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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, February 4, 2024 8:57 PM

PhoenixG

 

 
Bakster
Hey PG... so glad to hear you have watched a few. They entertain me when I am not able to build. And speaking of not building... I had to stop. Life has different ideas for my time and energy. It has been challenging. Once the onslaught subsides, I will try getting back to it. Thanks for checking in!

 

Thanks for sharing them.  I'm currently watching Spureverse build a Battlestar Galactica Shuttle.  I've been bad and haven't tried any of the others yet.

Understand how life has it's own plans for us.  Do the needful and take care of yourself.  Look forward to seeing more when you're once again able to return to the bench. :)

 

I like Sprueverse and next to that Aztec Dummy. They entertain me, funny guys, and they do good work. Lou is currently building a resin Sand Crawler and Phil is working on a Tydirium Shuttle. I have the same kit in my stash, probably 30 years old now. The Tydirium has to be my favorite ship from those earlier Star Wars releases. Anyway, I am enjoying both builds. And poor Lou... he is struggling with severe resin flash and warped sections. Ugh. I think I would have shelved it at this point. Waaay too much work.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, February 4, 2024 9:00 PM

Gamera

Oh wow, good to hear you're okay after being sick and the fan issues! 

 

It's hard to keep a crazy man down! Indifferent I am too crazy to know when to quit! Lol.

 

 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, February 5, 2024 1:54 PM

Bakster
I got hit with Covid. My first go with it.

Better once that four times, at least from personal experience.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, February 5, 2024 3:32 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
I got hit with Covid. My first go with it.

 

Better once that four times, at least from personal experience.

 

Egads, brother.  Not good.

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, February 9, 2024 2:32 PM

Bakster
Egads, brother. Not good.

That was spanning four years, call it 40 months, and none much longer than 3-4 days.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, February 10, 2024 3:08 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
Egads, brother. Not good.

 

That was spanning four years, call it 40 months, and none much longer than 3-4 days.

 

Glad to hear it was not the kind that sent one to a hospital. I know one or two people that had very serious bouts of it. Heck, that is not including my losing two family members to it. Shaking my head here.

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, February 10, 2024 3:46 PM

Well, while the eye of the storm hovers over me, I made some hay. I cleaned up my bench/work area and did some putty work on the model. Nothing to show at this point.

For the sake of something to show, here is a little more info on the spraybooth revamp.

Below: The black tube is my in-line fan replacement. The manufacturers fan was installed in the silver box to the right of it. I pulled that out. It was a fairly easy update because I only needed to get angle brackets, the duct reducer, drill two holes in the fan housing, and screw the assembly down. I was even able to use two of the preexisting screw holes in the booth housing. After that, I added a bead of silicone calk.

As mentioned previously, I revamped the exaust port. Where as before I had a reducer to simplify drywall damage, I have expanded the opening. I pulled down the assembly and proceeded to cut a bigger hole. And I have to tell ya, that ended up being a bigger pain due to wood bracing in the wall and all the clutter in front of it. The hose is 4 inch and you need to get that cutout perfectly centered or you will never fit a duct connection through to the other side. It was not as clean an install as my picky self would have liked it, but it is functionaly fine. 



That's all I gots for today.

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Friday, February 23, 2024 1:41 AM

Bakster, sorry you had a bout of COVID but glad to hear you are on the mend.

Apparently tidying the shop is also contagious. I must have caught it from you. ;)

Thankfully it seems to have run it's course and I should be able to get back to things again in the near future.

I hope things continue to improve.  Getting the ventiliation for the new booth straightened out is a certainy a big step in the right direction.  Such a weird issue for the stock fan to have...

On the Bench:

Bandai 1/72 Destroid Spartan

Bandai Starblazers 2202 Garmillas Zoellugut

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, February 25, 2024 2:18 PM

Apparently tidying the shop is also contagious. I must have caught it from you. ;)

Indeed!

 

Getting the ventiliation for the new booth straightened out is a certainy a big step in the right direction.  Such a weird issue for the stock fan to have...


Yes for sure. I can't explain the stock fan. Very odd.

The good news is my new booth is working great. The replacement fan and removing the bottleneck at the exaust port has it dialed in. I like that it's metal because it's easy to clean, and kind of easy to spot lint and dust.

Work continues on the Chariot at a snails pace. This build has been fighting me. Will keep pushing forward. 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, February 26, 2024 10:05 PM

Great to see the new painting booth coming along so well! 

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

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 9:03 AM

Gamera

Great to see the new painting booth coming along so well! 

 

indeed! I used it again last night..worked great. Barely smelled anything and not until I opened the front panel. Working with lacquer. I attribute this to my mostly closed system. The booth pulled overspray well too, no paint fogging in the booth. And as I mentioned earlier, easy cleanup with the smooth metal surface. I am venting to my garage and holy cats, when I went through it to throw something out, it smelled to high heaven. The booth is doing its job. If I was not venting it as such, all those fumes would be in my basement. Not good. And when the furnace would kick in, circulate the fumes throughout the house. After every spray session I open the main garage door to vent it outside. A very long story short, it was worth the effort!

Making some progress on the model. Sadly, I decided to strip my paintwork on the tub insert. I had used Alclad, their black, for their chrome process. It is an older bottle and I think it was going bad. Bits were coming through in the spray. I had managed to eventually get a good smooth surface but then I was not happy how it was curing. It is an enamel. With all the handling yet to do, I decided not to take the chance, strip it, and use lacquer instead. This is the third time I have stripped that piece and all because of the Alclad. This hobby has a way of slapping you in ways you'd never expect. I don't think I will do another restrip on this model. There is a limit to my patience. The good news is, I might not need to. I got the black down, and last night I cleared coated it. I can finally start to paint the other colors.

More than you wanted to know.

 

Later. 

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, March 3, 2024 12:39 PM

Bakster
More than you wanted to know.

And yet, we still read it, and with interest.

We here in Texas are in the middle of el niño "spring" which is sore distracting.  Instead of it being 64°F for the high, it's been mid 70s to near 80.

If with the least touh of y'all's last cold snap to bring things down to more realistic February temps. 

Not at all ideal time to be indoors for any reason.  We've had Texas Independance Day on 2 March, and the weather has been spectacular.  If rife with crane flies

and mud dauber wasps

(very benign and unconcerned about humans unless they swat or over-react) all brought out by the warmth.
The dog is followed by a cloud of shed fur at near every step, too.
Sadly, we'll have skeeters in a week.
The dogwoods have bloomed, so Texas Wildfower season is mere weeks away.
As if amy more distractions were wanted.

So, the focus and attention to detail to get a proper coat of paint on the Chariot is to be commended, not lamented.

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, March 3, 2024 8:33 PM

 

And yet, we still read it, and with interest.

Thanks, Capn. Good to hear!

Cool pics btw of the local pestilence. Pestilence... like Dr Zaius might refer to a human form of pest. 

Yes! It is warmer up here too! I just came back from an errand, the car window open, and I heard frogs croaking in the ditches. Holy cats. We just exited February, and it feels like April. For us, a typical end of February is still at sub freezing. This could be a wild ride for Spring and Summer. I read somewhere that elnino is supposed to flip in the next few months. Time will tell.

Hard to believe that 6 weeks or so back, I was looking at this:

I tell ya. This storm was something else to behold. It was like a snowbomb went off. My power was knocked offline for near 24 hours but others faced 3 to 4 days of it. And the temps dropped to sub zero. When I managed to get out, I went to the nearest kwik trip for some coffee and chow. They had power. I had never seen them so busy because many others faced the same demise. After scarfing down food, I took a short drive of the area and my gosh, every tree branch was collapsed and straining under the weight. It was a surreal scene. The worst part in all this is what you can't do. No power means no heat, no lights, no tv, no internet, no stove to cook, no coffee pot for coffee, no nothing. All you can do is wrap up in a blanket and be bored silly.  And btw, my electric recliner didn't work either. lol. It sucked. I felt badly for the others where it went beyond a day. Some of those poor souls would spend their time at local grocery sucking on coffee. Better than in a freezing house.


So, the focus and attention to detail to get a proper coat of paint on the Chariot is to be commended, not lamented.

And there is wisdom. I always appreciate that in you.

 

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, March 9, 2024 2:09 PM

Bakster
And there is wisdom.

Dunno from wisdom, perhaps forced lessons in humility, like my last trip back from Boston which was scheduled to leave Logan at 1420, and did not pushback until 1535.  And was diverted by a Ground Stop about 30 minutes from DFW, to be diverted to Austin, landing there at 2200, then not leaving again until 2330.  So, I did not get home until 0130 Friday morning.

Oh, and oboth the out and the back, there was a Kaptain Konsideration in front of me who had to recline their seta the full 8" into my space so not tray table use, and thus, no laptop use.  So, three hours of nothing but my own thoughts.

But did allow for recalling the words of a smart person, "Shared joy is increased; shared misery is decreased."  Which is fundamentally based in how friendship works in the voluntary givign and taking.

To veer this back to things spatial, my view of yesterday's Eclipse

The dog Does Not Approve

Used high-tek to get this:

Some days you get rain, some you get sunshine.

 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, March 10, 2024 5:15 PM

Hey Capn, I don't envy anyone dealing with air travel. The example you provide speaks to the issue. I'd hate it.

Speaking of eclipse. I don't recall what area of Texas you are in, and Texas is a big state. Are you in a direct path for the 4/8 eclipse? If not, will you travel to get there? How far roughly? 

 

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 10, 2024 8:08 PM

Bakster: Sorry to hear about you having to strip the paint. As I said before I really mind doing stuff no matter how much trouble is involved but I really really REALLY HATE redoing stuff again!!! 

It ought to stick the first time dangit!!!! 

Cool but the eclipe, I've only been though one total one. Having things go dark at noon is kinda spooky... 

It's warming up here too, went to see the new version of 'Dune' late Sunday and took the top off the car. Not looking forward to all the pollen though. It never bothered me as a youngster but now that I'm old it plays havoc with my sinuses. 

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

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, March 10, 2024 8:17 PM

As I said before I really mind doing stuff no matter how much trouble is involved but I really really REALLY HATE redoing stuff again!!! 


Gam, same here my friend.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, March 10, 2024 8:45 PM

Well, finally, some progress.

Below: Black is laid down for targeted chrome. The thing I struggled with here was getting a glass smooth surface. Try as I may, specs and paint build up kept me from the goal. So, I took the long way home. I laid the black, once cured, followed with a light sanding to knock down peaks. This was followed with a coating of Testors Gloss. Then, this was followed by a sort of polish by using successively finer and finer grits until smooth. This got me there. The areas I want to chrome are the dash panel, the box that the terrain scanner rests on, and the aft box where the robot rests on.

Below: Prepping for color.

Below: Some color. 

From here I must paint the cushions and the floor. The cushions blackish, the floor probably an aluminum, dirtied from all the planetary excursions.

After that, pull some tape and paint some chrome. Much can go wrong in all this, fingers crossed. There is hope, though.

 

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, March 10, 2024 8:57 PM

PS: I keep saying chrome, but the goal might be closer to a polished stainless look. Will see how it comes out.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, March 11, 2024 8:41 AM

A video came across my radar yesterday that encapsulates why the TV series turned from a more serious program to a campy silly one. Kind of interesting. Thought I'd share.

 

https://youtu.be/oUeXHFWpldM?si=MSvca9iLSclfQ05P

  • Member since
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, March 11, 2024 12:48 PM

Bakster
Speaking of eclipse. I don't recall what area of Texas you are in, and Texas is a big state. Are you in a direct path for the 4/8 eclipse? If not, will you travel to get there? How far roughly?

DFW gets a direct overlay for totatlity.  Will be about 1340 local time.

If next month, and not last Friday, as my travel-addled brain convinced me.

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, March 11, 2024 4:49 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
Speaking of eclipse. I don't recall what area of Texas you are in, and Texas is a big state. Are you in a direct path for the 4/8 eclipse? If not, will you travel to get there? How far roughly?

 

DFW gets a direct overlay for totatlity.  Will be about 1340 local time.

If next month, and not last Friday, as my travel-addled brain convinced me.

 

 

Very cool!  Now you must hope for clear skies!

 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, March 14, 2024 10:09 PM

One thing I didn't think through enough was masking. It will be easier to mask over the black seat cushions and then paint the surrounding chair, verses the inverse. It can be done for sure, but it would be painstaking, times 6 chairs. Forget it. So, as much as I hate do overs, I stripped the orange and started over.  

1. Painted with MRP black.

2. I dry brushed a custom lighter shade of black using Tamiya acrylic. The purpose is to simulate color wear as the Robinsons bounce around in their seats during long Sunday drives. Or perhaps, while looking for a good place to dump Smith. Wink

Aside from that. It gives the seat realism and it knocks down that 2 dimensional appearance. 

3. I blended the two layers by spraying another layer of MRP on top. A very light coat so as not to kill the color wear.

And the snail crawls on.

 

 

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, March 14, 2024 10:17 PM

Seats look good!

Thanks,

John

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 14, 2024 11:18 PM

They look good to me Bakster! Every little bit is step forward! 

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

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, March 15, 2024 6:08 AM

I'm in on this one Steve. Gotta get all caught up but this islooking like it is coming along GREAT so far. 

                   

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, March 15, 2024 8:55 AM

John... thank you!  I want the Robinsons to ride in comfort. As to Smith, he can sit on the floor next to the robot. Oh the pain. The pain. Hehe. Yes

Cliff, aka Gam. Thank you, sir. Yes. One step at a time wins the race. 

Joe... reading this thread from the start... I hope you have time to kill. Lol. You know my builds... filled with surperfulous banter. Maybe, just start at the first pages. I came out of the gates strong. It was downhill from there. Lol.

Thanks everyone for commenting!

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, March 15, 2024 10:01 AM

Bakster

John... thank you!  I want the Robinsons to ride in comfort. As to Smith, he can sit on the floor next to the robot. Oh the pain. The pain. Hehe. Yes

Cliff, aka Gam. Thank you, sir. Yes. One step at a time wins the race. 

Joe... reading this thread from the start... I hope you have time to kill. Lol. You know my builds... filled with surperfulous banter. Maybe, just start at the first pages. I came out of the gates strong. It was downhill from there. Lol.

Thanks everyone for commenting!

 

                   

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, March 15, 2024 3:27 PM

Oh Boy!

    Now I am hooked. I'll have to get me one of these, and yeah, let the stupid Dr.Smith sit on the floor next to the robot for sure!

  • Member since
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, March 15, 2024 7:33 PM

Bakster
. It will be easier to mask over the black seat cushions and then paint the surrounding chair, verses the inverse.

Quite logical, if two steps back to go one forward.  Such is life.

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