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Advanced Techniques Tanks

Advanced Techniques Tanks

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Published by: zamboni911 on Apr 11, 2011
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For some years the vacuforming process offered the modeller the onlyalternative to injection moulded parts when converting or 'customising' plastickits. A high standard of detail was possible with vacuforming and a number ofAFV subjects were released. The process did not lend itself to hugeproduction runs and those kits shown here have become quite rare.Vacuforms were largely overtaken by highly detailed accessory kits made ofresin, modelers opting to combine these - with their excellent durability - withnew major component parts cut from plastic sheet. Vacuforms have notentirely disappeared however and still figure in 'mixed media' conversion workon tanks and AFVs.
 lastic models appear on themarket with relentless regularityand hardly a month seems topass without there being somethingnew in the shops. Nowadays thequality of these kits is generally veryhigh, with a substantial price tag.Cheaper options are limitedalthough a vacuformed kit shouldnot be as expensive as the latestoffering from the mainstreaminjection moulded kit manufacturers.Building a vacuform does not takethat much more time than aconventional kit and the final resultshould be just as good. A degree ofscratchbuilding is
Pressed into carrier sheets, vacuform kit parts have first to be cut out.
A marking pen is used to draw around the parts to allow a small extra area for trimming.
Large items can be cut out with scissors but again a small margin is advisable.
Straight pieces can be cut with a rule and sharp bladed knife or scalpel.
The vehicle hull is separated from the chassis and the edges smoothed down with file and sandpaper.
 often necessary with these kits,particularly where smaller itemssuch ashinges lack inherentstrength due to the flimsy nature ofvacuformed plastic. Take heart -custom building provides usefulexperience for subsequent, moreambitious model projects.
 All vacuform models come onone or more 'flat' white carriersheets with the model parts stam-ped in relief. Each item has to be cutout of the carrier sheet with knife orscissors, a task that can presentsome problems as the white plasticdoes not always offer
Some corners of vacuform kits are weak and need reinforcing The join between the hull and deck sections should be firmly 
to ensure good joints. glued and sanded and any gaps filled with body putty.

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