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by merkin63
Tue May 08, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Polly Scale metallics
Replies: 0
Views: 877

Polly Scale metallics

I love using Polly S for hand brushing because the grind is so fine but was needing something that looked like titanium,Santa fe silver looks pretty good on my monitor but as I have discovered many times that colors don't look the same,any suggestions? Thanks:~)
by merkin63
Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:15 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Stripping soft vinyl figures.
Replies: 0
Views: 826

Stripping soft vinyl figures.

Sorry people if this has been posted but I did use the search engine.I wanted to strip the acrylic paint off of the C-3PO figure from the landspeeder kit because mine had a lot of dirt like particles in the paint plus I could remove some of the bigger seams with a new # 7 blade.I have had Goldenrod ...
by merkin63
Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Durham's water putty molds.
Replies: 2
Views: 1178

Thanks,I am going to test this for sure and will use an enamel based clear like glosscoat on the cured glass like smooth Durhams water putty.I don't know about future acrylic floor polish but I know if Durhams is not sealed even after curing anything that is water based will cause it to break down.I...
by merkin63
Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Durham's water putty molds.
Replies: 2
Views: 1178

Durham's water putty molds.

I have used this a lot for open molds because it is far cheaper than using my RTV for short term molding but since it is water based you have to spray a non water based clear coat before molding.I want to use this to make some small one time clear parts using 2 part clear store bought epoxy resin bu...
by merkin63
Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:30 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Questions about Light Sheet
Replies: 4
Views: 1716

I got an experiment kit but was not overly thrilled.I got a sheet of white EL film and it is just not that bright unless in lower light settings.I know people that swear by it but it won't last anywhere as long as l.e.d.s. and this is what they use in those timex indiglo watches which dim over time....
by merkin63
Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Gorilla Super Glue.
Replies: 7
Views: 2266

Thanks for all the input guys.I have used CA gel for years,just not the Gorilla brand before.I do love this stuff but it seems to take a bit longer to cure but I can live with that due to how strong and non brittle it is.I too try to sand and shave ejector pins to get the best fit but as we all know...
by merkin63
Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:39 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Gorilla Super Glue.
Replies: 7
Views: 2266

Sorry,I didn't word it correctly.I'm not using the glue as a primer as I never tested the glue for filling gaps in kits.I do like the glue because it is slightly flexible which works great on thinner,smaller parts that are easily broken or subject to light bumps and knocks.I guess the real question ...
by merkin63
Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Gorilla Super Glue.
Replies: 7
Views: 2266

Gorilla Super Glue.

I tried this on some of the WOTW alien kits and it made a very strong bond but any gaps were filled with regular super glue gel because the Gorilla super glue has rubber particles embedded in it and when I tried testing it on ABS and styrene it gave a good bond but due to the rubber content you coul...
by merkin63
Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: medium grey substitute
Replies: 1
Views: 712

medium grey substitute

I'm going to be on a trip staying in a motel and wanted to work on the new Viper mk VII kit but won't take my airbrush because I'm not a fan of canned air so I will just use rattle cans instead.The cockpit instructions say it is supposed to be painted medium grey but model master doesn't make a medi...
by merkin63
Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Using the punch sets from the store.
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Thanks,that sounds good to me.I may cut up a mat as well and glue it to dowel rods and square stock that can be put into a vice to get in tighter places like the Viper cockpit where some of the bezels are at an angle.Thanks for the heads up.
by merkin63
Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Using the punch sets from the store.
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Using the punch sets from the store.

I purchased both of the punch sets a few months back but now need to use them and needed some advice.I was a parachute rigger in the 1980s so I have used plenty of punches to punch through nylon strap and such but we always used about a 12" round block of lead to use the punches.The lead was soft an...
by merkin63
Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:57 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Galaxy Quest Protector - lighting options?
Replies: 5
Views: 1865

I'm going with fiber optics but the detachable command ship will be a major pain to clean out the rectangular shaped windows due to the stepping effect of the kit not to mention having to remove quite a bit of the interior including the magnet mounts so the light would even show through evenly.I was...
by merkin63
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Galaxy Quest Vox lighting plasma transparencies
Replies: 2
Views: 1126

I ordered a 2.5 inch display size blue plasma disc powered by 2 AAA batt.I'm going to try to take it apart to make it fit but am not holding my breath.I will probably just do as you say and have some transparencies made of a plasma disc that have been reduced in size so I can install random firing b...
by merkin63
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Galaxy Quest Vox lighting plasma transparencies
Replies: 2
Views: 1126

Galaxy Quest Vox lighting plasma transparencies

I was wondering if anyone knew of a sorce to obtain the transparencies used in the hero props.I have seen pics and they are awesome.I think Voodoo efx. will be using them but I did not want a whole lighting kit,just the plasma transparency.Thanks for any help.
by merkin63
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cheaper Airbrush Enamel thinner substitute?
Replies: 8
Views: 2825

LOL,no I actually live in western KY,the state not the jelly and the humidity is always usually 50% or higher.I stick with enamals for painting and l.e.d.s. for lighting because the humidity will eat lightsheets life a great deal but I did find a trick that I build into all lighted models.I save all...
by merkin63
Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cheaper Airbrush Enamel thinner substitute?
Replies: 8
Views: 2825

I copy that,in my location where I live it's so humid you have about a 3 month window to use a bottle of Model Master enamal once opened or it's almost unusable.
by merkin63
Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cheaper Airbrush Enamel thinner substitute?
Replies: 8
Views: 2825

Thanks guys,I have plenty of high quality lacquer thinner.I feel like I'm betraying my LHS but he's not so local anymore and he seems to phasing out enamels to acrylics.I'm an enamel and a metal airbrush addict until it kills me! (cough,cough)Thanks! :D
by merkin63
Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cheaper Airbrush Enamel thinner substitute?
Replies: 8
Views: 2825

Cheaper Airbrush Enamel thinner substitute?

I had some free time to do some airbrushing today and I was empty on thinner.Cheaper may not be the right word,but available closer,is there anything else available other than testors model master airbrush thinner?The airbrush thinner seems to be just distilled mineral spirits.This was not a problem...
by merkin63
Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Airbrush compressor fitting size.
Replies: 2
Views: 1356

Thanks,that's pretty much what I figured.I have a true value store about a block away so I can just try and find what I need and use plenty of teflon tape.I have always used Co2 to blow with since my navy days because Co2 has an exspansion ratio of 350/1 and I've never needed a moisture trap for my ...
by merkin63
Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Airbrush compressor fitting size.
Replies: 2
Views: 1356

Airbrush compressor fitting size.

I picked up a testors mighty mite compressor for 10 bucks on clearance at Wal-Mart when they were doing away with their model section and noticed the air output plastic fitting was not 1/4" and was the size of the propel can adapter.Does anyone know the size of this because I need an fitting that wo...
by merkin63
Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Green laser fiber optic lighting for Martian war machine?
Replies: 9
Views: 2246

Green laser fiber optic lighting for Martian war machine?

I have always wonderd if you applied a laser diode to a bundle of thin fiber optics would you get individual beams of light,thanks for any help.