T-track/blaster fins Tutorial (if anyone's interested)

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    drokkul's Avatar
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    T-track/blaster fins Tutorial (if anyone's interested)

    I have been studying on the t-tracks for a while and was sure that I had seen things like them a dozen times before. I think I read on the RPF that some guy had found some driveway reflectors that the stems could be used as the t-tracks. I looked everywhere for ones like them, but to no avail.

    I had started recently reworking a blaster and I was thinking heavily about how to do these without having to order them online, so here goes...

    I have had in my hobby tools for a while a clay gun. This is a tool that comes with a bunch of disks that you can load into it and use the plunger to push the clay through the precut shape in the disk (Much like the Play-Doh Fun Factory fond memories)


    I cut a new disk for it out of 26 gauge plate steel that I had here at the homestead...


    In retrospect, the next steps would have been easier had I not cut out the circle first, but oh well. Hindsight is 20/20, after all.
    Next I took the disk and designed my pattern on it...


    Then I used packaging tape to tape it down on a piece of scrap wood...


    This made it easier for the next step. I used the drill press and several small Dremel drill bits to get most of the material out of it...



    Then I used needle files to clean out the rest up to my lines...



    I placed the disk in the clay gun did a test "shot". Took the disk back out and cleaned up a few small burrs that I hadn't noticed, put it back in and it worked great!!
    I used Sculpey (oven-bake clay) and made a few pieces. I cut up a few pieces to see how they would look when applied. I was able to use Super-Glue to attach them. Here is a pic of the test fit...


    Well there it is...This board has given me so much already I was hoping that somebody could use this in return. Thanks for viewing!

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    Re: T-track/blaster fins Tutorial (if anyone's interested)

    That is one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile. Great idea, great work.

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    Re: T-track/blaster fins Tutorial (if anyone's interested)

    This is a great idea! Very creative. Well done!

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    [FONT=Verdana]That is truly brilliant!!! I have been using that plunger for years for shaping Sculpey and it never occurred to me to make my own dies!?!?! Doh! [/FONT]
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    [FONT=Verdana]Thank you for sharing now off to the shop I go![/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]Alan[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]P.S. I was the one with the drive way reflectors. Big Lots has them at the moment. I keep buying them when ever I see them.[/FONT]

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    Excellent Idea !!!!!!!!

    I have a clay gun as well thanks for the great tip

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    Re: T-track/blaster fins Tutorial (if anyone's interested)

    Just thought I'd show a pic of the finned blaster barrel. This process is really probably best for a static display (like I am doing) or for a static display blaster, as I can not vouch for the strength of the Sculpey during heavy use.


    Thanks for the comments, everybody. Especially to WoF (whose templates I have partaken of heavily!)

    EDIT: My 100th post! Yay Me!!

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    GREAT Work, and yes all hail WoF !!!!!!

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    You, my friend, are truly a genious. Why didn't anyone think of this before?

    They look awesome!!

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    That is beautiful piece of work!! I don't know how tough Sculpey is, but if your leery of trooping with it would make a great master if you ever wanted to make a mold and cast some copies.

    Thank you again for sharing a fantastic idea.

    Alan

    P.S. I have copied this into my reference files for future use!

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    Re: T-track/blaster fins Tutorial (if anyone's interested)

    Now that is a brilliant idea. . . it's amazing how someone comes up with something like that and others go "that's such a simple idea!"

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    Re: T-track/blaster fins Tutorial (if anyone's interested)

    that was pretty inventive, nice work

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    That's cool, it's always nice to see a different approach. Thanks for sharing it with us. Look forward to seeing the finished article.

    DAZ

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    Re: T-track/blaster fins Tutorial (if anyone's interested)

    Thats a great idea you have there , i was going to have a go at making some t-track , do you have the dimensions you used or plans at all ?

    thanks in advance
    Steve

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    wow, that is a really creative way to do it. good job!

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