2016-12.5: Modeling with Patterned Sheets

28 Dec 2016

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22:45 - Dec 2016 Bonus - Modeling with Patterned Sheets (2016)

Wendy Hamilton discusses using patterned sheets from Model Builders Supply for a variety of large-scale projects.



Are you kidding me, I am an aircraft mechanic they stopped using MEK 20 years ago, because its so terrible to people.

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Yes, I've stopped using MEK myself, too.

Acetone (major component of nail polish remover) is less nasty and it works great. If you're good with a much slower solvent, Citrus Solvent is also good. It certainly smells nice (like oranges).

Citrus solvent on Amazon (lifetime supply): http://a.co/2zAeO3i

Lionel is a great host and makes everything very enjoyable!  


Great show, as always! 

With regards to MEK, it's classified by the government as being relatively safe. It doesn't cause cancer or birth defects, nor does it affect reproductive systems or exhibit neuropsychological artifacts except at levels well above what hobbyists would be exposed to. Biggest risk is fire, which is the same for acetone. With both MEK and Acetone, if your eyes aren't watering and burning, you are below exposure limit (200ppm and 500ppm respectively-both are considered safe at that level for upto an 8 hour exposure).  As always, one should only use any solvent (including solvent based paints) in a well ventilated area. If one is sensitive to solvents, then a solvent safe spray booth (to keep the fan from igniting fumes) could always be used.

As for Citrus solvent, what is the set/cure time and does the oil base affect painting?

Again, great show! Keep them coming!

Citrus solvent takes longer to "grab" (several seconds) and then it sets up so the part will stay in place pretty well in 20-30 seconds - which is slower than MEK or acetone. Once it sets up good, we've never noticed a problem with a residue affecting paint adhesion.