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by DaveVan
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Painting a Checkerboard pattern
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Painting a Checkerboard pattern

Decal is best if you can use that on what you are doing. Any graphics program can produce a pattern the EXACT size you need......print out the dark color and apply to the lighter color.
by DaveVan
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Superglue
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: Superglue

naoto wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:15 am
... but is this Gorilla glue actually made from gorillas? And if so.. how long before PeTA gets involved?
People Eat Tasty Animals??? I'd think they'd be happy!!!
by DaveVan
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Superglue
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: Re:

Superglue age hardens and becomes brittle. This is one of the reason I recommend the rubber impregnated Gorilla CA. Less brittle and less likely to pop apart. I've moved to Gorilla for a few reasons but have had no issues and use it on everything. Me too. Love the stuff and you can get it most plac...
by DaveVan
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Superglue
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re:

Kylwell wrote:
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:12 pm
Superglue age hardens and becomes brittle. This is one of the reason I recommend the rubber impregnated Gorilla CA. Less brittle and less likely to pop apart.
I've moved to Gorilla for a few reasons but have had no issues and use it on everything.
by DaveVan
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 462

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

Back in the day I used plaster of Paris in the legs. Cheap, easy and stable......never attacked the vinyl.
by DaveVan
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: New Future packaging?
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: New Future packaging?

Futrure = Pledge with Future = Pledge floor shine.......
by DaveVan
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Beginner Airbrush Setup?
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: Beginner Airbrush Setup?

Badger 250 base model. Easy to learn and use. I have more expensive units I use much less than the 250. Add to that you can find 250 clones for about $5 at tool stores......good to learn on. The 250 is super easy to keep clean...a big plus.
by DaveVan
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Power supply

I buy wall warts power supplies off ebay....I check them with voltmeter when I get them.
by DaveVan
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Moderation
Replies: 56
Views: 2985

Re: Forum Moderation

Kylwell wrote:
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm
We're here voluntarily. We catch stuff faster than you might realize. For every spam you see we've most likely deleted 3 more. We do our best but there's a limited # of us.
Been kinda a Spam war of late......You guys do pretty well....maybe time to change sign up requirements.
by DaveVan
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

Gorilla is a CA 'instant' type glue. The blue cap version is just thick enough to stay where you put it and fill small voids. About $3 USD can you order it???
by DaveVan
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Re: Will vinyl and styrene glue together??

Richard Baker wrote:
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:34 am
Gorilla Glue may work but be wary- it is water activated and expands a bit when cured
2X nhere on Gorilla.....I've used it to attach many dis-similar materials. Worked so far. (CA type with the blue cap)
by DaveVan
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: super realistic chrome
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: super realistic chrome

irishtrek wrote:
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:55 pm
Is this stuff sold at hobbytown??
Hobbytown is a franchise biz so every store inventory is different.....yours??? I got mine off ebay in less than a week from UK much cheaper than USA.
by DaveVan
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: super realistic chrome
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: super realistic chrome

Model car guys grabbed onto them as soon as they came out. I have the 2mm and 4 mm versions. VERY nice finish....just do not touch for a few days....handle as little as possible.
by DaveVan
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: EL Sheets
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: EL Sheets

Check Miller Engineering website.....where I bought my last sheets.....
by DaveVan
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: WE HAVE MOVED
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: WE HAVE MOVED

I'll just say I loved my job, did it well if I say so myself.......BUT so happy to be retired.
by DaveVan
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: WE HAVE MOVED
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: WE HAVE MOVED

No blame to you.....the host SHOULD handle that stuff.....if they want to keep their customers. I always tell this story about our 'state of the art Direst Access Storage Device (DASD) farm the bank opened in 1984. It was a dedicated building with power supply, environmental and fire systems that we...
by DaveVan
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: WE HAVE MOVED
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: WE HAVE MOVED

As a retired Sr System Analyst for a top 5 world wide bank......sounds like you made a good move. Back-up is so easy and the standards for DB back up are getting close to 50 years old!!!......so failure on your host is just wrong. Thanks
by DaveVan
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Custom print decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Custom print decals?

A PNG file will not give great results from any printer. Also if you need white print then you must print on white decal paper as even a laser will not print white. Kinda involved or pay someone with a working ALPS printer to create art and print it right.
by DaveVan
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Custom print decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Custom print decals?

Is a white underlay needed??? If not take your art and paper to a store that has a laser printer and have them print. What file format are you using??? A JPG will not look good no matter what method of printer.
by DaveVan
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Thank goodness you're back...
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

Re: Thank goodness you're back...

The ISP crashed. Not much we can do about it but move the site to somewhere a little more reliable. And the wheels are turning on that as well. Are you saying the site host had issues and crashed??? It does happen....I worked for a BIG bank....we would loose a DataBase now and then....but ours were...
by DaveVan
Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Wonderfest Photos
Replies: 12
Views: 1886

Re: Wonderfest Photos

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by DaveVan
Wed May 31, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Anyone up for a trip to Dayton on Friday?
Replies: 20
Views: 1835

Re: Anyone up for a trip to Dayton on Friday?

Last visit to the museum was about 20 years ago.....but they were offering walk/crawl through on the B-36!! Do they do that any longer??? It was tough when I was younger....doubt I can do it now if they did. Still would like to visit again.
by DaveVan
Sat May 13, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Newbie applying decals
Replies: 4
Views: 597

See general.....thx
by DaveVan
Wed May 10, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Important Site News
Topic: Forum Upgrade Coming
Replies: 107
Views: 9180

Photos in post part of this??? Or am I dreaming I saw a post about that here??? Thanks...good luck......Have not run an outage in 15 years.....and don't miss it!!
by DaveVan
Tue May 09, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need help working with decals
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Old decals can go bad.....but I've used 40 year old decals with good results. It mainly depends on how they have been stored. Mine are stored at room temp in a dark area.....model room closet floor. I have been making decals since I hand painted a logo on paper packing tape back in the 1960's. I now...
by DaveVan
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: DPDT switching- two power supplies
Replies: 5
Views: 681

I use the center off DPDT on my model railroad for all power routing. Each 'side' is isolated from the other. I use the center two as the 'output'....thus the bottom two terminals will be BATT and the top two will be TRANS. I pay about $2 online for GOOD center off switches.
by DaveVan
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: EPSON inkjet printer with white ink
Replies: 18
Views: 1377

Back in the day I thought the ALPS MD-5000 I bought was expensive. Please someone buy the ALPS tech and market it right......
by DaveVan
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Where to buy styrene, local and/or online?
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

For many years there was a place called Cadillac Plastics in Charlotte. They had a bin in the front office full of cut offs sold by the pound. I lived off that for years. I dropped by one day and it was closed with a sign to check the website. Plasturuct direct is GREAT to deal with. Website is easy...
by DaveVan
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Hairspray technique
Replies: 12
Views: 2048

dizzyfugu wrote:Can also be done with salt and some water (esp. on large scale models).
Salt method....
http://media.fotki.com/1_p,rwwtkrgsrsgd ... CH1-vi.jpg
by DaveVan
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: What to look for in a desktop laser cutter?
Replies: 13
Views: 1960

I almost forgot to mention....and I think this is something a lot of people miss, while you can safely cut styrene via laser, the results you get aren't exemplary. The edges tend to shrink, melt and char making it difficult to get good clean cuts. Intricate cutting and engraving can be nearly impos...