Just a small update. Started on the maxim enclosure, and I'll go over my approach to scratchbuilding as I rarely see anyone post how they do it, just the results. So maybe this can help someone.
I use the acetone transfer method as much as I can. I found the results are much more accurate, square and consistent than with standard marking and cutting.
First I make a CAD drawing to scale. Here I'm using SketchUp for ease and simplicity.
Then I take pieces of the model and print them out 1/1 using a laser printer. Inkjet printers will not work with this method.
Cut out the parts into manageable chunks and tape them face down on the plastic stock.
And then just brush on some acetone.
No need to burnish, just wait a minute for it to dry and peel away.
Decent results. As you can see, sometimes there are areas that don't transfer over well, but there's almost always enough to cut your line by. Feels almost like cheating. Makes getting curves just right, and bolts evenly spaced a million times easier.
Here's where I'm at now
Not a terrible lot of progress lately. I feel the mojo slipping. Got distracted by rail guns, a book on Area 51 and house work, you know, the usual stuff. I may jump around a bit, paint up the flatcar, finish some details on the MBV-2, find some ground work material for the base... lots to do.