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Old 02-25-2010, 08:50 PM
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Thanks for the tip, look forward to photos. Rivets can be daunting little critters.Rick
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:09 PM
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Mike, it would be great if you can do a mini tutorial on the rivets. It sounds like a very effective technique. I'm always looking for better ways to make rivets.
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:32 AM
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Mike, I always suffer from delaminating paper when build very small parts like rivet. Do you paint the edge with lacquer that have adherence?
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:40 AM
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Yu,
Same here - about half of the disk I cut for rivets are wasted because of the delaminating paper
I color the edges with art markers (any type of paint and I do not agree for some reason ) so no help here.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:51 PM
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Ok, here is how I do the rivets - any suggestions to ease the task will be welcomed as there is plenty more to do on this tank.
First I installed the hatch and hinges. All extra parts to make it a 3D assembly are provided in the kit. The only change I did was to laminate the hatch with an exta layer of card to make it more pronounced and "tanklike". rest of the process is ilustrated on step-by-step photos.

Disclaimer - no actual glue was applied during taking of the photos as I decided no to ask my wife (I'm happy that she tolerates the hobby and will not risk jeopardizing the status quo ) and used "helping (or third) hand" contraption instead.
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:16 AM
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That's a lot of work for each rivet. Looks good though.

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Old 02-27-2010, 09:17 AM
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Thanks for illustrating the rivet work, Mike. They look really great, some of the best I've ever seen in any medium. Not sure I'll ever have your patience, though!
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:32 AM
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Good-looking rivets. Another of those repetitive tasks where I guess you just have to put on a recording of shaku-hachi music and enter a Zen-like state.

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Thank you guys.
Surprisingly making those rivets is not that bad - it is repetitive, but proceeds smoothly.
I actually added one more step to the rivet making process - before I cut them out, I cover the backside of card with thin layer of CA glue. This greatly helps with the delamination issue :D

Engine louvers completed. All parts to make them 3D are provided in the kit as an option.
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First issue to report...
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