Resin Cast Track

Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby Rob M » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:58 pm

Looking good!
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby Rob M » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:32 pm

Yep, that would suck :lol:
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby Rob M » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:00 am

Awesome job!

How much are you going to charge per section? (Someone's going to ask eventually :mrgreen: )

If you put some waxed freezer paper between the mold and the plexiglass it will release a lot easier :whistle:
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:51 pm

The trackwork looks neat,k but what happened to that SW9?
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:48 am

Bernd wrote:Thanks. At the time I purchased the engine Mark didn't have any undecorated available. I used some isopropyl alcohol to see if I could remove the paint. That's a test area. I haven't gotten around to finish stripping the paint off. It will eventually wear the NY, V & N Rwy colors.

Here's a very early version when it was the Black Diamond Lines. It's an Atheran cow/calf combo with Hobbytown drive.

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One of these days I'll get around to the SW9.

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That explains it, seeing that it was a limited edition loco had me scratching my head. My wife has the same SW-9 (2111).
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:44 pm

Pretty cool. Would color impregnated resin come out well? It would remove painting from the "to do" list.
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby Rob M » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:32 pm

Where do you buy your Smooth ON? I've been getting my resin from TFB Plastics and my silicone from Delia's Makeup. TFB Plastics has the cheapest shipping for the resin and Delia's has a deal where you get 10% off your next purchase.

http://www.tfbplastics.com/

http://www.spfxmakeup.com/
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby Rob M » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:49 am

Bernd wrote:
Rob M wrote:Where do you buy your Smooth ON? I've been getting my resin from TFB Plastics and my silicone from Delia's Makeup. TFB Plastics has the cheapest shipping for the resin and Delia's has a deal where you get 10% off your next purchase.

http://www.tfbplastics.com/

http://www.spfxmakeup.com/


First, here's my reason for using Smooth-On. Gene Fusco, who owned Rail Yard Models, made his resin cast kits using Smooth-On, plus one other vendor. When he shut down his business he thanked his vendors for their products. I figure if he was successful using this product then it is something I'm going to use. I have found Smooth-On is better than Alumilite. I started with Micro Marks Alumilite. Ok for starting. I use Smooth-On's Smooth Cast 305 resin. It has a pot life of about 6 minutes. Lots of time for mixing and pouring.

Here's their website: http://www.smooth-on.com/ I'm not much concerned with price and shipping if it's a product I want to try out. Perhaps if I had to buy it in great quantities I might be more concerned about price.

Another procedure under test right now is vacuum casting resin. I've made a rig using a piece of 8" diameter PVC tube about 8" tall for a chamber. I'll post this when I get it all set up.

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I was mostly curious if you had a cheaper source, always looking to save where I can.

I've read that Micro Mark sells re-labeled Smooth-on, not alumilite. Maybe that has changed.

The track sections look like they are coming out great! You'll have enough to build your own TT Empire in no time.
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby areibel » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:27 am

Another place Elmer recommended to me was Eager Plastics in Chicago-
http://www.eagerplastics.com/
They carry some of the same plastics and rubbers ( Like the Smooth On 300 series and OOMO rubbers) but they have a few other more specialized, along with the different tints and dyes, fillers, etc for the plastic. They're pretty good on the phone (like Smooth on) too. You can download their price list and compare, Smooth On is usually a little cheaper on their stuff but maybe shipping might be better?
If you buy their liquid tints, one small tip. When you try to add the color to the resin you need to make sure the hole in the top is open, use a pin in case it's blocked. Don't just try to squeeze the bottle harder. The little top piece will shoot out of the bottle like a bullet, and I have a large section of black workbench to prove it.
Not to mention it takes a week or so to wear off skin!
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Re: Resin Cast Track

Postby areibel » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:52 pm

Bernd wrote:
@Al,

I'll try not to tint myself black. :lol: :wink:

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LOL! Good!
The tint is kinda thick, and it must have dried a plug in the tip after the first time I used it. You just gotta be smarter than the bottle (and that time I wasn't!)
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