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Photoetch
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 24, 2004 5:13 AM
Has anyone tried making their own photoetch pieces? There is a good link at modelcartech.com, and i have done this myself. I have etched some pieces with the solution i got, and soft drink cans do work, it will take a bit of practice though.
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Posted by vinnietbird on Saturday, January 24, 2004 7:24 AM
I've never tried it.I've been very lucky so far that any parts I wanted were available.I'd like to try it.How involved is it?What does it take to do it?
"The HEMI turns on where everything else turns off"
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Posted by vinnietbird on Saturday, January 24, 2004 7:26 AM
I've never tried it.I've been very lucky so far that any parts I wanted were available.I'd like to try it.How involved is it?What does it take to do it?
"The HEMI turns on where everything else turns off"
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  • From: north georgia
Posted by roadhawg on Saturday, January 24, 2004 7:29 AM
ive tried it before and had miserable results. decided that it easier to just buy the items i need , most photoetch stuff is enough to do several cars and doesnt cost that much.
i might try it again someday,though.

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 24, 2004 8:31 AM
i just thought i'd try it because i don't have much money, and its a cheap way to get photoetch. its also just a way of being able to say "well not only does it have seat belts i made the buckles as well." Big Smile

i don't think its that involved, you just need a circuit board etch solution, the one i got was ferric chloride. then i got an old soft drink can and cut a piece out of that, i had to make sure the inside and outside were scrubbed clean, i.e. i used steel wool to remove the paint on the outside and the coating on the inside. then i marked out my pattern using a resist pen that came with the circuit board etchant, i think i would have had better results with a permanent marker such as a sharpie, then i covered the whole back of the piece with masking tape, put it in the solution taped on to a piece of old fish tank airhose so that it would stand upright and the etched metal wouldn't stop the etchant from working. I also used an old fish tank air pump to agitate the solution, which i also diluted 1:1 so it wouldn't attack the aluminium too much.

I waited about 15-20 mins, and voilá!

Photoetch seat belt buckles!

It actually isn't as complicated as it sounds, and when i get some decent pieces made i'll try and get photos of the pieces to upload.
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  • From: West of Chicago
Posted by garyo on Saturday, January 24, 2004 9:55 AM
This site as an section on making your own parts

http://www.crosswinds.net/~modelcartech/index2.htm
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 26, 2004 12:16 AM
Thats a really helpful link Garyo, it still does take some practice though (for me anyway). I'm sure i'll get a handle on this photoetching stuff soon!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 12:36 AM
Rats! I guess i was too late. When i hit the link, this is what i got............

It looks as though Model Car Tech has been wiped out again

At this point, it is uncertain whether the site will be rebuilt or not. Financial considerations and time may cause me to pursue other avenues.

Thank you for your support over the last few years as Model Car Tech grew.

Timothy Doty

For a limited time, I am offering a CD of the articles written by me, that were on Model Car Tech, along with more pictures of my work than you've ever wanted to see. The cost is $-.--US for US residents. International orders, if I receive any, may be a bit more due to shipping costs.

Email me at the link above for details.

I really wanted to see that info on photo etching. Can anyone else help?
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  • From: Arroyo Grande, CA
Posted by MojoDoctor on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 1:09 PM
FineScale Modeler magazine had two articles explaining this that I cut out, and they are really good. July 1991 and September 1993. You can contact them for back issues, or I can copy them for you. I believe they also did another article more recently, but the process is the same.

Matt Good judgement is the result of experience, Experience is the result of poor judgement. Mark Twain

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 2:20 PM
Paging Mojo Doctor...pick up the white courtesy phone.
Hey Mojo, can you e mail me please. Thanks!
mike@macadam.net
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 12, 2004 8:52 AM
Hey guys I wanna try this, I refuse to use aftermarket parts as I feel its cheating (but Im happy to build from a kit?? Go figure!)
can you e-mail me the info too, please??
docwatson@shoal.net.au

I used to scratchbuild aircraft but lost intrest and moved back to my first love car models I never tryed to etch stuff myself!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 12, 2004 2:57 PM
Docwatson.......You have Mail.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 12, 2004 3:02 PM
Has anyone ever seen or heard of this product? I wonder if photo etched pieces could be made with this kit?
http://www.etch-o-matic.com/EOM.html

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  • From: North Carolina
Posted by nitrojunkie on Thursday, February 12, 2004 6:14 PM
I doubt it,it is not the same type of etching.
I love the smell of Nitro in the morning!!! AKA Ernest Harmon
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 12, 2004 6:32 PM
Ahhhhh....I see, i guess you would call it relief etching?
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  • From: Arroyo Grande, CA
Posted by MojoDoctor on Thursday, February 12, 2004 6:41 PM
Hmmmm,...... Which could be used for making wheel inserts, or dashboard panels, or valve cover faces, or custom console inserts, or................

We may be on to something here!

Matt Good judgement is the result of experience, Experience is the result of poor judgement. Mark Twain

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