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The type I get has no fragrances nor soap. I've been using them for about 2 years on both non treated timber and varnished timber, and there are no problems. I can paint etc over it and there is no difference.



I just use neat Detol. As it doesn't hurt the metal or the plastic and contains alcohol and caustic soda. So removes grease and dirt great. And smells nice as well

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Endless uses.







First off is find a tube, I used brass, that matches the bore size of desired cannon and cut to length of shot. Apply wax to the inside of the tube with an object that slides snug inside the tube(I used brass again).



Carefully select desired size shot and drop them loosely into the tube. DO NOT pack, lightly drop. It works best if at least 3 or more pieces can lay flat, side by side inside the tube.


Once the tube is filled, carefully drop a tiny bit of thin CA on top of the shot, let it sit for a couple of seconds, and then use the smaller tube to push out the mold.



Let the pieces dry hard, lightly file both ends and glue to a thin piece of wood with CA. Once dry, glue another piece to the other end the same way. Apply CA to the backside of the wood pieces and let dry hard.



Now the fun part. Sand or file the wood to match the bore diameter and thin the wood at the ends. Avoid sanding or scraping the shots because the dried CA will go white and look bad.


Carefully pick off any dried, white bits of CA. Use a dab of wax, or the sweat off your forehead at this point, and softly roll on the palm of your hand to remove any left over white flakes of CA. Continuing doing this until you achieve the desired amount.


The most important part, wax inside the tube and the push rod! If you don't, it may be stuck there for good. Most likely a few get botched and it also creates build up inside the tube. So if you want 6, make 12. If you're lucky more than six will turn out well.post-17116-0-97331500-1439607809.jpg

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The following has been lifted, with permission, from Blue Ensign’s HMS Pegasus log


I had originally fitted 1mm brass bands formed from fret and chemically blackened. This was ok but there is always that annoying join beneath the stock which is difficult to completely close. Back in 2013, fellow member mel-drew alerted me to the use of heat shrink tubing to represent the bands, and I did a rough trial at that time.



I have now revisited the bands and replaced the brass fret with the tubing. This has several advantages; there is no join,  the heat shrink holds them tightly in place, and the blackening doesn't rub off when handled. Although rubber they have a dull metal look to them.


The knack to forming the bands is to press really firmly down on the flattened tubing using a steel rule and cut with one stroke using a scalpel. Might take a few goes to get a set of matching bands, but you get a lot of bands from one length of tubing.



NOTE: Like the vast majority of master ship-modellers here on MSW, BE has detailed many, many useful hints, tips and tricks throughout his log. CaptainSteve whole-heartedly endorses spending a few hours reading through this log.

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Thanks for sharing Steve! The larger sizes would also work for the mast bands.  Great idea!


Brilliant idea we all should put that in our memory bank. Danny will also like it I think because he used cardboard.




Photo from Danny's HMS VALTURE Swan log


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This looks like a good idea, but I wonder if the rubber tubing will stand the test of time. Like most things that are rubber based, would it not start to perish or break down over time? A couple of my models are 30 years old and I am not sure this would last that long. I'll be sticking with copper or cardboard. :)

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Well, this kind of shrink tubing is more like plastic than like rubber, isn't it? Especially after heat-shrinking it gets quite hard and stiff. I do not recollect seeing any of the typical disintegration which is typical for rubber.

As a reference you can have a look at old electric installations which were secured/insulated/finished with shrink tubing. It is not unbreakable but I have seen very old installations which under adverse circumstances have remained intact.


Very good idea!

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Let's just say I trust this stuff more than I would any glue. I have seen it being used to keep the rope ends of a kid's swing together and do away with the sharp ends and after years of (ab)use, rain, sun, frost and heat it was still intact. I have seen it in electric installations older than me and for instance on engines in direct contact with oil and fuel for years and years and still in one piece.

Good enough for me  :D


In fact, now that I think of it, it could be used to hold things together as well in places where glue is not practical.

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Not quite sure. I have seen diameters from say 1 to 15 mm. but I bet there is more.

There are different types, the hard thin ones (the stuff which used to be around a pack of NiCd cells) and the softer ones which are a bit like elastic band.

Have a look in an electronics catalogue, you should find it there.



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STRAPPING USING HEAT SHRINK TUBING: Great idea on the heat-shrink tubing!


I just checked Digi-Key.ca and they stock 1.0 mm inner diameter and up (260mm was the largest!) but you can special order 0.5 mm. I found 1.2 mm black tubing in stock: 4 feet (~1.2 m) costs $1.73 (Canadian).


Regarding durability: looking at some of the specifications on this plastic...when your model has aged into a pile of dust and rusted metal bits they could probably sift the mess and find the tubing intact! :o


Clear skies!


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CHEEP PAINT: If your tired of spending excessive amounts of money on model paints this tip might be for you. I save the small glass bottles from the modeling paints and refill them with spray paint. This came about because I use so much of the same colors of paint on my Byzantium. As the Byzantium is 1/20 scale there is allot of area to be painted, I can go though a whole bottle (or more) of model paint in just one session of light touch ups. By refilling the bottles with spray paint I save allot of money IE. one bottle of model paint cost about 2 dollars and one can spray paint cost about 4 dollars but contains 20 or more times the amount of paint.






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Hi all

In actual fact, I buy house water based sample pots from my hardware store. They can match any colour and a 500mL tub cost $6-$7 Australian. I water them down and do coats after coats and when it's ok, I used matt varnish.

This works for me!



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This thread is drifting off-topic.  Please remember the following:


#1:  The House Rules provided by the original poster.



To help with following this forum, may I suggest that you:


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             - Please indicate scale with your suggestion, as various items could be used for different purposes in another


             - Separate posts for each item AND purpose will make it easier for people wishing to search this topic.

             - Photos are actively encouraged !!



#2:  This thread is in the 'Discussion for a Ship's Deck Furniture, Guns, Boats, and Other Fittings' forum.  Posts should be limited to those items.  Tips for painting, etc., should be posted in the appropriate forum.


#3:  Please eliminate the banter!  Although we encourage camaraderie, a thread whose primary purpose is to serve as a compilation of tips loses its usefulness if a member has to scroll through pages of clutter in order to find the actual tips.  Use the 'like' button.


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There are eyes for scrap booking that are great for many uses.  I use them for portholes and any time that I need a circular flange.  They come in many sizes.  


In this example, I used two sizes of the eyes and a wooden dowel to make an anchor chain pipe.





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Here is another use of the scrapbook eyes (See post 292).

Bollards.  These eyes come in many different sizes and I've used several different sizes to make bollards.  I drilled holes into a bronze sheet to match the skinny diameter of the eye. Epoxy the eye into the hole so that the large portion of the eye is the top of the bollard.  I filled the shaft with epoxy. Paint etc.


Here are small bollards that I made for the pin rails of a 1/76 ship





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On the Cutty Sark`s aft deck house, there is a nice skylight with six nice windows ( three on each side) with nice doubled shutters. And I wanted that shutters badly !!! Even if it looks like shutters




Problem was in scale ( cca 1:100), which means that every window is only 6 x 7 mm, and individual shutter is 6x3,5mm, which means that inside panel, considering cca 0,5 mm for frame is 5x2,5mm. Reaaaalllllllly small for my skills to make this from wood. I tried something with 0,1mm wire from old toy transformer winding I cannibalized long ago, and I was not satisfied with


After two days of thinking, expected brain storm hit me, and I got satisfied results


Drawing with hands, I just can not draw six completely equal squares 6x7mm with 0,1 mm felt pen. So I use Adobe Illustrator and drown 6 squares 6x7mm , cut arround and temporary fix strip with squares with self adhesive paper tape - only on edges to medical stick for throat overview. Important - paper under squares is not glued to surface ! On this picture you can see main tool for this operation - toothpick with sharpened and thinned top




Carefully pointed cutting marks to wire with 0,5 mm felt pen, and cut with blade several pieces. If they twist a little, I straightened them. It does not matter if edges are not vertical




Only with a bit of white glue on a same tom of sharpened toothpick, glue every piece of wire inside drawn square




Thin veneer by the depth as much as you can, and cut slices as narrow as you can (cca 0,5 mm) and glue them on position as on picture above, also only with a bit of white glue on top of toothpick





Add little drops of white glue around structure


After glue dry, only with a top of blade, apply putty around to fill all gasps




When putty dry, carefully sand excess of putty. I used a little rasp I made from 2x2mm strip with sandpaper I glued on two surfaces




If it is necessary, repeat putty and sanding. When you are satisfied, cover with acrylic. And here is explanation of main idea. Paper can not hold pieces together. But, putty can. Also, considering that acrylic paint turn on to plastic, whole structure is plasticized, and firmly enough for manipulating




After paint dry, carefully cut paper around window, and pull out window. Carefully sand edges, and thin whole structure a bit to get right surfaces




Then apply final coat of acrylic




And here is result







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