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Old Dec 08, 2005, 12:11 PM
The Natural Philosopher
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Re: Acetone used to transfer photocopy parts to balsa

On 8 Dec 2005 07:43:36 -0800, byrocat wrote:

> This month's Flygin Models included a quick note in the "Letters"
> section on transferring parts drawings from photocopy shhets to balsa
> sheets for cutting.
>
> I've tried it with dry irons and last night with my wife's nail polish
> remover (acetone plus other stuff). Results were really iffy -- one or
> two portions of lines were transferred easily, everything else was too
> faint to be useful.
>
> What was I doing wrong? Should I have put a weight on the sheet after
> soaking with with acetone to ensure the transfer? Should I have used
> pure acetone?
>
> Since acetone is a flammible, I already know that the rags and such go
> outside into the garbage. Any other precautions that I should be taking
> beside not breathing the fumes?
>
> Bruce
> aka "Whee in Aurora....."


I use dope thinners and do my own laser prints.

The best method is to lay te drawing face down on the wood, and get a pad -
sponge , loo paper or cotton wool - and soak it in thinners, then squeeze
out.

Wipe that firmly over the paper till it JUST goes translucent,
Not enough and its too faint, too much and the ink runs.

Practice makes - if not perfect - good enough, to cut from.