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by TazMan2000
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Extracting paint from a spray can
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: Extracting paint from a spray can

I would just go and buy another can. Even thought it may not seem like there is any pressure in the can, poking something into it may cause a huge mess, and may be costlier to clean up than the cost of a new can.

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by TazMan2000
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting a Checkerboard pattern
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: Painting a Checkerboard pattern

On a flat surface you can go with decals. Another way is to paint your parts in the lighter colour, then cover the entire place you want to paint checkerboard with low tac tape. Take a pencil and make evenly spaced lines over your model and then gomth other direction. Once it looks right, start cutt...
by TazMan2000
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 46
Views: 38598

Re: Tools of the Trade

Old toothbrushes are ideal for removing dust from scribing and sanding. They have many other uses such as spreading talc into RTV moulds.

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by TazMan2000
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 767

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

You could make a RTV mould of the head and then have no issues with gluing the resin head to the body.

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by TazMan2000
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Custom print decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Custom print decals?

There is also white decal film. You may have to play with the saturation of the colours to get the results you need. Vector graphics are best, but you can also do JPEG or any bitmap. It depends on what quality you need and what the viewing distance is on the decal.

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by TazMan2000
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 767

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Adhesive might work, but I've never tried it myself. I'm not sure you would be able to sand the seam, so perhaps you can cover it up.

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by TazMan2000
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Space: 1999 Eagle 1 Colors
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Space: 1999 Eagle 1 Colors

I don't believe there is a definitive list of what colours they used on the filming models other than the base coat which is Ford Diamond White, if I am not mistaken. From what I can tell, they used common weathering techniques by masking and spraying panels lightly to achieve a plated metal look or...
by TazMan2000
Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Filling and Sanding Question For a Space: 1999 Eagle
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Re: Filling and Sanding Question For a Space: 1999 Eagle

Those depressions are supposed to be there. Don't fill them in, but you might want to find or make some dish shaped pieces to fit in those depressions.

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by TazMan2000
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: How to light up a sphere?
Replies: 9
Views: 1119

How about one of these?:

http://www.omailighting.com/product/led ... bulbs.html

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by TazMan2000
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Where to buy styrene, local and/or online?
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

I have no idea where you live, but before you try online sources where you will pay high prices for small cut up sheets, look up plastic suppliers stores locally. Granted, some may have a minimum amount that you have to purchase, but you can get several sheets in different thicknesses and, depending...
by TazMan2000
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Is there a website that does this?
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

I agree with Lt. Z0mBe. The technology of colour perception is a course in itself, but really, the only inexpensive way is to get colour swatches directly from the manufacturer of the paint company and use those to determine what paint is suitable by matching up the swatch right against the model. B...
by TazMan2000
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: best chemical to break down CA glue?
Replies: 6
Views: 1014

Try pushing an exacto blade into the joint and slowly saw back and forth. Even though the shear strength of CA is poor, I've had some joints that refused to come apart and left part of the resin piece behind. This would happen if the styrene and resin were sanded and the conditions for bonding were ...
by TazMan2000
Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Masking Circular Parts.
Replies: 8
Views: 1401

Happy to help. Looking forward to see your shuttle fully painted.

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by TazMan2000
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Masking Circular Parts.
Replies: 8
Views: 1401

Most any hardware store that sells paint will carry painters tape. I recommend the yellow stuff because it has less tack. Its better for Vallejo paints.

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by TazMan2000
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Masking Circular Parts.
Replies: 8
Views: 1401

What I do, is use green or yellow paint masking tape cut into thin strips about 2-3 millimetres wide. At that width, you can follow the curvature with the tape still being able to stretch and be fairly smooth around the curves. The top part may be a little tight so the masking tape may be a little s...
by TazMan2000
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Problem airbrushing tonight.
Replies: 3
Views: 917

Most definitely that Tamiya paint was too thick out of the jar. Also, depending on how long it was sitting, stuff in the paint gels and must be vigorously mixed, and sometimes strained before painting. Tamiya paints are good quality, but suffer the same issues as most paints.

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by TazMan2000
Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Source for ribbed tubing?
Replies: 16
Views: 2885

I wonder if something like this could be useful https://www.etsy.com/listing/215961755/5-meters-raw-brass-snake-chains-25mm?ref=market https://www.etsy.com/listing/102943553/2-vintage-brass-20-serpentine-tube?ref=market It could be useful, but I find the round shoelaces can replicate that look too....
by TazMan2000
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Source for ribbed tubing?
Replies: 16
Views: 2885

Split loom tubing comes in several sizes. However depending on the display, the split may be seen from different angles.

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by TazMan2000
Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Practicing panel line preshading
Replies: 5
Views: 1322

Very good information. Practice is key, as Kylwell mentioned. If you try something and screw up, you haven't made a mistake, you've just leaned a way not to do it. A lot of these techniques we use now have come from modellers experimenting and sharing their experiences. Everyone has made goof-ups wi...
by TazMan2000
Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: How to clean an airbrush real quick?
Replies: 7
Views: 1845

What type of airbrush do you have? 5 minutes isn't nearly enough time to do even a quick job. You either have to drive faster, move closer or not work on your models when you are on call. I know that is not what you want to hear but your situation does allow for any flexibility. But....you might get...
by TazMan2000
Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:15 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Mauve?
Replies: 8
Views: 1785

OMG. I have no idea. However, I have recently started using Vallejo paints. They come in several color ranges. The Game Color range that they have seem to have more pastel colours, but the Model Air range has paint prethinned for airbrush use and seems to be concentrated on military colors. But I be...
by TazMan2000
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Mauve?
Replies: 8
Views: 1785

I suggest you mix your own colours. Just keep a log on how many drops of each color you use. The Vulcan shuttle uses slightly different shading on several panels that are only are only a shade apart. Others have looked like greys, browns, blacks and even yellows we added to divide the colour pallet ...
by TazMan2000
Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Resin Kits -- Recommend a Good Primer?
Replies: 25
Views: 7103

Johnnycrash wrote:
TazMan2000 wrote:That automotive etching primer...do you have a brand name that works for you?
It's just called "Primer" from Canadian Tire. It's oxide red. I think it might also come in grey (used to). But I find that the grey doesn't cover very well.

Thank you.
by TazMan2000
Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Resin Kits -- Recommend a Good Primer?
Replies: 25
Views: 7103

That automotive etching primer...do you have a brand name that works for you?

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by TazMan2000
Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Fixing mis-drilled holes
Replies: 8
Views: 2858

Space Ranger 1 has a good idea, but if you can't find talc, use the plastic sanding dust collected from sandpaper. Put a dab of CA into the hole and cover it with talc or dust. When it starts to harden, push it in with a sharp object. Repeat as necessary. For me this works and creates a strong plug ...
by TazMan2000
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Brand new to Resin Casting, need advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3161

I started off with Alumilite and still use it today. Its a great general purpose RTV rubber.

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by TazMan2000
Sun May 17, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Quick and Dirty Resin Casting?
Replies: 9
Views: 4529

Re: Quick and Dirty Resin Casting?

I have EnviroTex Lite bi-part resin, and I'm wondering if there's a way to make a quick and dirty resin cast of a model part. Perhaps using Super Scupey as a mold. I'd like to make clear domes for my 1/2500 Romulan Bird of Prey, and there's also a ladder-pattern on the engine of a 1/1000 Klingon BO...
by TazMan2000
Sat May 02, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Silicon on silicon?
Replies: 2
Views: 1746

I've never molded a spatula before, but I'm sure you'll be fine. RTV is a bit of a different recipe that the food grade silicon but if in doubt, coat your piece with a thin layer of vaseline. You always could take a small drop of your RTV and dab it on a spatula to see what happens.

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by TazMan2000
Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:48 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Small Square Holes-How to cut
Replies: 12
Views: 6074

Perhaps a square drill bit? :P

How small are the holes? TOS Enterprise?
I think using a good set of jeweller's files is the way to go. Use the triangular ones and go slowly to ensure that the holes are square.

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by TazMan2000
Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Source for sheet styrene -
Replies: 12
Views: 4425

Look in your local yellow pages of plastic supply businesses. You can get 4x8 sheets or larger in several thicknesses for a fraction of what Evergreen charges. Manufactures and suppliers use the term HIPS. High Impact Poly-Styrene.

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