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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2013 11:07 am
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Hello,
I am begining to feel like an alien! I cannot do that!!! maybe i am form another planet. Now where did i put that little bottle of pills.
Words dont really do you justice Brilliant.
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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2013 11:37 am
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Doug,
Lets see now, I have tipped over I believe 2 bottles of solvent before I stopped and made a holder for it. In fact I have almost tipped the holder over a couple of times too, though never actually spilled any solvent. A bottle holder for solvent is mandatory.


Stephen,
Believe it or not but, I can remember saying something close to that myself. Just never quite trying, it will come to you.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2013 09:27 pm
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My land it's almost 5:00 already. My how time fly's when your immersed in something you really enjoy. I'm not sure I enjoy cutting miters in crown moldings, but it is great when it all comes together.

You may think I am getting close to being done, however you would be incorrect in that assumption. I have about 20 some 1/16" circles to make next. They go in the grove about half way below the windows. I'm not sure exactly where I will work next, whatever hits my fancy I suppose.

Somewhere along the line I managed to get the balcony a tad off, so I spent the better part of today shaving styrene where it didn't belong. When I mitered the crown molding and put the piece adjacent to it going around the outside corners (yes both of them) the molding went down hill as it approached the store front. Luckily this whole thing is made of plastic so after some razor blade shaving and quite a bit of sanding, in 1 spot all the way through the black styrene piece, I was able to wrap the molding around perfectly straight. As much measuring as I do, you would think this couldn't happen, but alas I do make mistakes now and then.
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PS: I just stopped and checked something that came to mind while I was typing that last paragraph. I have found the culprit that threw off the balcony. It's the balcony itself because it is mounted on an uphill slope as it goes to the rear of the building. It's 1/16" off over 4". I can't see any other reason for that to be a problem at this point on, so I will not be correcting it, but at least now I know why.



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This first photo shows the 33, 1/16" diameter circles that I cut from a styrene rod at .040 tall. Well lets just say I tried to cut them at .040 tall, I think the majority of them were close to that, but not all. Once cut I lined them up against the edge of a steel ruler, slide them together into a line, then trapped them with another steel ruler and applied the solvent. This I let set over night because there is not much contact area between each piece, in fact I made them all one piece, but as you can see it came off the glass in two parts, not bad I guess.

For those of you who model in styrene you might take note here. When you glue small pieces together, let them set overnight. When the solvent hits the styrene it melts it almost immediately, that then runs down and collects on the plate glass. It remains quite sticky until it completely dries. As styrene dries it shrinks, (that is a good cause of the parts warping too) and when it shrinks it releases from the glass because the glass is very smooth and it has nothing to grip onto. If your using a surface other than glass this does not hold true. If the surface has any porosity the styrene will bond like no tomorrow, so don't let the parts dry on that type surface.

Today I made the 2 corbels (Yea, only 2 ) that are located just off the balcony at the bottom corners. There was more mitre work to form the ends of the slot where all those circles went too. Up above the windows, between the pillars I did a lot of filling in and created the rectangular picture frame effects. From memory I believe there were 30 pieces of styrene just up there.

You may notice some windows that are out of place, that's because I have had the model upside down, and tilted everyway from Sunday lately. The parts that hold in the windows, are yet to be fastened in place, so the whole model rattles like crazy right now. At least all the parts stay inside!

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Thanks Guys!

Today it's onward and upward, I'm going to start the upper crown moulding that goes around the top of the building.


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I finally managed to get the upper crown moulding built and installed. The next item is the corbels that go around in it. There is also a tremendous amount of very fine detail that goes in between the corbels, so fine in fact, that I'm not sure I am capable of modeling it. My pictures that I have of it are from too far a distance for me to see exactly what it looks like. If my folks can work it out, they will try and take some close up pictures for me. It is winter and raining up there so it may be awhile before they can do it.

I am deciding on how to make the corbels. The back side of the corbel follows the contour of the upper crown moulding and the face of the corbel has a unique shape of it's own. I am thinking about actually building them on the left over piece I have of the moulding. The only problem is not getting it stuck to that piece.

I can't believe it's Saturday already, where does the time go?

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I still can't believe what I'm seeing, Wayne.  (Or should that be Job?).

The white styrene looks just like that fancy stone they used for those old facades.



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Max,
I think what you are seeing is the remains of the solvent. once I have begun using the black styrene sheets in my models the solvent has turned a yucky shade of grey from the residue of the black color. since I am not one of the neatest modelers you've ever seen, I get it all over the bright white styrene. It leaves a slight spotty cast to the material and makes it look like your "old stone".

In this case the paint will hide a multitude of sins!

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This took me all day to shape the corbels and make all those pesky little stars and flowers. After all this, I'm still not done, with any luck I'm probably just over half way on the gingerbread stuff. The real problem is I started with the easy one's!

The top row of stars are smaller than a BB.

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All I can say is that you are a Plastic Demon, Superb.

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I added the grooves in the vertical pillars today. The two outside ones (on the wall of the building) are still blank. They require some more thinking on my part. There is a vertical section that looks like twisted rope or something similar. Not sure yet how I will proceed with that one.

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I just cannot find the extra words that haven't already been used Wayne but you can be sure I will be watching every step of the way.



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Thanks Robert!

One thing for sure I'm not setting any land speed records on this project.

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Hi Wayne,

Maybe you're not setting any land speed records but you're definately setting the modelling records ! You certainly have set the bar high on this model.  Excellent !!

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Wow, excellent modelling. The skills in building a model of that standard has got to be admired and an inspiration to all.



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Great stuff Wayne and a joy to follow. My goodness how your modelling skills have come on, when we think back to the talcum powder experiments and the early days of the grain silo!!! I like watching your problem solving techniques, as you methodically approach each stage. That said I doubt many would even attempt some of the tiny details that you have added.

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Novice wrote:
I doubt many would even attempt some of the tiny details that you have added.

I think you are probably correct there Bob. Sometimes I don't know why I do it. I do know that it really looks nice when it comes out the way I always hope it should. Sometimes I do it just to see if I can. :roll: :lol:

Either way I enjoy doing it, so I guess that is all that matters.

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