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 Posted: Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 01:16 pm
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Excelenet adise Mike.

I just got back from Micheals and I never realized the stuff that place has. I always thought of it as a place women go to do those piddily little craft and knitting stuff they like to do. Not the kinda place you'd see a self respecting truck driver. WRONG!! I mean, they DO have that stuff, but I found a bunch of the tools on my list, plus some balsa wood for a tunnel portal. They didn't have all the tools I needed, so had to go to the dreaded toy store and got hosed, but that's beside the point. I'm well on my way to being a bonafied scratch builder. All I need now is a ton of practice (can't find a store in town that sells that).

Wish me luck, I'll post my results.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 01:32 pm
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Doesn't take luck--just a little tenacity.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 03:39 pm
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I like you Herb. You call it tenacity whereas my wife calls it stubbornness



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 Posted: Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 08:51 pm
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Lorne,

Some cheep clamps can be fashioned from cloths pins. I use my wife's disposable nail files and if you can get your hands on a cuticle cutter, it is handy for clipping sprues. If you have a good dentist, see if you can hit him up for some old picks. I got some moulding wax used for teeth impressions, I have used for making some small parts moulds, very handy, softens in hot water.

Oh and yes, it drives my wife crazy when runs out of her nail files so quickly. Funny thing is she hasn't caught on why she gets so many of them in her stocking every year.

Good tool hunting,
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Mavryk wrote:
Excelenet adise Mike.

I just got back from Micheals and I never realized the stuff that place has. I always thought of it as a place women go to do those piddily little craft and knitting stuff they like to do. Not the kinda place you'd see a self respecting truck driver. WRONG!! I mean, they DO have that stuff, but I found a bunch of the tools on my list, plus some balsa wood for a tunnel portal. They didn't have all the tools I needed, so had to go to the dreaded toy store and got hosed, but that's beside the point. I'm well on my way to being a bonafied scratch builder. All I need now is a ton of practice (can't find a store in town that sells that).

Wish me luck, I'll post my results.


I have nothing good to say about truck drivers. :P



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 Posted: Thu Jan 24th, 2013 09:30 pm
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Speaking of truck driving, I was laid off from my last job after they slowed down too much to afford to keep me on. What did I do? Went straight to the competition. $2/hour less but better benefits. They also don't mind overtime, so that ballances the lesser wage. Also, instead of strictly city driving, I'll be doing some highway driving. Still home every night though. Can't copmplain about that.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2013 09:22 am
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Lorne, I use to have to drive for a living, but only an ambulance, nothing big. From what I know about truck drivers is that they are usually quite patient in frustating situations, perfect attributes for scratch building models.

Looking forward to seeing some photos.
Cheers, Heath.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2013 12:35 pm
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We have to be patient. An impatient truck driver is like a homicidal cop. You don't want to be infront of either one.



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Michael's has a lot of great stuff for modelers! And not just X-acto knives and balsa, either -- some of the "womeny" stuff can be adapted too. For instance, I've used various kinds of beads to make scale lamps and light fixtures for my buildings.



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Anyone looking for a 'fun' tool go to Northern Tool and look at the 24" caliper.

Just had to buy one!!

Nathan

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