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Posted by steve5 on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:42 PM

Well done Steve , your a tenacious son of a gun mate . 

 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:33 AM

steve5

Well done Steve , your a tenacious son of a gun mate . 

 

Thanks Steve!  Hee haw..

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:34 AM

goldhammer88

Very nicely done.  Way to go, you little problem solver, you.

 

 

Thanks GH.   Lol.

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:41 AM

Gamera

Sorry, got their email the other day and was looking though their website. Figured you'd already seen it but thought it was worth a shot. Hope the pressure pot works out. 

 

No need to be sorry. Appreciate the suggestion. 

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:02 AM

Great job on the pressure pot and resulting gear.

YesYesYes

Your resilience never ceases to amaze.

-Greg

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:17 AM

Greg

Great job on the pressure pot and resulting gear.

YesYesYes

Your resilience never ceases to amaze.

Ditto and a half. Yes

I've only done very simple pour-casting myself...but this whole enterprise has been ridiculously instructive. You suffer...we learn. What could be more useful?Wink

Seriously, great work!

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:43 AM

gregbale
You suffer...we learn. What could be more useful?

Ha. That's both funny and true.

Thanks for the laugh. Smile

-Greg

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 28, 2021 11:22 AM

That's sooooo good to hear!

Congrads on being able to use the rubber silicone compound to make a new gasket first off!

 

The new wheels look perfect in the photos too! Glad to see and hear you're back on track!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    July 2009
  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Thursday, October 28, 2021 3:20 PM

OUTSTANDING! Great job on the tank conversion and the resulting parts! Perseverance and determination win again. At this rate you'll be cranking out your own "garage kits" before you know itWink

Gil
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Posted by steve5 on Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:36 PM

I can see it now baxters bits the hobby specialist . Big Smile

 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:52 PM

gregbale
You suffer...we learn. What could be more useful?

Right on brother! It works for me!  

Glad you found all this useful. It's a win win! Yes

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:53 PM

Greg

Great job on the pressure pot and resulting gear.

YesYesYes

Your resilience never ceases to amaze.

 

 

Thanks Greg!

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:56 PM

Back to the bench
At this rate you'll be cranking out your own "garage kits" before you know it

Laughing. I doubt it, but thanks for the thought!  And thanks for the kudos, Gil. 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:59 PM

 

 

Gamera
Glad to see and hear you're back on track!!

Amen brother. Out from the cave and into the light. All just in time for the clocks to roll back this weekend putting me in the dark again. Son of a ....

Thanks Gam!

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    July 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:26 PM

"Baxter's Bit's"  will be a featured display at...

 

Little Timmy's House Of Miniature's.

( it's an imaginary hobby shop/ model museum that I hope to actually open someday .... if I can get my wife to leave me alone...)

nice job on the PP. I may have to build  one of those myself.

BTW,  we don't have to turn back our clocks in Arizona .......

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage"

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:54 PM

Simply awesome mate. I take great strength from your determination, (I'll explain more about this later, but your determination has helped me put new life into an old project). I will also be googleing "Bakster's Bits" and "Little Timmy's Warehouse of Minatures".Bow DownBow DownBow Down

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, October 29, 2021 10:10 AM

littletimmy
Baxter's Bit's"  will be a featured display at...

Hey Tim. Maybe I should collect the meriod of bad casts and send them to you. You can make a display and maybe label it, Baksters Long Long Road.

littletimmy
nice job on the PP. I may have to build  one of those myself.

Thanks and sounds good. It is very easy to convert. The items needed are relatively easy to find and all you need beyond that is an adjustable wrench, teflon tape, and probably a channel lock wrench. That is as long as you don't need to make a new gasket. Some folks don't have the issue I did. This is a budget tank, so quality control is not all that good. I would recommend making a new one either way because even if there isn't an issue, you really need to torque those hold downs when using the supplied gasket. With the new gasket I made, I need far less torque. 

littletimmy
BTW,  we don't have to turn back our clocks in Arizona .......

I like that. Keep an eye out for a home that I can buy. I like Adobe style. Wink

 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, October 29, 2021 10:12 AM

Dodgy
Simply awesome mate. I take great strength from your determination

Thanks Mate!

Dodgy
(I'll explain more about this later, but your determination has helped me put new life into an old project).

I can't wait to hear more about this project. Don't forget to Do Tell.

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    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:53 PM

Gamera
I was going with BAA-KOO since it sounds like Baka which is Japanese for silly or foolish person!

In Nihongo romanji "baka" ( バカ ) is "bah KAH" although sometimes used as a BAh KAh, with equal emphasis on the leading part of both syllables.

There is a reflex with native English speakers to render it as BAHK ah, and that is not quite right, a bit like rendering "thorough" as "thor ohw" instead of "thur oh."

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, October 31, 2021 2:15 PM

Wheel on the right is the opposite orientation. Next up is to make a mold for it. Not today though.

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    July 2013
Posted by steve5 on Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:04 PM

Powering along Steve. 

 

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Sunday, October 31, 2021 4:10 PM

I like it... directional wheels.  Here's hoping the tread teeth are directional too.EmbarrassedBig Smile

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, October 31, 2021 6:04 PM

goldhammer88

I like it... directional wheels.  Here's hoping the tread teeth are directional too.EmbarrassedBig Smile

 

Oh no. Pretty sure the teeth are all weather, no direction...Wink 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, October 31, 2021 6:09 PM

I

steve5

Powering along Steve. 

 

I am on a mission to get past this wheel business. Nemo is threatening to particle beam me if I dont get moving on this. 

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    July 2013
Posted by steve5 on Sunday, October 31, 2021 7:12 PM

That doesn't sound pleasant , better get a move on Big Smile

 

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 1, 2021 9:07 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Gamera
I was going with BAA-KOO since it sounds like Baka which is Japanese for silly or foolish person!

 

In Nihongo romanji "baka" ( バカ ) is "bah KAH" although sometimes used as a BAh KAh, with equal emphasis on the leading part of both syllables.

There is a reflex with native English speakers to render it as BAHK ah, and that is not quite right, a bit like rendering "thorough" as "thor ohw" instead of "thur oh."

 

Thanks Captain! I took a few courses in Japanese but I kinda sucked at it... Dunce

 

Bakster: Please get a move on - I don't want to see you vaporized!!! I like the wheels, looks like she's coming along well for me. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 11:47 AM

Gamera
Bakster: Please get a move on - I don't want to see you vaporized!!! I like the wheels, looks like she's coming along well for me. 

I'm shakin the tree boss. I'm shakin it. Wink

Progress goes fast when you know what to do. The mold is in process. The first half of the mold was poured last night. Sadly, it looks like I need to order more silicone. I used up too much with all the redos! 

Update. Oh and making the pressure pot gasket didn't help. That sucked up a bunch.

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    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4:15 AM

Keep shakin mate cos we're a watchin........... No pressure mind youBig SmileBig SmileWhistling

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, November 7, 2021 8:30 PM

Speaking of wheels, I think it was Capn that mentioned 3d printing. There are a few videos out there on making 3D wheels, but I happened to watch this one. It shows the potential of this technology. It could have made quick work of wheels, if I had the equipment, and the knowledge to make it happen. Maybe someday and it when it gets easier.

 

I should have an update this week on the other casts.

 

 

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:33 PM

Part 2, The Extended Version, Casting My Wheels

Well, hopefully, after this post you won't have to see more from me regarding casting.

Below: The master is set onto Sculpey Clay, the pour spout and vent mounted, undercuts filled prior. The worst part of the whole process is:

1. Kneading the clay to a soft and pliable state. The stuff stiffens as it sits. It's a major workout making my hands strong. Now, I can crush rocks with a simple squeeze. Wink

2. Making these undercuts are a PITA. It is time consuming business.

I should mention that I used hot glue to mount the vent and the pour spout. Previously, I used CA, and I found that the silicone remained tacky in the areas where I used CA. I suspect the CA hindered the cure. The hot glue worked perfectly. 

Below: The walls are made from foam board. A trick I learned from YouTube is to not score the foam all the way through. It works great to score the paper on the outer side, then bend the foam to make the corner. The advantage of this is that the inner paper layer remains intact, and this keeps silicone from leaking out. In short, you don't have to hot glue those corners. In the end, you need to seal only one corner.

 Below: Side 1 of the mold is poured.

Below: The mold is flipped, the clay base is removed, and including removal of the undercuts. This step is a pita too because the clay is crumbly, and it takes time to clean it all out. Then a thin layer of vaseline is applied to all areas silicone.

Below: Sammie CAT at the Vet for checkup. Turns out he has thyroid issues. Nothing too serious, YET.

 

 I learned some things with regarding the PBJ method, and using the low viscosity resin:

1. It is best to make the syringe spout on the deeper side of the mold. You can fill that side of the mold with the mold facing up, as shown. Notice the syringe is attached from below. I press the plunger filling the mold from below. This forces any air to the surface that may have been in the spout, and it gets vented before closing the mold. I then pour a small amount from the mixing cup into the other mold. I then flip that mold onto the deeper side. You lose less material doing it this way. I also find that there are less issues with air pockets this way because the deeper side is full, and nothing is lost in the flipping process. I learned this the hard way.

Then you band the mold, and I inject more resin into the mold until the resin comes out of the vent. Then it's ready for the PP. I have three minutes to do all this, from mixing all the way to clamping and pressurizing the pot. It's quite the race, and there is no room for error.

2. Whatever you do, do not remove and reinsert the syringe and inject more resin into the mold after it is closed. You will be forcing air into the mold. There will always be an air pocket ahead of that syringe and you'll force that air into the cast. I also learned this the hard way.

Below: The mold is split open.

Below: And done.

Finally--I can move on!  Jeez. 

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