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#76 RDFox

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 12:03 AM

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 11:55 AM

Building a shipping box for the mirror.

 

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 05:13 PM

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 08:41 PM

Good thing you have an inside space to paint. No way you could paint today in Indiana with a door open!



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Posted 29 March 2020 - 10:35 PM

Good thing you have an inside space to paint. No way you could paint today in Indiana with a door open!

 

You have that right! One thing about Indiana, if you don’t like the weather just wait a couple of hours, it’ll change. Anyway i’m very blessed to have a space to do this kind of thing. And right now living in rural Indiana is a good thing.


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 10:45 PM

I might add that the wrinkle paint takes a little effort to actually wrinkle. You need to heat up the primed piece with a blow dryer. Then put a couple of heavy coats on it. And then start using a blow dryer to speed up the drying process, it will take about 5 to 10 minutes for the desired wrinkling to occur. This stuff will not wrinkle worth a crap without blow drying it. Once the the desired texture is accomplished , let dry overnight. 

 

BTW. The large parts are more difficult. It took me about 20 minutes of blow drying to finish a rotating ring.


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 10:08 PM

DEC mechanism, before and after.

 

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 08:54 AM

Impressive!



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Posted 01 April 2020 - 09:04 AM

I might add that the wrinkle paint takes a little effort to actually wrinkle. You need to heat up the primed piece with a blow dryer. Then put a couple of heavy coats on it. And then start using a blow dryer to speed up the drying process, it will take about 5 to 10 minutes for the desired wrinkling to occur. This stuff will not wrinkle worth a crap without blow drying it. Once the the desired texture is accomplished , let dry overnight. 

 

BTW. The large parts are more difficult. It took me about 20 minutes of blow drying to finish a rotating ring.

I find that following the directions and putting two heavy coats on 5 minutes apart works very well, too.  And for small parts, I stick them in an old toaster oven to cure for a couple hours at low heat.  They can be handled after that.

 

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 10:01 AM

I find that following the directions and putting two heavy coats on 5 minutes apart works very well, too.  And for small parts, I stick them in an old toaster oven to cure for a couple hours at low heat.  They can be handled after that.

 

-Tim.

Thanks Tim, your tips are welcome. I will put them to good use. BTW, we'll see if I survive putting the parts in my wife's oven. LOL


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Posted 01 April 2020 - 10:14 AM

May I suggest one of my favorites, Spam burgers for the wrinkle paint bake day or evening.

Fry the slices on the stove top, sear for a crisp brown and a little smoke.

Baking oil base wrinkle has a very similar smell to fried Spam.

Robert

 

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 10:33 AM

mmmmmmmmmm………...Spam Burgers!


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 10:33 AM

May I suggest one of my favorites, Spam burgers for the wrinkle paint bake day or evening.

Fry the slices on the stove top, sear for a crisp brown and a little smoke.

Baking oil base wrinkle has a very similar smell to fried Spam.

Robert

 

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Probably similar chemistry, too.grin.gif


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 11:16 AM

Probably similar chemistry, too.grin.gif

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 11:18 AM

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Now that's nice work.  And see, look at all the travel those clutch bolts have.  You could use discs cut out of a cutting board and still be able to adjust friction in your clutch. 


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Posted 04 April 2020 - 11:20 PM

The work on the 60mm spotter scope is complete with a label from PiSigma. Thanks!

 

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 10:27 AM

These are a tight fit. I removed the rings by tapping very gently with a rubber hammer, no problem. But I can see that once I refinish the tube these are going to be a PIA to slip back on. Anybody have an idea? I'm thinking about dipping the rings in boiling water and see if that helps, or just refinish the tube around the rings.

 

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:39 PM

Heating is probably your best bet.  These are large and relatively thin, so should expand quite a bit.  

 

I've got a set of rotating rings with my 10" DK (yes, I know that Casses don't need rot rings), and they came with sections of thick cardboard tubing that fit under them and makes it possible to put the rings on over the riveted end rings.

 

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 10:25 PM

Ok, I’m really glad I tried to fit the rings on before I painted the tube. Dodged a bullet, there is no way to get these on without completely destroying the finish. I’m putting the rings on and then paint the tube. I really don’t like doing it this way, but I see no other way. (I’ve tried heating the rings in boiling water to expand them, but very little help).

 

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 10:38 PM

The fiberglass tube may shrink quite a bit if placed in a near freezing environment.

It always surprises me how much plastic shrinks and grows due to temperature.

 

 

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 07:52 AM

The fiberglass tube may shrink quite a bit if placed in a near freezing environment.

It always surprises me how much plastic shrinks and grows due to temperature.

 

 

Robert

IKR, I remember that from putting vinyl siding on my house. Two months ago this could have worked, but now it's in the mid 70's and my freezer isn't large enough. Anyway I'm fairly satisfied with the way I'm going to do it. (No Choice!). ARGH!



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Posted 08 April 2020 - 07:54 AM

BTW, my workshop is a mess!!!!!



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Posted 08 April 2020 - 01:02 PM

BTW, my workshop is a mess!!!!!

Positive proof you have a project...



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Posted 08 April 2020 - 10:37 PM

After about an hour of very tedious masking finally got the bases for the rotating rings done.

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 10:42 PM

After about another hour of tedious masking, I primed the tube. About in the middle of everything a severe storm came through blew several trees down none hit me or anything else, Whew! (Our house sits in the middle of the woods) Bed time!

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