Cowboyleland asked that I provide a tutorial on drilling paper. I have never done this before, so please be kind. First off, I only have two hands (I have never been able to hold anything with my toes), so cannot hold the paper and a tool and the camera at the same time. So we begin (I am including all who read this, so that I can spread the blame). The first photo shows my paper drilling kit. The glue is a thin CA penetrating formula. Then we have a curved dental pic, followed by a set of drill bits covering #s 33 through 80. Below that is a Japanese screw drill with six bits. On the far right is a medium sized hand twist drill. The second photo shows the drill base that I use. It is a balsa plank that I bought on sale (three for $1USD). I use balsa to extend the life of the drill bit and cushion the paper.
When drilling, you want to hold the paper as close to the hole being drilled, as possible (photo 1). Hold the twist drill so that one finger is on top (photo 2). This finger, and this finger alone, will control the amount of pressure that will be applied during the drilling. The pressure will always be VERY light. Too much pressure and the paper bunches and cracks. Photo 3 shows a very roughly drilled hole circled in red. I did this on purpose to make it easier to show the various steps taken to finish the hole. The hole to the far right drilled in the colored siding will be the way the hole will usually look right after drilling. You will notice that there is a raised ridge around the hole. The next step will be to correct that.
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2018 16:28:25 GMT -9 by missileer
Using the side of the dental pic to push everything gently into the hole, until the rim around the hole is level (photo 1). Then take to glue bottle and open it and gently pinch the bottle until the glue is level with the top of the neck. Dip the point in about a quarter of an inch and remove it (photo 2). Then make a complete turn around the inside rim of the hole, with the portion of the pic that has glue on it, so the glue will be evenly spread. Now gently round out the hole with the curved point of the pic. All the while making sure that the outer rim stays even with the surface of the paper (photo 3).
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2018 16:54:56 GMT -9 by missileer
Now, if everything works the way it is supposed to, the whole will look like this (photo1). One additional warning about the glue. USE IT SPARINGLY! Photo 2 shows how the glue will spread quickly and may discolor the surrounding area. On the left, a drop of glue was placed on the tip of the pic and then placed in the hole. On the right, the tip of the pic was placed in the neck of the glue bottle as shown in the text. BIG difference in the spread pattern. I would suggest some trials to get the hang of how much glue to use. If you can use the screw punch, then all you will have to do is harden the hole with the glue. That is really the main reason for the glue step; harden the hole, so that it retains its' shape. When using drill bits, it also glues all the loose stuff back on the paper.
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2018 17:15:52 GMT -9 by missileer
I diverted to assembling the second coach (the Fodar, straight end). I have to finish the stirrups and the tie downs for the cargo load. Should get to that tomorrow. Here is what it looks like so far. Lighting for the photos was not the best; I'll fix that before my nest post.
Well, you know the old saying that "tomorrow never comes". It took a bit, but tomorrow has finally arrived and I have finished the coach. The first photo shows the method I use for making my "rope" (and other things like hand rails, etc.). I take rigging line (lower right corner) and soak it with ZAP Thin CA and wipe off the excess with a dental tool. I use wax paper under the line to confine the excess glue and provide a place for the line to dry overnight, without adhering to any surface. I use pins on a board to keep the line straight while gluing (or sometimes I just use a weight on each end of the piece of line).
You can see the stiff line lying over the bottle of glue. That stiff piece of line will now be used to simulate the ropes holding a stack of lumber to the back of the coach. The second photo shows the "ropes" installed on the lumber stack with the ends that will be wrapped and glued to the bottom of the coach (which is shown in the last photo). I know, the ends are not even (I am lazy), but this coach will be glued on to a diorama base, so that no one will ever see the bottom of that coach (unless they have an inspection mirror)
Next, I have a few views of the finished coach. Yes, I know, I forgot to color the back of the stirrups. I saw that when I looked at the photo. I will correct that before I glue the coach to the base. I realize, now, that I did not color the back of the stirrups of the first coach, either. I think I will wait until all six coaches/freight wagons are finished before I open the paint bottle
I want to use some fancier horses for a couple of the coaches. At his scale, the legs are extremely thin and trying to cut them out of cardboard or even foam core board is impossible for my skill level with a knife or scissors (I tried). So I am going to use the same method that I used on the carriage wheels. I will cut out 12 or 14 individual silhouettes of the horse glued together in a stack, with a full colored horse on either side of the stack. It will take some time, but I figure I only have to make 4 horses. I ran a short prototype test (photo below) and it looks like it will work well. Lots of snacks and cups of tea and I will muddle through. I forgot to put a scale comparison item in the photo, so imagine the horse about 1/8 of an inch taller then the diameter of a US quarter.
I am not quite finished assembling the wall, but I have finished the horse. One thing that I learned during this task is that you need a 24 hour period after gluing a cutout to the stack to completely cure the glue. If you added one layer at a time, it would take 14 days to build the horse. I had applied several layers each day and the horse warped between applications and it took a some work to flatten it back out. My next horse will be assembled using this plan. Day 1: Glue 6 separate stacks of of 2 filler horses (do not use the colored horses in any of these stacks). Day 2: Glue each set of 2 stacks together (you now have 3 stacks). Day 3: Glue all 3 stacks together and let cure for 48 hours. Each day during the curing, the horse stacks should be under pressure to keep them flat. I would put a layer of waxed paper on the table, add the stacks, then add another layer of waxed paper on top of the stacks. Now add a weight on top of the waxed paper covering all of the stacks to provide the curing pressure. OK, I'll step away from the podium and shut up. Pictures below of the finished horse.
VK's talent has caused a change in plans. He recently took a vintage coach (high class), recolored it, modified it slightly and generally cleaned it up. I decided to use that one as my fancy coach with white horses. It took me a day or two to decide how I was going to detail it. I have the side panel "kits" cut out and I have included a picture. I included a copy of the wheels; those will be built in stack format, like my other wheels. I haven't yet decided on the details for the rest of the coach. Once I assemble the side detail, I will cut the windows out on the plain base unit. I will then glue the back plate on and cut the windows out in it (you can see a couple of punch holes in the back plate), Then I will glue the window panel to the back plate. Theoretically, it should work.
Progress on two fronts. Got the wall completed and assembled the side of the coach. I had a little problem with the wall and learned something important. The sheets that I used for the overlays were all printed on a HP Photo type printer. The sheet containing the door and the windows that I glued on the back of the wall were printed on larger HP machine that takes both A3 and A4 paper, because my Photo machine went belly-up. It turns out that all printers, even those manufactured by the same company do not have necessarily have the same default print size settings. The A3/A4 printer default size is just a hair smaller then the Photosmart. Over a page, it becomes a noticeable difference. Instead of just being able to glue the block of windows with the small door to the back, I had to separate the door and the windows above the door from the other windows, If I had left them connected, the door and widow set would not have aligned properly. By separating the two sections, I was able to center the individual sections, so that the slight size difference is not noticeable (unfortunately, I still know the error is still there).
On the brighter side, the coach did not turn out too badly and I was able to cut the fringe on the end of the drivers seat. It only shows if you tilt the coach side (photo 2), but once, again, I know it is there. And now the photos:
I know it has been a while since I posted anything here. No, I have not been sleeping; I have been slowly working the build. I have completed the passenger cage for the Tudor straight-sided coach and partially assembled the passenger cage for the "fancy" coach. I have to make a bottom for the fancy coach and decide what to use for axles and the wagon tongue assembly. It is going to be a kit-bash modification from the Tudor coach. I am not sure, at this moment, if I can figure a way to make the front wheels turn. Also, after going back and looking at VK's design thread, I realized that I will need SIX horses for this rig. On the up side, I have glued the four walls of the Guild Hall together and started work on the egg-shell interior brace. I cannot put the roof on the building, until I install the egg-crate. The open entry-way prevents me from installing the egg-crate from the bottom. End of ramblings; here are some photos of coach build (that is a US Quarter)
squirmydad: Never thought I'd be happy to hear about a case of bronchitis. Get better.
Apr 3, 2020 14:52:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Not Covid-19, but sinusitis and bronchitis. prescriptions and instructions to stay away from everyone for a week. let them know if I get worse
Apr 3, 2020 10:21:47 GMT -9
Vermin King: I still don't think I have it, but been doing run around trying to get in to see someone, somewhere about getting tested. If not The Virus, I still need to figure out what this is and get it knocked out
Apr 1, 2020 9:46:27 GMT -9
squirmydad: A friend of mine just came though it, it was awful. Hang in there pal.
Apr 1, 2020 8:25:12 GMT -9
Vermin King: Well, fever is back down, but zero energy
Apr 1, 2020 4:18:51 GMT -9
Vermin King: I wish I hadn't been curious. Hadn't taken my temperature for a few days, and I'm running a slight fever again. I'm so ticked off. I guess tomorrow I will have to do the nurse hotline. Sun on the Beach...
Mar 31, 2020 18:52:32 GMT -9
Vermin King: But I had to drop off my electric bill before Monday (an excuse to get out), and saw I still had a full tank of gas. Filled up on 3/11 and after tonight have gone 54.7 miles ...
Mar 31, 2020 16:10:45 GMT -9
Vermin King: Since my Location is either Randolph, Sugar Creek, Four miles SW of Sugar Creek, or Raytown, I wonder if I'm being shown as ignoring the order. As with all stats, you have to take them with a grain of salt
Mar 31, 2020 4:55:05 GMT -9
Vermin King: I see that Stay-at-Home is only about 45% effective in the US. That is 45% of folks with cell phones are staying put. Big Brother is tracking cell phone GPS. And why not?
Mar 31, 2020 4:52:33 GMT -9
Vermin King: I keep getting a server error when I try to get the rules. I'll have to try some other time
Mar 31, 2020 4:50:10 GMT -9
squirmydad: Fast? Today is only the 98th of March...
Mar 30, 2020 17:18:33 GMT -9
Parduz: how are you going, guys? things are running so fast!
Mar 30, 2020 15:11:23 GMT -9
marcpasquin: After Goscinny died, people thought it would be the end of Asterix as he was the writing part of the team but Uderzo managed to keep it going and eventually pass on the torch to new teams that still produce albums to this day.
Mar 26, 2020 7:08:19 GMT -9
marcpasquin: Asterix was such a big part of my childhood. Not only did I read all the albums but every years the cartoon movies were part of "Ciné-Cadeau", a holiday time programming block on Télé-Québec that showed animated movies for kids.
Mar 26, 2020 7:06:53 GMT -9
lightning: I cannot count how often I read Asterix and Obelix as a kid. Loved how it always ended at a big town dinner around a huge bonfire and the troubadour was gagged somewhere so he couldn't sing. Good times!
Mar 25, 2020 0:03:40 GMT -9
Parduz: I still love that comics. Some of them (around the middle age of Asterix production) have some of the best story/dialogues/jokes ever.
Mar 24, 2020 11:31:07 GMT -9
squirmydad: God I LOVED those books as a child. Sorry to see him pass.
Mar 24, 2020 8:50:27 GMT -9
wyvern: RIP Albert Uderzo, co-creator with René Goscinny of the Asterix comic books. [And no, he died from a heart attack.]
Mar 24, 2020 6:27:38 GMT -9