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Model Talk / Big Zaku
« on: July 28, 2005, 12:17:47 PM »
Don't know if you've all seen this Zaku but it's pretty cool definatly worth a look.

Kit Specifics / A question on Strike gundam's Armor Off low Vis greys
« on: July 26, 2005, 10:21:31 AM »
Don't know if this is what your looking for but this web site has a  phase shift down ver of the strike
I've never seen any of the Gundam anime (doesn't come on much in the U.K) so i'm only guessing this is what you want, someone else will have to say if it's acurate....

Model In-Progress / PK40 Fledermaus
« on: July 17, 2005, 06:02:32 AM »
Have you Tried this site?  They are really good I've had stuff delivered within 48 hours (but I do live in the U.K but I'm sure they deliver to the U.S).

They also seem to have the ones your looking for in stock or try E-bay i have most of the Hasegawa missile sets (1/72 and 1/48) all bought for probably less then £20.

On a side note about e-bay I just love it appart from the fact I got a Perfect grade strike gundam for £26 I also bought these the other day which are really interesting and make a good compliment to the 1/100 mobile staff from Wave or the ones which come with the gundam, they are really well posed for dioramas.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / How do you cut circles?
« on: July 13, 2005, 12:03:12 AM »
O.K after much searching I finally found the answer in the Gundam scratch building manual.... Hollow punches or Wad punches these can be bought in many different sizes from a couple of millimetres the a few centimetres. I've enclosed a link so you can see them, The only other piece of advice is if you use them apparently it's best to hammer them into a piece of end grain (i.e. block of end grain styrene sheet on top and then hollow punch hammered through) this helps the punch to cut through in one go cutting a perfect circle. Hope that helps.

Oh and did I mention how cheap they are

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / product help
« on: July 12, 2005, 11:55:03 PM »
Hi all,
I was hoping someone could help me, I've just gotten the Gundam scratch building manual and it's great really easy to understand pictures and even brilliant information on making your own tools. The problem I'm having is because it's all in Japanese I don't know what some of the products are in particular a paste like gloop they use, some of it's a light sandy colour and some is grey (which in some pics is mixed with thinner). I assume it's like the bondo I’ve seen used or the body filler but being English I was hoping someone could tell me exactly what these are either a generic term I can look for here or even better what it might be called over here.
As an example of what they do with it it is out over a shaped piece of foam cut to a rough shape, sanded and hey presto a Zaku head.....
Thanks for any help and for anyone still interested I’ve found the perfect circle cutter I’ve posted in that thread....

Model Talk / wing gundam comp
« on: June 29, 2005, 07:11:42 AM »
Found this site there's some quite interesting models on here. Entry 04 is one of my favs and 23 pretty good

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / How do you cut circles?
« on: June 17, 2005, 12:22:12 AM »
It does say on the link I put on that it cuts circles 10mm to 150mm.
 I've been looking for something which cuts smaller circles too and I came across this item (see link). It's called a screw punch you can change the end to fit various sizes. I'm not sure though if it actually will cut a circle or just a hole and at that price I'm not going to be finding out anytime soon :x
It's £40 for the basic model in the U.K and then extra for the cutters.

Model Talk / really cool
« on: June 04, 2005, 06:43:40 AM »
Hi all
Just found this site, don't know if anyone has already seen it but theres some pretty cool stuff on it, enjoy..

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / How do you cut circles?
« on: May 24, 2005, 01:30:28 PM »
I found this article on starshipmodeler the section on cutting circles is about half way down the page

and I also found this circle cutter for sale in the U.S (i think) so you can see one that might be closer to home. It is very simular to the one I bought here in the U.K.... The problem I've found with mine is because of it's uneven shape (unlike a compass) it is quite hard to get an even presure round the full circle without actually stopping to move the plastic. I also found it quite helpfull on thicker plastic to take a very very fine pin vice bit and drill through the centre hole (left by the compass point) to the other side flip the plastic over and score that side too, and then pop it out this give a much more even surface and less sanding.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / How do you cut circles?
« on: May 24, 2005, 08:52:56 AM »
hi again,

I don't think it would do 5mm, however it would score the plastic possibly enough to act as a guide to sand it to shape.

I was having another think about it and another tool to cut thin plastic or score it would be the circle scribe (I think starshipmodeler did a review of it) and the makers site is here

Another way to score the plastic in in circle would be to use one of those map compasses with two points rather then a pencil (many high end compasses are able to do this too).

Or the easiest way to cut thick plastic would be a circle cutter on a power drill, i'm not sure what sizes these come in but from the same place as the circle cutter in my original post they are £5 a set.

Hope this helps I think I really need more practice with writing on these forums so I don't come across so long winded  :oops:

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / How do you cut circles?
« on: May 23, 2005, 08:52:47 AM »
I bought a circle cutter yesterday from an electronics shop for £3 (i live in the U.K) the exact same one was in an art store for £8 so it really is worth looking around.

The one I bought looks like a slide rule with diameter and radius marked on it, you slide the point to what you want and there you have it.... sorry probably not the best description heres the link with a pic of the one I bought....funnyly enough I bought mine to make a gatlin gun too :shock:  

hope this helps

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Whats in a scale??
« on: May 19, 2005, 07:14:06 AM »
Hello all I hope this works as it's my first post....I'm a posting virgin :oops:
I found this link and thought it might be of use to some of you.

not very exciting or jazzy like some of the others but hey ho!

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