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BigTallDad

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  • Full Name Raymond (Ray) Ferguson

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  1. BigTallDad added a post in a topic How to Decant Spray Cans   

    I've decanted rattle cans using other methods, and in all of those (including this post) I've run into the annoyance of the straw getting extremely cold, to the point where my finger got numb.
  2. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Photo etch cutters/scissors   

    Very few things are perfect, but these work extremely well. The straight cutting line allows you to cut very close to the part.
    I'm surprised none of the other posts mentioned WEAR EYE PROTECTION
  3. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Photo etch cutters/scissors   

    I use toenail clippers. If you look hard enough, you can find a pair that cuts a straight (not curved) line.
  4. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Sources for 1/24 stretch-walls?   

    What are stretch walls? I've never heard that term used before.
  5. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Building advice for 40 Ford coupe   

    Another Ferguson!
    I've built the Revell version and I had no problems gluing the inner fenders & firewall in place prior to painting.
  6. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Vinyl redline placement   

    A former room mate of mine had a yard display business (births, weddings, birthdays, etc.) and she made her own signs; had her own vinyl cutter and all the accessories. She used the semi-transparent transfer tape extensively...after the letters/designs were cut out and the excess removed, the transfer tape was placed on the vinyl and burnished on. Since the transfer tape is slightly stickier than the vinyl-to-backing, the artwork could be pulled off, then placed in the desired location. The adhesive on the vinyl is stronger than the adhesive on the transfer tape. so as long as you didn't use brute force, the artwork stayed in place while you removed the backing.
    Brett asks a good question. If you have it, use it; otherwise, the masking tape approach will help.
  7. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Vinyl redline placement   

    You can also use low-tack masking tape.
    Cut a strip about 1/4" wide by 2" long and place it across the center of the redline; cut another strip about 1/8" wide by 2" long and place it across the center of the redline perpendicular to the first strip. You should end up with something that looks like cross-hairs in a telescope.
    Remove the redline from the backer, using the technique described before if necessary. Grasp the ends of the 1/4" strip and center the redline on the tire, making sure the 1/8" strip is also centered. Rub the redline onto the tire and carefully remove the masking tape.
    The masking tape prevents distortion and keeps the redline round while allowing a reasonably precise method of centering the redline.
  8. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Dawn soap (not ultra) for washing brushes, etc.   

    I generally try to wash my hands in a degreaser before I start any modeling-building sessions...keeps the parts cleaner (thanks Art Anderson)
  9. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Any one do decal services?   

    I've not had the problem of the base coat showing through the white decal. How old is your decal paper?
    Plan B: paint a slightly over-size white stripe on the area for the decal, then print & lay a clear decal over that.
  10. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Any one do decal services?   

    Why not print it on white decal paper?
  11. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Ferrari 275GTB, Italeri, 1/24   

    Very nice work, and that includes to photography.
    Is it really 1/124 or is that a typo?
  12. BigTallDad added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Straightening a resin cast body with a dehydrator
    I recently picked up a '92 Olds Supreme resin cast and, after setting it on a flat surface, noticed that there is about a 1/4" twist in the body, front-to-back.
    If I take a very flat board, attach the body with non-marking clamps (with perhaps a few shims to "over correct" the twist) then set that assembly in a dehydrator, will the heat cause problems in areas that are not under stress? For example, would I get a roof melt-down even though there is no pressure on the roof?
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  13. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Carbon fiber adhesive film for model cars   

    I agree!
    I see cost as a drawback. Averaging $20 (which includes shipping) for one 3.5" by 8" sheet...that's approximately $100 USD per square foot.
  14. BigTallDad added a post in a topic Fog Lights   

    Do you have access to a vacu form?
  15. BigTallDad added a post in a topic masking w/ Silly Putty: will it pull up paint underneath?   

    Make sure you use Silly Putty, not Play Doh...Play Doh leaves a residue behind.