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by zysurge
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Will Purple Power affect model glue?
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Will Purple Power affect model glue?

No personal experience, but it shouldn't. Tenax (and similar) work by melting the plastic together. When done properly, the two pieces essentially become one. So, the glue is not holding it together, the plastic is.
by zysurge
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3398

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 zysurge
Fri May 26, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Flexiable Light Strip
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Flexiable Light Strip

Yes. Just make sure to only cut it where indicated. Then individual strips inside the model can be connected in series using thin wire. I did exactly this for under cabinet lighting in my kitchen. I ran wires to bridge things like the stove and sink and make one continuous strip throughout the entir...
by zysurge
Tue May 23, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: First time attendee suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1082

Re: First time attendee suggestions?

Agree with the above. Wonderfest is just as much about the people as the models. Make time to talk to people - you'll get a lot more out of the experience.
by zysurge
Tue May 16, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 10259

Re: Forum Upgrade Coming

Jonas Calhoun wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 10:04 am
Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Does the above mean that SSM now supports Tapatalk?
by zysurge
Thu May 11, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 10259

Some forum softwares allow you to disable displaying of other people's signatures. I usually do that when I can, because i have no interest in seeing that stuff.
by zysurge
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: DPDT switching- two power supplies
Replies: 5
Views: 727

What you need is a DPDT switch that includes a center off position. Some don't. With the correct switch, the load would be on the center contacts, and two two power supplies on the two outsides. Positive all along on edge, negative on the other. It would look similar to this: http://www.littelfuse.c...
by zysurge
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Iwata Triple Action Handle Set vs Preset Handle
Replies: 2
Views: 797

I have the triple action handle. It works well. My main complaint with it, is that you can no longer remove the needle from the front, as many people recommend for cleaning, to prevent pulling paint from the cup backwards into the seal and trigger assembly. I haven't seen the preset handle in person...
by zysurge
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Sticking needle?
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Do you do any cleaning *before* removing the needle?

If not, and you're pulling the needle from the rear, you're pulling paint into the back seal, where it's very hard to clean from.

Also, after cleaning, I generally leave my needle out, and re-assemble just before using again.
by zysurge
Thu May 22, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: A new big flat white LED!
Replies: 35
Views: 17450

Well...I'm familiar with the acrylic they're using for these LEDs. There are two flavors, one optimized for edge lighting, and another optimized for diffusion with back-lighting. I'm thinking warp grills and such cut specifically to size and shape for specific models might be quite useful to a lot ...
by zysurge
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Jackill's blue prints
Replies: 4
Views: 2071

I've purchased lots from him at Wonderfest over the years. The quality of his stuff is top notch - you won't be disappointed.

Haven't ordered from his website though, so I can't comment on that.
by zysurge
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: 2 year old Acreation decals
Replies: 3
Views: 1551

Agreed, a test is always best.

I've used lots of his decals, and haven't had to coat them, although doing so could make them more resistant to scratches while handling them.
by zysurge
Tue May 14, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: 1:2500 Scale Enterprise B Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2713

You could use matte paints, then clear coat with gloss before decaling. It's an extra step, but one that many people take anyway.
by zysurge
Mon May 13, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: 1:2500 Scale Enterprise B Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2713

You'll want to use gloss paints, as decals apply to those best. If you want a duller finish when you're all done, you can hit it with a clear flat coat. Since it's an apartment, you'll probably want to stick with Acrylic paints, since those have less fumes to worry about. Setting solution will not a...
by zysurge
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Clearcoat for photos?
Replies: 6
Views: 1790

I've used Mod Podge in the past with good resutls.
by zysurge
Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Vulcan Ring Ship Colors
Replies: 1
Views: 880

British Crimson.

See this buildup to see how it would look:
http://www.starshipmodeler.com/trek/ss_surak2.htm
by zysurge
Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Display Stands
Replies: 3
Views: 1155

http://www.laserfirecreations.com/

Great guy, and does top notch work.
by zysurge
Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Custom Star Trek model Decals
Replies: 2
Views: 2356

There are several companies that make generic sets, that are available from the SSM store, which is linked at the top of every forum page. And if you need them custom printed, you can get them directly from JT Graphics.
by zysurge
Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Ship Window Question
Replies: 1
Views: 1072

If you're going to WF, look thru JT's huge box of seconds. I did that last year and picked out a bunch just for the window decals.
by zysurge
Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Drill Bits
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

by zysurge
Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: My scratch-built early Klingon battlecruiser
Replies: 17
Views: 8016

Would love to see it, but your site appears to be down. Can't even get DNS resolution on it. :cry:
by zysurge
Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Flat Base?
Replies: 2
Views: 998

Flat base is added to other paints to make them flat as opposed to glossy.

For primer, I use Rust-Oleum auto sandable primer. Cheaper than hobby paint and bonds real well.
by zysurge
Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:08 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Has anyone ever done this before?
Replies: 9
Views: 2555

I've done this for a long time, including MM Acryl. Never had a problem.
by zysurge
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cleaning MM Acryl out of my airbrush
Replies: 10
Views: 2870

If your airbrush has brass parts, don't leave it submerged in anything with ammonia, by the way, as the ammonia will pit the brass and damage it. Nozzles are especially susceptible to this. Windex has ammonia in it. Superclean does not.Kenny Ack! I didn't know ammonia would pit brass. This has been...
by zysurge
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Badger to Iwata Adapter?
Replies: 2
Views: 1174

Thanks! That's exactly what I've been looking for.
by zysurge
Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Badger to Iwata Adapter?
Replies: 2
Views: 1174

Badger to Iwata Adapter?

Ok, I picked up a Badger 360 and Sotar 20/20 from their garage sale. Sweet airbrushes. http://www.starshipmodeler.net/talk/viewtopic.php?t=59257&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 Anyone know where to find adapters so I can connect them to my Iwata hose? Either screw-on or quick connect? I've searched...
by zysurge
Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:48 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Primers & Airbrushes
Replies: 13
Views: 3222

Backflush technique? Haven't heard of it. Please explain...
by zysurge
Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:55 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Saving a screwed up "near final" paint job?
Replies: 4
Views: 1483

For the second one, ammonia or Windex will remove the future. I don't know if it will also remove the Krylon and/or paint. I'd suggest painting some scrap and testing what happens when you apply ammonia.
by zysurge
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:25 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Very, very fine brass or stainless steel screens?
Replies: 32
Views: 6845

AS for the premade filters, I bought a set of them when I bought my Badger. I quit using them because the plastic mesh has too much "teeth," even when using the small mesh, leading to incomplete cleaning. The ones I posted above, from MicroMark, have Stainless Steel mesh. They filter great and clea...
by zysurge
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Very, very fine brass or stainless steel screens?
Replies: 32
Views: 6845

I use these strainer funnels I picked up from Micromark. Of course, I only use the finest of the three, but I've had good luck with it.

http://www.ares-server.com/Ares/Ares.as ... t&ID=83119

Eric