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sluggo last won the day on April 29 2015

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  1. I feel your pain brother. Try these stretches. Number 3 and 4 work for me and it's amazing how quickly it starts to help. The only one I have never tried is number 6. http://www.healthline.com/health/back-pain/sciatic-stretches#sitting-pigeon-pose3
  2. Most of the guys that buy stuff from me use extra Oracal 810 or pre-mask (paper transfer tape) which I supply when necessary. If you want to try the pre-mask which is a paper tape used in the sign industry I suggest using the pre-mask they recommend for Oracal 631 which is their removable wall vinyl.
  3. You should not assume the scanner will scan precisely 1:1 although it should. I don't know about the Silhouette software but in Illustrator you can draw it any size and then plug in the width or height you want and it will scale it for you.
  4. Try it.The worst that could happen is the paint might flake instead of cut.
  5. I would be willing to share my stuff as well. If others were interested, I even have a VPS server where we could set up FTP or forum based point of access. If there were enough interest, I'd even be willing to do a Webex session on Illustrator basics. I think I have 25 seats on my webex account. Maybe one of you other cats that run the Silhouette software could even be a guest host.
  6. I have not used the Silhouette software but I assume it is similar to Illustrator's trace image function. It does a reasonable job of turning an image into a vector but there's always clean-up and tweaking of nodes to do. I find more often than not, there are far more nodes generated by the software than is necessary. Particularly when it comes to letters.
  7. Without a doubt, the most intensive part of learning to do your own masks will be working with vectors. Once you have a solid grasp on that, the rest is childs-play. The great thing about working in vector format is you only have to draw it once. It can then be scaled up or down with no loss.
  8. I run a Summa cutter. I purchased it do do large format stuff like signs and vehicle graphics mainly. Being my 3rd cutter I did the homework and decided on this unit because of it's ability to cut tiny lettering. For the money, I'd say the Silhouette is the ticket if you want something that is economical and portable. There comes a point where you can cut a mask so small it's either too time consuming to weed or just plain unusable.
  9. Jim, Looking AWESOME! You've undertaken a daunting task and you're slaying it. Keep 'em coming.
  10. Splendid work Jim! By the time you are done you will be an expert at masking. Looking forward to the next update.
  11. Thanks guys! It was not deliberate. I painted them over with flat black then RLM 66 while painting the sidewall. I went back in with a brush and lacquer thinner to remove the paint from them. That process caused the insulation to discolor.
  12. Finally got one side of the cockpit presentable. Pretty much all from scratch. The oxygen bottle and map pocket are Bill's pieces. Fuse panel, junction boxes and primer are kit parts with a little reworking. Some touch up work to be done yet but I'm going to start on the other side and worry about touch-ups later.
  13. Looks like you've figured out a way to over come. Good job! Still looking forward to the other side.......
  14. Progress has been a bit light of late. Seems some spell has come over me that has sidelined my no detail/OOB claim. I suspect the spell originated on the west coast of Canada. This is all I managed to accomplish this evening. I have been working on some other cockpit parts but none are presentable as of yet.
  15. Awesome work Bill, Looking forward to the next update.
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