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Tutorials
Posted by BigTallDad on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:47 PM

I've posted a few, so I created a list and links to make organization easier for me. Please feel free to add your tutorials to this post, as it is intended to have a catch-all and consolidation goal.

MY TUTORIALS

Drilling Distributor Caps

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/110648.aspx

Drill Cradle

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/13376.aspx?sort=ASC&pi209=1

Dome Lights

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/9/t/110141.aspx

Wheel weights

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/86264.aspx?sort=ASC&pi209=1

Making Fan belts

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/16428.aspx

Bending Tubing

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/p/18838/215350.aspx#215350

Vacu-formed headlights

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/p/87662/995134.aspx#995134

Vacu-form box

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/77171.aspx

Bending wood or styrene

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/77174.aspx

Thread for welting

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/8/t/112871.aspx

Xacto rack

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/34530.aspx

Xacto storage

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/67876.aspx

Paint shaker

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/101510.aspx

Vinyl roof

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/8/t/16709.aspx

Functioning head/parking/tail/brake lights

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/15922.aspx?PageIndex=1

 Variable length rubber bands

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/114909.aspx

Chrome paint comparison

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/8/t/19452.aspx

Woodification 

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/113310.aspx

Snug spark plug boots

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/118082.aspx

Image sizing using MS Paint

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/p/120525/1114731.aspx#1114731

Drill size guide

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/120668.aspx

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Tutorial -  Dark chroming bumpers by JM485

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/114906.aspx

Tutorial - '77 Trans Am Taillight detailing by Retro Joe

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/115743.aspx

Tutorial - Improving/Accurizing the AMT '67-'68 Camaro Body by Snake45

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/107156.aspx?sort=ASC&pi209=1

Tutorial -  Chassis weathering by dmk

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/115801.aspx

Tutorial - Opening/hinging doors by Treehugger Dave

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/8/t/116182.aspx

making throttle return springs by Rev21

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/117380.aspx

an absolute boat load of tutorials from dmk; thanks very much! Go to page two of this thread to see them (too many to list here).

Tutorial: Realistic Looking Rust by jonesmarc

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/8/t/117363.aspx

Video Tutorial: Scratch Building AM Max-G Frame by jonesmarc

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/117346.aspx

Full tube chassis tutorial; originally posted by Thumper 83, re-posted by GTRFreak

http://www.mediafire.com/view/?kf2kspcd48wxba9

Chopping a '49 Mercury top by maniacalmodeler

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/30/p/119229/1106394.aspx#1106394

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Posted by gbeaird on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:02 PM

Bookmarked!  Thank you very much!

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Posted by popeyesurf on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:31 AM

Great!, also bookmarked, how about one for altering/sizeing images for decals for dummys?Big Smile

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Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:58 AM

popeyesurf

Great!, also bookmarked, how about one for altering/sizeing images for decals for dummys?Big Smile

Look here...

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/general_discussion/f/3/t/113959.aspx

C'mon folks, feel free to post your tutorials here. This is not my thread, it is our thread.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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Posted by popeyesurf on Friday, April 19, 2013 12:57 AM

Ahahah!!! Thats telling meBig Smile i'm not doing too bad with the inkscape program BTD, so far i have three A4 sheets of decals on test sheets, all ready for printing onto the waterslide paper (just arrived in the post,

Main prob now is reducing text size,  it seems to blur when reduced to tiny "label" size decals, trying different fonts and i guess it may be a printer issue, the printer i have is a goodun tho, HP color laserjetCP1515n (office) expensive bugga so it should be ok.

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Posted by Too Old on Friday, April 19, 2013 6:59 AM

I'm by no means an expert in this area but I believe the blurring is caused by the pixels .  When you reduce the size of an image the pixels are always the same size ,  so the smaller the image gets the less defined it is .  Using a program that uses Vector images eliminates this .

TooOld

A.K.A.  BOB.

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Posted by mrmadtaylor on Friday, April 19, 2013 7:10 AM

Great post. Thanks

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Posted by BigTallDad on Friday, April 19, 2013 7:15 AM

As a possible work-around...

Rather than print large letters and then try to reduce them, why not just print smaller letters? In MS Word (and other programs) you can select the font size by clicking on a different number. I have Office 2007 and the smallest font size shown in the drop down is 8 pts. A lot of people don't know that you can manually enter a number there.

Highlight the text, select the font size tool, highlight the number, then enter a number (I was able to get down to 3 pts). The selected text will then be adjusted to the number you entered. CAVEAT: Your printer might not be able to clearly print them, so do some testing of various sizes first. Copy this line into MS Word:

"One"    "Two"    "Three"    "Four"    "Five"   "Six"    "Seven"    "Eight"

Highlight each of the numbers above individually and change the font size per the value of the word (1 for "One", 2 for "Two", etc.; then see how well your printer handles these font sizes.

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Posted by BrassBuilder on Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:42 AM

My printer handled it just fine....my eyes....not so much. I can read the three fine with my reading glasses. Two came out great, but I had to use a 45x microscope to see it. One was not too readable.

Mike

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Posted by papadan on Thursday, May 02, 2013 12:45 PM

Thanks BTD, this is awesome and I've bookmarked it.  Additional question?  Would like to make the Headlights appear to be working, Should I paint the Chrome "headlights" flat white before placing the lenses on the light bucket?  Just wondering?

Thanks,

Dan "the Other Ole Man"

WIP,1953 Bel Aire 2 dr Hardtop, WIP, 1953 Ford Victoria, 1953 Ford F-100

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Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, May 02, 2013 1:56 PM

As a suggestion, cut a piece of white paper the same shape  as the area you propose painting. Dampen the paper, push it in place, and set the clear lens on top. Take a look and see if this pleases you. If so, go ahead and paint; if not, remove the paper and no harm/no foul.

 

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Posted by papadan on Saturday, May 04, 2013 7:04 PM

I love you guys!  Such and great suggest and easy too.  So glad you and other experienced people are here.   Thanks BTD

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Posted by ronnysox on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 9:31 AM

Thanks! I have a lot to study

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Posted by JM485 on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 10:58 AM

My tutorial for dark chroming bumpers:

cs.scaleautomag.com/.../114906.aspx

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Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 3:25 PM

Finally! Another contributor; hopefully others will add their contributions.

Thanks JM485

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Posted by JM485 on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 5:52 PM

No problem, hopefully others catch on and post their ideas as well.  Great idea for a thread, definitely will clean things up a bit.

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Posted by dmk on Saturday, September 21, 2013 3:32 PM

Great idea!  Thanks for putting this together BigTallDad.

Bookmarking this one.

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I looked through my bookmarks and picked out a few really good  tricks from this forum:

(A huge thanks to all the authors of these posts!)

Swapping the steering wheel and instruments to the left or right side of the dash:

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/9/t/113308.aspx

Another Wheel Weight HowTo:

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/66273.aspx

Masking wheel centers with silly putty (or poster tack):

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/8/t/106628.aspx

How to 'Z' a Hot Rod chassis:

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/30/t/57410.aspx

A discussion on spark plug and other engine wiring:

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/76070.aspx

Modifying and combining wheels from different kits.

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/100704.aspx

How to make wheel tubs:

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/10/t/106697.aspx

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 07, 2014 6:57 PM

How to make flat tires.

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Posted by Wisconsin Railfan on Thursday, July 17, 2014 5:45 PM

This is one awesome thread! I really appreciate you taking the time to put it together.  However, would you have one on making brackets for alternators on Revell motors?  I asked the question a few times, but I just can't seem to get it right.  I know one could just buy them, but I am one that likes to make stuff :-)

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Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, July 17, 2014 5:56 PM

Sorry, but I don't. If you do come up with a way to do so, post your tutorial then add the link to that tutorial in this thread. That's why I started this.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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Posted by Wisconsin Railfan on Friday, July 18, 2014 5:14 PM

I would be happy to add a tutorial, I will be working on another Chevy Revell kit soon.  Thanks for starting this thread.

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Posted by CodyJ on Saturday, November 08, 2014 6:52 PM

Just wanted to share something I wrote that worked well for me.  For those the semi builders out there!

Making Semi Truck Air Hose Lines

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Posted by SuperCobraJet on Saturday, December 27, 2014 9:47 AM

Thanks to BTD and everyone else.  Bookmarked.  - old modeler learning new techniques

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Posted by fifer on Sunday, April 05, 2015 8:37 AM

BTD , Thank you so much for listing these tutorials. There are some simply fantastic ideas there.

I have bookmarked this page and will likely use some of these ideas in the model train world as well.

Mike Fifer

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote ‘happy’. 
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
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Posted by JEePgUy on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:11 AM
Ok,BigTallDad,now this is what I've been looking for.Thank u so much for taking the time out to list everything the way you did.It has been bookmarked.
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Posted by 426-Hemi on Thursday, May 07, 2015 3:36 PM

~John

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Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, May 07, 2015 8:21 PM

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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