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On 24/12/2020 at 18:48, Grunhertz said:

You have more patience than me on those tracks doc great work as well 

Um...patience where I'm concerned is tying on 20 new oboe reeds. I'm not quite there yet! Ten marks the half-way point, seen sitting here on my cride but effective reed-drying stand. I managed another four today, to take the total up to sixteen...


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On 25/12/2020 at 19:02, Gorby said:

The Greif is looking good. In fact I could say "good grief that's a good Greif". 

Have an excellent day doc!

:rofl: Thanks, @Gorby, I trust that you did too. Love the Potato book - Matt Lucas was great in the last season of the Peter Capaldi Doctor (Moffatt didn't do poor old Peter many favours with the first two seasons of Cpaldi's tenure. Chris Chibnall's time at the helm of the show has been much, much better so far - brilliant, in fact). Um...I'm drifting off-topic - again :hrhr:

 

On 25/12/2020 at 19:14, Grunhertz said:

Happy Xmas doc 

Thanks, @Grunhertz, I trust that you did too :)

 

On 26/12/2020 at 04:26, Mad Steve said:

Paul, try using a small amount of vaseline. Rub it on the tyre bit then press into the circle stencil, and spray. If it works right you can just wipe any overspray off 😬

Useful tip :).

OK, the following is mostly pre-Christmas stuff, as I have been busy setting up for some concentrated reed making in the new year (I am desperately low on playable ones).

1. The sticking-out 'track tensioners' have been glued on but as as yet unpainted

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2. Idler wheels with (unpainted) stub axles glued in place

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3. All road wheels in place, left hand side

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4. Both sets of tracks painted with LC 'Matt Gunmetal'

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5. LC Tensocrom ‘Sand’ to suggest dust on tracks

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6. Overview of polished roller teeth. After some more of that dangerous stuff called thought, I decided that the rollers would get polished a bit by their friction against the tracks. This will get toned down a bit eventually by applying a bit more Tensocrom Sand

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7. Track tensioning levers? Whatever they are, I decided that I should get them on (at the risk of them snapping off 😬) before adding the tracks, and painted and 'weathered'

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8. Tracks on - note linking unpainted connector pad

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9. Overview of both sets of tracks

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10. Diluted LC Tensocrom ‘Oil’ used to partially disguise duff paint job in engine compartment. The paint was applied neat, then water blobbed on over it and mopped up again

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11. It was all going so well, until the wheel fell off...

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12. Glued back on  - much better join

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13. I decided not to be such a lazy cheapskate, so on went some more Oxid Rot and ‘Oil’

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14. More engine compartment - still not quite there yet

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Then, of course, the wheel came off again. The 'track tensioners' have so far remained intact, however, to my great surprise...

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Well, that wasn't much fun. My previous post has been re-edited, and I added some photos that I had left out by mistake, so not all bad.

Thanks @Grunhertz :). The Zvezda M-72 motorcycle and sidecar was in fact more problematic (so far) - I lost count of the time that I had to glue tiny and not-so-tiny bits back on it. Nearly drove me around the twist.

While pondering the broken-off wheel, I had a bright idea, and decided to get a bit industrial on it:

1. Why not, I thought, use my little lathe to help? Checking the wheel centre using the 3-jaw self-centring chuck and the tailstock spindle’s centre

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2. Tailstock centre marking the wheel’s centre - close enough for the purpose, at any rate

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3. TAIG II microlathe used; please excuse the mess, the shed is in a semi-abandoned state at the moment

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4. Drill chuck and 1.48 mm bit added to tailstock

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5. The resulting hole was drilled by turning the 3-jaw chuck very slowly by hand, moving it backwards every so often to break up the swarf ribbons

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6. Piece of 1.6 mm plastic rod used to pin the wheel in place

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7. Centre marked in stub-axle assembly. so far, so good...

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8. Same drill bit popped in a hand chuck in a handy handle

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9. Hand drill

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10. Drilled hole ended up a bit off-centre 😬. Fortunately, the vertical plane is better than the horizontal, which former is the more important. I would have been much happier had I not slipped with the drill, though

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11. Wheel with finished plastic pin. I went as far down into the axle assembly as I dared without breakout out with the drill. That would not have been very good at all. In consequence, the axle part of the pin is rather on the short side

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12. Pin perched in the stub axle assembly

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13. Wheel glued back in place (again)

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14. Back on ‘all fours’

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That's it up to date - I still have three more reeds to tie on, so the Rommelmobile will have to wait until that's done and my hands have recovered from the extreme tension on the rod-binding thread. Won't be too long, I hope :).

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5 hours ago, Dr Loopy said:

the shed is in a semi-abandoned state at the moment

We believe you despite the fact that the evidence of your toothbrush shows you've actually moved in.

Good but very posh fix on the wheel!

I do like that mini lathe though.  (despite have no skill to make use of it)

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Oh boy,I'd love to get my paws on that microlathe,the stuff I could make for my 1/16th Tiger and my 1/10th

race off roader.

Stonking work Doc.

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Happy New Year to everyone!

 

On 30/12/2020 at 18:35, Grunhertz said:

Great fix 

Thanks @Grunhertz - but see below...

 

On 30/12/2020 at 20:26, RWG686 said:

We believe you despite the fact that the evidence of your toothbrush shows you've actually moved in.

Good but very posh fix on the wheel!

I do like that mini lathe though.  (despite have no skill to make use of it)

Ah ha ha ha ha. I'm sprung, @RWG686-guv! The fix is somewhat overkill (see also below) but it was easy to set up and do.

I had absolutely NO metalworking skills whatsoever when I bought the lathe - I got it (via an ad in "Airbourne' r/c magazine (Aus)) with a view to turning u/c legs and other bits and pieces for my scale radio control planes. It sort of took on a life of its own, and after several years of teaching myself to turn, I had also amassed a reasonable collection of 'Model Engineers Workshop' magazines and books. I have been using it to make tools to make tools to make tools to make tools...and also have developed a small skill-set. Oh, and I got a manual mini-mill which I was converting into a CNC machine until an unfortunate sequence and confluence of events thoroughly derailed that project after great expense.

 

On 31/12/2020 at 06:59, Miggers said:

Oh boy,I'd love to get my paws on that microlathe,the stuff I could make for my 1/16th Tiger and my 1/10th

race off roader.

Stonking work Doc.

Thanks @Miggers See above re my comment to @RWG686...

It's know as the Peatol lathe in the UK, and can be had from here. See also the redoubtable Mr Jeffrey's website here. Tony wrote a lot of the TAIG extension articles for MEW magazine. I am still building his leadscrew and dividing head mk 1 and Mk 2 designs. I've bought quite a bit of stuff from Nick Carter, here.

 

All right. Back to the Rommelmobile.

1. Front seats in place, finally. really fiddly painting (and not very successful neiver guvs and guvesses)

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2. Front seats again. I have since blobbed some paint onto the bare corners of Herr Rommel's handy storage box

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3. Oh no! Yes. This is what I was alluding to darkly a couple of times, above. It's the other front wheel this time

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4. Back on again - using Deluxe Materials’ Plastic Magic. I have to say that I an exceedingly impressed so fat by Plastic Magic. It has very securely fixed the wheel back on, such that I am not expecting to have to go down the lathe/pin route

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5. Radio frames and work-bay floor painted (Sandgrau)

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6. Rommelmobile radio set faces painted - Gunze Aqueous H18 'Steel' for the faces, LifeColor US 228 'Light Grey/Silver Grey 28' for the meters

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7. Radio sets as they will be seen when installed in the model

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I also got another coat of Sandgrau on the workbay floor, and put a first coat on the radio support cage. Despite the careful washing and application of Plastic Prep(?*), the plastic is still highly LifeColor-o-phobic.

 

The cage frames are very fine and will need a lot of careful handling when cutting off the runners and cleaning up. That's one of the tasks for the near future.

Cheers,

Dr L @@

* Maybe I forgot the latter step on further thought, will investigate further.

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13 hours ago, Dr Loopy said:

It's know as the Peatol lathe in the UK, and can be had from here. See also the redoubtable Mr Jeffrey's website here. Tony wrote a lot of the TAIG extension articles for MEW magazine. I am still building his leadscrew and dividing head mk 1 and Mk 2 designs. I've bought quite a bit of stuff from Nick Carter, here.

Naughty naughty Dr Loopy!!!!

You could get me in very,very deep effluent with the Management showing me things like that.

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On 05/01/2021 at 16:34, Grunhertz said:

Looks great doc 

Thanks as usual, @Grunhertz:).

On 05/01/2021 at 18:23, Michelle Edwards said:

Nice fix

Thank you @Michelle Edwards! Welcome back. I've missed you!

 

On 06/01/2021 at 04:45, Miggers said:

Naughty naughty Dr Loopy!!!!

You could get me in very,very deep effluent with the Management showing me things like that.

Um...😅...sorry about that @Miggers 🤣

1. Mr. Dissolved Putty plus spider moult-skin. This will also appear in my partially-paused Firefly* thread where @Paul Brown suggested it. I have, however used it here too. Jar has since been cleaned up and some Mr Color Replenishing Agent added to the contents and stirred thoroughly

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2. Closeup of detail on radio bay floor with suspension access hatches. This has had two coats of Sandgrau, by the way - the colour temperature of the camera app slipped up

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3. Various radio bay bits and pieces plus gearbox and engine bay bulkhead. Note the blobs of Mr. Dissolved Putty on the engine bay bulkhead. They are filling quite noticeable ejector pin dings, which would have been seen as the engine bay will be 'poseably openable'

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4. Radio sets test-fitted on the rear (outside) mounting frame (this is before something awful happened after I removed some paint from the frame)

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5. Radios glued up, cases part-painted. I am having (more than one) trouble with this particular paint - it takes a very long time to dry thoroughly, and remains sticky for days. Hence the fingerprints and other handling damage to said paintwork. I am also having problems with dried paint getting from the bottle mouth and leaving 'hickies'** (blobs) everywhere, despite continual wiping of said bottle mouth.

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6. Front part of radio support frame. You can see the handling marks in the paint here too. In hindsight, I would have left the painting until a bit later, but I didn't foresee what was going to happen...

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More in a bit, I still am feeling my way back into the Forum after a slight break from it (I have been busy on the Rommelmobile, however).

 

* I would really love to build one of these Firelfies

** Term that I learnt when I was working in an offset printing and cardboard carton-making factory in Adelaide many years ago
 

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Hello @Grunhertz, LifeColor UA-202 RAL 7027 ‘Sandgrau’. I got a new jar of it out (luckily I had two) and that was a great improvement on the engine bulkhead when I applied it.

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Further trials and tribulations with the radios:


1. Gaping hole in the works

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2. ‘Silver-grey’ Milliput to the rescue

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3. Filled hole cleaned up a bit

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4. Filled hole in relation to radio sets

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5. First coat of paint smeared on

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6. Broken rear frame - this is where things really go a bit pear-shaped...

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7. Glued back together - first time. It looks all right here, but it kept breaking, and the frame got progressively more out of shape


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8. Radio assembly glued up. Note the rather battered part of the rear frame

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9. Radio assembly in place - but skew relative to the front frame. It went on square to the location pins on the rear frame

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10. Radio assembly again

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11. Rear side of radio unit - and horrible globby paint

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12. Aft end of radio assembly. That paintwork is really upsetting :(...

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13. Front end of radio assembly

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Some of the worst of the paint on the radio installation will be hidden by panels, I hope.

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Radios continued:

1. Radio bay floor with completed bench seat installed

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2. Radio assembly glued in place on radio bay floor. Aaaaargh!

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3. Radio set rear side and bay floor. The photos with the dodgy jar of 'Sandgrau' will persist for a while yet, I'm afraid...

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4. Radio bay floor and radio unit installed in chassis - using glue!

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5. Closer and lower view of the radio installation in the chassis

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6. Installed radios, rear (outer) side

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7. Steering column (Gunze Aqueous H18 'Steel') and engine bulkhead with one coat of paint each

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8. The other sides, ditto. Gearbox assembly (top left) has had multiple coats of blobby paint

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9. Dragon dashboard, AFV Club Sd. Kfz. 11 painting instructions. This photo is way out of sequence but I'm putting it in here in case I forget to add it at a later date

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10. Filling in some ejector pin marks that will be visible

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That's things up to date as far as Flickr is concerned, but not as far as photos and where I am up to are. I am currently letting paint and filler dry until tomorrow.

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