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by TREKKRIFFIC
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Scribing compass
Replies: 7
Views: 1693

Regarding scribing lines in the rim of the Excelsior saucer, the main issue will be keeping the scribing tip perpendicular to the angle of the rim. As far as the other end, the anchor point, you can drill a small hole into the bridge dome to insert the point into and just fill it with putty and sand...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Scribing compass
Replies: 7
Views: 1693

The least expensive circle cutters I've found was over at Daiso* (a chain of 100-yen shops in Japan) -- got one for US$1.50 (most items they sell are at that price). Have mostly been using it to cut parts for model rockets (e.g. centering rings). One issue that some folks might find with it would b...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: With what do you secure LED wires to your model?
Replies: 23
Views: 3952

Personally I have concern about a long run endurance. You may have a quick result with a variety of glues but it can snap off along the time. I think that the best option is the CA to stick it momentarily to the place and then make the real thing with epoxy glue. :D Agreed. Epoxy is the most perman...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: With what do you secure LED wires to your model?
Replies: 23
Views: 3952

Good ol' Elmers white glue works too. Just takes time to dry.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: With what do you secure LED wires to your model?
Replies: 23
Views: 3952

Kylwell wrote:Yep. Some times even thick CA is too slow for me.
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Have you ever tried "Plastic Surgery? I get it at my local ACE hardware. It's thin, glues almost any type of plastic to any other type of plastic, and it dries extremely fast.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: With what do you secure LED wires to your model?
Replies: 23
Views: 3952

Kylwell wrote:Thick CA usually. The wires I use are Teflon coated so with a tug I can usually make them slide if need be.
5-minute epoxy should do the trick too. You just need to wait 5-minutes which can be a hassle sometimes.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: With what do you secure LED wires to your model?
Replies: 23
Views: 3952

Re: With what do you secure LED wires to your model?

You can use a hot glue gun. That glue is hot so you'd want to be careful if the plastic is thin so it don't melt it but it dries quick and holds really well.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Micro Holes/ better tools?
Replies: 10
Views: 3359

I use the Tamiya drill combined with the Proxxon 28940 Set of MICROMOT Steel Collets, 6-Piece. http://www.amazon.com/Tamiya-74041-Electric-Handy-Drill/dp/B000J46WZ4 It does a great job drilling and my wrists thank me for the update. Good luck. Thanks for posting this information. I have been lookin...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Got some new toys for airbrushing
Replies: 2
Views: 2193

So I got the regulator and found out the 1/4' BSP Male to Male connector included with it was too large to fit the 1/8" BSP opening in my compressor so I had to order this 1/4" to 1/8" adapter from Micro mark: http://www.micromark.com/air-line-adapter-for-airbrushes-1and8-inch-bsp-male-to-1and4-inch...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Clear Coating With Future Floor Wax
Replies: 6
Views: 2564

Be careful not to apply it too heavily or it will run and pool in recesses. If you do get carried away you can tilt the piece so the Future runs to an edge then touch a paper towel to it and it will wick off onto the toweling. For smaller subjects or those with lots of angles and recesses I brush it...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Got some new toys for airbrushing
Replies: 2
Views: 2193

Got some new toys for airbrushing

I have a small hobby compressor I got at Harbor Freight some years ago for airbrushing. It works well and is fairly quiet; it came with a pressure gauge and moisture trap but the only way to regulate the air pressure was by pulling on a needle valve! Not the best method to be sure. So I saw this pre...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Wed May 06, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Light blocking and gluing plastic window inserts question
Replies: 2
Views: 1889

Re: Light blocking and gluing plastic window inserts questio

I guess it is a question of sequence here. I am starting the revell Klingon d-7 and there are a number of clear plastic parts for window etc. Do I paint light block first? If so, how do I glue windows in as far as paint glue/adhesion? If I glue windows first, then do I mask and then paint block? Li...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Tue May 05, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: clear window material?
Replies: 11
Views: 5529

Acrylic resin is supposed to work great. It's a combination of acrylic polymer powder and acrylic monomer liquid. The mixture cures to form solid acrylic, the stuff plexiglas is made of. Turns out it's used in nail salons. I bought some in a beauty supply shop for about $10 for both the liquid and ...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Ridiculously stupid question -- will glue stick to primer?
Replies: 7
Views: 3641

Model glue or CA will soften paint causing the joint to fail. If you have a part that won't undergo much stress you can use 5-minute epoxy to glue it on without hurting the primer. Best to just scrape off the primer before gluing if possible.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Perfect Plastic Putty
Replies: 31
Views: 10057

I use it. Best applied using a syringe. Smooths into cracks and along seams easily using your finger, brush, or a cotton swab. Cleans up with water. Dries fast and hard so sand within a half hour or so. Water can make it dissolve again so not the best for wet sanding.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Using primer on small models
Replies: 6
Views: 3210

I use Canadian Tire Auto Primer (scratch filling and sandable). And I can lay that stuff on like there is no tomorrow. And the detail is still there. It dries quick, and snugs down real nice. Doesn't clog my sandpaper (I wet sand anyways), and takes a polish. It is a little hot though, so I have to...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Portable Paint booth Help
Replies: 6
Views: 3481

Modeler's Brand sells a few different transformers and they are a lot cheaper than Radio Shack: http://modelersbrand.com/html/category/power.html You just need to know the output voltage and amperage required. Modeler's Brand has a 12v 2000MA transformer which is the biggest size he sells. They come...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: question on photo-etch annealing
Replies: 7
Views: 3548

jimboh1 wrote:Excuse me for asking here (I've never seen it answered elsewhere) but why does anyone anneal PE?

Jim
To soften and bend it. Helps it to wrap around curves without wanting to spring back on you.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Any tips for removing cured Aves from styrene?
Replies: 7
Views: 3266

Freezing it should enable you to pop it off if it's really hard. If you can get under the edge with a hobby knife, especially if you have one that's flattened like a spatula, and pry upwards it might pop off that way too.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Wed May 28, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: The best glue?
Replies: 6
Views: 2929

For styrene plastic kits, Testors brand plastic cement works great to fuse the plastic. Get the red tube though rather than the blue if you have a choice. You can also get it as a thinned liquid in a bottle for brushing along joints. For clear parts not undergoing any stress I like canopy glue which...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Wed May 28, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: AC adapter question
Replies: 2
Views: 2137

Re: AC adapter question

belkin321 wrote:I wish to run my LED lighting for the 1/350 refit Enterprise from a 9 volt AC adapter. What should be the mA rating for the adapter? Thanks
I would suggest at least 1000 mA minmum. I run mine on a 12V 2000 mA adapter.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Thu May 15, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Need to remove tape adhesive from paint job
Replies: 5
Views: 2480

Alcohol would remove it but might soften the paint, especially if it's enamel. You could try using warm water on a soft cloth. It should rub off. If the adhesive residue is not too extensive I've even used a little saliva on my figertip to rub it off.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Mon May 05, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Flowquil for bussard dome
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

RockyD wrote:would Tamiya flat base give you the same effect I cant find floquil anywhere
Tamiya Flat Base is acylic based. No idea how well it coats compared to Floquil.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Mon May 05, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Flowquil for bussard dome
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

Re: Flowquil for bussard dome

belkin321 wrote:I have come across info that testers has re-issued flowquil with testers "createfx"
I looked it up on Google. Their CreateFX flat base is acrylic. Floquil is oil based.
by TREKKRIFFIC
Fri May 02, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Flowquil for bussard dome
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

Re: Flowquill for bussard dome

I found some on EBay...would you be able to post a link to a photo of the bottle label for the dome diffuser? I could narrow my search then. Thanks for your help. It's Floquil F110015 Flat Finish https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5454/14111070363_9f733a8a65_o.jpg flof110015 by trekriffic , on Flickr I...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Thu May 01, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Flowquil for bussard dome
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

Re: Flowquill for bussard dome

Thanks Trekriffic and nice work...great photos. Do I just look for fowquil flat base? Is it white or just called flat base? Thanks for your help. You can try finding it under Floquil or Polly Scale Flat. Good luck though. Testors discontinued the Polyscale and Floquil paint lines last year. I bough...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Thu May 01, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Flowquil for bussard dome
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

Yes. I used Floquil Flat Base on the domes of both my 1/1000 and 1/350 Enterprise builds. I found it coats best when brushed on with a soft brush. I used a good amount and let it flow all over the inside of the dome by tilting and turning the dome as the paint flowed. Once I had a good even coat, I ...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Led strips
Replies: 5
Views: 2514

I like to solder the strip contacts with the strip in place and find having the strips standing off from the plastic works best to avoid the hot solderinmg iron tip from melting the kit plastic under the strip. So I like to lay a piece of double-sided foam adhesive tape down first and then stick the...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:13 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Light leaks
Replies: 7
Views: 2906

Another great product for light blocking is black Tulip Fabric Paint. It's water based and goes on thick. Great if you have assembled and finished painting a model and notice a tiny light leak in a seamline. You can dab some Tulip on it, wipe off the excess with a wet rag or your finger, and no more...
by TREKKRIFFIC
Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Question from a lighting novice on the TOS lighting kit
Replies: 7
Views: 2499

RossW wrote:I don't think it matters which leg the resistor is soldered to - it should work the same if on the long (+ve) or short (-ve) leg of the LED.
You know, I've heard that, yet, my own experience has been when I've tried it with the resistor on the positive leg the LED doesn't light.