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Good evening Manfred,  Happy New Year to you also. :partytime:

 

Thank you for entertaining and educating us throughout 2018 and I hope you continue to do  so in 2019.:clap2:

 

All the best.

 

Mike

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Have a great New Year Manfred.

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Thanks Mike and Rich for your nice wishes, :worthy:

 

I wish you and your families a Happy and healthy New Year too. up040577.gif

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Hello everybody,

 

well then, let's start 2019 with fresh power and full motivation. top.gif 

 

In the old year I had still registered in the Dental laboratory ChiliDent for another ultrasonic cleaning, in order to clean the Early LWT Intertank (FUD) of the support wax. 

 

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Last Friday I visited the Dental lab, 

 

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wherefore I packed not only the IT but also all Track Shoes and Main Sprockets, in order to speak about their still pending cleaning. top.gif 

 

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The cleaning in the ultrasonic bath took place again under the same conditions as the first time with TICKOPURR 60 (20 %) at approx. 70 °C, whereby I turned the flat lying IT every half hour by 180°. 

 

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In the interim, I've read further in Scott Phillips's book Remove Before Flight, which I can really recommend because it's easy super.gif, and was even provided by the nice guys with espresso and fresh soda.  bow.gif

 

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Here is an image of the IT after 2 h cleaning, on which unfortunately one can not see too much, rolleyes.gif at least but so much, that still some areas remained with wax residues, so cleaning was continued for a total of 4 h.

 

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After that, the IT had adopted the familiar white color, which is generally a sign that all wax remains are removed and the IT is completely cleaned, which can be seen very nicely in these images.  speak_cool.gif

 

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And with this result, I was then more than satisfied and could ride home after appointment for the next cleaning. cool.gif

 

And here are a few shots of the clean IT after my return, on which one also can recognize well the details of the Close-outs. top2.gif

 

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And even in the provisionally installed state, the IT looks really good.  

 

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Here again for comparison the uncleaned tank after Shapeways' delivery, which this time, unlike previous prints, had strangely felt rather oily, which I was wondering about. smiley215.gif

 

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Now this IT really fits to the original Lightweight Tank (LWT) ET-8, as flown for the first time during STS-6, which finally satisfies me absolutely - All's well that ends well.  up040577.gif

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Thanks Mark, :worthy:

 

I wonder what he will look like when it's painted ... up040577.gif

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Hello everybody,

 

after a short detour to the moon in the year of the 50th Anniversary of the first Moon landing by Apollo 11 in our German Raumcon Forum, in order to comment on the events around Paul Van Hoeydonck's unique sculpture "Man in Space", which was laid down on the moon by David Scott  during Apollo 15 mission as "Fallen Astronaut" along with a plaque with the fourteen names of astronauts and cosmonauts who have died in the pursuit of Space exploration, 

 

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Source: BILD (Ken Glover) 

 

I'm back on track again. cool.gif

 

Today I want to start with the preparations for the creation of the wavy SOFI Ring Structure, for which I famously wanted to apply a combined Flour&Strip Method. top.gif

 

Last summer I had first determined the shape and then the geometry of the SOFI Texture and started with first preliminary experiments, Reply #1522

 

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For the starting pattern (left) that time I had glued single rings of 1 mm wide Rai-Ro-Tape next to each other onto my ET dummy and used a magnet strip loop of Evergreen strip 0,25 mm x 0,5 mm as a spacer.

 

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In the meantime, I also got me the required different width masking tapes and thought about some more patterns. cool.gif

 

For the 2nd pattern I have successively glued single turns of 0,75 mm tape and in between at the same time as spacer a black 0,5 mm tape as continuous spirals (Barber pole), which was rather tricky, smiley_worship.gif

 

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but has worked well nevertheless.   speak_cool.gif

 

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For the 3rd pattern I've glued Evergreen strips 0,25 mm x 0,75 mm in the same way by using MEK, which are thicker than the used Tape strip (about 0,1 mm).

 

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Before the Flour test, the spacer tapes (0,5 mm) are removed again.

 

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For the 4th pattern I have glued onto the 0,75 mm tape one more layer 0,5 mm tape, to get something more thickness, and for the 5th pattern I have cut some 0,75 mm wide strips of Evergreen Sheet Styrene (0,1 mm) and glued them also by using MEK with 0,5 mm spacing.

 

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Next up follows the Flour test by using spray glue, which I am very curious about.  up040577.gif

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The excitement is mounting!!  Come on with the flour storm.

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Thanks Rich and keep cool! :worthy:

 

Hello everybody,

 

the ingredients for the Flour orgy are ready and waiting for their application. cool.gif

 

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The flour is fresh from the supermarket, and the Pattex spray glue I have precautionally tested once more, because I did not use it for a long time, but it still glues like hell!  eek.gif

 

But now I have to go to the basement, because here I ultimately want to continue with building ... top.gif

 

That's why it could then also start soon.  up040577.gif

 

Now I just have to think about how I can hold best the Dummy when spraying and sprinkling with flour ... smiley215.gif

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Manfred - I expected you to have tested out at least 10 types of flour before rushing straight into it :D. Oh well, I'm sure it will be brilliant.

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              So how is going to work??  Do you roll the test in the flour like bread dough?  Do you sprinkle the flour on to it?  Do you put the test into a bag with flour and shake it?  Inquiring minds want to know.

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Thanks Kirk for looking in on me again and for your nice joke, :worthy: but because I had the free choice I grabbed this bag because I simply liked the picture. top.gif

 

Thanks Rich for your thoughts too, :worthy:

 

yep, these all could be useful techniques, but I'm thinking about a simple small holding jig from cardboard, much like a Rotary spit for suckling pigs, the dummy being the suckling pig. idea1_2.gif

 

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For this I will fill the Dummy tube on both sides with Styrofoam and insert a rod. And then I'll turn this spit slowly by hand, both when spraying with the Spray adhesive and during the subsequent dusting with flour, that's all. up040577.gif&key=327a20a361d18ad6d35cabf

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DANG!!!  That looks good!

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Thanks Rich and Kirk, I did not want to lead you into temptation. :worthy:

 

Hello friends,

 

and thus from the idea to the practical implementation, this is my Hi-Tech Holding jig for dusting the ET Dummy with flour, which looks cool, right? top.gif

 

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I do not want to win a Designer prize, i5684_no2.gif and so the purpose justifies the means!  up040577.gif

 

Therefore, please keep all available fingers pressed that the test works well.  JC_doubleup.gif

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