plus several without bases), and I'm trying to figure out various materials size/thicknesses to connect the two. Is there any formula/rule of thumb for material(brass/acrylic rod/aluminum/etc) thickness, and then length for various weight...
by slookabill
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Advice on Lighting Kits
Replies: 11
Views: 1249

Re: Advice on Lighting Kits

Which kit are you thinking of lighting? Another manufacturer is Big Easy Lighting Solutions
by slookabill
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: First Model Diorama
Replies: 3
Views: 631

First Model Diorama

So wonderfest spurred me into an idea mode... I now have an idea I want to build a diorama to try and enter next year. Having never built a diorama at this scale before I'm wondering at the basics of basic engineering of the base and structural elements. I have the 2 kits that I'm currently planning...
by slookabill
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: How much Fiber and other supplies to order
Replies: 2
Views: 622

How much Fiber and other supplies to order

I'm about to embark on learning to light numerous models. I was wondering what some suggestions for how much in terms of supplies to order/buy. I'm planning on lighting: Acclamator, Nebulon-B, Gonk, Starship of David, and numerous other kits. I was looking on the fiber optic store and was thinking a...
by slookabill
Mon May 29, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: First time attendee suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1252

Re: First time attendee suggestions?

Anyone know if there's a map of the rooms that things are happening in? Or the Dealers rooms of who's where? I plan to try and make it to the Friday Night Welcome Party, and then be there both days around 10a. Also, if any one with Wonderfest or dealers needs someone to assist on Friday(or the other...
by slookabill
Thu May 25, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Two weeks...
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: Two weeks...

And, it's not a toll booth bridge. You drive across without stopping. Then you receive a bill in the mail after they photographed your car and license plate. I think I'd rather stop and pay at the time I cross, but I'm old school. I've heard it's inconsistent if you get tagged by the cameras. Also ...
by slookabill
Tue May 23, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Heads up: Parking AGAIN
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: Heads up: Parking AGAIN

Is it an issue during the day, to visit, or just overnight parking?
by slookabill
Tue May 23, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Things to bring
Replies: 35
Views: 2473

Re: Things to bring

Bring lots of Girl Scout Cookies to share at Iron Modelers, but don't feed the modelers..... Just an FYI: The .JPG Productions table takes cash, credit cards, and home-made baked goods as currency. Zathras (that's me) likes iced sugar cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies, and banana bread w/butter ge...
by slookabill
Mon May 22, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: First time attendee suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1252

First time attendee suggestions?

This is my first year going to Wonderfest. As I moved to Louisville last year, and got back into model making right around this time last year, I'm really excited for this show. Any suggestions for a first time attendee of what to see or experience?