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    Aug 18, 2008, 5:36 PM - Pressure Pot - Sort of How To #1

    I have been asked how I made my pressure pot and how I made my nice clear RF parts. Well, it's a trade.... here goes... Also, you are dealing with air pressure, be careful. It can kill you! So, if you are not sure what you are doing, DO NOT MAKE ONE!!!!

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    When I got the paint tank, the bottom is not flat. So, I took and leveled it, then some Smooth Cast 325 and filled the bottom to make it level. The Smooth Cast 325 will set in about 10 minutes. You are going to want about 30 PSI in the tank. The tank will only go up to 80 PSI so, we should be safe with 30 PSI. You will lose some air after you pressurize the tank. There might be leaks and that is okay. What I do is mix the resin and pressurize the tank to 30 PSI. Then leave it for the next 30 minutes.

    Got questions, please ask.
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    Aug 18, 2008, 9:41 PM - Re: Pressure Pot - Sort of How To #2




    Wait, what?
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    Aug 19, 2008, 12:44 AM - Re: Pressure Pot - Sort of How To #3

    hmmm. I wonder if the same mechanism will work if you want to make a vacuum.. in fact, I wonder if I got a 1 inch piece of acrylic top for to watch the degassing process.
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    Aug 19, 2008, 8:19 AM - Re: Pressure Pot - Sort of How To #4

    It should work, you just need to find a compressor that will let you put a pipe on the exhaust.
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    Aug 22, 2008, 8:07 PM - Re: WIP - Scratch Built RF #5

    Any chance of a step-by-step...

    If these are the results your getting with a pressure pot... I want one

    I have an old Tank-Attack game I was thinking of test casting (to see if I can do it) and perhaps offering as a kit for Stormie binoculars...

    Dave
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    Aug 22, 2008, 9:20 PM - Re: WIP - Scratch Built RF #6

    Quote mckenic said: View Post
    Any chance of a step-by-step...
    Dave, of which part? This is the list of parts I used
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=27391

    I also have an extra kit is anybody would like one.
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    Aug 22, 2008, 10:45 PM - Re: WIP - Scratch Built RF #7

    Thanks mate!

    I guess I dont understand the process at all... mix your resin, put your mold in the tank, pour in the gunk and pressurize to get bubble free casts... no?

    Ive been watching the Smooth-on instruction Dvd I got but the tank threw me - and the results are too good to dismiss

    Dave
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    Aug 22, 2008, 11:19 PM - Re: WIP - Scratch Built RF #8

    1. Put molds in tank
    2. Mix and pour resins
    3. pressurize tank for to about 30 psi for about 20 min.
    That's it! Very simple.
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    Aug 23, 2008, 12:57 PM - Re: WIP - Scratch Built RF #9

    Quote asok said: View Post
    1. Put molds in tank
    2. Mix and pour resins
    3. pressurize tank for to about 30 psi for about 20 min.
    That's it! Very simple.
    Thank you very much Asok!

    It seems very straight forward indeed... I saw the one pictured above on eBay and another (albeit smaller interior) that was a hand operated mechanical (mckenical?) one...

    Sorry for hijacking the thread buy this is VERY informative for me - I have some Smooth-on that I didnt want to waist (hard to get here). Might just cast-up the Tank Attack game now!

    Thanks again,
    Dave
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    Sep 1, 2008, 11:26 PM - Re: Pressure Pot - Sort of How To #10

    I'm slowly working on a vacuum/pressure tank for my operations too. I'm using a 50-gallon (electric) water heater tank (rated for over 120-psi) and it will have a hinged door with a silicon seal. The beauty of using something like this is, I can make pressure castings of long guns as it's 18" in diameter and almost 4' long!!

    It doesn't look like much ATM, but here's a couple photos of what I have so far...



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