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So I've only picked up 2 models from fine cast. (I dont count the DE Incubi because only 3 of them were usable, the rest were so bad i would have had to green stuff a hole arm.) They were the GK Terme lib and the ogre fire belly. both were ok with only a few small miscast my main complaint were that their staff's weren't straight. The Lib and a slight bend in it and the fire belly had a bend just below the rock part at the same slight agle. Now i dont mind as they still came out fine and its small enough that it's diffacult to notice unless you pick it up and check it out. I wouldnt realy care except that the new Necron lords are carying rather large staffs and i already know that none of them are going to come out straight.
I've heard that you could maby run your finecast under hot water and with a little effort bend them as you need. I was wondering if anyone has been able to do something like that?
I put mine over steam from the kettle to soften it then held it straight. It sprung back over time though so not ideal, apparently if you overstraighten then put it under cold water it works.
I normally just use a lighter. But you have to be very careful. But steam works well.
I've had similar issues with the finecast models that I've worked with. What has seemed to work the best for me is taking a small dish which I pour in a small amount of hot water (water that I've boiled on the stove). This gives me more control as to how much of the model I'm actually submerging. Hold the desired part in the hot water for about 10 seconds at a time, more if needed and then slowly work it back into position. Quickly submerging it in COLD water seems to help set it quickly and keep its shape.
Poor a cup of boiling water. Watch your fingers and carefully dip the staff in the water and hold there for 30 seconds. Remove and bend to the desired amount then run under cold water so set it. Occasionally it will bend back to a small extent over the next hour or so, just repeat the process once more.
If the bend needs to be in something significantly thicker than an arm/staff/lasgun then heat for longer and don't try to straighten it all the way in one go.
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Have been told that in order to prevet springing back you stretch once straight ever so slightly to put tension across the bend which should add strength, in theory.
I know others have already said as much but yes, the hot water does work.
I had a finecast model with a slightly bent sword, and just used a bowl of hot water (not too hot as I could still put my fingers in the water) and just held it in there for a bit, take it out, straighten it and just hold the part in shape until it stiffens again. Repeat as necessary, essentially.
I suppose the cold water would help it 'set' faster, if you were in a hurry or had a lot of reshaping to do. I'd still recommend manually holding the piece in shape rather than just dropping it in the water and leaving it, though, as you don't want all your careful time consuming bending work to be undone!
Has anyone ever tried a hairdryer with the tip removed to expose the heating element directly and/or a heat gun?
I have been thinking about it but it would need to be soooo careful and the distance would need to be pretty exact or you could slag the model...or underheat...patience would be a virtue in this situation. And having the equipment too, which I do not so I am not sure this will work...
I haven't tried it but I definitely don't think the heat gun would work, unless it had a really low setting - most of those are capable of getting near the thousands of degrees, I believe, and that would definitely do some damage! A hair dryer may have potential, but I think warm water is just much safer and easier in this situation.