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Hose Reel
« on: August 24, 2008, 11:11:35 pm »

I needed a 1/48 scale hose reel for my SDM tug,...
So a thrashed out an etching mask, and then etched the hose reel, along
with an oversized vent to cover a newly mounted cooling fan in the superstructure.



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Re: Hose Reel
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008, 07:26:53 am »

Neat stuff, how about a few lessons on how to etch brass?

if at first you dont succeed.....have a beer.....


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Re: Hose Reel
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008, 08:41:20 am »

I'll second that...


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Re: Hose Reel
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008, 06:09:20 pm »

I would be interested in that, I have always wondered how it is done.



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Re: Hose Reel
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008, 06:50:26 pm »

I got my instructions from Starship
And I did a mini tutorial on RCgroups back in 2005, here

And duplicated it on a local club newsletter website here.

I wasn't sure how the developers worked, and the UV light exposure was accomplished for
photo etching, so I used the Tekniks blue heat transfer film instead. I have been told that
a flourescent lamp provides plenty of UV for photo transfers of etching masks. It might be
something to try in the future. Same process just different method of applying the masking.

For the hose reel and this particular vent, I masked both sides of the 0.005 thick brass sheet.
Once the mask is transfered to the "Peel and Press" I cut it out, and line up the two masks
against a window, or lamp, then tape them together across one edge. I then slip these over
the edge of the brass and run them through a laminator.(an iron might work in a pinch.)

 Masking both sides of the part speeds up the etching process. Trimming the excess brass off
close to the masking also speeds up the etching process as the acid can work the edge as well
as the surface.



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Re: Hose Reel
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2008, 08:44:41 am »


Thanks and very informative....Just got to give that a go....Book buying coming up I think..

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