Cato

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  1. Cato added a post in a topic Stretching Sprue   

    Well that;s varied advice but all obviously work for you guys. Steve that's amazing curved sections of clear in the steering wheels. I feel so lame...
    Mike, i didn't realize rod was available in .020. Smallest I have on hand is .0625 and I didn't want to wait for a delivery. So I tried stretching and started with the .0625 - instant breakage.
    Will try all the methods and several different plastics. It pisses me that I can build a project of this complexity but can't make a straight, skinny piece of plastic........
    Thanks all.
     
  2. Cato added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Stretching Sprue
    Just found out I'm lousy at it.
    Using a candle, I hold the sprue at each end while passing the mid portion though and above the flame. I slowly pull tension on the ends while lifting higher above the flame. At some point, the piece just breaks in half with very little stretch. Every time.
    I've done this with different thickness sprues down to 1/16 inch. Same result. I need to get sprue down to the .040 range for hole filling. I've seen whole ship and air models with hair-thin sprue rigging and marvel at them.
    Any advice appreciated.
     
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  3. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    I got them from a UK Pocher part specialist. 'ScottHarv' om ebay here has a huge Pocher parts supply but didn't have these.
  4. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    OK I'll share a little secret...
    I too have joined the Bugatti club. But just a tiny bit. I have decided that T-50 tail lamps would compliment my 'flying fenders' and streamlined look. They add another horizontal element and are certainly period correct. So here they are:
    PS- The trunk is neither wet sanded or polished yet so no shiny stuff yet.
     





  5. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Idle hands?? You're a dentist ain't cha??
  6. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    I'll never tell.
    As long as you clear the new bench and start posting it......
  7. Cato added a post in a topic A Car Everyone Can Hate Equally   

    Yeah, those wheels sure ruin it.
  8. Cato added a post in a topic Touch n' Flow help   

    Great and helpful tips all. Thanks guys, will try all the advice.
    C
  9. Cato added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Touch n' Flow help
    Bought one a few years ago and just now need it for thin styrene cement. But having no success.
    Mine is a long skinny glass tube with a hypodermic needle on the end. I immerse it in a bottle of cement, put finger over the open end and - nothing happens. No liquid drawn up the tube or held in the needle.
    I must be a dummy but can't figger how it works. Any advice appreciated.
     
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  10. Cato added a post in a topic 1/8 scale woody   

    OK, fess up Harry.
    You have posted work for 5 weeks now. You are nearly ready to put oil in the crankcase and drive it to the museum.
    I have been working on a similar ambitious project for 16 months now. I readily admit my skill set is inferior to yours in the ability to get an assembly 'right' quickly and move ahead. Also granted is the fact that I have chosen many extreme changes after much was already built 'stock' which has been hugely time consuming.
    You  have offset that by building a non-stock version with wood bodywork which is much fabrication; equivalent to my alteration of stock pieces. Your 'training wheels' smaller model may have given you an 'instruction sheet' which saves noodling time, figuring out as you go. But you have still have had to fabricate and finish much larger pieces as you go; time consuming.
    An example is your detailed engine, which if these posts are correct, took a week or less. Mine has a similar level of scratched detail and took me almost four. I bow to your expedient methods. I work roughly 6 hours every time I start but life dictates not every day. Do you put in twelve hour-days on it? I've been interrupted by a family medical situation but so have you - temporary loss of vision. My wheels took about a week for me to do the 5. The chassis (straight assembly, not including the later radical alterations to it) about two weeks.  My rear seat took about three weeks to dope-out, fabricate, cover and assemble. Haven't yet touched material for the fronts.  I haven't looked at it recently but I seem to remember your Benz Roadster took much more time than this Roller.
    I'll be the first to admit that if it takes me forever, I'll be just as happy; the satisfaction has been enormous and outweighed all the expense. I'm certain your satisfaction is the same because you're creating a highly unique and masterful project.
    So I ask dear pal, did you have some or much started before posting such startling results or am I really as lame a builder as I suspect?
     
     
     
  11. Cato added a post in a topic Why brass?   

    Not mentioned at all but true in my case; brass can be chromed - plastic not. My windshield frame, side and rear glass frames are made from brass; then will be chromed.
    Nothing looks like chrome - except chrome.
  12. Cato added a post in a topic New Site/Forum Look   

    Bummer. For a lengthy post, I always copy it, paste it in Word and save. THEN hit 'send' in the  thread. I don't trust these new electrons yet.............
  13. Cato added a post in a topic Ceiling Queens   

    Great project Kevin, nicely done.
    Problem; they WILL collect dust!
  14. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Small potatoes...
    Some things just bother me that, in the grand scheme of things, amount to very little. Who besides me would notice? This is one of those.
    Seen here in an earlier mock-up is the rear fender and tire relationship. You can see that open space is visible around the tire; you can see clear through to the other side in some places. True, if the rear seat was in place, some would be blocked. But then you see the seat structure and the lower body bits as well. And admittedly when the model is on it's tires on a table, 80% of this is invisible. But I know it's there...

    Here's a fender as Pocher gives it to you. Note that the rear inner portion is molded to the fender and conceals the trunk side. But the front section is open and is on a different plane than the rear:

    So the solution is to make a new inner fender panel. It must attach to the rear portion which is part of the fender. But the forward portion must be loose to go behind the brake drum and tire so as to allow clearance for those. The answer is to cut a paper pattern all trimmed to size and clearance. After test fittings, transfer to .015 styrene. Seen here, a .062 styrene rod is added as a stiffner without taking up valuable clearance space:

    Resting in place, the slightly oversized forward section does it's hiding magic and the whole wheel well becomes neater:

    Seen from an angle you'll never see when on display is the reason the front section must be lose. The stiffener and material thickness prevent a loose, flappy look:

    Painted dark gray like the front inner fenders, this will virtually all disappear as so little shows around the tire. But it does give a neater finished look to the model that many will never even realize when viewing it. The 'U' shaped opening on this side is for the gas fill pipe to the tank side. Even I am amazed at how much time I spend on minutiae...

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  15. Cato added a post in a topic New Site/Forum Look   

    Thanks for making this a priority and providing an answer.
    Now just that tiny nit (compared to what you've improved) about numbers for posts in a thread. I and several others find it helpful.