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by SpaceRanger1
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Decals as masks?
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Decals as masks?

Thanks to both! Now for the killer: whatever "sticky" mask is used, can it be peeled without first "outlining" its shape (on the overpainted kit) with an X-acto? It depends on (1) how long you let the paint dry before removing the mask, and (2) how tacky your masking medium is. Unless multiple coat...
by SpaceRanger1
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Decals as masks?
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Decals as masks?

If decals are not sealed in place with a clear coat, they can usually be removed with sticky tape. Other ideas: 1. Scan the decal sheet, print it, and use the prints as masks. If you have an image editing program such as Photoshop, you may be able to adjust the brightness/contrast so that the white ...
by SpaceRanger1
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 756

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

I know of nothing that will permanently bond vinyl to styrene. Contact cement, epoxy, and white glue (PVA) might temporarily bond them, but the bond will be very weak. You could try splicing the two together by means of a wood dowel, then camouflaging the joint somehow. Silicone adhesive might work,...
by SpaceRanger1
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Advanced. Decals
Replies: 209
Views: 121445

Re: Advanced. Decals

Best decal tutorial ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chCLz7xnnZQ

And be sure to check out Paul's other videos as well.
by SpaceRanger1
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: How much Fiber and other supplies to order
Replies: 2
Views: 515

Re: How much Fiber and other supplies to order

My doctor tells me how much fiber I need. :D
by SpaceRanger1
Wed May 17, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Newbie applying decals
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: Newbie applying decals

For an excellent decal tutorial, see here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chCLz7xnnZQ

And be sure to check out Paul's other videos as well.
by SpaceRanger1
Fri May 12, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 9070

TheHawk wrote: Oh mighty Bill Gates
Please let my computer work
If you do I will be forever Thankful
And promise to forever buy
Microsoft products
Heretic! Blasphemer! There is but one computer, Apple, and Steve Jobs is its Prophet!
by SpaceRanger1
Wed May 10, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Tamiya Clear coat
Replies: 21
Views: 1378

holt35 wrote:I'm reading online that it's now called Pledge floor care multi-surface finish. Can anyone confirm this.
Confirmed.
by SpaceRanger1
Fri May 05, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Alclad acrylic gloss clear over Tamiya or other flat acrylic
Replies: 6
Views: 714

I bought one bottle. The only place I could find that still had any was on Amazon Japan, and there were only 2 left. So it arrived Saturday morning, but nowhere on the bottle does this say that it is acrylic. It does not list the ingredients. It does say "Alclad II Lacquer" on the bottle, so maybe ...
by SpaceRanger1
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Uses and Abuses of Neodymium Magnets
Replies: 6
Views: 833

I've considered using them but have no practical experience as yet. One thing I've thought about is to make an entire hull section removable by cutting along an existing panel/contour line so as to expose the interior. I was thinking more of airplanes in this context but it should also work for star...
by SpaceRanger1
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: MEK-dissolved styrene filler?
Replies: 12
Views: 1446

I tried it as an experiment years ago. MEK is nasty stuff and won't touch it again. It took a while for it to make a goop, but then used it to make my Kestrel master. In my opinion it wasn't worth the time and effort. Epoxy putty would have been less sloppy and less toxic. I even developed some cra...
by SpaceRanger1
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: MEK-dissolved styrene filler?
Replies: 12
Views: 1446

It actually works quite well. It dries faster when MEK is used instead of liquid cement, because the commercially available liquid cements have additives which slow the drying time. This "plastic plastic" was proposed back in the "dark ages" of plastic modeling long before any of the proprietary mod...
by SpaceRanger1
Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: best chemical to break down CA glue?
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Most brands of CA glue also have a compatible debonder. Do a Google search for "superglue debonder" (without the quotation marks) and you'll find several.
by SpaceRanger1
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Light defusing?
Replies: 23
Views: 3303

Plastic from milk jugs.
by SpaceRanger1
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Paint March to Tamiya spray AS-2 IJN Light Gray?
Replies: 2
Views: 757

I don't think there is an exact match in their bottle paints. The only Tamiya IJN Grays I am familiar with are:

Tamiya Mini XF-77 IJN Gray (Sasebo Arsenal) - 10ml Bottle

or

Tamiya Mini XF-75 IJN Gray - 10ml Bottle
by SpaceRanger1
Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: What putty?
Replies: 16
Views: 2720

Spies-Hecker Permacron.Fine Putty 7715. Available wherever auto paint and body supplies are found.

http://m.products.axaltacs.com/mcat/us/ ... obile=true
by SpaceRanger1
Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: How to cut rectangle micro windows?
Replies: 7
Views: 1630

Re: How to cut rectangle micro windows?

So, I just received my 1:1400 Enterprise E kit and am studying how to prepare it for lighting. The main issue I am facing at the moment is how to cut the micro-windows that may have roughly 0.5 x 3mm. Ideas? Tips? Some have used a small screwdriver as a punch. If I were to do this, I'd thin the pla...
by SpaceRanger1
Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Citadel Dry Paint, a perfect match to a color I need.. BUT!!
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Re: Citadel Dry Paint, a perfect match to a color I need.. B

Hello Folks Okay I was searching for a color in the paint racks of my LHS and well surprisingly Citadel has the color I'm looking for "BUT"it is in their "DRY" line of game (Miniature RPG I assume) colors!!! Since I was hoping to airbrush on the color I want for this "Anime" model kit I was wonderi...
by SpaceRanger1
Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Odorless Mineral Spirits Changing the Color of Paint....
Replies: 17
Views: 2267

naoto wrote:Oh darn... So paints aren't like fine wines that get better with age?
No, but Humbrol enamels seem not to age. I've got some 50+ year-old Humbrol tins, and the paint in them is as good as the day it left the factory.
by SpaceRanger1
Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Scribing compass
Replies: 7
Views: 1573

Re: Scribing compass

Hey guys the Round 2 Excelsior is about to come out and they missed a few panel lines on the edge of the saucer that I want to put on, can I use any compass with a scribing tool on it or is there one that I can buy just for models. Thanks Any good draftsman's dividers can be used to scribe circles....
by SpaceRanger1
Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Washing Small Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1352

dizzyfugu wrote:Nylon stockings can also do wonders... :D
Not for my legs! :-)
by SpaceRanger1
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Washing Small Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1352

Re: Washing Small Parts?

I just purchased both of the Cosmo Fleet Sets from Yamato-2199. The kits are 1/1000 scale, and contain plenty of small parts. Other than using a fine-mesh strainer on the drain of the sink, are their any tips for washing very small parts? Is it best to do sub-assemblies before washing with dish soa...
by SpaceRanger1
Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Monostable multivibrator problems
Replies: 11
Views: 2472

Richard Baker wrote:(sigh)
I really need to get my mind out of the gutter when reading thread titles...
Me, too. I had an image of something completely different!
by SpaceRanger1
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Aero Blue question, discontinued Pactra Scale Flat line
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

I found several on-line references to the color listing it as FS 35156, but to the best of my knowledge (and further research) there has never been such a color in FS595A/B/C. As I recall it, it was a light blue similar to the WW II Luftwaffe underside color.
by SpaceRanger1
Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Decals as a drilling guide?
Replies: 5
Views: 1660

What I suggest is to make a copy of the decal sheet (scan or photocopy) and cut out the window portions and use them as your templates. Save the decal sheet for future use.
by SpaceRanger1
Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Liquid Mask question,
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: Liquid Mask question,

Andy_USA wrote:Which type surface is best to use liquid masking materials on glossy , flat, or does not matter?
In my experience, a smooth surface (glossy or satin) works best.
by SpaceRanger1
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Tiny flexible hoses?
Replies: 29
Views: 13538

Look for round rubber leg material at a fly tying supply shop. This is a strip of rubber material made of individual round sections that can be peeled away. Sold as a strip about 1" wide and 18" long. Fine size is about 1/2 mm in diameter. It's available in a variety of colors. See here: http://www....
by SpaceRanger1
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Drilling Micro Holes/ better tools?
Replies: 10
Views: 3287

A "pilot hole" helps. I use a needle or compass point chucked in a drill holder to mark the position of the hole before drilling.
by SpaceRanger1
Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Fixing mis-drilled holes
Replies: 8
Views: 2855

Re: Fixing mis-drilled holes

So please, how do I: i) Fill in and re-drill the holes (techniques materials, tips & tricks etc.) ii) Drill the remaining holes more accurately (I stopped once it started going arwy) - currently I was using a pin to 'centre punch' the plastic. iii) Any other useful tips - I've tried googling it but...