Ridge Rider

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  • Birthday 09/03/1968

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  • Scale I Build 1/24-1/25

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  • Location Nampa Idaho
  • Full Name Steve Clancy

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  1. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic Mad Max Gigahorse   

    Thanks for the continued interest in my project guys.  This will not die on my workbench but work is just crazy right now and the days don't seem long enough.  I did manage to get 4 filters that somewhat resemble each other.  I think they will look the part.

    Thanks again,  Steve
  2. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic My worst fears realized   

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Harry. 
  3. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic I think it's time to say goodbye to Florida   

    That is quite a move but it is wonderful place for all the reasons you mention and then some.  Good luck with move.
  4. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic What kind of job do you have?   

    I have been framing homes and businesses for the last 27 yrs.  I enjoy it but it is getting tougher as the body wears out.
  5. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic Ghostbusters Pre-Ectomobile   

    Very cool.  Is that a flux capacitor in the second to last pic?  Time traveling ghostbusters 
  6. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic Got an MRI today   

    Harry, I went through the same thing.  A year of PT and suffering trying to avoid surgery. In the end I had surgery for L5 SI nerve impingement from a disc bulge.  I still have pain everyday but can now work and somewhat  sleep without pain pills.   Definitely research your surgeon if that ends up being the solution.  I would also recommend a neurosurgeon rather than orthopedic surgeon if it is against your spinal cord as mine was.  Good luck and better health.
  7. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    I took it to another station today and they knew it came without a cat and it passed fine.  They told me I should not have left the first test and called the DEQ and had the tech "educated" .  What an unnecessary pain. 
  8. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    My irk today is the emission test/tax.  I am the original owner of a 2004 Dodge diesel that has tested zero or next to zero emissions.  I was just told they won't test it because it has no catalytic converter.  It never had one from the factory and still put out next to nothing emissions.  I had unkind words with the technician and plan to find someone knowledgeable with 2003/04 Cummins that run so clean catalytic converters were not necessary.  By the way, they were only required on newer models because of regulations not need.  I hate government! 
  9. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic Ace-Garageguy   

  10. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic 1958 Edsel Coupe, Wagon,PU,Convertible..............   

    Those are some real beauties.  That wagon intrigues me. 
  11. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic Ecurie Ecosse Transporter scale 1/8   

  12. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic Make real paper conical air filters   

    Thank you Ray and Jeff !  I hope it inspires someone to expanded on the idea and contribute their knowledge as well.  We will all be better builders with contributions.
  13. Ridge Rider added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    Make real paper conical air filters
    I had search the web for for the size and shape filter I needed but didn't find what I was looking for,  so this is what I came up with.
    Start with a paperback book and remove the cover from the front, back, and spine.

    Water down some wood glue for the next step.

    The pages by themselves are too thin and crushable so glue is brushed into the spine of every other page to make two pages as one.  From the spine out about a 1/4 inch of glue is all that's needed.

    After this fully dries use a sharp exacto or scissors (cutting a dozen or so pages at a time) and make the book about an inch wide. This makes less paper to cut in the next step.

    Mark and cut how long you want the filter.  In this case it's 3/8"

    In this step I clamp and square up the 3/8" piece while pressing it against a hard surface.  After the spine is straight I sand the leftover paper off the original spine glue and mark guide lines for cutting. To get the conical shape the cut needs to angle slightly and start about 1/16" on the short side.

    With a very sharp blade I slightly rock the blade and put downward pressure.  Don't rush this and watch the reference cut lines on both sides.

    It can/will take many attempts to get the hang of it and the right look of the cone.  When I have one I'm happy with I superglue the edge to .080" rod and let it cure.
    I then carefully wrap it around the rod and cut to length.  When I'm happy with the fit I superglue the rest and wrap for the last time.  The filter can be capped and colored to fit your needs.  In my case I needed a skull detail on the cap and colored the filter with India Ink.

    It's not the easiest thing to do but it does look good for 1/25 scale filters.
    Now for things I learned.  Not all books and glue are created equal.  Hardbacks and books with thicker paper don't work well.  Lightly used 200 page paperbacks work best.  Some books are created using about 16 pages at a time-start the every other page gluing process between 2 such sections to prevent odd spacing when wrapping around the rod.  I used 5 different books to find the right look and spine glue.  If you try it feel free to add your experience and tips as well.  I will try to answer any questions  if I can.  Good luck.  Steve  
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  14. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic Mad Max Gigahorse   

    Thanks for the support everyone.  I'm still sort of taking a summer break but have been messing around with the filter idea.  After many failures I think I have 4 that will work.  I carved the skull detail on the front cap and then did a simple resin cast for the rest. (another first)  I stained the filter with India Ink and added a styrene cap to the back.  They are tough to photograph but it should work.

    Thanks for looking.  Steve
  15. Ridge Rider added a post in a topic The Junkster Pod Racer build - Finished!!!   

    I like your creativity and weathering skills.  Very nice.