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Lotsacrane
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 4:22:11 PM
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Heres a decent site..weathering ..painting ..ever wonder how to tint your operator's cab glass..,get the sctraches out..guess what ..grab some Future Floor wax...
Theres a lot here..

http://www.swannysmodels.com/Tools.html


Maybe the mods would consider a sticky in the Model Care ..with hints and links ..

To keep it informative just post links and hints ..general chat and questions could be asked on the Model Care chapter...

Maybe even a " For what its worth!!" thread ..for cheap everyday things ..like the traffic cone idea ..using dowels..again just set the question's and chat in the model care area ..

For what its worth! ...good hint,links,and cheap ideas arent really worth a whole lot if they just slowly get moved down the line..and lost



hopefully the Mods and Admin see it the same way...

Cheers "clink"





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a Cutter
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 8:39:53 PM

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Steve
Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 1:02:01 AM
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There have been TONS of "tips and tricks" lost over the years on the forum. IT SHOULD be a sticky thread. I researched, dug, tried, you name it and finely found MUSKEY MASTER line in a couple different # lines to work on different sized crane models only to get lost in siber space,along with other things (including OTHER peoples discoveries and ideas), cause' the search function "sucks". Had any rubber tires "melt" yet because of what they are sitting on ? Lowboys sag under weight ?
Lotsacrane
Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 1:38:27 PM
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Heres a site i hit for fun gadgets,price busters and stuff

http://www.instructables.com/

Hard drive enclosures to stain removal ,A-Z theres something for everyone

This one suits alot of guys in here ..

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-silicone-mold-from-common-household-materia/

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Bobm2004
Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 10:22:22 PM

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Good stuff here. A sticky would be a good idea-let me see what I can do.

Bob
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Lotsacrane
Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 11:14:04 PM
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Hope its considered BobThink


Occasionally,we need to make railings,pipes,ladders,just about anything thats round and may need to be realtivly straight
,Buy brass wire ,hunt around ,spend a half hour straighting on the work bench..
Or ..in a pinch ,brass wire,copper wire can be drawn straight by just chucking it in a hand drill,anchor the other end ,,a few seconds pulling tension.and twisting ,,and you got wire straight as a pencil..Ive had this work down to 20-22g wire.
Solid wire only.
FYI:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meZRMNF-6tQ..




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Lotsacrane
Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 11:28:42 PM
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And a paint tip..
Acrylic hobby paints can be thinned with water we all know this.there is an alternative to water.
Blue Windshield wash..It has water,some alcohol,most importantly it contains a mild detergent,otherwise known as a surfactant.
What this does is prevent the water from pulling up in a bead,it allows the paint to flow out.

Anybody that has ,and uses an airbrush has probably seen the Badger paint thinner,essentially its just Blue Windshield wash ,the difference is a gallon of windshield wash is only $3

I shot Behr Exterior on a model of mine ,thinned with windshield wash..using a Paasche H single action ,on a #5 tip/nozzle ..running the gun at 60 PSI..
It works ,with no ill effect to color,of course lighter colors will require more water less wash.

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Lotsacrane
Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 10:29:45 PM
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Your gonna glue thisAnxious ....to that Think...

Heres a reference ....This to That

http://www.thistothat.com/

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Lotsacrane
Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2011 12:17:18 PM
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Need Screws ,or other fasteners on a small scale ?

http://www.microfasteners.com/

http://rtlfasteners.com/

http://www.scalehardware.com/

http://www.jimorrisco.com/

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I smile & wave

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Lotsacrane
Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2011 2:45:26 PM
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Sintra
http://www.tri-dee.com/Sintra%20sheets%20information.htm


Its a PVC closed cell plastic that's readily welded using super glue (CA)

http://www.solarbotics.net/starting/200207_sintra/200207_sintra.html


The biggest pro to Sintra over Styrene is unlike Styrene, Sintra will not get brittle and crack over time, and is UV ray tolerant..

Have a look around the net ..theres tons of uses in the hobby world ,,Even for projects around the house.




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HunterH
Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2011 6:43:50 PM
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For painting ive also found that some hobby paints can be thinned down with windex which just about everyone has around there house and is cheap and easy to come by.
CatD11T
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:28:19 AM

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I need some small hinges.Where do I get them?

-Adam
a Cutter
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2011 2:43:02 PM

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UPDATE
Scale CB Antennas

First I'll start off by saying that I have/had used fine musical wire (guitar string) for antennas.
These I found to be too stiff and even pierced my finger on one when picking up a truck I had used this on.

I've also used very fine styrene 'rod' for antennas and found them to be great. However, even though the styrene is flexible it can actually snap in two easily, so it's also not a great solution.


Here's a truck (not finished and posted before) that has the styrene antennas in place.
They look just fine but as I said are capable of breaking.


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And here is the solution
.........common enough and usually annoying, now they have more of a purpose than just poking you because you forgot to remove it from your shirt!
.......the T-tie or T-tag or whatever.


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These have all the flexibility and durability to do the trick whether it's detail your rig or a piece of machinery and these are fairly easy to come by.

........and you can order them in colors.....found some on the 'bay' in various colors

Note: some of these may have a curl in them.
A good way to straighten them out would be to draw the 'tie' through your thumb and index fingernails a few times.


Hope some of you find this useful.

Chris
dain555
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2011 5:29:27 PM

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OH WOW!!!

Thanks for all the really great info Lots, Chris and the rest.

Hunter, just be careful with the Windex as some of it has Ammonia in it and that could be bad when mixing into certain paint (can give off nasty gases), but sounds like something I might have to try with my Paasche!!

and a THANK YOU TO ALL(ah, that's what is known as a big thank you),LOL!!

Dain

I'm a kid at heart, so I will play with any model construction vehicle from 1:87 scale to 1:1 scale!!!!

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Eric Pioszak
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:57:29 PM

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Need touch up paint for the pins after you've spray painted a model? Take the lid off the can, drape a little aluminum foil over the hollow side of the lid to form a shallow bowl, and spray into it. 1-2 seconds is usually enough. let it dry 5-10 minutes and you have a thicker paint perfect for touching up with the exact color. for touchup work, I use toothpicks, fine detail, and no cleanup, just toss it away.

Eric W. Pioszak, Operating Engineers Local 701, Portland, Oregon

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Lotsacrane
Posted: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 4:52:21 PM
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So you have that new pressure vessel built ..and need for whatever reason get two hole's for what ever reason directly opposite...
while this doesn't remove all the careful measurement,its handy .since cylinders don't have a flat surface and drill bits don't always make a round hole.

copper wire, drawn straight. pointed end ,turned back so that your scribe is half the diameter(radius) of your intended hole.






Photos are not mine ..but a user at RC-groups who goes by the handle "Metatron"

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RI CRANEMAN
Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:58:35 AM

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MAKING PENDANT FINALITIES A LITTLE NEATER

If you are re rigging your Manitowoc pendant lines and want to make the screws a little less intrusive, try doing this.
Notice how far out the screw protrudes?


take a drill that is slightly lager than the head of the screw



and slightly countersink one side of the finality to the depth of the screw head.





when you screw the screw back in it will be nice and flush.
This is a before and after photo.



It will make for a much more finished appearance.

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Tom
It's pretty sad when the only modeling tool you own is a box cutter.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you start to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow
RI CRANEMAN
Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:07:23 AM

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MORE USES FOR FINALITIES

I'm not an authority on clam buckets but I like the way this looks.









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Tom
It's pretty sad when the only modeling tool you own is a box cutter.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you start to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow
allisoes
Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012 12:25:13 AM

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Does anyone have any recomendations on getting started with airbrush equipment? Perhaps a started kit? Beginer's air brush tool?

Thanks,

Ed
RI CRANEMAN
Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012 9:17:53 AM

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Ed, Go to General Topics and read the sticky "Lets talk airbrushes"

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Tom
It's pretty sad when the only modeling tool you own is a box cutter.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you start to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow
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