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by Rocketeer
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Decals as masks?
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Decals as masks?

Don't forget that on most decals, the clear film extends beyond the colored area. You'd have to trim the edges of each decal right up next to the color.
by Rocketeer
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: a new project , Aldebaran
Replies: 52
Views: 5327

Re: a new project , Aldebaran

Looking good! I like the bold paint job.
by Rocketeer
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Rubber for molds
Replies: 66
Views: 57351

Re: Rubber for molds

That ought to be very do-able. It'd have to be a two-piece mold, because the caps have holes in their backs and detail on their fronts. I just did a quick search, and found these: https://www.polytek.com/product-type/polyurethane-liquid-casting-rubbers They say that their rubbers can be cast in eith...
by Rocketeer
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Toggle Switch options
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Toggle Switch options

I use a very similar toggle, from Radio Shack, and have never had any problems. On-off-on seems a good choice for your model, since in the center position, neither circuit is activated.
by Rocketeer
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: 3 mm LED lights Series or Parallel
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: 3 mm LED lights Series or Parallel

One thing I've resolved to do: Prior to sealing up the model, do a burn-in test of the lighting, for an hour or so, to see if any problems are going to arise. Far better to find a faulty LED or a bad connection when you can fix it, than have it emerge after everything's glued, puttied, and painted.
by Rocketeer
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: 3 mm LED lights Series or Parallel
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: 3 mm LED lights Series or Parallel

...if it were me I'd wire the LEDs in parallel, each with its own resistor. (cough cough cough) I'm a bit of a hypocrite, here. I just finished this model, which I'd had 95% completed for the longest time, and back when I rigged up the floodlights (couple years ago?), I made up three strings, each ...
by Rocketeer
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: 3 mm LED lights Series or Parallel
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: 3 mm LED lights Series or Parallel

The point of the resistor is to limit the current going through the LED (typically to 20 milliamps). The formula for finding the resistor size is (Voltage of the battery -minus- voltage drop of the resistors / amperage). So for a typical single LED (usually about 2 or 3 volts forward voltage) runnin...
by Rocketeer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Will Purple Power affect model glue?
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Will Purple Power affect model glue?

Zysurge is right.

However, PP will remove lacquer-based putties (Squadron white, auto body spot putty). And sometimes PP will affect superglue joints.
by Rocketeer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Oh, yes, I remember seeing those pics back in the day. Very charming! :)
by Rocketeer
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Joseph C. Brown wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:38 am
For my build of the very first Moone flight...
You interest me strangely, friend. Do you have any pictures of the finished model? :)
by Rocketeer
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Power supply

Evan Designs offers reasonably priced 12V regulated power supplies:

http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/12vdcadapter.html

I've bought lots of stuff from them and they are a reliable supplier.
by Rocketeer
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Material weight limits for base to model supports
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: Material weight limits for base to model supports

Although you could in theory do engineering-type calculations and figure out the amount of deflection a brass or acrylic or steel rod or tube would have, it's probably easier to just buy yourself a handful of various size rods and tubes and experiment. In any event, it's not usually strength that's ...
by Rocketeer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Wonderfest Winners
Replies: 29
Views: 2449

Re: Wonderfest Winners

I brought a dozen models, and I kinda lost track of what won what. When the winners list comes out, I'll have to untangle them. I am pretty sure what Aventine won, though. ;)
by Rocketeer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Return Roll Call
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Return Roll Call

The Seattle contingent got home Wednesday evening; and Thursday was show-and-tell at the Galaxy Hobby sci-fi club meeting. Mad Paul gave a very nice powerpoint, including graphs of front bumper squashed bug density over time, several pictures of King of Greeblies riding jackalopes, and a rundown of ...
by Rocketeer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Wonderfest Winners
Replies: 29
Views: 2449

Re: Wonderfest Winners

sci-fi-bldr wrote:
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:30 pm
Thanks Guys...

Silver...1/350 Jug Hauler.....JPG Juggernaut...scratchbuilt Hauler and Container

Image

My friends and I all loved the Jug Hauler!
by Rocketeer
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Return Roll Call
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Return Roll Call

We're in Sioux City, eating breakfast. Two more days to go!
by Rocketeer
Thu May 25, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: IRON MODELER 2017 SIGN UP HERE!
Replies: 18
Views: 1418

Re: IRON MODELER 2017 SIGN UP HERE!

"Jiant Fighting Suit" ;)
by Rocketeer
Tue May 23, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: First time attendee suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 959

Re: First time attendee suggestions?

I went through the events schedules posted on the Wonderfest website and made a little one-page matrix/schedule of what and where. If you'd like a copy (it's a pdf), send me a private message with your email address.
by Rocketeer
Mon May 22, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Things to bring
Replies: 35
Views: 1982

Re: Things to bring

Following your advice, I just called to check mine, and everything is good--but thanks for the reminder!
by Rocketeer
Sat May 20, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Things to bring
Replies: 35
Views: 1982

Re: Things to bring

Man, this thread went to pieces pretty quickly!
by Rocketeer
Thu May 11, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Tamiya Clear coat
Replies: 21
Views: 1373

...Very nice looking model If I didn't know already I'd have though it was a real car in the photo. And I don't see any yellowing so Tamiya must make good stuff. I saw what you did there. ;) The photo is of a real car, of course; I just wanted to illustrate what proportion of the paint was white. B...
by Rocketeer
Wed May 10, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Tamiya Clear coat
Replies: 21
Views: 1373

As I mentioned above ;) , a model car I built several years ago, painted with Tamiya clear, shows no signs of yellowing. I have to ask is the model car White or a different color? it seems to me that the yellowing will be more noticeable on a White model. It's red, white, and blue. That is, white m...
by Rocketeer
Wed May 10, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Tamiya Clear coat
Replies: 21
Views: 1373

As I mentioned above ;) , a model car I built several years ago, painted with Tamiya clear, shows no signs of yellowing.
by Rocketeer
Mon May 08, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: WF 2017 Demo Schedule
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Thanks!
by Rocketeer
Sat May 06, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Tamiya Clear coat
Replies: 21
Views: 1373

I've used Tamiya clear and have not noticed any yellowing. Specifically, I used it (a lot of it!) on a JoHan '68 SCRambler model I built several years ago.
by Rocketeer
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Who is going?
Replies: 60
Views: 5695

fritzthefox wrote:I plan on attending again. This time I'm sewing my pockets partially shut so that my money lasts longer.
That's no good. I've tried it; the stitches just burn through when the money in your pocket spontaneously combusts. ;)
by Rocketeer
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Who is going?
Replies: 60
Views: 5695

Devin wrote:Looks like I'll be able to make it for my first time attending this year. Looking forward to it!
Bring plenty of money! :)
by Rocketeer
Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: How can I paint really tiny stars?
Replies: 6
Views: 699

Re: How can I paint really tiny stars?

I am painting a 1/25th scale Wonder Woman, and I need to paint her star-spangled fanny. Does anyone have any ideas for how I might paint stars that small? I would recommend some 1/72 WWII armor decals. The American stars that go on the fenders of tanks and hoods of jeeps should be about right. I ho...
by Rocketeer
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: IRON MODELER 2017 SIGN UP HERE!
Replies: 18
Views: 1418

The Seattlelites will be back to defend last year's last-place finish, albeit with a few replacement modelers. :)

Scrutus
King of Greeblies
and either Mad Paul or
Rocketeer
by Rocketeer
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Help needed in fixing resin prop grip!!
Replies: 9
Views: 919

I can't claim credit for originating it, though of course I'd like to ;)

Good luck!