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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby el gato » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:13 pm

mophius wrote:Am I being too fussy for such a small model?


You're not being fussy. You're being a modeler. Sometimes things come out perfect* and sometimes you have to weigh which matters more to you: attempt to fix it again or calling it done. Because we are our own worst critic, I tend to just take a deep breath, look at it objectively and decide whether a casual observer would notice. If I decide they wouldn't, then I call it good and move on. As I've gotten older, I tend to favor complete over perfect. As someone said, "art is never finished, it is merely abandoned."

Having said that, I'll admit that sometimes my perfectionist tendencies override everything and I try to fix it again. As if I have the time :lol:





* Or, you can have my luck, get it perfect and just as you're about to finish it completely you drop it or have some kind of accident and you end up having to start all over again... :evil:
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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby Tesral » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:42 am

Yea, the perfection monster can kill ya.
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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby MSgtUSAFRet » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:23 pm

You are off to a great start, mophius!

Keep going and you will end up with a fine model!

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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby trekriffic » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:57 pm

Trying to achieve perfection is something like trying to catch the red spot made by a laser pointer..
very frustrating as my cat can attest.
I don't know how many times I've gotten to a point where, for all intents and purposes, the model is done only to try doing "just one more little thing" that will make it "perfect'.
Then, to my horror,it goes horribly wrong and I wish I'd stopped when I should have.

:crying: :banghead:
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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby trekriffic » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:59 pm

I have to admit though, when I do have to fix a mistake caused by going one step too far,the repair usually does end up looking better then before. ;) :lol:
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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby trekriffic » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:03 pm

Double post.

Sorry, I was trying to achieve perfection... :naughty:
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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby mophius » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:52 pm

Well it hasn't fared well. It seems the Tamiya white has softened the plastic on the pylons and nacelles and caused complete structural failure. I went to remove the excesses tonight and found after a few shaves that the nacelles were weak. I then shaved a little more and the weight of the nacelle at the pylon started to warp the plastic at the join. I pulled the nacelle off and the plastic stretched as i pulled.
I tried to clean up and rejoin but the damage was done.
I checked the saucer join and found this was also weak.
I have now sent the ship to the big black hole in the kitchen.

I have plenty of these kits now so will start on another shortly. Maybe even tomorrow. Who knows I may even get a better fit.
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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby el gato » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:02 pm

Tenax or Proweld are your friends, in case you haven't used either one in the past. It's a pain to fix the seams later, but the bond they create is really good. The drawbacks:

1) They smell. Occasionally I get headaches

2) The stuff evaporates like crazy

3) Because the bond these create fuses the plastic, the bond is really strong. Fixing mistakes later (such as not-quite-parallel nacelles) can be problematic

4) They only work on styrene
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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby mophius » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:30 pm

I would have normally used polystyrene cement but as I had a gap where I had trimmed the hole and pylon I thought it would be a good idea to skip a step and go straight to the filler.
I will not make the same mistake twice.

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Re: TOS-E WIP

Postby el gato » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:57 pm

Don't beat yourself up too much. In theory it should've worked. Aves, my go-to putty, will hold pieces as it dries and without glue. BUT I've only tried using it to hold small parts.

It's a size escalator issue and this is where you ran into trouble. For larger joints - either in the size of the seam itself, the amount of stuff that needs to be held together or for joints that need to keep their structural integrity - it's just better to stick with what works.
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