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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Very cool both of you.

    Looking forward to more.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    That looks great, can't wait to see them cleaned off.

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Me too.  At least you will have instant gratification with your set up.  I have to wait till my friend brings them out to Colorado next week.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Sorry I can't get a steady picture, can't find my tripod right now.

    Anyway, installed the three steppers for X and Z axis, belt for X axis. Mostly electronics work left now, a few small things need to be installed, besides print bed of course.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Here they are with the support material removed. One still has some on it to show how it works.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    That looks awesome, fantastic quality. Print everything...

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    That was 7 hours and 50 min. to print those four barrels.

    Now I need shop drawings of Cromwell tracks to scale down.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    I just mounted the print bed and some end stop switches. All that is left is to even the bed, mount the board somewhere, then wire everything up. Once that is done I just need to install all the software and start calibrating it.

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    3D print project update:
    My fuel barrels made it to Colorado. It was a sublime moment to hold them in my hand for the first time… my imagination transformed into reality, like some scene from Star Trek. My mind is overwhelmed with the possibilities.
    They show bumps at the print levels and have a rougher texture than I expected but my friend told me that dipping the ASB in Acetone will polish them up nicely. I will try it soon then post pix. They are Orange ASB, the dark stuff is the “support material” it dissolves away with solvent in an ultrasonic cleaner. The color is not my first choice but it cost me nothing so I have no complaints. He has 10 colors to pick from, this was just using up the material from another job he ran before mine.
    I’m going out to Calif. In the Fall to meet with his engineers to refine my skills. I can see this becoming a job as well as a way to make tank parts. He told me they made a working bike chain all as one print job just to see if they could. This is all too amazing to not see where it will go.
    The grey one I got years ago, it was the model I took the measurements from.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    wonder if you can make these so they work
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    I haven't done much in the past few days, just need to wire it up right now. Will work on it more tomorrow, but leaving for vacation tuesday. I am pretty sure a gun lock would be doable. The barrels look great! I personally have a small sample of yellow PLA that came with the kit, but bought a big reel of black abs for most stuff.

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    The Acetone dip does polish up the ASB. The surface is sticky till it dries so don't touch it. Also, Acetone is nasty stuff, don't get it on your skin.

    The dipped one is in the middle, the black one is painted, and the far one is un-dipped. You can see the change in texture.

    Now I have two painted, one black and one tan. That completes the process, they are ready to go on a tank. I have the file saved, I can make more anytime I want.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Man, the acetone and some paint really helps, they look perfect! Exciting news, though I will have to wait until after I get back from vacation to finish.

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    I must say i find it hard to believe after this country spending 2.5 (thats 2 and 1/2 "BILLION"........With a "B") dollars and sending the "MARS ROVER.....Curiosity" on a space flight of over "8 Months" and over "THREE HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION MILES" and making a "SUCCESSFULL LANDING ON THE PLANET OF MARS"....and you could not find this event being broadcast on any network chanel........."NOT EVEN PBS"......What the hell has happened to this country full of "MORONS and IDIOTS"..............Or is that what happened.This does not warrent coverage beyond and over this general crap being shown on T.V. day after day and even over the olympics.....????

    I had to go online to a "NASA website " to watch this amazzzzing feat take place.The news stations made a basic comment on this landing and acted like it was no more news worthy than the weather...........No wonder this F-ing country is going down the drain...
    Shame on "US"...............................[&o][&o][&o][&o]

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    I think the MARS Rover was pre-empted by the Bachlorette, Survivor, The Jersey Shore, or some other useless POS show. I hear ya BIGMIG.

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    I agree with you guys... one of the greatest, most amazing things humans have ever done, and the news ignored it.

    272 meters off target from 350 million miles away, that is some good shooting.

    Makes me proud to be American.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Elon Musk and NASA are giving us two huge boosts in national prestige and pride, but it goes unnoticed.

    Remember the Apollo program lost out after 11 too. 13 spiked interest because it was a disaster, eventually political will went to the wayside and the whole shebang was cancelled.

    In my opinion, it's education. Sputnik woke us up to the fact that we were behind, we spiked, won the space race, then fell asleep again. My kids are curious, so they're interested, but I've been drilling MIT into their heads since the were three years old.

    I always thought a success in this country was a postman who raised four kids and got them all to college, one way or another. Now it seems it's only how much money or attention you grab.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Has anyone ever used Rustoleum spray paints called Hammered and/or Textured? These paints are supposed to dry so that the finish looks like hammered metal, and the other one dries like a sand cast finish or pottery finish that hasn't been glazed. I'm too cheap to buy them to find out.

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Rex,

    I used the textured stuff on the turret of my DD Sherman. It is black, but it seams to be doing the job in light coats.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    I have used it on metal and it works OK. It was on some house trim, not a model tank, but the texture was close enough to pass muster with the client. It turned sheet metal into hammered plate steel.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

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    Rex,

    I used the textured stuff on the turret of my DD Sherman. It is black, but it seams to be doing the job in light coats.
    I'll watch for your future photos as you progress ...... I would be interested in seeing a close up of that finish when you get a chance, it sounds better than what I am doing to get that textured effect.
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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    Rex,

    Here are two for you of the results of the textured paint from Rustoleum. Don't look to closely at the mods. I'm still working on it.

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    I have an old Bandai Stug basket case that I am restoring and I want to try a winter camo scheme that was applied in the field after it snowed in Russia or Finland, or wherever it snowed a bunch. It's painted grey so far. I know a lot of that type of camo was applied with whitewash and a mop or a broom, so I am sure "anything goes". I have looked into my reference books, computer bookmarks and googled for ideas, but can't find anything I am happy with. Is there a magic book or website out there that is all about "German winter camo photos"? I don't know why I'm being so picky about this. Maybe I should just paint it white and dirty it up with a mud and crud and rust paint job.

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    how about the one they recovered.....

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    RE: The Tanker's Lounge

    I was thinking about a snow camo job because that was a really different look from all of my other stuff. I don't have a winter scheme. That recovered from a swamp look could work too. How could a guy possibly screw up something he was trying to make look terrible to begin with? I wouldn't do that with something I scratchbuilt, but an old Bandai would be perfect for practicing with that idea.
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