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JoeE
Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2019 7:31:27 AM

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Beautiful detail work in brass Dex. Enjoyed how you made the line clamps.




We rally round the family, with a pocket full of shells.....
Dex
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:14:51 AM

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Thanks Janh and JoeE




I decided to do a how-to video dedicated to building the rigid lines and hoses. It's a bit long and very detailed, but should help those who are interested in adding a little bit of detail to their models.

Exkvate3140
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:17:09 AM
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Dex really “a little bit of detail” that looks like it will extend and retract on its own if you added a little bit of vegetable oil into the lines. I’m socially responsible when it comes to the workshop environment. Great video, I wish I had the talent to solder like you, I would never leave my basement.
Steve
Dex
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:54:02 PM

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Thanks for the kind words, Steve!
I mess up as many soldering jobs as I get right, lol. I also managed to melt a plastic exacto handle that was behing a work peice.

Dex
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 11:19:56 AM

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Finally had a change to get some more stuff done on this.

The holidays and my day job kicked my butt.


This episode covers the first batch of tiny stuff for detailing the body of the excavator:


Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:01:21 PM
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Unbelievable
Steve
Davie82
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:44:43 AM
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Great work as always. This will look amazing when it's all painted up!
Dex
Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 6:28:10 PM

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Thanks guys!





Next episode up!


Dex
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:12:48 PM

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Finally done building all of the custom parts!

In the next few weeks I'll be doing the body and paint work.

Paul R
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 6:00:01 AM

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Outstanding!!!

Paul R
Mr. Scholz
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 8:15:32 AM
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Hi Stephen,

thanks for all the efforts you put into your videos, I really learn a lot from them. I have the same small Proxxon saw and it really improved my scale modeling - despite it is the simplest of all Proxxon saws offered. The next thing I bought was a gas torch like you use it for soldering. What I really like about it:

1. It's fast
2. You don't have to put any pressure on your parts for heat transfer, simplifying the soldering process a lot.

But what material do you use to solder on? This white stuff almost looking like styrofoam? And you can put these onis init? A very easy and simple way to fixate your parts for soldering, where can I find these pins?

Thanks in advance,
Max
Dex
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 7:11:34 PM

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Hi max,

The soldering pad is from here https://www.esslinger.com/solderite-jewelry-soldering-pad-12-x-12-inches-soft/

And the pins are called "T-pins" and can be found at most office supply or teaching supply stores. Also readily available online. I think I have the 1" or 3/4 inch size.
Exkvate3140
Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:03:28 AM
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Dex I hope the next video shows the rubber hose coming from washer fluid reservoir and when you push the wiper button on cab console panel the windshield will be spotless. Remember to take the the protective cover off your glass. Your detail is insane, no diecast manufacturers even come close to what you achieve. Outstanding workmanship.
Steve
JoeE
Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:41:42 AM

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Nice Dex!
It's gonna be a shame to paint it! Lol
Gonna cover up all that sweet brass detail work.



We rally round the family, with a pocket full of shells.....
Dex
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:50:53 PM

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Hey guys,

I hope everybody is doing well during these times. Everybody is healthy in my camp, but the weather and my new work schedule has put a real damper on my model building time. Here's a quick update on the chanel, a peek at the 345B's current status, and a review of the CCM 777 that I just got. If you guys want a more in-depth review of the 777, I can do a separate video for it. Stay safe and healthy!

Dex
Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 10:13:38 PM

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Thanks for the compliments guys, I really appreciate it.

Paint is done, things are moving along nicely.

modelmaniac
Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 11:40:41 PM

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Definitely,the best 1/50 machine,I have ever seen.The attention to detail is incredible.Looks really,really goodApplause When it is fully assembled,it may look too good!Teeth
Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:10:40 AM
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Wow Dex talk about museum quality, you have achieved it. Also your quality control inspection deserves a handsome raise. Outstanding.
Steve
Quinella
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:26:28 AM

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Good grief Dex. That goes beyond the pale. With your skills and my good looks, we could build an empire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAW
Exkvate3140
Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 1:43:08 AM
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Dex don’t believe Q about his looks, he wouldn’t be able to get you a free meal with his so called good looks.
Steve
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