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Few questions for the modelers out there.
1. What's the best way to lope of a metal head to apply a plastic head?
2. What's the best way to wear down symbols that may be a on model?
3. How do you smooth out modeling proxy, brown or green?
When I changed the heads on my Guard HQ squad I used a pair of decent clippers and squeezed for dear life until they cut through, however, I should think the easiest way is probably with a little saw blade. I've not tried it myself, but that is the easiest way I can think of doing it.
In terms of getting rid of symbols, a file is probably your best bet. Get a decent set, and they should tackle it no problem. If you get a set with an assortment of files, you can get a really good result!
As for smoothy proxy, not sure to be honest. I used to use the GW sculpting tool, but that didn't always give the best results, then again that could be because I'm useless with it, not because it's a bad tool!
Hope that helps a little!
Thank you, any suggestion for what brand of tools, files and pryers?
I just finished removing a metal head from an old space marine with a pair of clippers, and I'll tell you it wasn't easy. If I had to do it again I'd probably use a small saw.
For smoothing proxy I use my fingers for large areas and a pointed round wooden sculpting rod for the tight spots. After it dries you can file/sand the area to make it smooth.
1. Generally, I think many people suggest using a dremel, as clippers can often break on metal models. Obviously this is slightly expensive (generally even a cheapo one is around 30 bucks plus dremel bits).
2. Modeling files are your best bet, if you look around some hardware stores they have hobby files which are alot cheaper than brand name files.
3. Modeling tools are generally useful for smoothing, but don't apply too much pressure as it creates indents other places. If you can't get it completely smooth, file away with the files you used for #2 after its dried.
Hope this helps!
1. Any method you're comfortable with will work.
2. 2 ways to flatten it. Take off the top with needle files. Or fill up the gaps with greenstuff.
3. Tools work best with a little water to help stop sticking. Vaseline helps even better but you'll need to remove the greasy residue afterward.
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If it is a part sticking out, clippers then smooth with a dremmel. If it's sunk in (Librarian heads look like they would be) then just the dremmel.
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Razor saw FTW.. i think they're awsome. Also Dremmel drills with the cutting disk attachment.. i found that excellent for converting (butchering) skulltaker.
Whenever i add anything to a model i'll pin it.. i have however started to 'glue' stuff together with GreenStuff.. as the action of forcing the parts together does the filling for you.. all you need to do then is trim the excess away and your set.. Once it goes of its like rock. and for smoothing the putty once its dried, get yourself a good set of files and some emery paper.. I've actually got some good quality nail files (after i initially swiped the wife's and she almost killed me!! lol) they have a very fine grit and are great for getting a nice smooth finish.
hope that helps
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Don't use the clippers, you may end up cracking something!
Use a saw
Construction grade wire cutters work great but DO NOT use plastic sprue clippers, you'll ruin them. You'd be better off with a saw as many people have pointed out, but best of all is the dremel. Can't beat it for converting, they aren't that expensive, and they're handy to have around the house.