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Hi, I am just wondering what everyone removes their mould lines with? I've been using a nail file, but its just a bit too rough and makes it harder to get a smooth finish, so what does everyone else use?
Thanks very much!
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Most craft or hobby shops should have different grades of sandpaper. Most people think of sandpaper as very rough but there's all kinds. I bought a pack of 5 that goes from very rough to very fine.
What I usually do is use the edge of a knife to cut off the large mould lines first. Put the knife almost perpendicular to the surface and scrape long the line, so you're scraping off the mould line but not cutting in to the model. Then use a finer grade sandpaper to smooth it out.
Files, sand paper, and xacto knives all work great. If you're using a knife make sure to cut away from yourself at all all times and if you working on small minis wear a thimble.
through 30 years of trial and errror i plumb for a combination of diamond needle file and VERY sharp hooked craft knife. Standard sets of needle file contain most profiles and a little experimentation will find the applications for each that suit you the best.I found a long thin and remarkably fleible craft knife ( the ones with interchangable blades ) with a hooked attatchment designed for balsa wood modeling really handy to reach into those impossible to reach places for a file .
Modeling knife for me,removes the lines like a charm,never had a prob with plastic.For those old metals though you are gonna need a file some of the time.
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I use a box cutter initially (with my masking tape, hand-crafted thimble) and then a set of jewelry files I bought at some bead store to smooth things out and find harder to reach places. The files are just small, metal files, not too fine. I can get more rounded finishes off them, as the box cutter gets me rather flat areas after I remove the mold lines.