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Model Airplane Building: What To Do When An Integral Part Breaks

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Serious model builders prefer perfection. It is not uncommon to spend hours sanding pieces, gluing them together, and disassembling everything to try for a better fit. It is part of the process and makes the finished kit that much more enjoyable because the assembler can display it with pride. The most disheartening moment for any of these hobbyists is when an important piece breaks in a way that makes it impossible to repair so the flaw is undetectable. Here are four ways to overcome this frustrating setback and complete the project.  Have One Printed Many serious miniaturists now keep a 3D printer just for the purpose of making lost or broken parts or to create original pieces of their own. However, this isn’t just an option for people with a printer at home. There are some local 3D-printing services around the country and operating online. It is also possible that a printer may be available at a local middle school or high school in the Industrial Technologies laboratory. Contact schools to see if they have this technology and if they would take on the project. Contact the Manufacturer Some manufacturers of airplane model kits offer replacement parts for their current products. Contact the customer service department online or by phone with the model number and the part number.  Look for Used Classified ads and online auction sites are potential sources of an endless amount of parts and pieces. Of course, there is no guarantee that an assembled kit could be disassembled without damaging the piece again.  A better option is to find a partially assembled or non-assembled kit that the original owner no longer wants.  Purchase Another Model This option may not be favored by those who are looking for a piece from an expensive kit. The benefit is that after buying another model kit online, the owner will now have replacement parts for everything as they finish their build and beyond. Accidents do happen occasionally once a model is on display. Reselling the remaining parts is possible if keeping them on hand is undesirable. There are likely other hobbyists looking for replacement parts on their own.  In some instances, a broken piece is more repairable than people believe. Many repaired seams can be hidden if the finished design calls for the piece to be painted. There are online instructions and photo and video tutorials from other builders that document how to heat and fuse broken plastic components together. It is a good learning experience and potentially useful even if the finished work is not perfect. After all, there is nothing to lose if the part was originally destined for the trash can.  To find model airplane kits, contact companies like New Frontier...

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A Parent’s Quick Guide To Outdoor Mural Paint

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

While the weather is warm, you might want to allow your budding artist try a large scale painting somewhere in your yard. Garden fences and metal gates make ideal spaces for family murals. Before you get started you should make sure you have proper paints and a plan for your project.  Selecting Child-Friendly Paints  Most modern outdoor murals are painted using acrylic paints. This is because acrylic paints tend to weather well and can retain vibrant colors for a long time. Unfortunately, many acrylic paints contain heavy metals, ammonia, formaldehyde, and other agents that can be toxic to children after prolonged exposure.  A safer alternative to acrylic paints is tempera. While using tempera, you do not have to be afraid of the paint resting on your child’s skin as they paint. Tempera has traditionally been used in murals throughout history, but if you want your mural to remain vibrant for an extended period of time, you should consider sealing the finished mural with a varnish. Ask at paint supply places for more information. Selecting Paint Thinner  Most amateur painters thin acrylic and tempera paints with water to achieve lighter colors and make the paint glide over the surface. While water can give you excellent washed out colors, it promotes chipping of large sections of paint over time. For an outdoor mural, which will have to endure weathering and abrasion, you should invest in a specialized paint thinner made for water-based paints. These thinners have binding agents in them, so they spread the pigments further while keeping them attached to your painting surface.  When selecting a paint thinner, you should make sure that it is compatible with your selected paints and that it is non-toxic.  Preparing the Surface  To make a mural last, you should remove any paint that is already on your desired surface. You can do this by hand or with a power sander. If you do not want to sand the surface, you could purchase pressed board to mount on the surface, giving your children a clean, smooth surface to paint on.  After the surface is clear of past paint, you should add a primer. You can purchase specific primer paint, or you can use a layer of a neutral color of your selected paint, mixed with thinner. After you apply your primer, you should wait an entire day before beginning to paint. If you children absolutely cannot wait to get started, you can prime the surface early in the morning, and wait at least six hours before painting.   Dealing with Mistakes  If your child paints something that they do not like, there are several ways to deal with their mistake. If you wait for each layer to dry before adding new layers, then your child can simply wipe the offending paint away with a damp paper towel. If you are working with multiple wet colors at once, you can try to gently blot away the undesired paint, or you can wait until it drys and then paint over it.  Painting a mural is a perfect time to discuss the idea of mistakes in art with your children. Encourage them to embrace their unique creation and blend their mistakes into their design rather than striving for perfection.  Supervising  Depending on your child’s age and maturity, you may...

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Six Places To Safely Conceal Your Handgun Inside Your Home

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When most people mention “concealment” in reference to a handgun, they usually mean concealed carry holsters. However, concealing your handgun around the house can be just as important, especially if you have young children. Here are six ideas for places you can safely conceal a handgun in your home, yet be able to access it quickly in time of need: Magnetic mounts One of the simplest methods for concealing a handgun is by using neodymium magnets mounted in strategic locations. These magnets are more than capable of holding a handgun securely and safely. Purchase a round magnet that is at least one inch in diameter with a pre-drilled center hole, since you will probably be unable to drill a hole through a neodymium magnet using conventional bits. Insert a two-inch wood screw through the hole in the middle of the magnet, and attach it to a solid piece of wood or wall stud. You may wish to place a washer immediately behind the screw head to strengthen the mount. Here are some possible places you can mount a magnetic gun holder in your home: Behind curtains by a window Behind a door that is seldom closed The bottom of a low shelf inside a kitchen cabinet The underside of a bathroom vanity Bathroom linens Burglars will search through hall and bathroom closets, but they aren’t usually interested in bathroom linens. That makes the linen closet an excellent place to conceal handguns. Slide the gun underneath a stack of linens or towels, preferably ones that are seldom accessed. Be sure to place it far enough back so that it doesn’t fall out when linens are pulled from the closet. Cat litter box The last place most intruders would look when searching for valuables, including your firearms, is inside the cover of a cat litter box. To conceal your handgun in this area, attach a conventional, low-cost holster to the underside by mounting it with cable ties. Simply drill three or four small holes in two parallel rows through the top of the cover. Space the holes apart equal to the width of the holster. Insert cable ties through holes on one row, down into the box, around the holster, and back up through the opposite row of holes. Inside your refrigerator Your refrigerator can make a great spot to hide a handgun; the temperature will not be cold enough to do any harm. Simply place the gun inside a plastic shopping bag, wrap the bag over itself, and secure the package with tape. Place it in the bottom crisper drawer or behind taller items on a lower shelf. However, be sure that you periodically check your handgun for any signs of moisture or corrosion. Underneath a garbage can bag Another location that will be safe from theft, and out of view of children, too, is beneath garbage can bag liners. Place your handgun in the bottom of the garbage can, wrapped in the same style of bag liner used in the can, and cover it with liners as usual. Periodically check it to ensure that water or other fluids have not penetrated the protective bag. Most importantly, be sure that you don’t accidentally throw your gun out with the garbage. Inside the box springs Mattress box springs offer a good...

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