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I did a quick search for mould lines and only turned up one gubbins of a post...
Just wondering really what do people generally use to get rid of them? There seem to be more than ever around.
Personally I use a knife as well as a set of files...trouble is i never seem to come up with anything smooth, and a knife runs the risk of gouging bits out of the model...
Anyone do anything different? Fine sandpaper maybe?
I'd be grateful for any insight you have!!!
Similar to you by the sounds of it, I just run the blade of a knife along the line. Better than filing, more accurate and less work
I personally use a knife to remove any mould lines on plastic. After figuring out that a knife can gouge out areas of the model I thought that there has to be a better way to do this so.............I used the knife backwards!
I still use the sharp side but instead of slicing away at the lines, I move the knife away from my body with the sharp edge still towards my body.
It's really hard to explain but its kind of like a scraping motion that I use, similar to that of a potato peeler.
I hope you're understand this technique from what I have said and good luck with those pesky mould lines!
Hahahaha yeah i get what you mean...hmm will deffo try that asap....
Really need to take more care over i seem to spend an hour or two building a tac squad, undercoating them, painting them, and then realise i've missed a mould line or two - grr
Thanks for the tips
I agree completely, knife-scraping is the best way I've found too, especially for mould lines running over uneven surfaces.
I also found it to be a great technique for getting rid of any "join lines" as well, for example along the sides of the turbines of jump packs - as gently scraping along the join will level out the plastic. Just be careful not to scrape off too much!
You could have also searched for "seam: lines or "mold" Lines. Maybe turn up some U.S. written articles. For some reason we dropped the "u" from things like Armor and Color and Mold. Who knows why.
Another trick that always works for me to get a smooth edge is scrape the plastic seam with a knife, I then use a fine grit hand file, Like a jewelers file. Then I brush over it some plastic weld. Any kind of Watery liquid glue designed to bond styrene or PVC will actually slightly melt the plastic and make a glass smooth finish where all the sand lines were. Don't do this in super fine detail areas though.
Saw an article on removing mould lines from awkward areas... They were doing as LuckyNo.5 suggested - using a plastic welding "glue" to smooth the lines. They suggested Tenax as the product of choice, apply a little to an old brush and wipe across the area to be smoothed.
Doesn't matter - found the page:
Michael Casavant's Web Pages
"Tenax-7R SPace Age Plastic Welder Super Fast-Dry Formula"
Last edited by mykl_c; June 4th, 2008 at 07:08.