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  1. RPF Premium Member DaveG's Avatar
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    Jun 15, 2017, 6:29 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #26

    GKvfx said: View Post
    Grease stains just add character........!

    Gene
    Yeah, but then the dog is gonna keep trying to pull it off the shelf!
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    Jun 15, 2017, 6:32 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #27

    beautiful build!
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    Jun 18, 2017, 1:19 AM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #28

    Gettin' Jiggy With It!

    As I mentioned before, it's become obvious that the 5 quart paper paint buckets I used to form the hull aren't the same proportions and size as the paper buckets used on the original model. I'm okay with it, but it does require some modifications of the doner kit parts to get them to fit. My hull is smaller in diameter than the original and the place this is having the most impact is on the tail end with all the engine details, particularly the fit of the Sealab frames. In order to not overhang the edge of the base surface more than desired the frames needed to be cut down, but in a way that they will still fit together cleanly. I decided to trim the frames down using the table saw. To hold them in just the right position to get the necessary 45 degree cut I made a little jig out of scrap acrylic and bits of styrene strip. The styrene forms curbs and blocks that align the frame and a top clamping plate is screwed down holding the area to be cut, preventing it from vibrating and shattering. The jig and frame are then run through the saw using the guide fence.

    It's difficult to see in this picture but on the right side of the frame is the table saw guide fence, but it is made out of clear 1/2" Plexiglas.

    The result is all four frames trimmed just as needed, and fitting together cleanly!
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    Jun 18, 2017, 10:32 AM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #29

    Thanks for that tuto Dave...but when I saw the size of your blade, I said to myself "Dave has nerves of steel"!! I think they should make miniature machines for us model-makers (maybe they exist already).
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    Jun 18, 2017, 10:45 AM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #30

    joberg said: View Post
    I think they should make miniature machines for us model-makers (maybe they exist already).

    Micro Mark
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    Jun 18, 2017, 11:06 AM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #31

    joberg said: View Post
    Thanks for that tuto Dave...but when I saw the size of your blade, I said to myself "Dave has nerves of steel"!! I think they should make miniature machines for us model-makers (maybe they exist already).
    It's not nerves of steel, its ***** of brass!

    It's not a problem to do very fine cutting work on a big saw as long as the proper care is taken. The plastics cutting blade on my table saw (that type of blade is a must!) has a narrow kerf and is very sharp. The biggest concern was keeping the little finger of the Sealab casting from chattering and shattering, hence the clamping plate. Worked out great.

    Yes, there are mini table saws made for model work, I've owned several over the years. Some are okay (Jarmac made a good one) but I got use to doing small precision work on full size equipment. I did design a custom fence for my saw that allows my to adjust the cut in .001" increments. That helps.
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    Jun 18, 2017, 4:39 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #32

    More detailing on the bottom and sides.
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    Jun 19, 2017, 12:20 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #33

    Thanks for the link division 6 Dave, yes I understand, I'm still trying to develop ***** of brass I think I'll stick to the big machine for big project. That pod is looking better and better by the day!
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    Jun 22, 2017, 2:00 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #34

    Thats really coming together nicely!!!
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    Jun 26, 2017, 4:22 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #35

    Sorry guys, Photobucket is refusing to let photos link unless I pay them $400 a year. Not gonna happen! I'll try to start replacing the linked photos with uploads directly to the RPF but it'll take awhile! You can still view each photo by clicking on it but it's a PITA!
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    Jun 26, 2017, 5:06 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #36

    DaveG said: View Post
    Sorry guys, Photobucket is refusing to let photos link unless I pay them $400 a year. Not gonna happen! I'll try to start replacing the linked photos with uploads directly to the RPF but it'll take awhile! You can still view each photo by clicking on it but it's a PITA!
    Ive been seeing this on various forums over the last couple of weeks. I guess they changed their profit model from great free online hosting, to crappy slow loading ad heavy, to 'you will pay' because the ad thingy didnt work.
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    Jun 26, 2017, 6:47 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #37

    I'd be happy to pay for service. Pay to be ad free, $2.50 a month is reasonable. Even maybe pay $100 a year to be able to link from third party sites, but $400 a year is ridiculous. I will start posting the pictures directly to the RPF. The biggest hassle is going to be going back and updating previous posts.
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    Jun 27, 2017, 12:24 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #38

    Does anyone have an extra one of these nozzles they can spare from the Airfix 1/144 Saturn V? I have two and need three. Thanks!
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    Jun 27, 2017, 9:28 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #39

    DaveG said: View Post
    Does anyone have an extra one of these nozzles they can spare from the Airfix 1/144 Saturn V? I have two and need three. Thanks!
    Hi Dave, I have 7 of these so no problem in sending you one. PM me your details & I'll get it out to asap.
    Stu
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    Jun 27, 2017, 9:39 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #40

    Stu, thanks for the offer, a member here in California is sending me one. But I greatly appreciated it!

    Many thanks to Jeff (satazius) for the part.

    This community is top notch!
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    Jun 27, 2017, 10:53 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #41

    Hmmm. So photobucket officially sucks now. That's too bad.
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    Jun 28, 2017, 12:19 AM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #42

    Win7ermute said: View Post
    Hmmm. So photobucket officially sucks now. That's too bad.
    Yup, look, I understand it's a free service and I don't have a problem with pop up ads or even them asking me to pay, but this is obviously a ploy to hold people that use the service for Etsy, Ebay and other commerce sites for ransom. Like I said before, $400 per year to "unlock" is ridiculous!

    I just spent about an hour pulling down the relatively few linked photos in this thread and using the RPF's direct upload so the pix will be here forever. I've got dozens of build threads here and elsewhere going back more than ten years. Oy!
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    Jun 29, 2017, 7:11 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #43

    DaveG said: View Post
    Yup, look, I understand it's a free service and I don't have a problem with pop up ads or even them asking me to pay, but this is obviously a ploy to hold people that use the service for Etsy, Ebay and other commerce sites for ransom. Like I said before, $400 per year to "unlock" is ridiculous!

    I just spent about an hour pulling down the relatively few linked photos in this thread and using the RPF's direct upload so the pix will be here forever. I've got dozens of build threads here and elsewhere going back more than ten years. Oy!
    Same thing just happened to me. Sux as just finished a thread in general modeling of a sea mine fireplace i just built with heaps of pics now all gone.
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    Jul 3, 2017, 4:10 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #44

    For the model mount I used a tube with a 5/8" inner diameter. This allows the use of a 5/8" rod as the display stand. This was also a size we commonly used "back in the day" for model mounts as it allowed the use of standard stage grip equipment, which is based around a 5/8" diameter pin or pipe, to hold models for construction, painting and filming. I have a variety of grip equipment that proves helpful now as a model stand.
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    Jul 3, 2017, 8:11 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #45

    You never cease to amaze, Dave.

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    Jul 15, 2017, 2:44 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #46

    Got the engine nozzles put together. I only had one LEM shroud so it was molded and cast to make the four needed. RPF member Satazius was kind enough to send me the third smaller nozzle that was needed (Thanks, Jeff!), so now I'm good to go.

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    Jul 18, 2017, 10:35 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #47

    Dave,

    When you cast these nozzles, do you "Roto-Cast" them, or just "Pressure-Cast" them? The reason I ask is: they look flawless, and I can't achieve the same results when I do the circular Payhauler nozzles with a similar two-part mold, so wondering if it's the lack of a roto-casting setup, or just the lack of 30 years experience in the industry and 2 Emmy's under my belt. Even "overpouring" the resin and putting them under 60psi, I can't get them "filled" and "bubble-free" very consistently. What am I doing wrong?

    Cheers,

    SK
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    Jul 18, 2017, 11:22 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #48

    DaveG said: View Post
    For the model mount I used a tube with a 5/8" inner diameter. This allows the use of a 5/8" rod as the display stand. This was also a size we commonly used "back in the day" for model mounts as it allowed the use of standard stage grip equipment, which is based around a 5/8" diameter pin or pipe, to hold models for construction, painting and filming. I have a variety of grip equipment that proves helpful now as a model stand.
    Is there a place us laymen can go to into like Burbank and pick up stands like this? I would love to put some of my builds on professional stands.
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    Jul 18, 2017, 11:28 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #49

    Lear60man said: View Post
    Is there a place us laymen can go to into like Burbank and pick up stands like this? I would love to put some of my builds on professional stands.
    Just do a search for C-Stands. They're everywhere.

    SB
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    Jul 18, 2017, 11:31 PM - Re: The Escape Pod Project #50

    Filmtools.

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