My plans for this page are really just to contain useful hints and tips I have picked up along the way, or discovered for myself. There not meant to be ground breaking discoveries, just small things that can make life a bit easier.
So as strange as this may look and as equally out of place, a pasta making machine is a very useful item to have around. It comes with seven settings for different thicknesses, and can be used for everything from rolling super sculpy to use as a mould making base, to putting a bend in plastic sheet. I used this to curve the styrene plastic for the vents and radar eye. Set to wheel to the desired thickness, and feed the sheet of plastic through while applying even pressure to hold it flat against the body. Do this several times and you get a nice smooth curve. The more you do it the more curved it becomes, so is suitable for everything from shallow to very curved. Curving the plastic sheet before gluing removes any stress you might place under it by forcing it to curve round something from flat. You often find if you glue and bend two pieces together, even if held till dry they will try to straighten out. Pre-curve them first, and the piece stays in much better shape.
This is more at home in the workshop than the pasta maker, and cost s little bit more, but a miniature modelling bench saw like this is just brilliant for cutting down thin bits of wood or in my case styrene sheet.
As I am using a lot of styrene sheet to make the R6 prototype bits, having to cut thin strips by hand evenly and precisely was not something you can do by hand or not well.
However with this, set the bench stop and cut strip after strip after strip all the same and in next to no time as well. It also cuts angles, which are great for hundreds of those little corner support bits at the back to make the part nice and rigid.
As I said a bit more money, but something that will pay for itself over and over again in both time and wasted plastic when bodging it with a hand saw.
More useful hints and tips will be added as I either find them out or have them passed onto me.
This is by far the only way to apply polystyrene cement to large areas of styrene plastic. Whether a tube or bottle with little brush,
nether are made for larger area covering. You can buy a large tin of poly cement liquid and brush it one, but the brush tends to hold
loads and dumps it on the first touch, meaning nine out of then times it runs everywhere, or you get a particularly messy spot where
the brush first touches down.
Using an airbrush and Humbrol liquid poly, you can cover large areas in seconds applying just a thin layer without using excessive, or it running everywhere. Coat both surfaces till wet looking, and by the time you have put down the airbrush, both sides have turned tacky and you can carefully stick them together. If its flat just roller with a hard rubber roller or curved use clamps to keep it round.
If your gluing larger areas, and donít do it this way, your mad. Go buy a cheap airbrush and liquid polystyrene cement, (not revell contacta, itís too thick) and spray away. Only thing to remember is use a mask, this stuff is super smelly and itís easy to get high ;)