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  1. Success! I made a jig out of clear plexiglass. On it I glued two plastic strips, the same thickness as the rod I wanted to drill through, spaced to allow the rod to sit in between. In the trough formed by the plastic strips I then drilled a #80 hole all the way through the clear plexiglass. I then inserted a .4mm brass tube in my jig and made two attempts to drill through the brass. Both attempts ended in failure as the drill bits broke! I then tried the same thing but this time using plastic rod. I was able to drill a hole centered through the plastic rod with the jig keeping things nice and square. I'm now in the process of making another jig to allow me to drill out the ends of that same plastic rod so I can then insert copper wire into the ends, simulating handles. Thanks again everyone, Chuck.
  2. I was thinking about using clear plastic as well. I'll give it a try and report my results. Thanks again, Chuck.
  3. I was thinking of something along these lines. Thanks for confirming. Just to clarify, I meant to type .4 and .5mm dimensions.
  4. Does anyone have some tips on how to drill a hole cross ways through micro tube or rod? I am trying to drill a .04mm hole crossways through a .05mm plastic rod and for the life of me can't seem to keep the drill centered as it drills through the rod when using my pin vise. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Chuck.
  5. Ha ha! Boy, this plane is much bigger than I expected. She's a big bird!
  6. I just picked up a Revell Germany 1/32 "Uhu" from Burnaby hobby for the grand price of $69 Canadian! They brought in 10 kits which are all spoken for but more are on the way! The kit looks great and the box is huge! Thanks Dave, Tom and Revell Germany for doing it right!
  7. Does anyone know of a set of Albatross W.4 sea plane plans? I hope to modify a Roden Albatross D.II to W.4 if it's possible. Thanks in advance, Chuck.
  8. Hey great idea! I wish I had kept my old balsa cutter from when I was a kid now.
  9. I stopped off at the print shop today to get a set of BV 215 plans printed off in 1/32 scale. I pick them up tomorrow morning to get the ball rolling. Wish me luck!
  10. Thanks again to everyone for all the knowledge. I think I am going to try using the method Pete used in the link above. That looks like it might work best for someone who finds carving challenging.
  11. Thanks everyone for the input. I hope to do a Luft. 46 subject. The Blohm and Voss BV p. 215 night fighter.
  12. Ha ha, yah I hear you! For some reason for me trying to carve a shape is WAY harder. I guess I'm just not talented in that area. I didnt say it was the smartest way to do it, but I want to give it a try anyway. Thanks for the feedback though, Chuck.
  13. Thanks for the input. I am going to make the basic form with bulk heads and stringers, then cover the exterior with masking tape. From there I pour resin from the inside to fill the voids between the bulk heads/stringers to the tape shell. Finally I remove the tape and sand and fill the shell until I am happy with the over all outline. Once I'm ahppy with the shape, I will use it for my vacform master. Does this kind of make sense? Lot of work I know but I want to give it a try.
  14. I want to scratch build an aircraft fuselage shape to then use as a male pattern to vacuform over. I am going to glue down a set profile plans to the material I end up using and then cut the profiles out to then put together with some stringers to get my rough fuselage shape. Forgive my ignorance, but from a cost of materials and strength point of view, what material would be better suited for this task, thin balsa wood OR bass wood OR styrene? What do you guys think? Thanks in advance, Chuck.
  15. Looking fantastic Wolf as always. Just amazing! I hope your enjoying the summer weather as much as I am. One bad thing with the good weather here, is it makes it harder for me to get to the bench! I'm sure once the rain returns this fall I'll get back at it, but not too soon (I hope)! See you at the next club meeting, Chuck.
  16. Hey great Wolf! Thanks so much for the offer to share reference materials. I am actually heading out of town myself tomorrow, so I wont be at the May meeting. Hopefully I'll see you out at the June meeting. Take care and have fun tomorrow night, Chuck.
  17. Thanks everyone. I'll be sure to pick those up when the time comes.
  18. I'm hoping to pick up Fishers 1/32 Sea Fury later this year. In light of that I want to start gathering reference materials for this bird. What's the best reference book with lots of cockpit and other details pictures? Thanks in advance, Chuck.
  19. I was fortunate enough to see Wolfs big spit in person tonight and all I can say is WOW! When you see the pics online you just don't realize how small it all is. Once that sinks in you then realize how much smaller the details he has added are! The pics on this thread do not do it justice. Very, veryimpressive! Thanks again Wolf for coming out to the IPMS meeting (and good to finally meet you). I hope to see you there again at future meetings. Have a great week, Chuck.
  20. Looking forward to it Wolfe! You won't believe it, but its finally sunny out here in the lower mainland! Took the family for a drive (east of Fort Langley) and the cars outside temperature display got up to 18! (that in C for those wondering). Enjoy your time with the family and have a safe trip back, Chuck.
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