Post by Keith Tanaka on Nov 12, 2012 14:30:28 GMT -8
This forum will present the various tools used for scratchbuilding. For those who are new to scratchbuilding, this forum will strive to provide pertinent info and how-to-do it tutorials on scratchbuilding.
Contributors to this forum are welcome!
I will be posting various info on this topic soon, stay tuned.
A few assorted measuring tools from the workbench... .
Top to bottom: Combination square. General purpose tool, comes in handy to draw reference lines across your jig.
X-acto mini-square. One of my most used tools. Useful for squaring up brass motor brackets, verifying your bent wires are a true 90 degrees, marking wire and tubing for length etc.
Seamstress tape. Flexible tape works well on curved or uneven surfaces, useful for marking stripes and decal locations.
6"scale. General purpose measuring, small size is handy, can also be used as a depth gauge. Available in Inch measurement ranges as small as 1/64, reverse side features fraction/decimal equivalents. Also available in Metric. Also used as a guide for scribing lines into plastic sheets or bodies.
4' Vernier Caliper. Accurate to ~.001", general purpose for precision measurements of motors, chassis parts etc. Also acts as depth gauge. Small size is light weight and fits into your pit box easily.
Left to right: Automatic center punch. Great for marking brass sheet for drilling, frees up one hand to hold workpiece.
Large pin vise/drill chuck. Made from an old 1/4" Jacob's chuck, drilled tapped an old screwdriver handle so it would thread in. You can now buy a similar tool off the shelf, but it has a 1/4" hex drive for use in a manual driver handle or screw gun. Used for drill bits and accessories that are too large for the small pin vise. Good to hold tubing while cutting too as it doesn't crush or distort it. Holds bushings and tubing for reaming or chamfering.
1/8" to 1/2" Tapered reamer. Removed T-handle and inserted into old drilled out screwdriver handle. Reams tubing, plastic, wheels etc easily.
Last Edit: Nov 17, 2012 9:29:12 GMT -8 by brucewayne
Bastard file. General shaping/filing of brass, steel and plastic.
1/8" counter bore. 1/8" Drill blank guides the cutter, use it to spot face and narrow 1/8" wheels, gears and axle tubes. Can also be used square up crooked/angled cuts on 1/8" tubing.
3/32" counter bore. Used in similar fashion as above for 3/32" applications.
1/8" to 1/2" step drill. By far the best tool for drilling brass and plastic. Doesn't snag, distort or tear the work, steps up in 1/32" increments, automatically chamfers and deburs holes if used carefully.
Machinists vise. Holds work square and steady for filling, drilling, shaping etc.
Last Edit: Nov 17, 2012 9:43:22 GMT -8 by brucewayne
Post by Keith Tanaka on Jan 25, 2013 11:11:59 GMT -8
Clockwise starting at top: Mini-phase soldering iron temp controller, Wrightway Hakko 55W soldering iron, Inland 100W soldering iron, 60/40 solder. 55W iron is good for most soldering. 100W iron is needed when soldering .062" brass or .093" piano wire.
"Edsyn" fan (blue), "Stay-Clean" acid flux. Highly recommend using Stay-Clean brand rather than other brands. Fan reduces "lead" and acid flux fumes.
Call me old fashioned, but I still like using an Unger/Weller soldering iron, even though I've worn out a few tips/handles. The current tip is 45 watts made for stained glass work. Heat is controlled by an old Dremel speed controller. Really like using Radio Shack Silver Bearing solder as it stays real shinny. Acid flux from the track, and a 20 year old tin of NoCorrode. Stand is from Radio Shack too...
They say you can never have too many clamps Clothes pin come in handy as you can trim the tips to suit your needs, and they are real cheap. To hold small parts for painting I put together some Alligator clips glued to skewer sticks. The small bar clamp is from HF, and have used the S out of it since I got it home.
What's a schrach builder without a jig? This is an old one a friend made out of Aluminum. Built a bunch of cars including all my current hardbodys with it. With no front axle holes 1/2" x .032 brass strip serves fairly well as wheelbase jigs.
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Keith Tanaka: Sunday's race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see above for link to report).
Jan 21, 2019 13:57:43 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's monthly hardbody races at BPR experienced a power outage which affected the first race, but not the outcome. The outage interuption resulted in only two races run. Race report will be posted tomorrow (Monday).
Jan 21, 2019 0:35:53 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Racer Handicaps and Lap Differential charts have been updated (see above threads for latest charts).
Jan 14, 2019 17:37:33 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Happy New Year everyone!
Jan 1, 2019 12:25:39 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The race report for Sunday's races at BPR has been posted to our Smugmug website (see above for link to report).
Dec 31, 2018 20:00:24 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's races were the last for 2018. Gonzo tied his new NASCAR total lap record with 251 laps. A nice turnout on the day before New Year's Eve. Race report will be posted later today.
Dec 31, 2018 12:29:45 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Happy Holidays everyone. Let's race again on Sunday, Dec. 30th.
Dec 23, 2018 19:32:11 GMT -8
timneja: Merry Christmas to ALL hard body Crew!!! Especially Keith and Gonzo who take such good care of this little hobby for all of us to enjoy!!! And a HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO!!
Dec 22, 2018 9:56:17 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see above for link to race report).
Dec 17, 2018 20:48:07 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Several regulars missing but another good turnout of D3 hardbody racers at BPR for December's races. Plenty of fast, close, fun racing. A new total lap record was set. Race report will be posted tomorrow (Monday).
Dec 17, 2018 1:02:54 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: I received the 2019 D3 Hardbody calendars today. I'll have them at BPR this Sunday for those who ordered one.
Dec 13, 2018 12:21:31 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The 2019 D3 Hardbody calendars have been ordered. Hopefully, I will receive them in time for our Dec. 16th races.
Dec 4, 2018 23:05:07 GMT -8
timneja: The TSR motor is still available through Electric Dreams-- Scott has a large supply of them!
Dec 2, 2018 20:17:27 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: We now have 15 hardbody racers reserving their copy of the 2019 D3 Hardbody Racing calendar. Anyone else want to reserve their copy? Deadline is Monday, Dec. 3rd to reserve your copy.
Dec 1, 2018 13:50:48 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Tim, BPR usually carries the 1/4" angle brass.
Dec 1, 2018 13:48:42 GMT -8
tw: Suggestions on how to get the decals off the paper to the cars. ( Water decals) Having trouble not ripping them. Thanks, TW
Dec 1, 2018 6:45:50 GMT -8
tw: 1/4" Angled Brass , where can I get some. Or Is this a ordered item only. Can have Debbie order it but looking for it now. Thanks, TW
Dec 1, 2018 6:26:57 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: I'll be ordering the 2019 D3 Hardbody calendars on Dec. 4th. Only 10 copies are being ordered (4 are already taken/reserved). To reserve a copy, let me know before the 4th (see above for info).
Nov 29, 2018 16:08:06 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Unfortunately, the Retro Hawk motor has not been consistent in performance from one batch to another. The TSR D3 motor (which is no longer in production) was by far the most consistent sealed motor, batch by batch.
Nov 27, 2018 0:56:37 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Retro Hawk is preferred since the Falcon 7 and TSR D3 motors are either in short supply or no longer available. The Retro Hawk also lasts longer (if it has the harder motor brushes).
Nov 26, 2018 13:23:47 GMT -8