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  1. colinlp

    Casting rubber

    Thanks, sorry for the delay, been away for a couple of weeks. I've tried leather but it tends to stretch and come loose after an hour or so. There are ready made versions available but they are horrendously expensive and only come in a couple of sizes from the states with no returns accepted so I'm reluctant to shell out a small fortune on a chance it will fit. Another thought, perhaps I could use the rubber to make a mould of my finger and then cast a replica to send them, do you think that might be viable? I have no experience of doing anything like that
  2. colinlp

    Casting rubber

    An off the wall question here but maybe someone can take a guess for me. I cut the tip off a finger a few years ago at the nail base, I also play bass guitar which is a problem. I made a thimble out of Polymorph a few years ago which has worked OK but is a little bulky and and sounds like a hammer hitting the string even with some leather padding. I've tried a few things over the years to make a better version but so far no luck. Recently I've heard of the rubber that can be used for moulds (molds?). Do you think it would be durable enough to be made quite thinly to peel on and off my fingertip without splitting? The tip would be protected by a leather pad so wear wouldn't be an issue. Sorry for the totally off topic question but i\ hope someone may have an idea, maybe as to a brand or type too Thanks
  3. It's quite a project, I'm close to finishing the MLP. Currently I'm battling with the tail service masts, on round 2. I scrapped the first set as they looked awful, I tried to build them totally from styrene but either they were too flimsy or too chunky depending on what round section I used. So this time I've used brass and they're starting to look OK. Left to do before painting are pipe brackets, the removable handrails (using 0.5mm brass wire) and the stairwell cover. Looking forward to making a start on the LUT mid spring
  4. Yes the paint was a consumable meant to burn off as a form of heat shield but why the colour changes I have no idea either, The same seems to apply for the hold downs and tail service masts, they change colour frequently too. My finished model I want to represent the pre launch preparations so the hut etc will be glued in place as I don't want them to be lost over time Question here, those winches under the white covers, what was their purpose? I cant find a reference to that, I'm sure there is one but as yet it eludes me Sorry Manfred, I can't seem to copy the post and quote to take it to another thread. However I think the concept of either creating your own PE parts or finishing off with styrene now may be the only solution to finish the LVM model. I suspect an answer isn't forthcoming even if it would be the least thing to be done (I hope I'm wrong)
  5. Small things like the covers for the 4 winches on the MLP, there's a hut next to the lift blast shield on a few pictures on the MLP, some differences in pipe type work, the MLP legs. Nothing major but it would be nice to get it close to at least one of them
  6. That's exactly what I'm doing, I'm referring to as many pictures as I can as well because there seems to be many differences between the 3 launchers
  7. I'm in the process of building a 144 scale MLP and LUT Ken may I trouble you for a copy too. I asked for help with pictures in another thread a few months ago but it fell on deaf ears. I'll PM you if that's OK
  8. Your efforts are commendable Manfred. I really considered buying into this kit, I am so glad I opted to build a styrene version
  9. Thanks, I don't think there is any need to rebuild, I remeasured this morning on a piece of thick glass and the wind is only 1mm which I can live with easily if I can't get the thing perfectly flat. The trouble is joining 10 90degree butt joints end to end over about 400mm is always going to have a little inaccuracy but maybe I should have used 2 or 3mm stock for the main surfaces but what I have is fine. Maybe the brick idea is a bad one, point taken. Hot water wouldn't work because most of the bracing is hidden inside and a good as sealed in hence the oven idea. Our oven is controllable from 40C upwards so maybe something like 60C-80C then remove and weigh down during cooling? All it needs is just enough to relax slightly and then hold its new position. I'm starting to think though that unless I get it quite hot, maybe too hot to achieve what I want
  10. Hi, help needed please I am in the process of building my 144 scale Saturn V launch tower. I have completed the basic shell of the launch platform which is basically a 50mm high box that is built from 1mm styrene with a series of cross bracing inside to support the surfaces. It has gone pretty well for my first attempt at scratch building but I have a small wind in it so whenplace on a flat surface it has a small wobble of a couple of mm. What I think I can do is put it in the oven with some flat plywood under and over with say a brick in top to add weight then hopefully it will slowly sag down to flat before I let it cool. Is this feasible? OK it wouldn't be that difficult to compensate but adjusting other bits to suit but it would be nice to get it flat. If it is feasible what temperature would you recomend for this so it doesn't end up in a free-form fried egg shape at the bottom of the oven? Hoping someone out there who has more experience than me has some idea, I have googled but I can't find anything useful at all Many thanks
  11. Just an update on how I got on: I bought some Vallejo Model air paints, thinners and flow improver, I had a good play around and ended up using one drop of flow improver to 5 - 10 drops of paint at about 20psi. It worked beautifully, a good fine even spray pattern and no build up on the tip at all. The actual spraying turned out pretty good, the weathering affect I tried somewhat less so but that's just down to practice. Thanks for all your help guys
  12. I've bought the Educraft paper models to use as a template and reference. Hopefully these along with the pictures and the drawings I have will be enough to help me proceed with the styrene model. Will probably build the paper version concurrently with the styrene just to get my moneys worth out of it
  13. Hi guys, a bit previous but I have been researching stage 2 of my first project in my retirement which is to build a Saturn V and launch platform. I have found quite a few general pictures of the LUT and MLP but only general ones. I have also about every diagram I could find. Been to sites like Save the LUT and searched google the best I can but I'm struggling to find decent pictures especially of the MLP. I'm wondering if perhaps you good folk may know of some good ones? There seem to be limitless photos of the shuttle MLP but surprisingly few for the Saturn incarnation I've read @roma847 threads of his superb Shuttle pad build several times but it's not a massive amount of use as a reference for the Saturn but photos of that quality would be fantastic as a visual reference for as much accuracy as I'm able to. Anyway, fingers crossed you may be able to help me on what may well prove to be fa project far too ambitious for my skills
  14. The Lego kit looks the part with lots of internal parts that can be revealed or explained to a youngster during assembly. I'd love one if I could afford it but for now I'll have to be content with the Airfix version I got for Christmas. I bet that LUT will cost a chunk too but can you really have a Saturn V without one? It's like having a model railway without track to me
  15. Thank you both, helpful stuff, I had planned to use Halford's white for the bulk white of the Saturn, The airbrush will be used on things like engine bells and tops of fuel tanks. I think for now I will play safe and stick to a paint that is water based, I've been using water based finished exclusively for my furniture for the last 27 years now and my chest has thanked me for it; I do use cellulose occasionally for guitars but the fumes from the gassing off after drying crucify me for days. I take it that one make of water based acrylic thinner will be compatible for all makes of water based acrylic?
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