Tagged With "scratch built"

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Advice on buffing scratches out of a scale vehicle

TomlinsonRunRR ·
I recently purchased some 1:43 scale vehicles. A few had scratches or rub marks on the roofs -- likely from where the roof rubbed against the packaging. I have a Dremel tool and two buffing tips -- one flat and one pointed, along with some rouge. I've never used any of these items before (although I have used jeweler's rouge on silver years' ago). Because there's no hidden place I can first test these Dremel accessories out on, perhaps one of you can offer some advice? I don't want to make...
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Adriatic ·
Maguire's wax has cleaning compounds less aggressive than normal automotive rubbing componds. The grit varies by bottle number. Most stores carry them. They also make plastic polishes, but those are less commonly seen. Contact them for a distributor. I'd skip,the wheel, and for sure it's compounds, till last resort. I've had good luck with toothpaste for a light wheel polish at times. Yep, "Brightens your enamel" Stick to just the roof or bed to test. If all fails, go two tone. Recall the...
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JohnActon ·
Before digital cameras with adjustable diopter viewfinders I used to keep my eyeglasses scratched up pressing my glasses and eye against the camera viewfinder. I learned a trick that worked very well on plastic eyeglass lens, I think it will work here. I would find a container that the glasses would fit in face down and pour in about 1/4" of Future floor wax. Dip the face of the glasses in the wax and gentally lift the glasses out and with the sides open just sit them on a paper towel and...
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Steam Crazy ·
There are plenty of 1/1 cars and trucks on the road with scratches and dull paint. A few of them on your layout won't look out of place.
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TomlinsonRunRR ·
Ha! So true! So true! Except that I have a carpet layout and from a standing view and with such bright paint finishes, it's noticeable in a less authentic way. Also, I bought these for some close-up photography for humorous RR and food vignettes I'm planning some day. Of course, now you've made me think of a spray of dull coat I have as a possibility that can be "undone" if it doesn't work. However, I'd like to keep this particular commemorative truck shiny. Another truck with a single...
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Re: Advice on buffing scratches out of a scale vehicle

TomlinsonRunRR ·
John, I got a kick out of reading about your glasses and your clever solution. I always seem to destroy my lenses no matter how carefull I am. I never thought about the camera eye piece, but the left lens does seem to be the one that takes the worst beating. Adriatic, I can't place the two-toned roofs you mention, but that would work on the truck in the photo without needing to paint over the graphics. A lighter tone might also suggest a cow. The truck shown is really the worst case. It...
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colorado hirailer ·
Many models available, including trucks and fire engines, come with lettering and logos, for cities or products far from your modeling area. Be careful trying to paint over or touch up paint on some imported models, such as roofs mentioned above. I have had bubbling when using different model and household spray paints, and had to strip and repaint. Dunno what is the paint base of these imported models, but compatibility seems to be a problem.
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Ole SF ·
Would leave it alone. Why? Any vehicle or part of a train could have these marks, dust/dirt/etc. Try and rust color it to me to make more interesting. Like some one hit it from above.
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Scotie ·
You might take a look at the Novus plastic polishing kits. They have 3 grades of very fine compounds designed to remove scratches from things like plastic display cases. Not too expensive and as others have suggested better to start off without a too aggressive approach.
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Steam Crazy ·
Just remembered I have a product called "Scratch Doctor", that is used to remove surface scratches. Works on my cars, might work on your models. Can be found at auto parts or big box stores.
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gunrunnerjohn ·
I would not resort to power for this task, I'd try by hand first. I think pointing a power buffer at it might well screw things up more.
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TomlinsonRunRR ·
By the way, these are all die-cast in case that wasn't clear.
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TomlinsonRunRR ·
Thanks, Gunrunnerjohn. I've was thinking of a trip to an auto body shop and how well the paste and buffering filled in scratches, even in the plastic bumper. But I focused in on the buffing tool and not the compound. That led me to thinking about my perpetually idle Dremel tool. Clearly, this was not the correct "model" to have in mind for the job! =grin= TRRR
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D500 ·
Yes; looks better with the scratches. It's a truck, after all. Also - these shiny, shiny vehicles look better when you mask the windows and hit the car/truck with Dullcote. These vehicle models have thick, clunky details and finishes most of the time (especially that chrome) and knocking off most of the shine enables your eyes to see the models in a more subtle way, which looks more like the real thing.
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midnightwrecking ·
I used Tamiya polishing compound when I was tinkering with 1/18 scale die-cast, just by hand, no power.
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JohnActon ·
The problem with trying to polish them out is how thick is the paint at the bottom of the scratch there may be very little room for error. Another problem is leaving behind the polishing grit in the edges of the scratches that can be difficult to get the last bits out. Any of the clear acrylic car waxes will also work just like the floor wax at a bit more cost and a lot more protection if you leave your toys outside. . I am of the mind set that a model car would have to be very special for...
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Adriatic ·
Duh, sorry... Novus IS the good plastic polish. I made the same errant Maguire's association mistake a year or two ago. I'm not sure why I do that. It is something beyond a similar bottle shape, number, & flip spout applicator though. (Novus bottles are smaller, and not brown.) I'd skip their finest cut, almost an eyeglass cleaner. The grit is undetectable with your fingers. Like silghtly thick water, lol.
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Adriatic ·
The Maguire's cleaner waxes are still a good choice here, but I think Novus is a finer cut.
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TomlinsonRunRR ·
Lots of possibilities here! Thanks, all. It may come down to what I can pick up locally at the supermarket, auto parts store, or hardware store. I may have time to drop in on the first two after work and scout around. I do have an automotive plastic/vinyl restorer on hand. It's a liquid, not a paste, and doesn't quite sound like any of the the products being mentioned. A dullcoate approach did come to mind but I haven't been happy with the Krylon version. I used it on my layout "scenery" to...
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Danr ·
Stay with the auto polish/cleaner, after all it is a small car with a painted surface. Rouge and a Dremel are much too aggressive and will cut through your paint in seconds.
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Adriatic ·
Here is a scene for you, folks at a show, bored, start sanding on their vehicle for the next paint job. I've actually helped do that to a big block 65 Nova
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Re: Advice on buffing scratches out of a scale vehicle

TomlinsonRunRR ·
Just a quick update so you don't all think, that having asked, that I'm now ignoring your sage advice. On Monday, I had time to stop in the supermarket to look at floor waxes. Wow! Are they expensive at $6.99-$8.00. It's unlikely I would use floor wax for anything but these experiments, so I thought I'd price the various auto waxes/scratch pens that have been mentioned. If they are comparable in price, I suspect I'll be able to use it on my 1:1 vehicle and thus be a better value price and...
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Ole SF ·
Wounder if it would work with my teeth Nice and white! I had a business use to wash and hand wax cars alot and a wholesaler of meguiars always came buy because we used it so much. But that was in the days of "real" wash and wax!
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Re: Advice on buffing scratches out of a scale vehicle

TomlinsonRunRR ·
UPDATE: At K-Mart I found a floor wax that could be used on multiple surfaces (a plus for future 1:1 reuse) and it was cheaper than the supermarket's options. The viscosity was heavier than I expected: Rejuvenate is intended to be applied with a cloth, not poured. So, dipping was out. I created a single tiny bubble when spreading out the product on the truck roof with a paper towel (or whatever I used) but it was easy enough to smooth out and burnish without causing streaks. The sheen of...
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Lou1985 ·
Late reply but having an old car that goes to shows I know a thing or two about scratch removal. This is the best stuff I've ever used full stop: http://www.meguiars.com/en/aut...0307-scratchxreg-20/ Buff it in with a microfiber applicator pad and and wipe away the residue with a microfiber towel. Use the rest of the bottle on your 1:1 cars
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JohnActon ·
The photo looks great certainly an improvement on what you had. I don't know about the produce that you used but I have thinned Future with water. You may want to take a capfull and mix it with water and see how it works on something less important than your trucks. I think with a little trial and error you can come up with the proper consistency for dipping. I think I have read that common rubbing alcohol works as a thinner also. Give that a try also. I bet that in a few days you could...
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SURFLINER ·
Thank you for posting
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Adriatic ·
Chances are the floor polish and pen are acrylic based just like "finish" floor polish. I've used the pens to get me by for a bit before buying new eye glasses but the results weren't good enough to forgo new ones. A dog knocked them off, then stepped on one lens and spun; swirl-scratching the lens dead center.. The result was clear but the focus was wavy. I.e., worked, but eye glasses would have to be very bad before I'd use it that way again.
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TomlinsonRunRR ·
John, Lou, Ole SF, Adriatic, and Surfliner, Thanks for your comments and product suggestions. Oddly, other than the mention of some harmful petroleum ingredient in one, none of these products want to divulge what's in them. There's no mention of "acrylic" anywhere, let alone any ingredients. I've been doing school work all day (and not getting very far), and so didn't try out the scratch pen nor daub the second truck model with the Rejuvenate floor wax. However, I just added some water to a...
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Re: New project ,Scratch built

Thomas Smith ·
Thank You All. I built this building and not sure what I am going to do with it or call it. I have a small layout 12 x 12, space is limited. I have one large space left, and was going to do a coal mine. Now I may fill it with old run down structures.
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New project ,Scratch built

Thomas Smith ·
Worked on this building off and on for about two months.All the walls are blue foam.Carved the stone with a sharp pencil. Was not happy with it at first but kept messing with it and this is what I have.
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Re: New project ,Scratch built,Finally putting them on lay out

luvindemtrains ·
Wow the talent and might I add...the gift!
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MELGAR ·
Thomas, Nice work. I well understand how much time it takes to scratch-build even small structures and detail them nicely, as you have done. My under-construction 10'-by-5' layout has now has twenty-one structures, of which four are scratch-built and fifteen are from craftsman kits. I have been working on it for almost four years. Some buildings have taken one-hundred hours to build. MELGAR
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New project ,Scratch built,Finally putting them on lay out

Thomas Smith ·
It has been a long time ,finally working on the lay out all 3 are scratch built.I have a long way to go but got them on the lay out.
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Thomas Smith ·
Thank you I have a 12x12 lay out.have worked on it for 6 years . I have done two kits the rest are scratch-built
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Let's see your home made or scratch built exterior illumination

Ron045 ·
Walking around the Allentown train show yesterday, I saw lots of different options for exterior lighting and lanterns. But if you need lots of lights, the proposition of buying ready made lighting can be expensive. I would like to see your homemade scratch built lights. They might be light poles, spot lights, building lanterns or any other lighting you want to share. Thanks in advance. Ron
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Scratch Built Bridge?

lehighline ·
Has anyone here constructed a scratch built bridge? I don't mean from a kit, or a trestle with lots of bents. I mean something like a truss, a cantilever, or an arch. I know there are many sub types within these general categories. Not interested in the girder type. How long was it? What materials did you use to construct it? Pictures are always a plus... Thanks! Chris LVHR
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texastrain ·
Picture of 3 bridges I built for a club layout some years ago. Still have two of them, and others. They are built out of suspended ceiling support strut materials and underground conduit "chairs". I was an iron worker in prior years when first started in construction, and the suspended ceiling struts worked very much the same as I beams and angle iron, so to construct a bridge was easy. I used rivets and steel perforated sheet to connect the sections. Not exactly prototypical, but they work...
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MELGAR ·
Photo shows my scratch-built truss bridge on my under-construction layout in 2016. Twenty-four inches in length made from basswood. MELGAR
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TonkaNut ·
Hi Chris, I built a "concrete" arch under bridge using particle board (for the concrete texture) with a pine 1 X 4 for the deck. The vertical strips are more particle board beveled at the tops and grooved with a table saw to give it interest. The area between the strips that looks like it is routed out is just a masonite overlay. I used a piece of wood molding at the top along the entire deck. A small engraving at the top of the arch reads 1998 reminding me when the layout was nearing...
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Tugboat15 ·
Mine is 30" long, 9" in height. Just finished up gluing one, building a 2nd, much wider one. Built from the leftover plywood strips I cut for my fencing. Another project trying to complete. What's best choice of paint for a weatherd look? Used an N scale bridge as a template. Printed to paper so all sides pieces were the same. Just finished expansion to run other rooms of house. About half way on the bigger bridge.
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AGHRMatt ·
I've done a couple. Basically, theres a wood support structure inside with plywood skins on the sides and trim pieces on the superstructure. Not hard to do. We also have a couple of trestles that were much more involved in their construction. The first one is a basic concrete arch bridge modeled after the York Blvd. bridge over the Pasadena Freeway near Los Angeles. This was connected to a "stretched arch" bridge by a viaduct. The bents on the viaduct are 1x3 wood cores with 1/4" plywood...
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Tom Tee ·
There are now two scratch built bridge threads running simultaneously. Can they be combined?
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Joe Fauty ·
Chris: I have built from 24 -48 inches. 48 is about the limit for one piece of wenge w/o warping. The entire structure is built with yellow wood glue. You can always drill for brass rods but with my updated design the glue is more than enough. Attached are some designs that will help along with your visit to Alan
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gene maag ·
I scratch built my Trolley Bridge with Polystyrene for the steel arch and rails and precision board for the bridge supports. Polystyrene makes great looking steel and it holds a lot of weight. I buy my Polystyrene from a plastic supply house in 3'X7' sheets, the small piece's are Strip styrene by Evergreen.
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Sean007 ·
Nice work Gene!
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SIGNAL TOWER SCRATCH BUILT

Lowes2win ·
Over the Christmas Holiday I scratch built this signal tower. Its not exactly to O scale but very close. I put 4 LEDS in it. I couldn't buy one like it. Just wanted to share this with the forum. I would love to build things like this for a living. This is a prototype. I learned a lot while building it. Everything is scratch built from the control room on the second floor to the gutters and street lamp except for the hanging sign that says Loganville named after my 7 yr old grandson. Its all...
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Lowes2win ·
Question. At CG textures which should I download for o scale images. Working on number 2. This one is a prototype for a possible marketing opportunity. I may sell these if people are interested. This one is going to be much closer to scale and what a real switch tower lookEd like. I already have over 200 scratch buildt pieces in this one and im just getting started. I sure can't charge by the hour. This switch tower iscratch similar to a large yard like in Chicago in the late 1800s early to...
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Re: New project ,Scratch built

AG ·
very rural character. the roof is outstanding! Andre.
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colorado hirailer ·
Ditto on the roof! ALL? the walls are of foam, even those that look like "wood"? Is that modeled on an existing structure? Looks like a Tom Yorke effort...
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