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Chariots of Fire

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About Chariots of Fire

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  • Birthday 05/25/1940

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    1/25 and 1/32

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    West Wareham, MA
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    Charles L. Rowley

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  1. Looks like it would not be worth it to try. Rubber mold material and casting resin will give the best results, even for small parts. If MEK is nasty stuff to begin with I'd stay clear of it.
  2. Beverage trailer

    I did non-functional roll up doors on this rig years ago. I made an inner box of the scribed sheet stock and then made an outer box for the remainder. It made painting it easy and kept things nice and neat. it also made the body very strong.
  3. WIP - Gmc crackerbox mixer

    I got a set of those AITM wheels and tires. My only complaint is that the wheels are a bit sloppy and are not well rounded for the opening in the tire.
  4. Salvaging stuff

    That looks like the beginning of a neat spacecraft model!
  5. Kalmar Ottawa Yard Tractor

    Hey, Bob! In the Tutorial portion of the forum I just posted a "how to" on making a piston/cylinder that will stay together. Hope it helps.
  6. MAKE A PISTON AND CYLINDER

    In the "In Progress" section of trucks there is a posting of a great scratch built project for a yard truck. Bob indicated he might have to redo his hydraulics to make a piston that would not come out of the cylinder when he raised the 5th wheel up. Below is a tutorial of how you can make such using ordinary materials. I have made these successfully using aluminum for the piston because it can be polished and brass tubing for the cylinder parts. But as you can see in the tutorial it can be made with plastic tubing as well so long as it will telescope with the aluminum tubing. Here is the first photo with the materials needed and a description of how to do the assembly. In the photo above are the three materials for the construction and a small section of plastic rod to be used to make sure the piston and plastic sleeve do not come apart inside when all is said and done. I've labelled the stock to be used but the sizes are not important so long as they telescope freely and are not sloppy. To the right side is a cylinder with a section of plastic tubing inserted inside to act as a sleeve for the piston to slide inside of. Use only a small sliver. On the outside is a piece of plastic stock that on the real cylinder would be the raised portion of the housing. Also shown is a disc of plastic stock. This will be used to seal the far end of the cylinder. Adjacent to the cylinder is the piston that will be inserted into the cylinder from the right end. It has a sleeve on the outside the same diameter as the sleeve that is inside the left end of the cylinder. In photo 2 I have inserted the piston into the cylinder with the free end of the piston protruding at the right and the sleeved end of the piston showing at left. You can see the piece of plastic rod inside the piston. I drilled a hole straight through the sleeve and aluminum piston and glued in the pin. After glue sets the pin can be cut smooth with the surface of the sleeve. The pin keeps the sleeve from sliding on the piston in case the glue separates. The sleeve is a thin slice as you can see from the first photo. Photo 3 With the pinned sleeve in place insert the piston into the cylinder from the end opposite the one that has the sleeve inside. Since the sleeve in the cylinder and the one on the piston are the same diameter and just fits into the cylinder it allows the piston to move without a lot of wobble. Be sure that the glue on the sleeve on both cylinder and piston is completely set before inserting the piston or it may become permanently glued so it cannot move. The piston is extended its full length inside the cylinder and the sleeve on the piston is touching the sleeve on the cylinder. This is how the piston is kept from coming out and is shown when the piston is in the fully extended position. With the piston on the inside of the cylinder, the cylinder can be sealed with the plastic disk. In the fourth photo the piston is drawn into the cylinder with the piston sleeve backed up against the closed end of the cylinder. Again, be sure that the glue surrounding the end plate is dry or you may get glue on the sleeve which will prevent it from sliding. With this part of the project complete appropriate pieces can be added to the cylinder where it would be attached to say the truck frame and on the piston a piece of plastic tubing could be inserted inside with another piece glued at right angles to form the end that attaches to the equipment to be raised. What I have shown is generic in that I have not made an attempt to size the cylinder or piston. That has to be done according to each application. But the trick is to have an inner sleeve for the cylinder and an outer sleeve for the piston that are the same diameter and that telescope well. If you use brass tubing for the cylinder you may have to double up some additional pieces to get the proper thickness for the piston to slide through. And the same thing would be true for the sleeve on the piston that slides inside the cylinder. but the process is the same. I added a photo of my Coleman truck with the body raised so that you can see a finished piston and cylinder that was constructed of aluminum and brass tubing. I hope this has been of interest to those who may have wanted to add this kind of detail to your model. SBIF! (Scratch building is fun) Charlie (Chariots of Fire)
  7. Kalmar Ottawa Yard Tractor

    Bob: Here is what my cylinder looks like. It is a section of aluminum tube inside a section of brass tubing with telescoping sections of brass tubing inside. The section of aluminum tubing fits inside a piece of brass tubing that is 2 sizes larger (in a telescoping sense). I will do a sketch that shows it rather than try and describe the process but the piston slides smoothly in and out and does not wobble. It also cannot come out of the cylinder due to the stop that is at the end of both the cylinder and piston.
  8. Kalmar Ottawa Yard Tractor

    Is the piston on the lift mechanism the same diameter as the inside of the cylinder? There is a way of making an internal stop to the mechanism if you have room inside the cylinder to add an additional piece to the end of the piston. BTW if you make the piston out of aluminum tubing you can polish it bright and you won't have to paint it. I can post a how-to if you like.
  9. That's pretty awesome work. Not easy painting it with Alclad. That stuff shows up every little flaw unless you do neat work like you have done. Great job!
  10. Kalmar Ottawa Yard Tractor

    Looks like you've got the beginning of a great looking engine. Lots of things can be added using tubing and strip stock. I like using small bits of round stock for bolt heads for the smallest areas. some of the others can be replicated with plastic hex shaped strip stock as well. If you've got one of those Northwest Short Line choppers you can make a lot of them from the hex stock. Brass wire and even small solder wire make good fuel lines etc. I like that engine! Nice detail!
  11. That was my thought as well.
  12. That's been a lot of work but your efforts have been worth it! You probably are aware of this by now but patience is a virtue, eh?
  13. I also like the color combination. The work you are doing on the model is first class!
  14. Dodge Power Wagon

    Are you sure that is a Dodge and not a Chevy? The cab is a dead ringer for the '41 Revell Chevy p/u.