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#61 samdiego

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 05:57 AM

One of my favorite Bare Metal Foil tools is old business cards.  I'll use a folded over corner to work foil into tight areas but one thing that surprised me was how well they polish the foil. I use the matte uncoated cards (or the inside of most matchbooks) and burnish just as hard a the part will allow. There almost seems to be a coating that this removes and takes it to near mirror finish without any scratching. The drawback would be that you can't really get into small recesses. I also use bus cards as scrapers to remove paint and glue or to absorb both from unwanted areas. So make friends with your HR People and you can score boxes of cards from former employees.

 

I use toilet paper, folded into a half inch thick block and dampened to press foil into shapes. This will press the foil into very small areas without tearing. Again squeezing as hard as the part will allow. I'll use a bench vice to squish foil into things like this 1/8 scale license plate style club plaques and such.

 

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 06:28 AM

On the flip side, I knew a girl at the University of Arizona in the late 70's who claimed her father invented the flashcube. When these were new I figured out that you could cross the wires and trigger the flash in your hand. I'll figure more of them were lost to this in my house than were used for photos.



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 08:32 AM

I use wire from twist ties that come in boxes of trash bags for fuel and brake lines.

 

 

Here's a fuel line made from that wire.

 

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I use that for removable dipsticks.



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 11:20 AM

I used a cluster of 4 inside trays from Archway Cookies as a group of industrial buildings in an HO scale diorama of a fantasy space complex. Sort of a streamline modern Quonset hut look. I painted them gray with a bit of window and door detail added. 

 

This is a Hallmark Christmas ornament in an old Cassette tape holder (look it up). The rock wall rocks and stump are from the yard. The model on the stump is from a 1/24 scale trophy

 

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 07:21 AM

In the past, I've used black duct tape for seatbelts and fuel tank straps, a kitchen splatter screen or juice strainer for grill mesh, and guitar string for a radio antenna.  I'm at work right now, so no pics on my work PC...but I'll see if I have any examples when I get home.


Edited by Captain Obvious, 09 December 2014 - 07:23 AM.


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Posted 09 December 2014 - 10:11 AM

In the past, I've used black duct tape for seatbelts and fuel tank straps, 

 

I've made seat belts from masking tape.  Just spray Testors Dullcote on the glue side and it neutralizes it. Then paint the tape any color you want and cut to narrow strips to make belts.   I've also found that 1/16" ribbon can be bought at that auction place very cheaply.  I've bought both black and white ribbon. Black gets used on the majority of models, while white can be 'stained' with Sharpie pens to match any color you desire.



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Posted 18 December 2014 - 05:13 AM

I don't know if I'll get chastised for posting this here but it is about a scale model and it is relevant to the current topic. This guy builds these masterpieces using junk and "household items".

 

http://www.woodworki...orcycles-55257/