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by Zubie
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: cheap plastics or balaswood
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: cheap plastics or balaswood

1/2" thick plastic seems unreasonable unless you are trying to make the skin itself structurally stiff enough to hold up the model's weight. I'm unclear as to the actual scale (20, 40 - inches, feet?). Just from seeing other people's work, it seems a more logical approach is to start off with an int...
by Zubie
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: cheap plastics or balaswood
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: cheap plastics or balaswood

If you're going big paper/card stock/foam core is probably the more affordable route. For the most part you can work with it similarly to plastic card; use lacquer to stiffen for light sanding , wood filler for gaps and edges, takes to light rattle cans, although other painting requires care due to ...
by Zubie
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: What are your favorite greebles ???
Replies: 11
Views: 766

Re: What are your favorite greebles ???

nobody said sprues?
by Zubie
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 660

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

I guess utilizing the technology used by the C.M.D.F. is out of the question? If you have seen "Innerspace" you will know that the guy with that technology and the drill... (SPOILER ALERT->) came to a bad end (<-/ Spoiler Alert) As a more constructive note, you may need to mark and count turns on t...
by Zubie
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 660

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

I bought a 600 rpm gearbox combo, and a miniature chuck. But I’m having trouble mating the two in such a way that I don’t get any “wobble” on the tip of the drill bit. Part of the problem is that the gearbox shaft has a diameter of 3 mm (and is a “D” shape), and the inner diameter of the miniature ...
by Zubie
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Any ideas to prevent losing small parts?
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Any ideas to prevent losing small parts?

Besides sacrificing to the god of shag carpets... Anyhow, I've just spent way too much time looking for a carefully cut nose of a 1/72 torpedo to replace the head on the Revell 1/79 BB8 when it occurred to me, if I had been working inside a clear plastic bag...a kind of glove box, it might have been...
by Zubie
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?
Replies: 15
Views: 660

Re: Drilling Really Tiny Holes?

I remember using a heated needle when making holes for rigging in braced airplanes (typically wwi type stuff). Of course this isn't like doing the huge number of holes for lighting a Star Destroyer or some such vehicle, it does involve nothing more complicated than a candle, a pin, and a pair of pli...
by Zubie
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting a Checkerboard pattern
Replies: 10
Views: 966

Re: Painting a Checkerboard pattern

Sadly the checkerboard goes across several flat surfaces, front part of a Z-95(https://starshipmodeler.biz/shop/index.cfm/product/1803_195/172-zed-95-hunter.html), Mostly going to be in front of the cockpit, but before the final nose cone area... wish that hlj stencil option was larger and availabl...
by Zubie
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Re:Purging and Deletion of Topics/Threads
Replies: 7
Views: 2256

Re: Re:Purging and Deletion of Topics/Threads

[extreme_deference]
[meekness=mild]
[smile=full]
[gratitude=on value=high]

Could deletion be set to "last time seen" as opposed to last time replied to?
Many thanks
Z
(It is Friday - TGIF)

[/extreme_deference]
[/meekness]
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...dang kids! get off my lawn!
by Zubie
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Re:Purging and Deletion of Topics/Threads
Replies: 7
Views: 2256

Re:Purging and Deletion of Topics/Threads

(re:http://www.starshipmodeler.net/talk/viewtopic.php?f=28&p=1106443#p1106443) Topics that do not have a reply in a set amount of time (14 days in the most active forums, 30 days in others) will be deleted...(The only exceptions are the Construction, Finishing and Lighting forums - topics there do ...
by Zubie
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 3432

Re: Forum Moderation

One of the other forums I participate in only allows posting of links after the 10th regular post. Since the spammers are invariably always including links, this might solve some of the problems. Subsequently, a similar limit to images until the 10th regular post might do the same trick. Also limiti...
by Zubie
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Pylon and nacelle alignment
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: Pylon and nacelle alignment

I've never used it for this purpose before, but I'm wondering if Moonsand might not be useful for figuring some of this stuff out. My kids had the stuff when little and it came with molds you could either set into it, or press into it and it would hold the shape. I don't know if you could pour plast...
by Zubie
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Lighting Moonbase HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

Re: Lighting Moonbase HELP

(Second attempt...I thought I posted this reply already so if it doubles...apologies) The complexity of your circuit is starting to look a lot like the Kirchhoffs Circuit Law problems I used to get in physics (which I also tended to screw up :oops: ). I wonder if one solution would be to not conside...
by Zubie
Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Lighting Moonbase HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

Re: Lighting Moonbase HELP

I would recommend that you understand your LEDs. These are diodes and really only want DC current. Diodes when passing current, which in LEDs is when they're lit, offer very, very little resistance. So, there will be math. Ohm's law dictates the relationship between the voltage and current in your c...
by Zubie
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Technique for drawing bulkheads from drawings?
Replies: 10
Views: 1547

Re: Technique for drawing bulkheads from drawings?

I wish I'd seen this topic earlier. Oh well. The getting bulkheads back from a 3d model is a frequent problem in paper modeling because you can often get the model from modeling sites or from game object extraction, but these can be structurally unsound in cardstock without some backing structure. I...
by Zubie
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Pylon and nacelle alignment
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: Pylon and nacelle alignment

I'd say use a template to hold the pieces correctly while they set. It's not unusual in biplane float plane, and other structures (wing dihedral for instance) where the connection points or connection geometries won't necessarily insure proper alignment. You may need to do some careful measurements ...
by Zubie
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: "Blue Stuff" reusable molding (aka Oyumaru)
Replies: 19
Views: 2430

Re: "Blue Stuff" reusable molding

you know what you are describing sounds an awful lot like sealing wax. My grandparents had a block of the stuff which I think they used for sealing bottles and things (which is why there was so much). It is fairly cheap (found a 1 pound block for $9), but it occurs to me that if it is used to mold h...
by Zubie
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Comic style color scheme help.
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: Comic style color scheme help.

To some extent I would say, take anything you see here about model finishing and ignore it; no washes, no airbrush, no blending. I don't think you have to stick to black and white, although isolating the look might be easier in grayscale (outside of getting the whole thing some solid base color as s...
by Zubie
Sun May 28, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Questions? I Got Your Questions Right Here, Buddy.
Replies: 66
Views: 6624

Re: Questions? I Got Your Questions Right Here, Buddy.

Can the forum text be made a bit larger? It seems a bit small in 1920 X 1080. FYI, if you hold Ctrl and use the scroll wheel (or manually go into the View menu) you can change the zoom level and it'll stick for just the site you're on. You can also zoom only the text via the menu option. There's an...
by Zubie
Fri May 12, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 10320

While I agree there are threads that I don't miss, there are definitely others that do. I recall writing a rather long post on the modeling ST threads on my own research into the color the Smithsonian reported for the TOS-E. Later, I was browsing through the "finishing" and found a sticky post on pa...
by Zubie
Tue May 09, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Tamiya Clear coat
Replies: 21
Views: 1587

Are the Modge Podge brand acrylic clear coats (marketed in gloss, semi-gloss, and flat) a useful substitute for the floorwax. I happen to have a can I used on a card models since as a spray it doesn't soak the paper (although on this occasion, the paper was already painted in silver enamel - normall...
by Zubie
Mon May 01, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: LED Filaments
Replies: 7
Views: 783

IIRC there are similar products available commercially for clothing effects.

https://www.aliexpress.com/popular/led- ... thing.html
by Zubie
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Paint Equivalents
Replies: 18
Views: 12006

Is this link that MF posted working for you guys? http://www.paint4models.com/paintchart/paintconversionchart20100101b.html# It goes to the site for me but I needed to download the conversion table because the online table does nothing when I click on it. Strange. The link above no longer seems to ...
by Zubie
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Brushes instead of air (oils - yutb)
Replies: 2
Views: 463

Brushes instead of air (oils - yutb)

Interesting post on youtube for using oil paints to achieve airbrush effects without an airbrush. I'm sure a lot of you know about this already (thread on oil coats being current), but anyway. I found it informative...and besides I don't have an airbrush.

https://youtu.be/BitmaECqO30
by Zubie
Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Buck Rogers Scorpion / Gnat / Anopheles enemy starfighter?
Replies: 9
Views: 7436

Out of curiosity went to find out if there was any thread over at theRPF and alas, while there is one, there doesn't seem to be any pics of the build. From the discussion it does seem to be as a foundation a 1/48 scale f-14(s) married to a 1/32 AH-1G, and some Harrier missile launchers Too bad the h...
by Zubie
Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Photos of the Lander's flight deck from "Interstellar&q
Replies: 1
Views: 1792

Well, there is an "art of" book out there, alas I don't have it so I'm limited in what I can say about it, but I did look through it at the local B&N and it did have some images of the set. Also there are youtube making of videos where you can catch some shots of the flight deck. does anyone know if...
by Zubie
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: 3d Printers
Replies: 35
Views: 14292

For those looking into 3d printing, at Arisia there was a panel on 3d printers and one thing that I hadn't thought about was feedstock. One of the things mentioned was that while many of these printers use similar raw materials for printing, many of the printers themselves are set to only accept off...
by Zubie
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: 3d Printers
Replies: 35
Views: 14292

There is 3d information in any 2d image, provided you are aware of a couple of things, the physical information of the lens type and either a sense of the distance from the lens or the scale of the object you are looking at. Having 2 slightly divergent views allows the definition of distance to be d...
by Zubie
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: What works and doesn't work on plastics 1, 2, 3, and 5
Replies: 1
Views: 1688

What works and doesn't work on plastics 1, 2, 3, and 5

I've noticed that most packing plastic is no longer code 6 for polystyrene, but instead 1 poly ethylene, 2 high quality pe, occasionally 3 (pvc?), and quite frequently on the clear bubbles 5 for polypropylene. Now from the talk about the plastics on the new hasbro Star Wars MF and X-wing, what are t...
by Zubie
Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:35 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Easiest way to fill windows
Replies: 22
Views: 9556

Just saw a page off the on the bench thread where someone was using nail acrylic varnish along with acrylic powder from a beauty supply store to make fill windows-trekkrrific's mach 5 build actually, hit it by accident following pic stream. Unfortunately outside of pics not much text on the how to. ...