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by Pat Amaral
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Friday Tickets
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Friday Tickets

5pm to 8pm
by Pat Amaral
Mon May 29, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: IRON MODELER 2017 SIGN UP HERE!
Replies: 18
Views: 1873

Re: IRON MODELER 2017 SIGN UP HERE!

Then your Team name would be Team JFS and Giggles.
by Pat Amaral
Fri May 26, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: IRON MODELER 2017 SIGN UP HERE!
Replies: 18
Views: 1873

Re: IRON MODELER 2017 SIGN UP HERE!

Just For Sh*ts?
by Pat Amaral
Wed May 24, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Heads up: Parking AGAIN
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: Heads up: Parking AGAIN

Doug - If you arrive by late afternoon on Thursday, you'll probably find a spot at the extreme south edge of the lot by what I think are the A/C heat exchanges for the building. When you drive past the lobby and turn around the corner of the building, you'll see what I'm talking about. That's about ...
by Pat Amaral
Wed May 10, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: New kits making their debut: surprise or nah?
Replies: 7
Views: 971

Knowing ahead of the show makes it easier to anticipate how much money you'll be spending.
by Pat Amaral
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Who is going?
Replies: 60
Views: 6799

You can pester all you want but you won't like the results. I won't know what
we have to sell until everything is on the tables and that's not until Friday
night before the show. :P :P :wink:
by Pat Amaral
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Who is going?
Replies: 60
Views: 6799

Update to the update: So, thanks to the generosity of one of my fellow CoMMiES, I will be making the trip after all! Now I'm super stoked! I'll be driving down with OneZero and working with the guys at the SSM tables again so everybody stop by and say hi and buy stuff! See you there! Yippie! :D
by Pat Amaral
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Who is going?
Replies: 60
Views: 6799

Update: I'm not going after all. I just can't swing it financially since I'm not
working. I'm super bummed :cry: Have a good time without me folks!
by Pat Amaral
Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Wonderfest 2017
Topic: Who is going?
Replies: 60
Views: 6799

I'm planning to be there but it's still a little up in the air. It'll be a lot more expensive for me now that I'm in California, since it's too far to drive. A lot depends on if I've found employment by them. If I do get to go, I hope to be working behind the Starship Modeler tables again. That's th...
by Pat Amaral
Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Monostable multivibrator problems
Replies: 11
Views: 2806

I learned a huge amount of stuff from this thread
and the links within.

http://www.starshipmodeler.net/talk/vie ... hp?t=62848

It took me just a couple days to figure out everything I
needed.

And the controller boards cost just a few bucks!
by Pat Amaral
Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Construction
Topic: Washing Small Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1499

I plan on giving one of these a try soon. There are many others on the market but they'er considerably more expensive.
by Pat Amaral
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Drilling fiber optic
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Buy tons of them. Bits breaking is a fact of life but with patience and practice, you'll get better at it.
by Pat Amaral
Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: How Do I Mask This
Replies: 11
Views: 3850

If you don't like the way the Parafilm works out, you can try frisket film (art
supply stores will carry it). I've also used Bare Metal Foil for complex masking
but it can be a little tricky on curved surfaces.
by Pat Amaral
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Window making tool for the novice?
Replies: 5
Views: 2625

To be honest, I really hate the idea of melting out the windows. It's going to be extremely difficult to get a consistent look. You're way better off going the "drilling them out" route. Besides, melting styrene gives off very toxic,acrid fumes. I advise against it.
by Pat Amaral
Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:15 am
Forum: Contest 23: Departures v2.0
Topic: Next contest - Too soon?
Replies: 7
Views: 5218

I've suggested doing a space stations/bases/structures type contest every year for as long as I can remember and, each year, it's been shot down for one reason or another. There are plenty of kits to be had for the OOB crowd and there are lots of scratchbuilding and dio possibilities as well. So, I ...
by Pat Amaral
Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: 3-12v adjustable wall wart-1 amp?
Replies: 3
Views: 2341

Wall warts can be finicky animals. The Amp rating labeled on the thing (in your case, 1 Amp) is what the unit is capable of drawing under its optimum load. That being said, the current draw your circuit is calculated at is much lower (200mA). What I've found with most warts is that if you're driving...
by Pat Amaral
Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: NEED: 1:500 Naval Photoetch parts
Replies: 6
Views: 5953

by Pat Amaral
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Post Your Spraybooths
Replies: 6
Views: 2684

I've built two rigs based on the plans I posted here a few years ago.
by Pat Amaral
Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Clyde "En'til'Zog" Jones has passed away
Replies: 28
Views: 13977

The trophies for this year's Iron Modeler competition were designed with Zog's memory in mind.
by Pat Amaral
Thu May 23, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Spray can to airbrush?
Replies: 12
Views: 4411

Small warning. Decanting a "spray bomb" into a jar for airbrushing isn't necessarily a straight forward process (unless you don't mind making a HUGE mess). The propellant in the can is dissolved into the paint. This is what allows for the atomization of the paint when you press the nozzle down. If y...
by Pat Amaral
Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:17 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Designing a spraybooth
Replies: 9
Views: 2524

Here's a pic of the filter can we built. It should give you some idea of how it went together.
by Pat Amaral
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Designing a spraybooth
Replies: 9
Views: 2524

I use primarily acrylics but when we first built the indoor filter can, we shot a rattle can full of lacquer paint straight into the booth (not the whole can but a fair amount). The filter worked very effectively. I wouldn't make a habit of regularly shooting lacquers with this setup but it works gr...
by Pat Amaral
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Designing a spraybooth
Replies: 9
Views: 2524

A couple years ago, I put together an article on the main site that covers just what you're looking for. We've been using the rig at various events and I use it in my basement. The design has worked very well for us. Here's a link to the article: http://www.starshipmodeler.com/tech/pa_booth.htm Hope...
by Pat Amaral
Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Building a turn table for painting
Replies: 14
Views: 8572

I picked up a cheep one at my local dollar store and it's been serving my paint booth well for several years.
by Pat Amaral
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Fiber Optic Data Cable
Replies: 4
Views: 1697

I used to teach a telecom cabling course that included fiber termination. Bottom line... Don't use it. First, like the others said, it's just too fine and difficult to use for starship lighting. Second, it really is kind of hazardous when handled incorrectly. The fiber itself could be smaller than a...
by Pat Amaral
Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Coluoring fiberoptic strands?
Replies: 13
Views: 2749

If you're intent on using white LEDs, I suggest you place colored gels in between the LEDs and the FO. You can get gels (basically colored acetate sheets) at most art supply stores.
by Pat Amaral
Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: Wire size question
Replies: 2
Views: 942

This is what you need. Although you may be able to find it cheaper.

30AWG is the thing to look for.
by Pat Amaral
Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: Scratchbuilding
Topic: Box(es) o' stuff to get rid of
Replies: 7
Views: 2915

You could go to Wonderfest and use the stuff as your entry fee for Iron Modeler. For that matter, anybody taking a box from your stash could do the same thing.
by Pat Amaral
Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Display stand help
Replies: 5
Views: 1854

There are flat(ish) nuts designed to fit that kind of threaded lamp tubing. Thread one nut onto one end of the tube, fit it through the base, then thread another nut on top to cinch it down. They also make another lamp part (I think it's called a cap) that goes over the top nut to cover it up and ma...