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Joe,

 

a thought for cap material, maybe pvc wire insulation? Just strip and experiment with some different kinds and gauges of wire. Softer and may cut straighter with your multi blade setup. Could be an easy way to get a colored cap.
 

i have the same blade deflection issue on my various chopper units and thicker styrenes and round and square styrene tubing.

 

the micro turning is really not very hard. I just use xacto blades as chisels and I have a few different kinds of micro scalpel blades that make nice micro chisels. Have to put the magnifying lamp over it and just clamp down the roto tool (my proxon has a pop on sleeve made to clamp it down in a bench vise. Then just need to have a block of scrap metal at the right height for a tool rest. You would be amazed how tiny you can lathe like this! Made flower pots down to like 1.5mm. Parting off is fun, have to carefully have a piece of tubing over the part so the tiny bit doesn’t go ping across the room!

 

jeff

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maihama eki

I hope you don't mind me continuing to show my results with your excellent photo etch pieces.

 

Here are the first 2 signs that I completed. A few comments on them... The graphics you created and shared for the signs are excellent - super high resolution, crisp and clear down to this tiny size. My printer is the weak link. You can see that the narrow white lines around the borders don't really resolve. I am using a mid-price HP color LaserJet printer, and printing on white decal paper.

 

I primed the flat side of the signs with white and then applied the decals. I left the back side bare metal. The posts are 0.5 mm brass rod painted white. After I assembled them, I sprayed them with a clear flat coat (Tamiya TS-80).

 

I think they came out well despite the printer limitations.

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The detailed backs are really nice since you aren't always viewing from the front.

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Finally, compared to a pre-printed Greenmax stop sign that I had. I cleaned up the Greenmax sign minimally and hit it with the flat coat as well. Your signs are sooooo much nicer.

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My printer has limited me on printing tiny decals before. It's a little hard to find a higher resolution laser printer. The more expensive printers are expensive because they are faster for office use, not because of better resolution. I don't really like ink jet for printing water slide decals.

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Wonderful maihama!

 

it makes you realize how some details like the poles and sign thicknesses being more svelte and to scale can make a scene feel much more real. Some details the minds eye just fills in or paints over, but some like poles can get caught in it’s craw not jibing with the viewer’s visual memory.

 

i also love the effect of the naked metal backside and the tiny mounting brackets.

 

kudos again Joe!

 

jeff

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Kamome442
22 hours ago, cteno4 said:

a thought for cap material, maybe pvc wire insulation?

 

Thats is a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion @cteno4I will give it a go.

 

1 hour ago, maihama eki said:

I hope you don't mind me continuing to show my results with your excellent photo etch pieces.

 

@maihama eki I am really happy that you are sharring your experiences it gives me some really good feedback that I can use to improve o what I make going forward.

 

1 hour ago, maihama eki said:

You can see that the narrow white lines around the borders don't really resolve.

 

I can see that is hardly visible and pretty pixelated. I drew it to scale but I wonder if it would be better to make the main body of the sign a tiny bit smaller. This would create a wider white line between the outer boarder and central part of the sign.

 

1 hour ago, maihama eki said:

The posts are 0.5 mm brass rod painted white. After I assembled them, I sprayed them with a clear flat coat (Tamiya TS-80).

 

 I really like how the posts look in white it creates a nice contrast to the bare metal back of the sign.

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6 hours ago, Kamome442 said:

 

I can see that is hardly visible and pretty pixelated. I drew it to scale but I wonder if it would be better to make the main body of the sign a tiny bit smaller. This would create a wider white line between the outer boarder and central part of the sign.

It would help with my printer situation, but In general it might be better to seek out a better way to print these rather than trying to compensate for the printer's limitations.

 

The other thing is my printer has cyan, magenta, yellow, and black toner and combines those in different ratios to make other colors like the darker blue and the red. There is some small imperfection in the alignment of each print head to the others. It's only noticeable when you try to do very demanding things like these tiny signs with fine lines and look closely at them. I think some printers have more toner colors and maybe tighter alignment of the print heads and might yield better colors and resolve the fine lines better.

 

I wonder if anyone else has printed these and had better results.

 

A commercial print shop might have a better printer and get better results.

 

6 hours ago, Kamome442 said:

 

 

 I really like how the posts look in white it creates a nice contrast to the bare metal back of the sign.

I drove around suburban Tokyo in Google street view looking at signs. It seems like the white posts are pretty common for these sort of signs. I saw some posts that were larger diameter for the bottom of the post and then smaller diameter for the top half.

 

I thought .5 mm in n-scale or 75 mm (around 3 inches for my US friends) in real life seemed like about the right diameter for the posts.

 

The other thing I noticed and did not yet implement is that often the signs are offset on the poles away from the street to allow more room for cars and trucks in narrow streets.

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I had a look at the sheet I printed, the lines seem better for the square and circular signs. The white line for the triangle signs is slightly thinner looking at the source images I used. 

On 10/21/2022 at 6:10 AM, maihama eki said:

A commercial print shop might have a better printer and get better results.

 

That is an interesting idea for sure.

 

That is One Funny Looking Elephant

I have been working on the next detailing pack. I have included some tactiles as I missed them off the last pack. I have also added the road sign shapes for all the little supplemental signs. Seeing as there are so many shapes and sizes it could easily complete the sheet along with the animal barriers. I could remove some the roads sings and put them on the next sheet if anyone would prefer some manhole covers are included.

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For the road sings I have also used the edge of the frame to note the dimensions of each sign. This ties into the decal sheet for the signs. The first letter(s) denote the signs shape: Circle, Square, Rectangle or Triangle. The numbers indicate the dimensions of the sign (full size). A number at the end denotes a variation of the same shape sign. 

 

I have also been drawing up the first parts at 1/80, the animal barriers are almost finished, I just need to alter the wording for each etch.

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I have also been working on the fence etches. I have added marks for accurately drilling holes and switched the rows to widthways. Again I have added labels around the edge of the frame to indicate the fences dimensions.

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Nice job. I'm surprised of elephant ... it's looks like a rabbit or a cat with mustaches. 

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