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  • 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.

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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. 

 

 

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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 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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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...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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.

  • Member since
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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 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: 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: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, February 4, 2024 8:53 PM

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

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

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, February 4, 2024 8:47 PM

Gamera

I hope everything is okay Bakster. No problem with stepping away from the bench for a little bit. Sometimes it helps to recharge the batteries. 

 

Thanks, Gam. Still kicking here.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, February 4, 2024 8:46 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
Once the onslaught subsides, I will try getting back to it.

 

We each find our own way.

Sometimes that way is neat and direct like a highway.  Sometimes it's as winding and convoluted as the path of a drunken bumblebee.

Often the best we can hope for is a cowpath with half-adequate signage.

Many here might suggest a simple OOB kit build--hey, a modeling site is going to have modeling suggestions, que suprise.  But, given how abominal your local weather has been of late, perhaps not being the basement is a good idea.

Instead, perhaps what's wanted is some very good fiction, some oustanding movies to just sit back on the couch an absorb.  Forbidden Planet.  Ice Station Zebra.  Rear Window.  The Fifth Element.  Raising Arizona. 

Shoot, just get on You Tube where you can watch all four seasons of Farscape, and both of the Peacekeeper Wars which close the series out. 

 

Hey Capn, all good advice. I am taking it slow. If all the other stuff going on was not enough, I got hit with Covid. My first go with it. Fortunately, nothing too severe. Point being... that forced me to dial it back even more.

Today, I worked on some refinements to my spray booth. I am expanding the exit point because I had it stepping down to a smaller diameter hose. I intially did that to minimize impact to my drywall, should I ever move. I know that by reducing it causes some back pressure, and since I revamped the booth, I figured, what the hey... do it right. So, I expanded the hole. 

Speaking of the booth... I made another change. You might recall my saying the air draw seemed good. Well, another issue reared it's ugly head that I didn't see coming. Right out of the gates I noticed an odd electrical smell. I wrote it off as new electronic smell that will eventually go away. Well... after several tests, it didn't go away. It got worse. For the heck of it, I pulled the filter assembly and felt the fan housing. Holy cats, it was hot! You'd burn yourself if you kept holding it. THAT IS NOT GOOD! I don't need volatile vapors flowing over something that is hot. If the fan heats like that during short runs...what will happen if I run it a long time?

The question became... was I causing that with my closed system. Further testing revealed it adds to it, but even with leaving the front wide open, that fan gets hot. I thought for sure it was a bad fan so I wrote the company. They sent a replacement and what do you know, same darn thing. No improvement.

What to do. I never had this issue before using my old system. The fan I had worked fine even under the closed door load. I almost decided to just go with it, my lazy kicked in, but in the end... no...no way.

They are using a computer fan with this like many of these commercial booths. My previous fan housing was pulled off one of those portable units and they used a computer fan too. Yet, I had no heat issue. What it is about this fan that it heats up like that, I do not know.

Long story short. I found a nice fan that is closer to an exhaust fan and it even has a higher CFM. I also like that it has a variable speed control on it. Now, I can dial in air draw. I ran it for a spell and with initial testing, the fan housing gets warm at best. Not hot!

As Walter Cronkite used to say, and that's the way it is. 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, January 26, 2024 11:27 PM

I hope everything is okay Bakster. No problem with stepping away from the bench for a little bit. Sometimes it helps to recharge the batteries. 

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, January 26, 2024 12:23 PM

Bakster
Once the onslaught subsides, I will try getting back to it.

We each find our own way.

Sometimes that way is neat and direct like a highway.  Sometimes it's as winding and convoluted as the path of a drunken bumblebee.

Often the best we can hope for is a cowpath with half-adequate signage.

Many here might suggest a simple OOB kit build--hey, a modeling site is going to have modeling suggestions, que suprise.  But, given how abominal your local weather has been of late, perhaps not being the basement is a good idea.

Instead, perhaps what's wanted is some very good fiction, some oustanding movies to just sit back on the couch an absorb.  Forbidden Planet.  Ice Station Zebra.  Rear Window.  The Fifth Element.  Raising Arizona. 

Shoot, just get on You Tube where you can watch all four seasons of Farscape, and both of the Peacekeeper Wars which close the series out. 

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, January 25, 2024 11:47 PM

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. :)

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 10:08 PM

PhoenixG

Hey Bakster,

Happy 2024 and hope all is well.  It's been a while so thought I would give the thread a ping and see how things are going.

I've been checking out a few of the channels the group recommended.  I enjoyed a few of Aztecdummy's builds and watched Sprueverse do a resin build of the egg scene in Alien.  It turns out I've seen a few of Plasmo's builds in the past.

Such a variety of approaches to scale models.   Looking forward to trying more. My goal is view at least one video from the channels everyone shared.  :)

 

 

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!

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 7:32 PM

Hey Bakster,

Happy 2024 and hope all is well.  It's been a while so thought I would give the thread a ping and see how things are going.

I've been checking out a few of the channels the group recommended.  I enjoyed a few of Aztecdummy's builds and watched Sprueverse do a resin build of the egg scene in Alien.  It turns out I've seen a few of Plasmo's builds in the past.

Such a variety of approaches to scale models.   Looking forward to trying more. My goal is view at least one video from the channels everyone shared.  :)

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, December 28, 2023 12:55 PM

There are a couple of channels I watch because they only get videos out about once a month and pour clear resin in kilogram quantities.  They are also largely in Monster/horro genres, whic hmakes a nice change of pace

MiniBricks Craft, which from memory is based in Czechia, and ThalassoHobby, which is in SE Asia (with subtitles in Japanese).

I also watch Charlie Bishop's Chadwick Model Railway.  That largely becuase it brings back memories of when I wa part of a model railway club as a scenery builder.  Charlie is a former RN submariner, too.  He's a very good videographer and is committed to his craft in making videos.  Also, he's on a quest to "Be the first Pensioner with 100,000 subscribers."

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Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, December 28, 2023 12:01 PM

Hope everyone had a happy holiday weekend and wish y'all a Happy upcoming New Year's!

So many interesting modeling channels to check out!  Going to have to pace myself.  If I don't, I won't get anything done at the bench!  Big Smile

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 9:33 PM

Yeah those sound great Captain! 

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

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 10:18 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
Here are three of my favorite build channels:

 

There's a wealth of great channels out there.

Max_afterburner US (the underscore is required)
His aircraft builds are very considered, seeing as how he's a maintainer for the AZ Air Nat'l Guard.

The Model Shed  UK Steve is a retired RAF maintainer who lives in the far north of England, and builds all kinds of things--often over many episoes (his 1/200 HMS Hood was 50 episodes, IIRC).  He has a following of UK and european modelers with their own channels.

Night Shift  Czrchia Martin Kovak largely builds armor in dioramas--his channel is very much focused on technique. 

Laser Creation-World Germany Thomas builds elaborate models for elaborate dioramas.  The German-to-English captions occasionally will have some uh-ohs.  Decent descriptions of techniques.  His painting style is very definitely more Fine Arts than "modeler's style."  And, that "fine arts" methi=od also extends to research & depiction--it's very much the the Art School adage of "it's a painting, not a polaroid."  Also, it's pretty much the same 4 cuts of no-royalties music in every video.

 

 

Hey Capn--  I did a cursory check on your links and they look good. I will subscribe to them. 

 

Plasmo Plastic Models

Here is another good one. His skill level is high. One can learn much from his videos. 

https://www.youtube.com/@idaemonplasmo

 

 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 1:29 PM

Bakster
Here are three of my favorite build channels:

There's a wealth of great channels out there.

Max_afterburner US (the underscore is required)
His aircraft builds are very considered, seeing as how he's a maintainer for the AZ Air Nat'l Guard.

The Model Shed  UK Steve is a retired RAF maintainer who lives in the far north of England, and builds all kinds of things--often over many episoes (his 1/200 HMS Hood was 50 episodes, IIRC).  He has a following of UK and european modelers with their own channels.

Night Shift  Czrchia Martin Kovak largely builds armor in dioramas--his channel is very much focused on technique. 

Laser Creation-World Germany Thomas builds elaborate models for elaborate dioramas.  The German-to-English captions occasionally will have some uh-ohs.  Decent descriptions of techniques.  His painting style is very definitely more Fine Arts than "modeler's style."  And, that "fine arts" methi=od also extends to research & depiction--it's very much the the Art School adage of "it's a painting, not a polaroid."  Also, it's pretty much the same 4 cuts of no-royalties music in every video.

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, December 25, 2023 6:11 PM

Gamera
That looks great Bakster! A bang-up professional job!

Thanks, Gam. I guess I needed a diversion!

Hopefully, getting back to the build soon.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 25, 2023 4:59 PM

I hope the captain's dog taught Clapper a lesson. Beware of him Bakster! I wouldn't trust him either! 

And yes look out Timmy and Phoenix- he's probably headed your way next!!!

 

He told me he asked St. Nick for a truck full of bananas but it all went to pot when he peed in Santa's lap...

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 25, 2023 4:54 PM

That looks great Bakster! A bang-up professional job! You ought to make these and sell them!!! 

And thanks for the YouTube links guys! 

 

Just what I need something else to waste my time on YouTube instead of getting stuff done!!! Confused

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

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, December 25, 2023 12:20 PM

Well-- it was inevitable. Clapper called me, COLLECT! It seems Gamera turned him out for his antics. Clapper wanted to glum off me next but I told him there is a banana shortage over here. That shut him down quickly. He mentioned Capns place next but I told him there is a ravenous dog over there that will tear him limb from limb. You are welcome, Capn. 

Sorry, LittleTimmy. If you hear a clapping sound... it's probably Clapper.  He was gonna glum off you next.

 

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, December 25, 2023 12:03 PM

PhoenixG
Bakster, your painting booth is a marvel.  You have a negative pressure room with seals to minimize chance of contaminated air entering the other parts of the room.  It needs to have CDC Biosafety lab level markings. LOL

Thanks and Lol...

 

PhoenixG
Bench time was challenging the past couple of weeks.  During that time I discovered Adam Savage's One Day Builds and they've been a great way to unwind.  Watching them was like reading your forum posts, but with video!  I loved his build of a garage resin kit of an AT-AT.   It's a three part video. Here's the start if your curiousity is piqued.

Amazing how we are going through the same thing. I have watched his builds as well. I will rewatch the AT-AT build. Time has been so scant that I live vicariously watching others build. Here are three of my favorite build channels:

Sprueverse

A light hearted channel seeking to ever improve, not claiming to be a master builder, and yet he builds fun projects to a great result. Probably my favorite channel because I learn through his mistakes and musings. Phil has grown into a talented builder.

https://www.youtube.com/@sprueVerse/videos

 

Aztek Dummy

Also a light hearted channel with diverse and fun builds, the models assembled by a highly talented builder. This is right up there with Phil at Sprueverse in terms of my liking. 

https://www.youtube.com/@aztekdummy/videos

 

TrekWorks

A highly skilled and patient builder that is as masterful teaching his craft. 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=trekworks

 

PhoenixG
You've put a lot of effort into making the booth be what you want. Can't wait to hear how your first few airbrushing efforts go! 

 

I am hoping that over the coming new years weekend I will give it a spin. No time right now.

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