Rob’s been in touch again – and he’s very kindly answered from questions from his last post, which is here.
Here are some answers to the questions that I received via your posting of my “Solid Core” modeling.
1. Question: What do I do about windows.
Answer: I sheet the balsa blocks with 1/16″ thick scribed sheeting…clap board…board and baten similar material and by using an Xacto knife I cut out the window and door opening. This leaves a 1/16″ recess in the siding to accept the blackout paper…shades…curtains and glass. Once these are installed I glue my Tichy windows and doors into place for a perfect fit.
2. Question: How do I cut the balsa block clean and square.
Answer: I have a Mikita 8″ sliding chop saw. I only deal with the standard angles to include 15 degrees… 22.5 degrees…30 degrees…45 degrees…60 degrees…and 90 degrees. I do not frustrate myself with oddball angles that I can’t remember later on. Stick to the basics and you will never have a “no fit” moment.
3. Question: What saw do I use:
Answer: A Mikita 8″ sliding compound chop saw. An absolute gem to work with.
4. Comment: The cost of balsa is a little to expensive to entertain.
Reply: Interestingly enough when you compare the cost of strip wood (specifically 3/16″ or 1/4″) for which I would use nothing less for stability the cost difference isn’t that great. I will have to admit that I am registered with some 200 different manufacturers and I acquire my supplies at wholesale.
5. Question: How do you add lights.
Answer: Excellent question and very difficult to explain with a drawing showing how I leave a void in the layers of balsa block to create an open room. This is best illustrated by a drawing that makes it all very simple. Provide me with a fax number and I will send you a drawing that clearly answers your question.
6. Question: Where do I source the cladding and fixtures from Ray in Australia.
Answer: Reference my comment in question number 5 above. I have numerous suppliers that provide a number of items that are not available outside of the United States. Simply put they do not spend any time to market outside the country. This is sad since there is a “Horn of Plenty” available to me that overseas modelers can’t acquire. Touch bases with Al to get into contact with me to open the door for you as long as I am not stepping on anyone’s toes.
7. Comment: To Tad in Long Beach…Reference comment number 4 above. I reside in Valencia (Magic Mountain) which makes us practically neighbors when you consider that a large majority of Al’s readers are world wide.
And now on to John. He’s a huge star in my eyes because he’s always keen to dive in with whatever my boy wonder comes up with on the print out scenery – a jetty wall in this case:
(Images are clickable)
You can download the jetty wall print here – but please be quick. It’s going to be in a bundle shortly, and that’ll be the only way you can get it then (I’m finally catching up with everything I need to do).
A big thanks to John – and next time, he’s got another one for you.
That’s all this time folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if John’s enthusiasm has rubbed off on you, the Beginner’s guide is here.