Improved Lighting & Magnification Options?
Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:37 PM
Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:01 AM
Posted 30 June 2012 - 02:07 PM
On the left is a magnifying lens-lamp I got at an art-supply store scratch & dent sale for $15. It was designed to take a 100watt incandescent bulb, but I modified it (very slightly) to take a compact flourescent, which has the same screw base, and makes negligible heat. The compact flourescent bulb only takes 25 watts to make the same amount of light as a 100 watt incandescent.
The other two swing-arm lamps I got at Goodwill for $5 each. They are rated for only 60 watt bulbs, but because a 100 watt comparable-light compact flourescent only takes 25 watts, I installed two of those. Compact flourescents come in soft white and daylight-balanced color temperatures, so you can mix and match bulbs to suit the kind of light you prefer. I use two soft whites (which are more blue) and one daylight (more yellow). It's very bright, like I said, and you can put the light exactly where you need it.
The actual light falling on the desk would take 300 watts using incandescent bulbs, but only 75 watts using compact flourescents, so it saves on your power bill too.
Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 30 June 2012 - 02:13 PM.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:40 AM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:25 PM
Hello, I'm new to the site and have been lurking about the last couple of weeks, and this is my first post. First of all, I've been seeing a lot of top notch cars on here and have learned a few new tips that I didn't already know in my 30 years of on and off model building. Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks? Throughout the years I've mainly built cars, but I've also built occasional planes (WWII planes) and a few boats. For the time being I have way too many other hobbies as well so I'm just going to stick mainly with some old muscle cars for a while.
Presently I'm building a 1966 Mustang (AMT), a 1967 Mustang Fastback GT (AMT) and even though I know it's not a muscle car, a VW Beetle (Revell). I'm looking to get a 1963 Corvette split window next and after that if I can find one, a '57 or '58 Plymouth Fury. I wouldn't mind building '59 Cadillac as well if I have enough time in the near future.
My first question on here is "what kind or brand of desk top mount magnifying glasses are you guys using" . I haven't been building for almost ten years and my last one seems to have disappeared from my box of paint and brushes etc. and I can't seem to find one or any actually like it in any of the stores I've looked at so far, including ebay. It was 6 inch by 4 inch rectangle lens with a snake "soft metal tube" and light and it was excellent to work under. I was hoping that in the last ten years there would be some new and better designed ones out there for model building but if there is, I'm just not finding them. every thing I'm finding is round and around four inches diameter give or take an inch.
I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone on here is using nowadays.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:41 AM
Grainger---Edco Tool Co. -- check out the ones they have there- they are the kind used by company assemblers. I've use one for about 10 years. I use it for every build. They clamp on a table and have a round bulb , a big mag glass and about a 3 ft radius movement- they work perfect for building models. I couldn't build if I didn't have one. They might be 50 or 60 bucks- but it's well worth it.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:32 AM
I only have one illuminated 4" round swing-arm magnifier on my bench, but I've found that the biggest help is to have sufficient light. The 3 swing-arms each have 100watt-comparable compact flourescent bulbs, color balanced to daylight, and are brighter than daylight. Nice thing about CFDs is they make very little waste heat (which is why they use so much less energy) and I get 300 watts worth of light (if these were incandescent bulbs) for 75 watts. That also means they don't add much heat to the house in the summer that the AC would have to work harder to dump.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:59 AM
There is one like you describe on ebay now for $19.99 + shipping , do a search for " Magnifying Lamps " . But to be honest it doesn't look very useful , you'd be better off spending more to get a clamp on type with an adjustable arm .
Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:49 PM
Hi Richard. Those table top lenses you are asking about gave me a bad time with depth perception and limited sight area to work in. OptiVISOR works way better for me. As Ace mentioned plenty of light is also essential. Good luck
Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:11 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. For the last couple of weeks I've been looking for the perfect one and even though I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for (rectangle 4''x6'' like my old one) I'm seeing some fairly good products on line. Unfortunately I've seen lots of junk as well. The ones that Office Depot have (Real Space Brand) has several qualities and prices and the best thing is that they're local and they also have them all in stock as well, so I'll go there this weekend and check them out. Usually it seems like I can't find the selection or the quality that I'm looking for in a local store and I end up buying on line, but for once I might actually find something that I like that is also quality enough to be worth the price.
The hobby stores around me are few and far between and unfortunately it's not just the hobby stores but most all stores period except the big box stores with their unlimited junk. Therefor it's usually more convenient to purchase on line as they have more of a selection. All the same I'm still not finding a rectangle magnifying lamp like I'm looking for, and as usual I'm going to end up buying the best of what stores stocks, not exactly what I want though.
Thanks again for the replies, Richard
Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:10 AM
I'm just curious about what you guys use when building models. Some of the lucky ones don't have to use anything. I use an Optivisor with a #10 lens,which is the strongest they have.
It's handy for a lot of things because I can't see very well anyway.
Let's hear what you use.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:46 PM
Wow it must suck to get old lol. Im joking im just lucky my eyes are great but I can't hear a thing anymore way to many guns and air tools
Sorry im in a good mood and felt like making a funny
Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:43 AM
well since i started this stock car project i came to realize something , I am Miss Magoo , my god what happened to my eyes , 2 weeks ago they were perfect so now i think a mag lamp would be a good tool but there are hundreds of them and i am sure some of you old geezers use a mag lamp ( yikes getting old aint for sissys ) what would be the best lamp for building , i would like to keep the price point at around 100 dollars or less unless 20 or 30 dollars more makes a huge difference , Thanks , Anne , an old geezerette
Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:29 AM
The link Foxer has given is pretty much the same kind of lamp I use, apart from mine has a round fluorescent bulb in it and not LED's, not sure if you can get them over there, but there sold under the Lightcraft brand over here, without it I wouldn't be able to do half the detail work I do .... there around £55.00 over here
Edited by GeeBee, 21 March 2013 - 01:30 AM.
Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:58 AM
We were just talking about these at our meeting the other night. One of our memebers said that Amazon has a large selection of different styles and the price was good. He found a rectangular shaped one that he recommended. Have not searched for it myself yet, but just thought I would pass that on.