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stonedog7563
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:06 am    Post subject: Tomenosuke Blaster finally finished (pic heavy) Reply with quote

Hi all, just finished my pro and thought I would post some pics, I would love to say it was fun, but it wasn't, if I never see a bottle of blue ever again it will be too soon.

Thanks for looking.

John.











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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is perfect! Just perfect! Very well done! I'm impressed! If my new kit will be looking just half as good, I would be satisfied...

How did you treat the plastic frame?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, regarding the frame, I basically went over it with 0000 grade steel wool just to bring the shine up, with the cylinder I put it on a threaded stud secured each end with a nut and washer, put it in a battery drill, spun it while holding 0000 steel wool against it to polish it.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magnificent! For my money, that's as good as it gets.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd put it up there with one of the best receivers that I've ever seen.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Add me to the "that is the ideal finish" chorus. Beautifully done.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely amazing!

R.A.M.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A truly stunning result, congratulations!

High regards

MARK
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That bluing job is even, rich, & deep.

EXCELLENT work.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fantastic.

Which blueing method did you use to achieve that excellent finish?

It is so even and deep.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all, big thanks for the great comments, really appreciate them.

Regarding the method I used, I basically looked up various methods on cold bluing on the net and ended up giving this one a go :-

http://www.sporterizing.com/index.php?showtopic=1202

All parts were de-seamed of any mould lines etc, then step sanded using 3M sanding sponges, medium, fine, superfine, ultrafine and microfine, in warm soapy water, dried then knocked back with 0000 steel wool.

The piece to be blued was then thoroughly wiped over with pure acetone (not the stuff from chemists for removing nail polish as this has additives). Then using kitchen roll folded into a smallish square the neat blue was applied (Birchwood Casey Perma Blue) rubbing it in until the surface began to darken. It will look patchy but don't worry you're just staining/darkening the metal for now.

Do this a couple of times, turning the cloth to a clean piece when it starts to look dirty, until the piece is pretty much covered/darkened, then put the piece into a container of boiling water for about 20-30 seconds, remove and dry thoroughly (I used a plastic tub with boiling water from a kettle)

Now you need to start blending out removing the patches/streaks using 0000 steel wool, very gently sweeping it along the piece until it begins to look more even and uniform, you will remove quite a lot of the bluing to begin with, especially along sharp edges etc don't worry as you need to repeat the above process.

Whenever you use the steel wool you will need to wipe over the piece with acetone as steel wool normally contains oils (to help prevent it rusting)

Do the above as many times as it takes to get the desired look/effect your after.

You will find that after three or four applications in the steps above you wont need the steel wool so much and any slight patches can be blended away just using the cloth with bluing solution, wiping it on then quickly and briskly rubbing with some clean/dry kitchen towel.

The parts were then saturated with gun oil (I used Birchwood Casey Barricade spray) and left in a plastic tub while moving on to the next part.

Small parts like triggers, screws, cylinder levers etc can be blued as above but using cotton buds as opposed to the kitchen roll.

When your happy with the finish, wipe off all oil and apply Renaissance wax.

For my first (few) attempts I was using Aluminium black, which just didn't work for me as it was too black and came out with a very matt finish which was almost impossible to polish up without removing all of it.

The look I was aiming at was as in the below pic





Hope the above helps
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TFS with us stonedog7563. Fantastic finish on that weapon Cool Good thing I had my sunglasses on at the time Very Happy .
This is a hero quality prop ready to be on screen.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TFS! Great tips gonna have to try that out.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorgeous! I love the flawless, even sheen you were able to achieve.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flawless. Simply flawless.

Your replica is now the one to beat. As far as I'm concerned, you have set the bar. And I intend to raise it!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

absolutely amazing, congratulations!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful job!

0000 steel wool made by Liberon has no oil and i've found is a much better product than the stuff sold in hardware stores. It's made for the furniture finishing crowd and can be purchased from Rockler.com.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super nice.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy shizballs that is nice. Will you do my receiver? lol
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