Sometimes, I surprise myself

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PHPaul
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Sometimes, I surprise myself

Post by PHPaul » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:10 am

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Patience is NOT one of my virtues.

Occasionally, when I happen to be in the right mood, I can get away with working on some pretty tiny stuff. For instance:

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I decided my 1/64th scale house needed a mailbox and a lawn mower.

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Body is brass sheet, about 3/8" square with the sides folded down. Axles out of .063 brass wire soldered to the ends. Wheels are the heads off some #4-40 screws with a hole drilled through the center of the head and the shanks cut off (amazing how accurately you can drill with a mill!) Engine is a bit of plastic that happened to look right.

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The mailbox consists of brass scraps and a bit of wooden skewer for the post, flag is a plastic-headed pin heated, squashed flat, cut to fit and painted red.

Dave Wi
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Re: Sometimes, I surprise myself

Post by Dave Wi » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:10 pm

Your attention to detail is phenomenal.

Bernie/MA
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Re: Sometimes, I surprise myself

Post by Bernie/MA » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:31 pm

Do use a magnifier? You sure have steady hands.

Sid
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Re: Sometimes, I surprise myself

Post by Sid » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:40 pm

Looks good.

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Re: Sometimes, I surprise myself

Post by PHPaul » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:42 pm

Bernie/MA wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:31 pm
Do use a magnifier? You sure have steady hands.
On occasion a magnifier gets used. Mostly I find ways to hold things in place mechanically so I don't have to trust my hands to keep it steady.

I just came across a gizmo called a ceramic soldering block on a modeling board I just joined. It's a ceramic block with a honeycombed surface. You can set up an assembly and use pins in the holes to keep it in place and square, much like a perforated welding table. That's gonna be handier than a pocket on a shirt!

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Re: Sometimes, I surprise myself

Post by Sid » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:51 pm

A surprise is a phart with lumps in it. I don't surprise myself much anymore, it is to be expected.

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