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#1 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:57 AM

All right, folks, as time keeps on speeding down the track, and we are quickly entering the middle of November, I'd like to hear from as many of you as possible about things you've tried at the bench this year (success & failure), and things you've learned.

You are welcome to wax poetic as much as possible.

Personally, this year I gave up on trying to experiment with dremel style polishing on plastic. It simply does not work, and I would never recommend it. It works like a charm on metal, but not on plastic, even at very low revolutions.

Also, remember that one of the real treats of this time of year is seeing a round up of all the models you've built for the year, so bring on your eye candy, just one picture of each model is fine.

If you feel like posting more, then you can do so in the Under Glass section for cars and trucks.

Happy 2012! What's left of it!

Cheers, DC

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:39 AM

You use a dremel tool to polish out the paint? Kinda sorta like a buffer on a 1:1? I'd be afraid to try that. They sure are SHINY :) :) :) though.

I've learned (learning) to use 2 part clear urethane as the final part of painting my builds. Also learned to use a respirator when spraying the stuff. Other than that, I continue to learn from fellow modelers here on the forum and am always delighted to view the eye candy.

#3 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:45 AM

Dan, I would love to see a video of how you do it. The times I've done it, the heat generated burned down the primer, and then I stopped. Your results are fabulous. I'd love to see a picture of the tools you are using.

I have the Dremel Stylus too and I set it at the lowest speed, and I've been using these cotton wheels I got off the internet, and the polishing compound I use was Novus 2.

As I said, I tried it a few times and each time it ended up in disaster. Of course, I was only using scrap bodies.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:14 AM

Dan, yes, one was painted with enamel and cleared with enamel, which got damaged faster than the other which was painted with house of kolor and cleared with Dupont Spot clear.

Everything was given ample time to get cured.

Where did you get the cotton mops?

If you have not done a HOW-TO for the HOW-TO section, you should, your results are OUTSTANDING.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:52 AM

Ive learned so much this year that ive been on the forum i dnt know where to start. I finaly staryed weathering with rustall and im working on the sugaring technique. i fialy tried rusting the body with my dremel and rusting and weathering bumpers. I figured out blackwashing and is one of my favorite things to do now. I done quite a bit of wiring with plugs and switch pannels in my derby cars. I also statred scratch building parts for some builds and am getting better. Ive bought many tools to help me out and met many people. One of my biggest things ive learned is being patiant and letting things fully dry for a whyle before hurrying thru a build. My builds have gteatly improved in the last year thanks to the great people on the forum

Ive learned so much this year that ive been on the forum i dnt know where to start. I finaly staryed weathering with rustall and im working on the sugaring technique. i fialy tried rusting the body with my dremel and rusting and weathering bumpers. I figured out blackwashing and is one of my favorite things to do now. I done quite a bit of wiring with plugs and switch pannels in my derby cars. I also statred scratch building parts for some builds and am getting better. Ive bought many tools to help me out and met many people. One of my biggest things ive learned is being patiant and letting things fully dry for a whyle before hurrying thru a build. My builds have gteatly improved in the last year thanks to the great people on the forum

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:22 AM

I've learned that I need anew chair in the work shop. I am currently using a small stool and it is killing my back. As a result, I do not have the enthusiasm to get in there and work on anything.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:23 AM

...oh, I also learned that I need to try polishing with a Dremel...but only after using Urethane as a clear. "Where did Dan say he got those "mops" again?"

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:24 AM

i learned this, you guys will too soon enough
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#9 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:29 AM

Hey, that's very cool, Frank.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:53 AM

I tried snow on a diorama and weathering powders for the first time, had a lot of fun with both.

Also learned I'll never pick up a Best of Show with Bill Davis at the show.(lol)

Cranky, if you figure out the polishing with a dremel, let us know, I could use that one.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:08 AM

Lesson learned 2012: Do not use teeth to remove stuck cap from super-glue :huh:

Edited by JunkPile, 04 November 2012 - 09:14 AM.


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:17 AM

I have learned that I still have a lot to learn :lol:

#13 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:18 PM

LOL, I see this thread is taking a nice humorous twist. Muahahaha!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:51 PM

I learned that shine and glossy isnt a bad thing. I did flat colors for a long time. I did a lowrider build off that tested my skill.

Also that BMF isn't as hard as you made it seem in your how video.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:06 PM

I learned to forget the haters and just build what I want, when I want, the way I want it.

Several of my recent builds were completely poopooed by a local club, yet a few placed in their classes yesterday in Phoenix.

Interestingly, I didn't build any of them to be a winner in any show, I just built them to the best of my ability as they are all, in their own way, subjects near and dear to me.

Oh and BTW Doc, my TZH pickup, previously referred to as "useless garbage" placed third. Go figure.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

Thanks, Dan, if you can get us that link, that would be great.

Wayne, congratulations, buddy. Yes, we build for ourselves, that's it. It keeps us happy and the imagination flowing.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:57 PM

I had had an idea similar to the dremel as well, utilizing one of the mothers polishing cines and a drill press.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

Uh, I'm still learning how to resin cast ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!!! :huh:

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:56 PM

Lesson learned 2012: Do not use teeth to remove stuck cap from super-glue :huh:

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

I learned absolutely nothing this year. That`s what old age and 30 years of building will get you. :D :D

Seriously though, I was with you Dr. C...I all but gave up on dremel polishing, as I always thought it spun way to fast to polish out a paint finish. Given the amount of time it takes me to polish a finish, I am going to have to look into it again.

I finished a total of 3 builds this year (woohoo). Hopefully I`ll be able to get more in next year.

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