The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
Thank you Danno. I am working to get settled into the new house and shop here in Sun City. I have officially reached Old Fart status. I found out that all my neighbors are "real car guys" The guy across the street has a really nice AMX in his garage. There are several nice vintage cars being driven around my new neighborhood. Model T's and 55 Chevy's for instance.
Yes, I am still making them. Rocky and I are working on molds so that a convertible version can be offered. The convertible parts were mastered by Raoul (Sport Suburban). Rocky and I are working together to create a resin venture I call Holy Grail Hobbies. There are several model club members that are willing to loan us original kits and parts to start much like the Modelhaus did. I'm pretty sure their business started out resin casting parts so that the old promotional models could be repaired and made new again.
http://smcbofphx.proboards.com/board/45/resin-casting http://www.platingsales.com/index.html Hi Pete, Here is a link to some of my casting projects. I have been posting here for several years. This should be helpful in your quest. In order for you to successfully learn to do casting work, proper equipment is important. Most silicone manufacturers will state that no vacuum may be needed to make good bubble free molds but not real parameters are given. Like how deep is the mold going to be? For me a body mold can be 3 inches or more deep. I use Smooth On Mold Star 30 for mold making. I buy gallon kits. They sell a product called SLO JO. This is a thinner that will cause the silicone to take longer to cure. You also do not want to work in a room over 78 degrees. The silicone will start gelling very quickly. You do have the option of refrigerating the silicone for a few minutes before mixing and pouring. Vacuuming will become important for your resin also. It will accumulate moisture quickly. If you are making parts and they look like foamy BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH it is loaded with moisture. Resin gets very hot when curing so the added moisture will cause a lot of problems. Vacuuming the resin bottles is the first thing I do when I begin for the day. I am in process of moving to a 2 acre property with a 800 SF shop on it. I found a company sells chrome plating equipment. I am interested in doing this too. A lot of old names in resin parts is closing due to age and or passing away. Rocky and I will attempt to fill a void that is now needed.
http://www.monsterkolorstore.com/ I have purchased these dyes. They offer some glo in the dark colors.
I made this badge using Smooth- On 325 Clear resin. It has the Monster color blue glo in it. This is the color of it with the lights out. I think you can use a laquer paint too I ialso use dyes from smooth on. You might try micheals for casting kits and dyes. They might carry the Alumilite line.
Here are some faucet handles I made. I mixed the gold and maroon dyes from primary colors. I made the resin gold first and then just quickly swirled in the maroon. If you are using a cheap white resin like their 300 series you could swirl in some red and blue dye and create a red, white and blue themed item. You might try experimenting with nail polish. There are some really cool colors and cheap at a dollar store. You can refrigerate the resin before mixing. This will buy you a couple more minutes of working time. I use Task 8 resin for most parts. It will take a lot of heat. Great for making parts for real cars too. Pressure casting is the best. Having a vacuum pump and vacuum chamber are important items to have too, to be successful.
I do some custom casting for a buddy. He sends my parts to the little motor car company. I'm in process of purchasing a home with a 800 square foot shop on two acres of land in Sun city, AZ. My wife was there yesterday with a electrician to do a bid on some screwy electrical work done by another owner. The neighborhood wives stopped and of course were curious about us. Apparently my new rich neighbors and I will be car buddies. They drink coffee every morning together, can't wait for that. Anyway, If I could afford the equipment and learned how I would be interested in doing the vacuum metalizing for my resin kits. Same goes for injection molding the tires like Modelhaus.