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Working with PE (magnification and glue)

February 26 2006 at 7:23 PM
Dave Johannsen  (Login djohannsen)
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With DML's Tiger I (late), I'm making my first foray into the world of PE. So far, things are going fairly well, but there are a few areas where things could be better. First is the CA that I'm using (it's a private label from my local hobby shop); I find it a bit too thick and I find that applying it with a straightened paperclip doesn't give me enough control. So, what brand of CA and what method of application do find works for you? Second, I have a heck of a time seeing what I'm doing (and I'm not even all that old). I've seen some sort of visor magnifying things and I'm wondering if anyone uses such a thing and could make any recommendations. I would be grateful to hear form anyone about what worked for them.


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Greg H
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visor info

February 27 2006, 12:30 AM 


I recently had to start using an optical device while modeling. I was told, by several fellow modelers, that the OptiVISOR LX is the best way to go. The OptiVISOR is made by Donegan Optical Co. (http://www.doneganoptical.com/) These can be purchased/ordered by most local hobby or train shops. They run about $30-50.00USD. I recommend the LX-3, it's 1.75 magnification at 14inches. The LX-7 is 2.75 magnification at 6inches distance.

Hope this helps,
Greg Harting

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Mike Gardella
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Re: Working with PE (magnification and glue)

February 27 2006, 12:45 PM 

I use CA from a company called Zap. They make both thick, slow setting and thin fast setting types of glue. I apply the slow setting with a toothpick and the fast setting with an applicator that is basically a sewing needle with the top of the eye cut off. I can also recommend the Optivisor. My eyesight is not what it used to be. I use the #7 lense for general work and the #10 for close up work such as for painting figures. Depending on your eyseight and the distance you are comfortable with will determine what the best lenses are for your needs.


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Dave Johannsen
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Thanks Greg and Mike. It seems an Optivisor is in my future...

February 28 2006, 7:17 AM 

I hope my wife doesn't take one look at me wearing it and realize what a dork she married. Oh well, I guess that round went downrange quite a while back.

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Niko Asposalo
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Hi Dave

March 1 2006, 3:30 AM 

I use Eduard Extra thin or similar glue. It's water like and takes some time to get use to use it. I add it with a stretched sprue.


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Niko Asposalo
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And luckily I don't need

March 1 2006, 3:35 AM 

any Optivisor or similar yet. Here is model I'm currently working on:


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