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Apr 03, 2011, 11:37 PM
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Wonderful build Gree. It's looking great.

I live in Moorabbin, Victoria, do you charge per dot for your rivet service? I have a TF P-40 partially built
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Apr 04, 2011, 04:31 AM
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Yeah go back a few pages. I have already completely finished the elevators and rudder (including final paint). You'll see more pics there...

Basically though, I use the same technique many people do. A soldering iron with some brass tube. That's it. Just touch the surface enough to burn in the circle on the primer and move on. I keep the rough side of a Velcro strip next to me, and every 10 rivets or so I just rub the tube end on the spiked Velcro and it cleans the tip so it doesn't clog with melted paint. I think I may have invented this cleaning technique, at least I haven't read about it anywhere!
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Apr 04, 2011, 05:09 AM
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Hi aerophilia, didn't see your post there. Thanks for the comments. Greatly appreciated.

Sure I'll rivet your P40 for you. Payment should probably be about 1 P40. In other words if you'd like to donate it I'll rivet the bejesus out of it I've always wanted a P40 in RAAF colours like in my avatar (right before i shot it down hehe).

Actually my rivets can be slightly wobbly since I do them freehand (following the pencil line of course). You may end up wanting your money back!
Apr 04, 2011, 05:43 AM
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Hmmmm, might be a bit expensive

If I ever get around to finishing mine, I might try putting rivets on. And I will let everyone know you invented the velcro cleaning method
Apr 04, 2011, 06:08 AM
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Damn right! The Velcro thing is my only claim to fame!
Apr 04, 2011, 08:36 AM
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Just riveted most of the other side of the top of the wing...
Apr 04, 2011, 08:47 AM
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Excellent as usual Gree. re wobbly rivets...have a close look at some of those old warbirds, they aint that perfect, nor is the panel fit on most.

Hope you're feeling better (I do care really) though if it's something life threatening could you leave a note for your better half to send your P.47 and any other model stuff to me should anything happen to you.

Jeff
Apr 04, 2011, 10:38 AM
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Basically though, I use the same technique many people do. A soldering iron with some brass tube. That's it. Just touch the surface enough to burn in the circle on the primaer and move on. I keep the rough side of a Velcro strip next to me, and every 10 rivets or so I just rub the tube end on the spiked Velcro and it cleans the tip so it doesn't clog with melted paint. I think I may have invented this cleaning technique, at least I haven't read about it anywhere!
Your P-47 looks fantastic Gree and, as I do my flush rivets the same way, I will be stealing your Velcro cleaning idea. Thanks for that! One thing I do slightly different is to burn my rivets into a base coat of paint, usually silver. I have found that paint is generally much harder than primer and allows for more consistent and better defined rivets. That's just my .02 cents of course. Definitely looking forward to seeing your Jug with some paint on it.
Apr 05, 2011, 03:52 AM
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Thanks Chad. I might try that basecoat idea on my next build. I have found that this silver I am using for my topcoat is a very soft paint, and it doesn't like to be recoated once dry. I am not sure why but the finish goes a bit milky. One coat is fine, so I am burning into the primer, a quick sand to knock down all the high bits and final paint...
Apr 06, 2011, 08:00 AM
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A couple More Pictures of the Riveting So Far


Still riveting when I get an hour or two...
Apr 06, 2011, 08:22 AM
Matt Mabry
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WOW! Looking great Gree.

Matt
Apr 06, 2011, 02:49 PM
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You've got them all going the wrong way Gree, you'll just have to start again!

Jeff
Apr 06, 2011, 05:05 PM
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You've got them all going the wrong way Gree, you'll just have to start again!

Jeff
Yeah, and they are 180 degrees out too.
Apr 06, 2011, 08:53 PM
Oh no, not again!
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You're a madman, Gree. You must see rivets in your sleep. Jeff
Apr 06, 2011, 10:37 PM
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