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by kenlilly106
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Source for super fine metal mesh?
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: Source for super fine metal mesh?

McMaster-Carr will sell you a 2ft x 2ft sheet of 100×100 mesh, 0.006" square opening size, 0.0045" wire dia for $26.93.

Item # 9223T92

When searching, look for "wire cloth" instead of mesh, wire cloth is the trade name.

KEn
by kenlilly106
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Re: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!

I've used regular hardware store concrete mix, it's dense and while it is exothermic it's a lot cooler than plaster.

Ken
by kenlilly106
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Epoxy putty, Aves is popular for this. Roll it out thin and let it start to set so it will hold its shape, then drape it over the figure and adjust the "lay" as needed. Once it sets you can remove it and clean up any edges and paint it. You also make it look like its flowing behind the figure by adj...
by kenlilly106
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Pylon and nacelle alignment
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: Pylon and nacelle alignment

Build a jig and use the surface gauge idea from EVApodman. You've got a nice dimple in the center bottom of your primary hull, you can make a pin with a rounded top to match that dimple and that will support the front of the ship. The notches in the rear of the secondary hull can be used to hold it ...
by kenlilly106
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Pylon and nacelle alignment
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: Pylon and nacelle alignment

A picture or sketch of what you're wanting to build will help, here's a few ideas off the top of my head: 1 - If I remember correctly the nacelles are dead flat where the clear parts mount, you can lay them upside down on a flat surface and get them aligned correctly (level, parallel and square) and...
by kenlilly106
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Craft Paint on Model Kits?
Replies: 8
Views: 930

I've airbrushed Ceramcoat by thinning it heavily with Windex (or equal), ag Rogviler mentions it has to be very thin. And do not try to thin it with rubbing alcohol, it just balls up, must have latex in it. I find it must go over a light base and requires 6 or more thin coats to build up the color d...
by kenlilly106
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: MEK-dissolved styrene filler?
Replies: 12
Views: 1666

Everything I've read seems to indicate that any solvent will have the same problems as MEK.

Have you thought about Aves or something similar?

Ken
by kenlilly106
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: MEK-dissolved styrene filler?
Replies: 12
Views: 1666

I have not tried it myself but have read that it doesn't work as it seems. Takes a long time for the solvent to come out of it, so it stays soft for months, ad it seems to affect the texture of the filler plastic so it's not the same as the original material, making it hard to get a good surface fin...
by kenlilly106
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Question for you enamel users out there...
Replies: 3
Views: 637

Lighter colored wash with oils or watercolors. I've tried acrylic washes before and don't like them, once they start to dry that's it, it's not like enamels or oils where a little thinner will re-wet the surface and you can manipulate it. And acrylics seem to dry faster, giving you a smaller window ...
by kenlilly106
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Technique for drawing bulkheads from drawings?
Replies: 10
Views: 1580

I'm not aware of any program that can take a set of 2D plans and turn them into bulkheads. If you had a 3D model then you can cut sections at whatever points you want with the software. So depending on your skills and what software you have you can either redo the 2D plans into a 3D model and sectio...
by kenlilly106
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Where to buy styrene, local and/or online?
Replies: 6
Views: 1335

I'd get 0.010", 0.020" ad 0.040" in sheets, you can get 0.005" but it is very thin, about the same as 2 sheets of standard copier paper. Evergreen makes all kids of strips in various thicknesses and widths plus rods ad half rounds. They come in handy for detailing, plus its easier to use a strip tha...
by kenlilly106
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: New to modeling and need plans.
Replies: 21
Views: 3138

My advice? If you've never done this before start out simple by making a scale model of something you have around the house like a toaster or microwave or something. You'll have a ready reference on hand and most of the time they are simple box shapes so you can concentrate on learning how to measur...
by kenlilly106
Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Can you tint/dye Aves during the mixing process?
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

I thought about trying it with ink but figured I'd make less of a mess with pastels...
by kenlilly106
Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Can you tint/dye Aves during the mixing process?
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

UPDATE I ended up trying mixing in some dark gray pastel powder with some Aves and it worked fine. It does dry out the Aves a little bit but adding in some water made it sticky and easier to work. It's doesn't take much pastel powder to tint a small bit, I mixed up a pea-sized blob of Aves and it pr...
by kenlilly106
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Can you tint/dye Aves during the mixing process?
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Can you tint/dye Aves during the mixing process?

Got a kit windscreen that matches up to the canopy fine but the lower edge of the frame is short of the fuselage. I can fill the gap with Aves, I'm not worried about that part, I'm worried that the Aves will show up inside the canopy between it and the dashboard. I had to glue the main canopy first ...
by kenlilly106
Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Commercially available primer for fine detail
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

DaveVan wrote:Dupli-color #1699 sealer primer.
I buy it at local big box store but you can get it at many auto parts and Amazon.
It's a very fine spray, seals, and you can use almost paint over it.
Will not cover details. Good stuff.
Seconded
by kenlilly106
Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Surface for my build table
Replies: 6
Views: 1835

Second the counter top and door idea, I like counter tops because the laminate surface is dead flat and can be cleaned easily. If you can find a solid core door that's plain (no embossing or raised panels) they make excellent work surfaces. You can also check out the clearance rack at the local home...
by kenlilly106
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: UV Glue?
Replies: 8
Views: 3579

In another forum the general reaction was "meh" at best from those who tried it. Consensus was that it was messy to use and wasn't as strong as advertised (or implied). I know there are some industrial grades that have been used for years in various applications and work well but I think they're too...
by kenlilly106
Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Sanding In Small or Tight Areas
Replies: 10
Views: 3865

I'd avoid the plastic sanding needles, I tried them and wasn't impressed. My personal choice for sanding tight areas is a popsicle stick (or similar) with the ends cut square and beveled. I wrap wet or dry of the appropriate grit around the end and sand wet. It can get into tight spots and is rigid ...
by kenlilly106
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Cutting openings into brass sheet
Replies: 7
Views: 2392

Punch it out

It may flange the hole a little but that can be hammered out.

Or you can drill the hole out, clamp the sheet between two sacrificial holders, drill through all three at once. The holders will help to keep the material from climbing up the bit.

Ken
by kenlilly106
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Tumbleweeds and cracked earth?
Replies: 11
Views: 2793

I've heard of people using real mud in this application but have not tried it myself.

Find some fine grained soil in the color you want, make some thin mud out of it and pour it on the base. Let it dry and it should crack like the full scale location.

Ken
by kenlilly106
Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Best table surface
Replies: 10
Views: 3120

Formica, and it's the cat's pajamas. Impervious to cements and thinners, easy to pop adhered bits of putty off. Seconded I use an old 3-pc corner computer desk that I modified so it's one long run. One thing I like about them is that they are dead flat so they work great as bases for jigs, lining u...
by kenlilly106
Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cutting plotter adhesive film appropriate for masking
Replies: 5
Views: 1765

Back in the day I made several masking templates by plotting images in reverse on the back side of frisket film.

I'm an engineer by trade so I had access to pen plotters and AutoCAD, I don't know if you can still get frisket film and haven't seen a pen plotter in years.

Ken
by kenlilly106
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Translating a paint guide?
Replies: 4
Views: 1523

White numbers in black boxes are Gunze Mr. Color Lacquers:
http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/colorchart ... or_map.htm

Black numbers in white boxes are the aqueous acrylics:
http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/colorchart ... ze_map.htm
by kenlilly106
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Hypodermic needle steel tubing source?
Replies: 9
Views: 3309

Can I ask what you planned to use 300ft of tubing for? I didn't. What I wanted was 1/72 .50 machinegun barrels with correct wall thickness. To have them custom drawn I'd need to order 300 feet of it. It was something like 3.50 a foot but times 300... Came up to small change by moderator standards? :)
by kenlilly106
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:21 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Hypodermic needle steel tubing source?
Replies: 9
Views: 3309

Kylwell wrote:I considered once having 300 feet of custom tubing made up. Cheap by the foot but x300 it was out of price range. Now-a-days I use Albion Alloy tubes for most things.
Can I ask what you planned to use 300ft of tubing for?
by kenlilly106
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Hypodermic needle steel tubing source?
Replies: 9
Views: 3309

by kenlilly106
Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Blending(toning down) decals contrast???
Replies: 8
Views: 3033

I would spray the base color over the future, that way if you spray too much you can remove it easily.

Ken
by kenlilly106
Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Blending(toning down) decals contrast???
Replies: 8
Views: 3033

The overcoat with base color technique is what you want. Essentially you make a glaze or wash out of teh base color and thinner and then spray multiple coats over the decals until you get the results you're looking for. I've seen this done with the dark gray markings on the current 2-tone USN gray s...