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Old 01-25-2011, 10:13 AM
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Super build mate, lots hard of work here but it's worth it if it comes out looking this cool .
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btw, I don't know if anyone mentioned that the radiator vents should be facing in not out. Its no big deal but I know you'll want the best you can get out of the kit .
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Whoops - can you photoshop one of my pictures to illustrate?
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Just catching up on your work - nice stuff. The Zimm came out very nice and you're soldering just like a pro now (new stand and all).

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Old 01-25-2011, 01:20 PM
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Just catching up on your work - nice stuff. The Zimm came out very nice and you're soldering just like a pro now (new stand and all).

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Thanks much, Rick. I did almost destroy the left front fender, but I started to get the hang of it after that. I'll never go back to doing this kind of assembly with CA unless the situation leaves no choice.

I got the stand when it became clear that "self-healing" mats don't recover from soldering-iron burns!
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Whoops - can you photoshop one of my pictures to illustrate?
I've got a few engine deck photos on a HD somewhere I'll dig up for you.

I forgot to add how much I to like your zimm, you've got the "Goldie Locks" amount on it .
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I've got a few engine deck photos on a HD somewhere I'll dig up for you.

I forgot to add how much I to like your zimm, you've got the "Goldie Locks" amount on it .
Steve

Thanks, Steve. This is the third different material I've tried! For this particular pattern, this is the right stuff for me. . .
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I finally bit the bullet and finished all the prep work on the Friuls, boring out each link and then applying tamiya clear metal primer.

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A segment of links assembled. I trimmed the wire, but am going to re-do it. Rather than trimming after insertion and gluing, I'm going to cut the wire to length first, so it will look cleaner after assembly. There is 1 to 1.5mm too much wire the way it appears here, in my opinion.

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I finally bit the bullet and finished all the prep work on the Friuls, boring out each link and then applying tamiya clear metal primer.

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Here they are after random coats of flat black and red brown.

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A segment of links assembled. I trimmed the wire, but am going to re-do it. Rather than trimming after insertion and gluing, I'm going to cut the wire to length first, so it will look cleaner after assembly. There is 1 to 1.5mm too much wire the way it appears here, in my opinion.

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I congratulate your patience and perseveration.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:23 PM
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I congratulate your patience and perseveration.
Thanks! It's gonna take a bit more to finish the model. . .
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:33 AM
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I assembled a complete run of tracks over the weekend. One revolting development (other than the Steeler's losing the Super Bowl) was that completely relying on the Dragon instructions to determine the number of track links was a mistake. As it turned out, I used 2 fewer links than I would have had I used the magic tracks. I should have left the last 4-6 pins un-glued and will do so for the other side. I should have also left the forward sprocket shaft movable for tension adjustment. Lesson learned and another entry in the best practices book.

With the design of these tracks, I found that the track pins could not be trimmed flush after gluing, so I made a quick gauge for consistently cutting the wire pins to length. To insert them, I used a small nail set to push them flush with the casting and used my makeshift glue applicator to seal the pins in with CA. That was all well and good until I had to remove links!! You don't want to know. . .

In any event, here are a couple of shots of the left side mounted for fit. Fixable paint-chipping aside (I did prime these, I swear), I'm fairly happy with the result.

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As always, I look forward to comments and questions. . .

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