Where the Kuhn Global DS II will be built...

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by Hand Solo, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. Hand Solo

    Hand Solo Sr Member

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    Over the past few weeks to prepare for projects coming my way, I've been in and am still in the process of getting the workshop set up to go into production. Here are the most recent images taken just this morning.

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    Looking towards the south wall and showing the A/C and heating air curtain newly installed. This curtain is made of 4 mil plastic and has accesses every 5 feet. These are held shut with magnetic tape. I recently ran a new duct in the attic and installed an air register above the bench to keep me cool in summer and warm in winter.

    It should also help extend the shelf life of all the paints, adhesives, models and other items as well.

    In the non-environmentally-controlled ( west ) half of the shop are all the bench power tools for carpentry and wood working. As I'll be spending time mostly in the paint booth and on the model bench, I felt the greater need for HVAC was in the east half of the shop.

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    Main bench area. Most of the clocks will be carefully packed and stored other than any I happen to need to work on one for some reason. I'm also a clockmaker, repairing and restoring antique clocks. Sometimes I build new clocks. However, I'll be focussing on SS commissions for the foreseeable future and will need to make room out there for that.

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    Paint booth. It's completely sealed and is about 4' by 5' by full ceiling height. An old range hood left over from my kitchen remodel serves as the ventilation. A register boot and duct was installed to vent overspray and fumes. Intake is an old trailer house bathroom window with a standard 16" by 20" furnace filter. I leak tested the booth by closing the intake and running the vent. The plastic walls sucked in nicely and after a couple of minutes of that, I started to feel lightheaded from lack of air...so no problems with CFM.

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    Closup view of the main bench area. I'm still organizing it. Cool thing about this is that it was once part of the original 1 -hour photo lab at the Costco Warehouse I used to work at. After the lab was remodeled, a silent auction was held and I won the bid for the counter section with a light table built in for viewing negatives...which also comes in handy for patterns and pattern-making. The winning bid? 10 dollars. I also have a large fiberglas deep sink and faucet. I haven't plumbed that in yet. I also got a 2 gallon water heater in that bid.

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    Another view of the air curtain and the paint booth. I also have a fridge, a microwave and an espresso machine out there when those are needed and I have to 'Edison' for any reason. The air curtain and A/C vent have been keeping the 10' by 20' foot work area consistently 80 degrees, even when it's 100 outside.

    I have a large box fan suspended from the ceiling to help move air as well as an old computer fan under the A/C vent to help push cool air onto the bench area.

    I've also installed large hooks at various locations in the ceiling for any projects which may need to be suspended for some reason.

    When I start the Kuhn Death Star II project, the table in the center will be put away, allowing space for that project.
     
  2. ralphee

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    That room is the stuff of my dreams buddy. Amazing workshop going on there.
     
  3. Hand Solo

    Hand Solo Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(ralphee @ Aug 7 2006, 01:46 PM) [snapback]1295695[/snapback]</div>

    Thanks. YEARS in the making...and probably months more in improvements.

    I can't tell you how long I've spent building in bedrooms or closets just like everybody else.

    I've already got a small stereo out there that I can plug my MP3 player into as well as my portable DVD ( which I use also to view any photo-reference CDs that I need ). I have plans to eventually put a regular TV out there and maybe a cheap PC with a wireless receiver so I have 'Net access out there too.

    We'll see, as my wife says.
     
  4. Kuhn Global

    Kuhn Global Sr Member

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    Impressive.... MOST impressive.
     
  5. Hand Solo

    Hand Solo Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Kuhn Global @ Aug 7 2006, 02:48 PM) [snapback]1295740[/snapback]</div>
    :p

    No more sweatin' or freezin'....

    I still have a lot of relocating, packing and organizing to do....
    But once done, I'll have all the space I need. I can't ask for more.
     
  6. REL

    REL Sr Member

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    Oh man, lucky. That's a sweet workshop, I make my stuff out of the back of a station wagon.
     
  7. knightdriver2001

    knightdriver2001 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looking good man.

    Although I must say, that Shatner animation in your
    post, freaks me out. LOL. :confused
     
  8. Hand Solo

    Hand Solo Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(REL @ Aug 7 2006, 05:10 PM) [snapback]1295821[/snapback]</div>
    :confused

    No way. :lol

    <div class='quotetop'>(knightdriver2001 @ Aug 7 2006, 05:19 PM) [snapback]1295827[/snapback]</div>
    Thanks. Maybe I'll be able to keep it clean this time.... ;)

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    Denny Crane. The one and only.... :D
     
  9. Hand Solo

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    I just did a temperature check out there. 82.8 degrees is the peak temp for the day. The OUTDOOR temp is 102 degrees.

    A 20 degree difference...where before it would only be a 5 degree difference.

    I wonder if the heating will work as well this winter...
     
  10. Walter

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    That is my dream workspace. BEAUTIFUL.

    -Bryan
     
  11. Hand Solo

    Hand Solo Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(bbabich @ Aug 7 2006, 08:08 PM) [snapback]1295921[/snapback]</div>
    Aw man...thanks. :thumbsup

    A couple more weeks and I'll start getting stuff built.
     
  12. Walter

    Walter Sr Member

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    So what is the next project befor the DS2?

    -Bryan
     
  13. Hand Solo

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    <div class='quotetop'>(bbabich @ Aug 7 2006, 09:23 PM) [snapback]1295969[/snapback]</div>

    We've got Jesteferean's resin SS TOS Cylon Raider penciled in first, then some other fighters to follow, I think possibly a TOS Viper and maybe a Mark II.

    I'll be pretty much only working for Kurt at this stage and thru 2007, so I hope to avoid backlog and keep a steady production pace without falling behind or rushing a job.
     
  14. Boxster

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    Darn, this dude got some amazing workshop there.

    B
     
  15. Hand Solo

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    Thanx Box.

    Yesterday I monitored temperatures throughout the day. Even after temps outside went above 104, the highest noted temperature was 82.3. Lowest was 79.6. Before the modifications, it would get as hot as 97 degrees in there. Step just on the other side of the air curtain and man. Like opening an oven door...the garage pad was even hot. But inside, the pad was cool and the difference notable.

    I'm hoping this will translate into more consistent paint applications and longer service life for my supplies, not to mention my own flippin' comfort..
     
  16. takevin

    takevin Sr Member

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    this should be in the general modeling forum, or have it in with your ds post? :rolleyes
     
  17. Hand Solo

    Hand Solo Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(takevin @ Aug 8 2006, 11:30 AM) [snapback]1296355[/snapback]</div>
    Huh?

    I'm not sure I understand.

    Clustered as in 'cluttered' ? Oh yeah. But you should have seen the mess before hand. It's come a long way, bay-bee.

    This shop thread is only tangentially related to the DS II project. I've got other stuff I'll be doing before that. So not only will I be putting other stuff out for my client, I will also be fine tuning the shop until I get TO the DS II starting in March. I'm hoping to have it ready for that and that alone BY March. Once I commence the DS II, all other projects out there will pretty much cease.

    In other words, I consider the workspace project seperate from the projects to be built within it.

    On that note, I only invested about 50 dollars and a couple hours of my time to run a new A/C duct and register. That figure even includes the cost of the plastic sheet used for the air curtain.

    I saved hundreds running the duct myself.

    * Edit: I've put this in the Studio Scale forum because I will be building Studio Scale projects IN this shop pretty much exclusively from now on.
     
  18. takevin

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    Those german clocks are sweet btw, have two myself from germany when I went there.
     
  19. Hand Solo

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    <div class='quotetop'>(takevin @ Aug 8 2006, 11:46 AM) [snapback]1296372[/snapback]</div>

    The Cuckoos? Oh yeah. We like those. Can't run the ones in the house because our 2 year old would pull on the weight chains and bring a clock down on his head. :D

    Even better than the cuckoos, are the old Vienna Regulators.

    But I've been doing clocks for over a decade. This studio scale stuff will be something new for me. I need to change 'gears'... :p
     
  20. takevin

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    ill have to bug you for some replacement parts if you have, when I get a chance and dig mine out, missing the chains and weights I think.
     
  21. Kuhn Global

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    Hmmmm.. I wouldn't call it a cluttered shop,.. just a well used shop...lol. ;) With many avenues of creativity to be found in the many pieces that are within it's walls. :p

    This is a fine shop to create the DSII BEASTIE. :D

    Thanks for sharing it with us Bob.
     
  22. Hand Solo

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    Anytime.

    Thx for giving me the opportunity to do some creative work.
     
  23. KevVader

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    Double your efforts.

    I shall be watching this thread closely....very psyched.

    I have two old acrylic CCTV domes just itching to be glued together.... :D
     
  24. Hand Solo

    Hand Solo Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(KevVader @ Aug 11 2006, 07:41 PM) [snapback]1298834[/snapback]</div>
    Well, get busy, Yo.

    I'd like to see how that turns out, too? DS1, I take it?
     

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