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by Richard Baker
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3390

Re: Forum Moderation

"Shadow Banning" might be useful in a couple of instances, but the Spammers are pretty obvious as to what they are doing from the get go- no real need to petri dish posts.
Thus far what mechanisms in place seem to be working- it has been a while since something slipped past the shields
by Richard Baker
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: conductive paint?
Replies: 10
Views: 988

Re: conductive paint?

widget wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:59 pm
How do you connect the leads of the led to the foil? Conductive glue? What kind is best? Or a drop of solder and pray that you don't burn through the foil?
I just went low tech and wrapped the foil around the LED leads then used some heat shrink tubing to insulate.
by Richard Baker
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: conductive paint?
Replies: 10
Views: 988

Re: conductive paint?

Back in my teens my dad had an old car with a faulty heated rear screen. Some of the wire on the screen had either corroded away or been scraped off. He went to Maplin Electronics (UK) and purchased a bottle of conductive metallic paint and had a small stencil which come with it. Painted it on the ...
by Richard Baker
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3390

Re: Forum Moderation

Interesting approach- I like it!
by Richard Baker
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3390

Re: Forum Moderation

Your efforts are deeply appreciated!

Just wondering- this sort of problem was very rare on the original site software- have the SpamBots upped their game or could it be an vulnerability in the new site setup?
by Richard Baker
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3390

Re: Forum Moderation

Problem is you block one name, the Mods nuke the posts and the Bot creates a new account and the cycle starts over/ This one Bot I think has used at least five names so far. Once the current posts are nuked and the membership deleted, any kill-view is obsolete and there is a new name to start watchi...
by Richard Baker
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3390

Re: Forum Moderation

The only way to stop such active spamming is correspondingly active Moderation. It might help if members don't click on threads that are obviously spam nor the links within Latest offender already has views on those threads http://starshipmodeler.net/talk/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=17885 Tha...
by Richard Baker
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3390

Re: Forum Moderation

southwestforests wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:44 pm
Maybe I'm imagining things which aren't likely, but how long until they go from spam to data theft?
I think the only danger is if you actually click on one of the spammers links
by Richard Baker
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3390

Re: Forum Moderation

Only problem with the automated screening system mentioned above is that Spammers have already worked out ways around these countermeasures. A couple of forums I visit get hit first with new member posts containing gibberish or nonsensical posts so many times until they meet the required number of p...
by Richard Baker
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 10241

Re: Forum Upgrade Coming

Will somebody just kill this guys account?
(and send a power surge through the connection to fry the idiots computer)
by Richard Baker
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 1005

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

I have an older car which has been parked for over a year with engine problems. THe constant sun caused the windshield rear view mirror shoe to come off the glass. I have tried gluing it on twice now with the super special stuff they sell at the auto parts store made specifically for this. Next time...
by Richard Baker
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 1005

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

Gorilla Glue may work but be wary- it is water activated and expands a bit when cured
by Richard Baker
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???
Replies: 14
Views: 777

Re: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???

Some of the ones we used were R-G-B all lit at the same time. These were professional units designed as a substitute for neon and fluorescent lighting in signs.
by Richard Baker
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???
Replies: 14
Views: 777

Re: Source For Ultra High Quality LEDs???

Mouser Electronics- MOUSER.COM They are a hard core electronic supplier- their catalog is larger than a phone book and they stock high quality, high performance parts. They might be more expensive that some places, but then again they are aimed towards the professional engineer, not the casual hobb...
by Richard Baker
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: conductive paint?
Replies: 10
Views: 988

Re: conductive paint?

I have tried several and while it is a nice concept it has too many negatives- mostly a fairly high resistance. Using either bell wire or copper foil will work much better IMO...
by Richard Baker
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Fewer posts?
Replies: 16
Views: 2185

Re: Fewer posts?

I am mostly having difficulty with the new site setup- the colors are hard for me to see well and the navigation not as easy for me as with the original site.
(I have been told there will be an option to allow people adjust the color theme eventually)
by Richard Baker
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Wonderfest Photos
Replies: 12
Views: 2171

Re: Wonderfest Photos

Here are my photos. A little of pre-Wonderfest travel, meet and greet, Iron Modeler, contest room, and dealer's room. Make sure to tag yourself if you see yourself in any of the pictures! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1355444521198272.1073741858.100001982105427&type=1&l=f710396b56 Thank...
by Richard Baker
Fri May 12, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 10241

If images in signatures are going to be allowed, I think we all need to limit ourselves on that. I've been on model forums (I think FineScale does it), where some sigs are compilations of logos for all their favorite organizations, pictures of their favorite models, their wives and dogs, plus five ...
by Richard Baker
Wed May 10, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 10241

Best of luck- just do not get the robots mad (they have an odd sense of humor when irritated...)
by Richard Baker
Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Design Morphing - does it happen to anyone else?
Replies: 8
Views: 1112

Same thing happens with me. Even when I paint on canvas things shift, I consider it part of the creative process.
by Richard Baker
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: How to light up a sphere?
Replies: 9
Views: 1195

Why not just go old school and use a Grain of Rice bulb?

Those worked fine for decades before the LEDs took over and they do emit light in every direction.
by Richard Baker
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Tiny circut to blink a light??
Replies: 3
Views: 795

This site has flashing LEDs on different types- no circuit needed-
http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/ledlights1.html
by Richard Baker
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Where to buy styrene, local and/or online?
Replies: 6
Views: 1321

Local sign shops can get sheets of styrene in large sizes (18"×24" and larger) . If they don't stock it they can order it from their suppliers.
by Richard Baker
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Major differences between resin and styrene
Replies: 16
Views: 1934

A lot depends on who produces the kit. I have some which require a lot of work to get the pieces to fit well, others (like Atomic City/Captain Cardboard) look like styrene kits just from a different material.
by Richard Baker
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Hover Tank Challenge
Topic: Hammer's Slammers
Replies: 17
Views: 12877

Thanks for the new link- that is a fantastic build!
Any chance you could update your links to the other projects listed above?
by Richard Baker
Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Monostable multivibrator problems
Replies: 11
Views: 2624

(sigh)
I really need to get my mind out of the gutter when reading thread titles...
by Richard Baker
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cutting plotter adhesive film appropriate for masking
Replies: 5
Views: 1760

We use Gerbermask (about 3 mil with a special low tack adhesive) and 3M Scotchcal (2 mill with a good adhesive) here at work. Oracal and Avery as good brands. High performance vinyls IMO are best- they conform to compound curved surfaces well and as long as the paint is dry there is no problem remov...
by Richard Baker
Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: More Information / Recommendations on Millennium Falcon Kit?
Replies: 1
Views: 1685

The Starship Modeler Store has this kit- https://starshipmodeler.biz/shop/index.cfm/product/8158/172-star-wars-the-force-awakens-millennium-falcon-snap-max.html It is 1/72 scale, prepainted and snap, but can be built up into a fairly good model. The best IMO is the Bandai 1/144 Falcon- it can be fou...
by Richard Baker
Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Beginner lighting--slave-1
Replies: 2
Views: 1607

Small LED Christmas light sets are all over the place and very inexpensive. No soldering or having to worry about resistors- great way to get started. There are also some cheap knickknacks and decorations that use fiber optics. Get a couple on sale and take them apart for the fibers. Craft & hobby s...
by Richard Baker
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Cowboy Freight Hauler from Battle Beyond The Stars
Replies: 49
Views: 20612

That is a fantastic replica!
You really nailed it-