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A Nutty Idea
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, September 18, 2017 9:45 AM

Hi ;

 Listen , I found out something this past week . C.A. Affects LEGO like regular Tamiya liquid glue affects styrene ! This means that we as modelers can catch some at flea markets and do this .

 Say you have a large ship .You don't want to use the flimsy stand supplied to build that ship . Well , build a cradle of assorted LEGOS . You can Tailor it to fit the hull and Bingo ! there you go . Oh, It works for Armor and Aircraft too .

 Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees .I've been doing this for years with cars !

 The beautiful part . Once put together you have to build new , if the ship or armor , or plane and car is grossly different . You will still have the base rigs for everything else . It takes two pair of pliers to pull them apart once glued , and you'll likely suffer irrepairable damage to the bricks . So just build new , Label them and put them in a drawer , for when you need them .      T.B.

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Posted by Nino on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:15 AM

I bet those Legos can make a terrific Dry Dock for larger scales. 
And Thanks T.B., I always watch for your posts.
    Jim.
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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:48 AM

Jim;

 Funny you should mention that ! I actually never thought of that ! Hmmmm , I guess I'll have to see what I can do .Thanks . T.B.

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Posted by Nino on Monday, September 25, 2017 5:20 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hi ;

 Listen , I found out something this past week . C.A. Affects LEGO like regular Tamiya liquid glue affects styrene ! This means that we as modelers can catch some at flea markets and do this .

 Say you have a large ship .You don't want to use the flimsy stand supplied to build that ship . Well , build a cradle of assorted LEGOS . You can Tailor it to fit the hull and Bingo ! there you go . Oh, It works for Armor and Aircraft too .

 Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees .I've been doing this for years with cars !

 The beautiful part . Once put together you have to build new , if the ship or armor , or plane and car is grossly different . You will still have the base rigs for everything else . It takes two pair of pliers to pull them apart once glued , and you'll likely suffer irrepairable damage to the bricks . So just build new , Label them and put them in a drawer , for when you need them .      T.B.

 

 

      I cleaned up my basement after the Grandkids were over and sorted all the Legos into the proper Kit boxes. Looks like there are a few hundred that Don't Belong... So, I appropriated a few and will experiment. First thing to try is what do I have to do to get paint to really stick. These Logos are very Glossy. Guess I could sand a few hundred down but then I'll never get to my Stash.  Another thing is to determine what scale model ship will look appropriate either Mounted on some Legos or in a Diorama using Legos. What a dilema...

   A neat Idea for something completly different.  It may not be Museum quality but when I broached the idea to my oldest Grandson, He glowed! (He loves Legos!)

     Jim.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, September 25, 2017 10:48 PM

Hi Jim !

   Hey here's an idea . LEGOS take paint well  Especially Krylon Or Rustoleum Brand . Build a drydock Dio . It can be small or large . Remember ! According to " Rulers of the World " They work out to 1/20 scale ! That's large !  By The Way I got a " Rulers of the World " comparison chart because of the Rail-Road Museum .  T.B.

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Posted by Nino on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:34 AM

     Well, I am a Rattle-Can sort-a Guy since I'm inexperienced with Airbrush.  Krylon and Rustoleum are easy for me to get . 

     Looks like Legos could be used at various scales based on some Pics I broused. Maybe 1/144 or larger might work.Some of these Drydocks show really large wall sections.

Here's a few...

     http://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/FullSizeRender33.jpg

 

https://defencyclopedia.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/wpid-091019-n-2638r-002.jpg

 

http://www.crandalldrydock.com/Crandall%20pix/halifax_floating.jpg

 

 

One Man's Legos could be another Mans inexpensive Floating Drydock Diorama

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:58 AM

Hi ;

 Oh you are on the right track . Now remember  for smaller scale you use what LEGO calls plates . These are a third the height of the regular brick .Then you cover the studs with the flat 1x2, 1x3 etc tiles .This covers the studs . OR , Cut the visible studs off with a sprue cutter and glue .010 strips on to cover what you've done .

 As far as paint sticking . Sand lightly with 320 grit WET after gluing , or wash with lacquer thinner ! .

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