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I just needed to know How you go about perminently bending plastic card,
Ive heard that you heat it up, but I dont know how, and am not willing to try till I know what im doing as to not wast what scarce amounts of it I have.
All advice will be much appreciated.
It depends on the thickness how you bend the white styrene card. If I am using the very thinnest I buy the card used for siding HO train box cars. It is prescored and very flexible. It bends easily around a form. Then just glue it to the form, clamp and allow to dry overnight.
Thicker card will have to be scored with a utility knife on the inside of the curve. With a steel straight edge and a new blade score parallel lines as close as possible perpendicular to and extending beyond the radius of the curve. then carefully using a heat gun ( or quality hairdryer) uniformly heat the outside surface while bending it about a form with a more extreme bend that desired. When the plastic cools it will assume the desired shape.
I also found that the heat drying cycle in a dishwasher works for certain plastics but you have to be careful. Experiment with expendible pieces and don't put epoxy resin models in the dishwasher as it turns them rubbery, even during the wash cycle.
All these hints require practice so experiment with scrap.
Caution! hot plastic will give you a painful burn so handle freshly heated parts carefully. Wear work gloves and use clamps or clothepins when holding items being heated.
I also have other techniques for particular items; give me a more specific question on my Warhound thread,
Last edited by The_Blackadder; March 21st, 2009 at 10:38.
Thanks for the help Blackadder, Repz for you
BTW I couldnt see any of the "attatched thumbnails" in your WIP they just didnt come up, Im not sure why, but the one big pic I did see was amazing, awsome job there!