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  1. Non-water based paints (the solvent-based "stinky" plastic-compatible paints like Testors) have solvents "hot" enough to "bite" into styrene without a primer, but not hot enough to cause crazing.  When using those paints no primer is required (and I don't use it).  All it does is to increase the total thickness of the paint, which is not a desired thing. But the plastic surface must be clean.  I suspect that in the 13-year-old Bob's case, the plastic was not perfectly clean, which caused the paint not to bond to the plastic very well.

  2. 16 hours ago, T-Ray said:

    Important thing out of the way first, I don't smoke. I was able to get some (empty!) boxes from one of my brother's co-workers. I have read about using the foil to replicate things like insulation and stuff like that but what I would like to know is if it's possible to remove the foil from the paper backing. Simply trying to peel the foil off hasn't worked, nor has kissing it with a flame, so I'm at a loss on that. Other things that have a foil coating like the wrapper from some gums that can simply be peeled off. What do you think?  

    The cigarette wrapper foil on paper backing is sort of quilted and the extra thickness of the paper is what makes it a good representation of 1:1 insulation.  Plus it is embossed and sometimes it has tiny holes in it. Separating it from the paper would ruin its appearance as insulation.

    Why would you like to separate it from the backing paper Tom?  If you need smooth foil then (as you said) get it from gum wrappers, or get some foil that is designed for hobbyists (like Bare Metal Foil). Use the cigarette stuff to represent insulation.

  3. 21 hours ago, gary jackson said:

    you guys are talking chineeseeee

    No Gary - it is some basic "computer talk". :)
    When you use the Internet (by default on some sort of computer device), it makes sense to understand at least tiny bit of the technology that allows you to do all this cool stuff, like taking digital photos and participating in online forums.  Just like fixing a car - you need to at least understand the basics like what a distributor or carburetor is and how the engine actually works before you can try fixing it.

  4. On 11/6/2023 at 9:02 AM, TonyK said:

    I wanna know how reliable the new push button emergency brake is. If needed in a real emergency does it lock up the wheels?

    If the battery has enough juice to run the electric motor to activate the brake, and enough juice to run the computer that monitors the E-brake button, then sends signal to the motor to turn it  on, then the brake will apply. Not sure if if it will lock up the wheels since the computer will probably not let you apply them when you are driving, because it is "unsafe" to do. Besides, it is not called an "emergency brake", but a "parking brake". Should *ONLY* be used while parked.  ;)  Fun stuff!

     

    We seem to be overcomplicaitng things just for the sake of "advancing the technology".  But hey, now you can check the status of that brake anywhere in the world, on your smart phone car app. More fun stuff!

    Perfect example of some feature that worked well for many decades, and turning it into technological nightmare, with many more complex parts which could break (and cost much more to repair).  Don't get me going on all the new and exciting technology we had rammed down our throats by car manufacturers.  Do we need it? No!  Does it cost more? Yes!  Is it easily repaired? No!  Do  we even have competent mechanics to try the repair? No!  Don't get me wrong - I don't want to go back to automotive technology from the fist half of the 20th Century either. Some of the new technology is actually useful, but not very much.

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  5. On 11/4/2023 at 5:48 PM, BlackSheep214 said:

    Push button start. Hate'em....

    I'd rather have push button automatic instead. My old '64 Dodge Dart had it.

    Many new cars have (fly-by-wire) push button gear selectors (in the center console).  I much rather have a mechanical linkage to be able to put the tranny in neutral if some electronic gadget misbehaves (like the throttle).  I also dislike push button start for the same reason.  If the computer doesn't think the car's state is not "safe" to turn off the engine I'm sure it will not turn it off even if you press the button. With all fly-by-wire electronic controls you lost all control of the car (and also gain many possible ways it can malfunction, causing an accident).  Yea, I know, I know, everything is fault tolerant and fail-safe, but it doesn't make me fill any safer. would rather still have mechanical ignition switch and mechanical shift lever.  I better hold onto my current car because my next new car will be my nightmare on wheels.  And yes, I'm obviously a control-freak (for very good reason - to stay safe).

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  6. On 11/1/2023 at 8:45 AM, bobss396 said:

    Sometimes parts will set up instantly with CA glues. Especially aluminum to aluminum structures. It may be the fine surface finishes. Pins in plastics are more forgiving. On the bench I have small pin vises with a .037" and .026" drill bits permanently installed, used mainly for pinning parts.

    While what you mentioned is accurate, the time to set also depends on the CV viscosity.  The extra thin CA will set instantly, but in my experience the more viscous the CA is, the longer it will take to set. Regular, or gap-filling CA should give you some time to align the parts.

  7. Just to let you know, the rim's outside diameter (what is visible on a model) for any automobile wheel is almost exactly 1.5" larger than the stated rim (or tire) diameter. So on a model a 13" rim would be 14.5" / 24 = 0.604" diameter.  You can do the metric conversion. :)

  8. 49 minutes ago, Tom Geiger said:

    And just when you think we are a safety society…

    Pennsylvania Turnpike. I’m going at least 80 and a Harley screams by me like I’m standing still, weaving through traffic!

    Two riders, guy driving with a girl hanging on. No helmets! Wearing shorts and flip flops!

    We call them "future Darwin Award winners". :D

  9. 7 hours ago, Can-Con said:

    If you don't want the white stripes, just put them on toward the back, just like we used to do with the real thing. 😉

    Yes, on 1:1 scale white-wall tires the white wall is only present on one side of the tire. The other side is a "black-wall".  That has been true for all the cars I owned (including my current 1985 Caddy Eldorado).

  10. 39 minutes ago, NOBLNG said:

    I like spiders…as long as they’re outside. I guess I should have released it.😕 oh well, I don’t think I made a dent in the population.

    I don't live in a tropical climate where large or nasty spiders are common. I was never bitten by a spider.  Spiders here are not very scary looking.  The nastiest ones are the ones that look muscular and move very fast, but I seldom see them indoors, and they don't usually get larger than 3/4".

    The largest ones are what we call "daddy long-leg". They can be around 2" in size, but they have tiny bodies, and very long spindly legs.  They don't spin webs, and as I understand, the aren't even real spiders.  If I find one indoors, I just grab it by a leg and take it outside.

  11. I leave spiders alone in my basement because they catch and eat other bugs that find their way in there.  The dead bug shells under the web are a proof that those spiders are doing their job.  It is like having a free environmentally-friendly exterminator service.  It is also amazing the a spider can trap and eat bugs much larger then they are.

  12. While everybody is dismissing the Compact DIsk media in favor of the current online cloud storage, or memory-based media (like SD cards or thumb-drives), to me CD media is still the best for archival storage.  I have pressed CDs that are over 35 years old with absolutely no signs of any deterioration, and some 20+ years old "burned" CD-Rs, with no signs of deterioration.  I believe the CD media will outlast any of the Flash memory based devices, and who knows what will happens with the cloud based storage when it starts raining data.  :)

    The N-Scale Magazine archive on CDs is distributed by the N-Scale Magazine itself (sold on their website).  I'm sure they have the CDs produced elsewhere, but they do their own distribution.  They recently announced that they will be producing the next CD in 2025 (each CD volume contains 5 years of issues). So there are sill publishers out there who provide "hard" archives of their publications.

  13. Why? Because to have smooth bumper ends, the molds would get more complex.  But yes, I agree that it is not optimal.

    Some Japanese kit companies even go as far as to make the gates (attachment points) on hidden areas of the parts, so no touch-ups are needed.

  14. 2 hours ago, Can-Con said:

    I dunno. Any ideas on what's going on with it Peter? 

    Not really - I have an Alps printer for making decals and I use laser paper.  But I do know that ink jet decal paper has special coating to absorb ink.  I think the best advice here was to try different type of paper setting as the amount of ink printed changes depending on the type of paper.  I also seem to recall reading that some ink jet printers do not work well for decal printing.

  15. Interesting.  Is that model made of metal or silver resin?

    It appears to be "slush-cast", which is an old crude method of casting models, yet the wheels, axles, nylon axle retainers, and Philips-head screws all look modern.  Also since most models/toys are made in China, that "MADE IN USA" lettering also seems vintage.

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