Working with PE (magnification and glue)

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Working with PE (magnification and glue)

Joined: May 6th, 2005, 3:26 pm

February 27th, 2006, 12:23 am #1

With DML's Tiger I (late), I'm making my first foray into the world of PE. So far, things are going fairly well, but there are a few areas where things could be better. First is the CA that I'm using (it's a private label from my local hobby shop); I find it a bit too thick and I find that applying it with a straightened paperclip doesn't give me enough control. So, what brand of CA and what method of application do find works for you? Second, I have a heck of a time seeing what I'm doing (and I'm not even all that old). I've seen some sort of visor magnifying things and I'm wondering if anyone uses such a thing and could make any recommendations. I would be grateful to hear form anyone about what worked for them.


Dave
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 3:20 pm

February 27th, 2006, 5:30 am #2

Dave,

I recently had to start using an optical device while modeling. I was told, by several fellow modelers, that the OptiVISOR LX is the best way to go. The OptiVISOR is made by Donegan Optical Co. (http://www.doneganoptical.com/) These can be purchased/ordered by most local hobby or train shops. They run about $30-50.00USD. I recommend the LX-3, it's 1.75 magnification at 14inches. The LX-7 is 2.75 magnification at 6inches distance.

Hope this helps,
Greg Harting
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Joined: January 24th, 2005, 7:16 pm

February 27th, 2006, 5:45 pm #3

With DML's Tiger I (late), I'm making my first foray into the world of PE. So far, things are going fairly well, but there are a few areas where things could be better. First is the CA that I'm using (it's a private label from my local hobby shop); I find it a bit too thick and I find that applying it with a straightened paperclip doesn't give me enough control. So, what brand of CA and what method of application do find works for you? Second, I have a heck of a time seeing what I'm doing (and I'm not even all that old). I've seen some sort of visor magnifying things and I'm wondering if anyone uses such a thing and could make any recommendations. I would be grateful to hear form anyone about what worked for them.


Dave
I use CA from a company called Zap. They make both thick, slow setting and thin fast setting types of glue. I apply the slow setting with a toothpick and the fast setting with an applicator that is basically a sewing needle with the top of the eye cut off. I can also recommend the Optivisor. My eyesight is not what it used to be. I use the #7 lense for general work and the #10 for close up work such as for painting figures. Depending on your eyseight and the distance you are comfortable with will determine what the best lenses are for your needs.

Mike
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Joined: May 6th, 2005, 3:26 pm

February 28th, 2006, 12:17 pm #4

With DML's Tiger I (late), I'm making my first foray into the world of PE. So far, things are going fairly well, but there are a few areas where things could be better. First is the CA that I'm using (it's a private label from my local hobby shop); I find it a bit too thick and I find that applying it with a straightened paperclip doesn't give me enough control. So, what brand of CA and what method of application do find works for you? Second, I have a heck of a time seeing what I'm doing (and I'm not even all that old). I've seen some sort of visor magnifying things and I'm wondering if anyone uses such a thing and could make any recommendations. I would be grateful to hear form anyone about what worked for them.


Dave
I hope my wife doesn't take one look at me wearing it and realize what a dork she married. Oh well, I guess that round went downrange quite a while back.
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Joined: August 9th, 2003, 4:54 pm

March 1st, 2006, 8:30 am #5

With DML's Tiger I (late), I'm making my first foray into the world of PE. So far, things are going fairly well, but there are a few areas where things could be better. First is the CA that I'm using (it's a private label from my local hobby shop); I find it a bit too thick and I find that applying it with a straightened paperclip doesn't give me enough control. So, what brand of CA and what method of application do find works for you? Second, I have a heck of a time seeing what I'm doing (and I'm not even all that old). I've seen some sort of visor magnifying things and I'm wondering if anyone uses such a thing and could make any recommendations. I would be grateful to hear form anyone about what worked for them.


Dave
I use Eduard Extra thin or similar glue. It's water like and takes some time to get use to use it. I add it with a stretched sprue.

HTH,
Niko
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Joined: August 9th, 2003, 4:54 pm

March 1st, 2006, 8:35 am #6

any Optivisor or similar yet. Here is model I'm currently working on:
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Niko
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