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  • Birthday 04/12/1952

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  • Location Chambersburg PA
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  1. dlh added a post in a topic need masking tape roll 4 cm wide (~ 1.5 in.)   

    Maybe I don't understand.  I have several rolls of this tape:
    I have used it successfully many times.
  2. dlh added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    gluing metal rod trim KR200
    I'm building a Gunze Messerschmitt kr200.  Some of the trim is PE and some is metal rod.  I've read lots of posts and like the idea of Future for glue. But, since the rod is round, I thought I would try dipping the rod in Future and draining excess by touching the end to a paper towel, much like dipping windows.  Would there still be too much excess that it would pool around the rod? Maybe wait until the Future is tacky before attaching.
    I also considered sanding one side flat, but I'm not sure I can do that successfully, especially since some of the rod is curved.
    I need to practice with paper clip wire on some styrene.  Has anyone attached metal rod to styrene? (the pics are not my build, but show the rod well.)

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  3. dlh added a post in a topic Deepening Panel Lines   

    I use two tools. I start with a scribing tool like:
    https://www.squadron.com/model-building-tools-and-supplies-s/2522.htm#?filters=page=1|SearchWithin=scribing tool
    The angle of tip gives me more control as I pull the tool. I've found that using just the scribing tool results in a wider, unrealistic panel line, so after the line is established, I switch to the back of a #11 blade.  I have also ruined several models.  For me the key is starting with a VERY light touch, much like cutting BMF with a new scalpel blade.  My mistakes come from not concentrating or getting too excited while doing it.
  4. dlh added a post in a topic Isetta   

    Many thanks to all for the positive comments.
    Next build is a Bentley Blower. (Revell Germany)
  5. dlh added a post in a topic Isetta   

    not an LS, but will these do?

  6. dlh added a post in a topic Isetta   

    BTW, that's a great job.  One of your builds?  Who produced that kit?  You've given me an idea for color choice on the one I bought.
  7. dlh added a post in a topic Isetta   

    I just bought a messerschmitt (gunze). I really like the old quirky cars.I'm going to build a Bentley Blower next.  I've also recently bought a Fiat Mefistofele (Italeri). I'm working up th courage to build it.
  8. dlh added a post in a topic Isetta   

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  10. dlh added a topic in Under Glass   

    My 6th model. The most fun of any model so far.  Next will be the Bentley Blower.
    First use of Alclad (love the stuff).  First successful two tone.
    The fit of Revell Germany models is just perfect.

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  11. dlh added a post in a topic Paint Booths & Safe Ventilation?   

    I have the same booth.  I've had some minor issues with fumes, but usually, as you said, it's often when I'm not spraying far enough inside the booth.  Also, the amount of bends in your vent pipe affects the efficiency of the air flow; keep the vent pipe as straight as possible.   I've found that vacuuming the filter and changing it more often helps.  Also, seal as much as possible around the flange that goes in the window.  You could open another (opposite) window in your abode to increase airflow. (learned this from smoking cigars)  Definitely protect your lungs.  My brother is a chemist in the paint industry and has told me some horror stories about paints and coworkers.
    I found similar filter material here:
    It's cheaper, but not exactly the same as the premade filters, but it's just for overspray.
    Hope this helps,
  12. dlh added a post in a topic Testors paint sandy feeling finish   

    Yes, it is a flat finish.  But the "grains" on the suitcase could be rubbed off.  So I tend to agree with BigTallDad, that I sprayed at too great a distance.  However, I did the same with the sprue and it was a normal flat finish.  Also the suitcase didn't become "grainy" until several coats were applied.  Anywho, I think it's operator error.  I'm satisfied with the final result.  I thought maybe the many soaks in brake fluid and cleanup with Bleach White may have damaged the plastic.  (One mounting post on the inside did crack a little when I stuck a toothpick in it to paint).  Time to declare victory and move on.
    Thanks for your reply
    (still learning) Dave
  13. dlh added a post in a topic Testors paint sandy feeling finish   

    Yup, I agree.  Sometimes great discoveries are made by accident!
  14. dlh added a post in a topic Testors paint sandy feeling finish   

    I "burnished" it with a rag and swabs. Looks kinda cool.  The corners get a contrasting color and I'll paint the pseudo straps. I think I may keep it this way. Maybe an accidental "discovery".


  15. dlh added a post in a topic Testors paint sandy feeling finish   

    It looks like that to me too, like overspray.  It was decanted and sprayed through an airbrush.  It didn't behave that way on the piece of sprue.  The first time I sprayed a wet coat and it still looked grainy as it dried.  I think I'll try your advice, lower pressure and spray closer.