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Posted 11 July 2009 - 03:35 PM

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

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Micro-Mark's Summer Sale is on! :laugh2: :) Mo money, mo money! Hey, we all need to do our part to stimulate the economy right :blink: ;) . So I'm doing my part. Here is the compact 10" disk sander:

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The 1/24 GP car is for size reference. I squared up a 1/16" thick by 2" wide piece of brass with no trouble. The unit is small enough to keep inside my slot room instead of out in the garage. Now for the variable speed band saw:

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Again it cuts 1/16" brass like butter and is small enough it too can say in the house. Both units can be hooked up to a vacuum to keep things neat. Here are the sander and lathe on a card table and the band saw on an old printer stand:

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I've ordered some swing arm drafting lamps to clamp on each end of the card table for plenty of light. When we move, after retirement, I will buy some decent work benches to set everything up on. For now, this works OK.

For next month I've got my eye on a small ultrasonic cleaner for just over $100 and a micro bead blaster for a little over $200. Again small, slot car sized stuff...

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 08:18 PM

I'll take one of those and one of those... oh... and one of those :laugh2: My pitiful work space looks as though it should be condemned compared to yours Rick.. .but I'm not jealous... much :wub: Great stuff and I predict years of "work" in your retirement!
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:08 PM

John,

Doesn't the phrase go something like this...

"I've done so much with so little for so long, I can do almost anything with nothing at all"

Boy, howdy, I can relate.

No wonder Rick's stuff is so awesome. He has the knowledge, skills, and the TOYS to create the master craftsman things he does!

Stay after it, Rick. It's a pleasure to see and read about your work! :good: :good: :good: :good: :good:
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:21 PM

Hi John,

It's crunch time to gather toy car building stuff before REALLY modest living on a pension kicks in. My wife has hobbies, too (not slot cars for some strange reason :blink: ) and we've both decided to gear up. No dining out, vacations, house remodeling, furnature, etc, etc... just hobby stuff.

Hi Doug,

Good tools can make a project even more fun. They're just a pleasure to use. Some guys do a lot with a little and have fun, too. I've done that for a long time. But now, as long as they don't lay me off, I'm going for the gusto and gearing up :D .

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 06:52 AM

Hi Doug,

Funny thing over here is that I have wall-to-wall tools for my job doing carpentry/cabinets/building... almost none of which are useful for slots: "water water everywhere amd not a drop to drink" :blink: While it's great to have a full set of hand and bench tools, an important truth in any trade or skilled occupation is that no amount of tools will turn a hack into a craftsman :D

Hi Rick,

I hear a lot of people say stuff about how when they retire they're going to enjoy flopping on the couch. I see that as a recipe for early entrance to the "pushing up daisies club". The best scenario I can see for retirement is finally getting to work fulltime at things you enjoy. You and the Mrs. have the right idea. ;)
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 06:49 PM

John,

Since you're a carpenter, have you ever thought of building a new track from scratch?
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:54 PM

A happy retirement requires some of the following: blah blah blah loooong list blah blah blah...

... and nowhere on your list is "an understanding yet still-supportive and loving significant other"...???

RickT, I'm glad I read through the whole thread - you did very very right buying the slim collet-closure handpiece, the concentricity is one decimal point superior to the Jacobs-chuck one! Me, I just brought my veteran Foredom flex-shaft unit home to pasture, after sixteen years' mold polishing. These puppies never grow up, I tell ya.

"water water everywhere amd not a drop to drink"

Ohhh man... you just got TEN points if you can correctly name the source of this!! (no GOOGLIN', now!)

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:54 PM

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:01 AM

Since you're a carpenter, have you ever thought of building a new track from scratch?


Sure Doug. The technical part is easy enough, the materials are common/basic but the time involved makes this sort of a project expensive. I wonder how much people charge who do this stuff and if they can actually make any money delivering a track.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 01:17 PM

Hey Rick.... I keep seeing the bumper sticker:
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Dang you just too cool!

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 09:58 PM

DC, what don't you like about the A2Z QCTP? I am considering purchasing their set, as Sherline's is too expensive for my taste.
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:49 AM

Hi Cal,

The after market tool holders and tool post look very nice. They hold up to 1/2" tools unlike the Sherline's 1/4" which I like. They also cost what, about a third of the Sherline. The problem I have is with the arm you rotate to lock the tool holder in place. It should rotate to about the 3 o'clock position when locked. Mine wanted to lock in the 9 o'clock and interfere with the chuck :blink: ??????

I called the company and they said a small run of tool posts had gone out with an overly long piston that locks the tool holder in place. They sent me a new one and it didn't help. I had to cut and trial fit the piston until the locking lever would lock at 3 o'clock.

So, worst case is you'll have to doink around a bit like I did. I really like the ability to use larger than 1/4" tools so at the price I guess I shouldn't complain.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 12:02 PM

Rick and I have been secretly swapping some obscure stuff these past weeks; and as long as I'm lightening my Karmic burden through him, I might as well open up to you lot too. I'm a tool & die maker with a full shop to sneak around in on off-hours; if you need work on some little gobbet that's beyond your home tooling, PM me and maybe I can help. I'm usually cheaper than Real Industry and more expensive than you'd like, and I barter.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 08:27 AM

Has anyone run across a small bench top sheetmetal brake? All I can find are big suckers.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:12 AM

John, check the Micro-Mark catalog. I believe their website is: www.micromark.com

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:38 AM

John,

Harbor Freight has one that will shear 8 inches long, combined with a press brake. Micro-mark also markets the same machine but at a much higher price. I got my HF after an 11 week backorder, they do not carry them in their stores, only mailorder/internet......................

Just remembered this. AT Hamilton Tool, in Beaver Falls, they had a really nice finger brake about 18" long, stout little sucker too. I think the pricetag was $275, but not positive on that. I do not remember the brand name but maybe their web site, provided they have one, would give a pic and remote.........
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:40 AM

I have one of these from MicroMark:

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It works well for what it is - the bending part is strong enough for any of the brass thicknesses we use, and the shear will cut .062 brass if it is 1/4" wide or less, .032 easily up to about 1" wide.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:47 AM

Rick, do you happen to have a current part # for the HF shear/brake? When I did a word search on their website, it wasn't shown. Their 18" bending brake selling for $35 is on sale at Micro-Mark for $38.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:31 AM

HF #: 90757-1ADH $139.99 and it's the same one Dennis has pictured. I just got a new catalog today and it's in there.

I have sheared .032, 5 inches long with no problem and almost no burr. The knives are adjustable if you would want to do very thin material. I would guess it would cut the .015 stock and still be almost burr free, as set now.

The 18" bending brake looks like real cluster with the clamping etc. I looked at it before but wrote it off. Price is right, for sure.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 05:08 PM

IT'S NEW TOY TIME! :D

I've just tried out my new ultrasonic cleaner:

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Here it is with the lid off and the basket removed:

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Here's a link to the best price I found and some tech info on my new gizmo:

Gemoro 2.6 QT Heated Ultrasonic Cleaner

For a size comparison, here is my Rick's chassis jig in the basket waiting to be cleaned:

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Here's a before cleaning shot of a Champion 507R:

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And after cleaning:

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Next up is a micro blaster cabinet............. :)

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 02:55 PM

Over the years. I have read both good and bad in that ultrasonic cleaning of arms may hurt them. I have never done it but others have. I don't know what liquid to use. When I worked making contact lenses. We had 2 large cleaners that used miniral oil.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 03:01 PM

I use half ammonia half water .
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 06:30 PM

It's a new month so it's time for a new toy :) ! This time it's a Micro Bead Blast Cabinet with foot pedal:

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That's a 1/24 scale McLaren Mk6 on the lid for a size reference:

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Here's a link to the best price I found:

Cyclone Micro Blast Cabinet

I haven't needed one often but when I have, well, nothing else has worked as well as micro bead blasting. This is not like the typical glass bead blaster found in machine shops. I'm using 80 PSI and the finest glass bead media I could find:

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I got the media from Rio Grande:

Rio Grande Extra Fine Media

A single 5 lb. package is all it takes:

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Here is the inside of the cabinet with the pencil hand piece:

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I tested it out on some Cox mag wheels. Before:

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After:

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Neato! A very fine, smooth finish.

Next up was an old chassis. The next picture shows the rust on the main rails and the small size of the contact patch the micro blaster makes on the brass pans:

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Here's the micro blasted pan and rails:

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The brass takes on a matt but not heavily textured finish. The steel is actually polished and shiny :shok: !

The tumbler does a better job on the large brass surfaces. But I think this thing will be perfect to get into those places that tumbling media won't reach for vintage chassis restorations. No more hand work trying to get into those places. I'll tumble, inspect, micro blast where necessary and tumble again.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 07:38 PM

WOW!! Thats a great price for that Rick. I,ve got a full size version that I had at my body shop, made by snap-on that set me back $1800 bucks plus !!
This one is great for slots.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 09:32 PM

Hi Vic,

When I found this unit for $150 I knew I had to have it. It's small and doesn't take up much space. Since I already had a compressor it seemed like a no brainer for my slot car workshop.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 10:50 PM

Rick- What size compressor are you using? I have a bead blaster also, but the small compressor I have doesn't last long enough to finish the job without waiting for it to recharge. It's one that you use for nailing and stapling. Also, the nozzle on the blaster seems a litlle large for this kind of work but I haven't found any type of replacement.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 11:03 PM

Over the years. I have read both good and bad in that ultrasonic cleaning of arms may hurt them. I have never done it but others have. I don't know what liquid to use. When I worked making contact lenses. We had 2 large cleaners that used miniral oil.

PLEASE CHIME IN as to helping VS hurting

PHIL I.


Hi Phil! In my experience, don't use either alcohol or ammonia in these little machines. I used alcohol/water and the first time I did it I completely clouded the plastic top of the unit and I'm sure ammonia will do the same. I also used Fantastic until I cleaned some chrome plastic parts and it removed all the chrome. Now I just use a squirt of dish washing detergent and warm water and run it through twice. It's mild enough so it doesn't damage plastic and besides, the machine creates tiny explosive bubbles which do the cleaning. The soap just helps emulsify and suspend the dirt.
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 06:56 AM

I fill my tank with water & add a touch of liquid dish detergent to break the surface tension. If an article is really dirty, & put it & some degreaser in a glass jar & then set the jar in my tank's water. The ultrasonic waves goes right through the glass & it does a beautiful cleaning job. :)

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 10:47 AM

Rick- What size compressor are you using? I have a bead blaster also, but the small compressor I have doesn't last long enough to finish the job without waiting for it to recharg...

I have the same problem, Gary. I'm using a Sears pancake compressor with 4 gal capacity, 2.6 cfm at 90 psi. It works but a bigger tank would be better.

If an article is really dirty, and put it and some degreaser in a glass jar and then set the jar in my tank's water. The ultrasonic waves goes right through the glass and it does a beautiful cleaning job.

Bill, thanks for the tip. What kind degreaser do you use?

I used alcohol/water and the first time I did it I completely clouded the plastic top of the unit and I'm sure ammonia will do the same.

And, Gary, thanks for that tip, too! I'll keep the clear plastic lid off when using any kind of degreaser other than the factory recommended cleaner.

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 04:09 AM

We both have the same compressor! 4 gallon pancake Sears model for nail guns and such. :)
Yeah, I should have said if you must use harsh chemicals, leave the lid off. :) For some reason, when the ultrasonic tank is activated with certain chemicals, said chemicals seem to change properties and become much more aggressive. :aggressive: :o Not sure why that happens. :unknw:
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 08:43 PM

New month, time for a new toy....well, two. I'll start with this one. It's a little chop saw with a 2" blade (abrasive or fine tooth steel) and a vise you can set at different angles:

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It has an aluminum base and vise with a plastic housing for the motor. It's made in Japan and works very well. It is expensive compared to the Harbor Frieght (made in China) version which sell for under $40...or $75 if you buy the same unit at Sears :laugh2: . When I received an Internet special price of $99 I went for it. "You pays yer money and ya makes ya choice".

Micro Mark Mini Miter and Cut-Off Saw

Here it just made a cut in the 1/4" wide brass cross piece for a Bob Emott inspired chassis I'm building:

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It worked great :) :

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Me Likey :D

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 10:36 PM

Few questions on the bead blaster...

Does it seal up tight enough for the fine aluminum oxide stuff? Will it spray the aluminum oxide stuff OK? What is the longest piece you could put in there? (Thinking drag chassis length up to 14-15 inches) I have one of THESE and it is 100.8% garbage. When I saw this little cabinet I figured this would be a great tool to prevent aluminum dust from covering EVERYTHING.
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 08:39 AM

Rick,

When I bought one of those cut-off saws, I think it probably added 10 years to the life of my Dremel and three or four to my Unimat. I use both a lot less now. :laugh2:

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 12:24 PM

Hi Brandon,

14 to 15 inches should just fit side to side with more room diagonally. You might want to go with the next size bigger cabinet to be safe. I'm not familiar with the media you are using. I'm using glass beads that are so fine they are like dust. The only leakage I noticed is from the drain plug on the bottom. There is no dust problem. You can see the larger unit's pricing by searching the link I provided in my post. Here's a link to the manufacturer about the media you plan to use:

Cyclone Manufacturing

I hear ya, Bill :laugh2: !

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 01:10 PM

Rick,

Where did you get that flat wire? Have not seen that since the late '60s. Wow, a trip down memory lane. LOL.
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 01:13 PM

Thanks, Rick, that's what I needed to know. The longer 14-15 inch chassis will be pretty rare since we do not use them as much. The aluminum is like dust as well, very fine powder almost like powdered sugar.
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 01:45 PM

The Micro Mark cut-off saws work great. I have had mine for two or three years now and it has done a LOT of work, with no trouble whatsoever.

I added a length stop to mine:

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Rick, I'm sure you could make something that looks much nicer than this, but for those times when you have lots of things to make all the same, it helps a lot.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 02:00 PM

Here's a link to the flat wire, Ken:

Bob Emott's B-Motor Blaster

I'm afraid it's an eBay only item now. REH has some kind of crude stuff you can check out though. Maybe I got a bad batch?

Glad I could help, Brandon :) .

I love the stop, Dennis :wub: . I hope you don't mind if I shamelessly copy it :D !

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 02:09 PM

You're welcome to - but as I said, I'm sure you will make a much better job of it than I did, so please post a picture when you're done!

I just LOVE this thread BTW - to me it's one of the coolest things about slot cars, all the tools.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 02:29 PM

Thanks, Rick. Another trip down memory lane for free. The price tag says it all.
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 06:34 PM

An update on the Micro Blast cabinet:

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I tried it on these 3/4" Pro Car type front wheels with molded on tires. YIKES!

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The super fine media doesn't hurt the tires but cleans the metal and leaves a satin finish:

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 07:11 PM

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Damm. :shok: ......You are the head of the "HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINS" club....Taint no way I can catch ya..... :laugh2: ..KEEP GOING. :D .... AS LONG AS IT'S FUN. ;) .......

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 09:10 AM

WOW!!! That makes a tumbler looks old-fashioned. Received my tumbler a year ago from Santa Claus. I know what Santa's going to get me this year... I hope.

Man, that looks like way to go. What, it took two min??? Versus two days in a tumbler. Cool toy! :good:

Please, Santa, can I get one? :D ...

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 11:44 AM

New month, new toy time :) . I just ordered two more. One I've seen used by Slotbloggers before, but not the other one :D.

I hope to report on them here next weekend...

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 10:27 PM

Rick,

Where did you get the blast cabinet from and what $$$? I used to have a glass beader in my shop but it weren't cheep :shok: in the '70s..

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 10:33 PM

Phil, go back to post #73. :)

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:09 AM

Rick,

Do you need a roommate? I can just imagine what I could learn from you. ;)

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 09:33 PM

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Love it, Rick... Very affordable...

Thanks!

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