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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:24 am 
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Lep, is it you that cranks out the 1/4000 scale micro-nano-models? If so, can we trouble you for some pointers on how to deal with itsy-bitsy-eensy-weensie microscopic parts? While few of us will ever build entire airplanes smaller than a Grape-Nut, some of us DO get into detailing interiors, engines and landing gear whose component pieces are micro-scale like, and knowing what techniques you use to handle pieces like that would be valuable.

Thanks very much for whatever tutorial or casual off-the-cuff notes you can provide!

Mark Baird
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:49 pm 
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You gave me a good laugh.
Yes, I will try to put something together over the next few days that will be presentable.
1/4000? Hummmm...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:01 pm 
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Getting Small
(The world of Micro-Nano Modeling as requested by Airportkid)

You may be asking; “Why build so small? Seems insane! (Yes the word has been bandied about referring to me lately )
Well, simply, I enjoy the challenge. I’m a little off-beat anyway, and doing something jewel-sized (I prefer that to “smaller than a Grape-nut“ Heh) gives me a way to relax by venting my frustrations on a piece of cardstock.
Well, back to our muttons.
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A comfortable Exacto handle. I use their big, pen-shaped handle with the burnishing ball on the end. I think it was designed for folks who do a lot of cut and paste in design work.
#11 blades. I don’t use anything else. I go through a LOT of them working small. As soon as you lose that needle point, replace it and put that blade aside for other uses.
6â€

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:28 pm 
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Very nice Lep! I don't think I'll ever go small quite like you do, but now I know how :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:37 pm 
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Neat Lep!

The sewing needle as a glue applicator is a revelation (now what am I going to do with all of my toothpicks :wink: )

BTW, you say you cut the tabs off on cylinders. do you glue as a butt joint, or do you use a strip along the inside of the seam? (with the follow-on, "how do you keep the seam clean?" Or "how do you size your strip?")

Also, how do you select your paper size by part? have you figured any science for that?

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you mite wwant to mention the weight of paer you use also....110 seems a little heavy? :D

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Very nice, Lep! Thank you!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:46 pm 
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CraftyDan- Use the strip you cut off as the seam strip. There's plenty. Absolutely precise cutting (no black)will keep the seam clean.
Possum- I only use 110 when I'm doing a 1/10000 model of the USS Arizona. :twisted: The B-36 and the Me323 I'm working on now are mostly 67# Bristol. :
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ahh! so thats how ya do it! I might have t' try buildin' somthing tiny now...


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