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 Post subject: My first mod; Fisher cube
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:06 am 
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3 days ago, I thought, 'Hey, wouldn't it be great to try modding a cube?'. And so there I went, to the $2 shop to get a cheap cube so that if i stuffed it up, I wouldn't have lost NZL$25! Here is the result (It still needs a bit more sanding, and it also needs Painting, and Stickering). Interested to hear feedback! Anyway, here are some pictures!

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And now, some progress Images:

Before any cuts:
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The first cut!
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Octagonal barrel No sanding:
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Octagonal barrel with a bit of sanding:
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All the pieces So far:
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First Layer removed:
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A filled corner, an unfilled corner, and an unfilled edge(and a Guitar tab :lol: ):
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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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It's a good first try.
What did you use to fill?

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Good job, Door!

With some sanding and painting, that fisher cube will look great!

How well does it turn? I recommend that you use painter's masking tape (the blue stuff) to cover up the mechanism when you paint it. It comes off easily, and leaves almost no residue. Also, make sure that you let the paint dry as long as possible before putting the cube back together. You don't want to imprint your fingerprints on the pieces, because the stickers won't stick as well.

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Dollar store cubes are great for practice, but now that you figured out how to do things, you'll need to go back and do it again with a better cube so you have a good quality puzzle. :)


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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Shua wrote:
It's a good first try.
What did you use to fill?


Thanks! I used some sort of epoxy putty (I'm not sure of the brand because i threw the packaging away.)

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Good job, Door!

With some sanding and painting, that fisher cube will look great!

How well does it turn? I recommend that you use painter's masking tape (the blue stuff) to cover up the mechanism when you paint it. It comes off easily, and leaves almost no residue. Also, make sure that you let the paint dry as long as possible before putting the cube back together. You don't want to imprint your fingerprints on the pieces, because the stickers won't stick as well.

Good luck!

-Pi


Thanks for your feedback! It turns fairly good, but it will turn better when i sand the pieces a bit. I will definately be using the 'blue stuff' :lol: tape to cover up the mech. Thanks for your advice and good luck for your next build :D

flambore wrote:
Dollar store cubes are great for practice, but now that you figured out how to do things, you'll need to go back and do it again with a better cube so you have a good quality puzzle. :)


Yup :D Anyone know where i can get extremely cheap quality cubes :lol:

Is there any way to check if the paint can be used on the plastic? The can doesn't say it can't (I don't think so anyway)

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Spray paint can be used if done properly.

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Shua wrote:
Spray paint can be used if done properly.


What I meant, is that some spray paints cant be used with certain Plastics. I was just wondering if there was a certain way to tell without trying it.

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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You have a cheap cube, I say go for it!

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Use Krylon Fusion.
Edit: If you use Apoxie Sculpt or Milliput as your filler next time, you won't have to paint.


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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Calzone wrote:
Use Krylon Fusion.


Thats what I use.

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Good job, now what ever you do, do not, i repeat, do not, lubricate this cube. I made my truncated fisher cube out of the same type 3x3 and as soon as i lubricated it it ruined it. you can not turn it because it simply falls apart now.


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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Muffet wrote:
Good job, now what ever you do, do not, i repeat, do not, lubricate this cube. I made my truncated fisher cube out of the same type 3x3 and as soon as i lubricated it it ruined it. you can not turn it because it simply falls apart now.


Ok, is it ok to loosen the screws to the right tension though?

Shua wrote:
Calzone wrote:
Use Krylon Fusion.


Thats what I use.


Any idea about paints you can get in New Zealand? I've never heard of Krylon :P (The.drizzle should know :) )

Calzone wrote:
Use Krylon Fusion.
Edit: If you use Apoxie Sculpt or Milliput as your filler next time, you won't have to paint.


It might be a bit expensive to use that at the moment, because the exchange rate is horrible! Do you think i could put some sort of colouring (or coloring for Americans :P ) In with the putty while i am Kneading it?

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Great first mod, keep it up! It's important to experiment with as many tools, epoxies, and techniques as possible, especially when you're getting started and working on easier mods. Don't be too anxious about making mistakes, in the end it will be those mistakes that you learned from that will make you a great builder!

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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It's a good first start on your way to puzzle modding. Which is why it's
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Maybe it's sort of like learning to play Stairway To Heaven on an acoustic guitar.

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Door wrote:
It might be a bit expensive to use that at the moment, because the exchange rate is horrible!


I also use uncoloured putty I can buy locally. But rather than spraypaint it afterwards I use black model paint. I find it easier to apply (brush) since my appartment is very small and I don't want to risk getting paint all over the place. It's cheap (1.50€) and one small can will last for ages.

Here is a picture of a clear one but I use black. No clear coat required.


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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Alex wrote:
Door wrote:
It might be a bit expensive to use that at the moment, because the exchange rate is horrible!


I also use uncoloured putty I can buy locally. But rather than spraypaint it afterwards I use black model paint. I find it easier to apply (brush) since my appartment is very small and I don't want to risk getting paint all over the place. It's cheap (1.50€) and one small can will last for ages.

Here is a picture of a clear one but I use black. No clear coat required.


Great!! They have a distributor in Auckland, New Zealand! I could go try some :D Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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No problem. Just make sure you clean the brush when you're done or you won't be able to use it again. Water works fine. Not all the paint goes off but it doesn't matter. The brush will harden but it will become soft again when you put the color on the next time. I have one brush that I use for only this paint.


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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Door wrote:
ok, is it ok to loosen the screws to the right tension though?




I wouldn't considering there are only screws for two sides, you might have to just experiment with that.


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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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okie dokey! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Shua wrote:
Calzone wrote:
Use Krylon Fusion.


Thats what I use.


same here, after letting it dry for a few days, it wont chip off, it bonds to the plastic

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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Arcrobe wrote:
Shua wrote:
Calzone wrote:
Use Krylon Fusion.


Thats what I use.


same here, after letting it dry for a few days, it wont chip off, it bonds to the plastic


This sounds good, anyone got a link to where i can get it?

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can't get it in NZ; the only time I've seen it available is when one of the parallel importers gets a crate or two by accident.

Tamiya plastic (spray) paint works very well, and there is a huge selection available at the model shop on Quay St. (past the arena). It is / was also available at a model shop in Pt. Chev shops, but I'm not sure if that shop is still in business. I've discovered that the Tamiya paint performs much better if you use some clearcoat to finish it--it becomes much more durable that way. Use some marine grade stuff if you can.

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 Post subject: Re: My first mod; Fisher cube
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the.drizzle wrote:
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can't get it in NZ; the only time I've seen it available is when one of the parallel importers gets a crate or two by accident.

Tamiya plastic (spray) paint works very well, and there is a huge selection available at the model shop on Quay St. (past the arena). It is / was also available at a model shop in Pt. Chev shops, but I'm not sure if that shop is still in business. I've discovered that the Tamiya paint performs much better if you use some clearcoat to finish it--it becomes much more durable that way. Use some marine grade stuff if you can.

Cheers!


Ok, thanks mate, I'll be sure to check around Pt. Chev for a model shop, as it is much nearer than Quay Street. If I cannot find one, I will go to Quay Street to find some. Thanks lotsly :D

Mark.

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