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Posted 11/21/2018 10:37:48 PM


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Thanks for the info! That's good stuff. I think I will be buying the Milwaukee as well.

-Waz
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Posted 11/22/2018 8:32:45 AM
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hey sly,
Ordered some 3/4" 2011 aluminum bar stock last night. Probably a week before I get it.
Note: 2011 is the most machinable aluminum.

Also want to try for an exact 1:1 life size photo-image match, or at least equalize the two with a common scale, of the Thrust and movie correct.

I've been in a few movie prop shops over the years and they all had lathes and milling machines that get a lot of use.

My gut feeling is that they machined these themselves.

If you look at "Myth Busters" TV show, in the back ground you can see their tool and shop setups.
Quite revealing if you watch the show while focusing on the background.
I fast forward through the drama and BS and have picked up a lot of information on prop building that is useful to Bat Vehicle building. vertigo

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Posted 11/22/2018 8:44:02 AM
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"Installed a dump valve into T-fitting.
will you operate this by hand or will you install an electric valve later?"

Found an electric 1" pipe dump valve for 439.00 on line. Not worth it for something that most likely won't get much use.

I plan to just run some mechanical linkage or rigid cable with internal sliding cable from my 24.95 current 1" valve that I bought at Home Depot through the firewall to a push/pull knob/lever or a parachute handle.
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Posted 11/22/2018 5:54:39 PM
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Sprayed nose cone weapons pod and access cover with two coats of Rustoleum matte black custom paint.
For some reason this paint looks green.
Checked cans and they are label printed with matte black.
Maybe as it dries more it will turn blacker.
Maybe wrong paint in cans.
If so, I will have to try another batch of paint and recoat. vertigo

This paint is not matte/flat black at all. It's sort of grey/dark olive color tone, it's noticeable especially in bright conditions. So, don't buy this can if you are looking for flat black.
Response from Rust-Oleum Support.
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Posted 11/22/2018 6:07:16 PM
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Cut the Thrust steering wheel to begin conforming to the movie correct steering wheel.
Used a hand held reciprocating saw blade holder made by Milwaukee to do cutting.


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Posted 11/24/2018 5:46:42 PM
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Printed out life size photo-image of movie correct steering wheel to do a measurement study.

Steps on how to use this method.
Find a known measurement detail. I used the knob base .660 on the Thrust.
Compared it to photo-images of movie correct steering wheel.
Enlarge photo-image until image of knob base measures .660.
With this accomplished you can now measure any detail accurately on the photo-image of the movie correct photo-image.


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Posted 12/2/2018 5:34:45 PM
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Placed a copy of this post here for anyone planning to and/or building a Bat Vehicle.
Figuring out what size drill to use when tapping a hole can be a trying experience.
Dewalt is now offering the tapping pack. It contains the tap and the right size drill bit in the same package.
Very useful to have the drill and tap in the same package when you need to tap some threads. vertigo


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Posted 12/4/2018 2:48:37 PM


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I recommend a handle for the tap. When tapping steel if it starts to get stuck, back it off and go at it in small increments. Breaking off a tap is no fun at all.
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Posted 12/4/2018 4:00:10 PM


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Handle is a definite must...

In my short-lifed experience, I've found that using a fixture to keep the tap completely concentric with the hole resolves any problem with breaking taps... I think it's when there is any sort of side pressure on the tap that it snaps.

I've never seen a tap break on a lathe, and skilled machine shop guys just plow through centerholes in a single shot... but seems like any time a tap is used by hand at a strange angle or hard to reach spot...say "sayonara" to using the size bolt you originally planned on!


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Posted 12/4/2018 5:29:08 PM
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Here is a tool for perfectly aligning taps.

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