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Help! How can I cut a head of a 1/72 soldier ?

Posted by J_A_ on 23 Aug 2016, 01:28

Hello

The case is that i need to transplant a head from a 1/72 (25 mm) plastic soldier to other, and i don't know how to do it,what tools I will need and how to do it TIDILY,without harming or losing the quality and details of my figures.

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Posted by Beano Boy on 23 Aug 2016, 02:08

On Tutorials,
My Topic,How to Create Cavalry Regiments, it deals with head swops and tools,and lots more besides.

Just Google, How to create cavalry regiments on Benno`s, and it will take you straight there.

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Posted by J_A_ on 23 Aug 2016, 02:44

Hello BB and thanks for your prompt response

I got one like this, I can cut a mini with this too? I need to cut 2 arms, I will do a arms transplant too

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Posted by Susofrick on 23 Aug 2016, 08:12

I think that is a very good knife for this kind of work! And huge welcome from me too! / Gunnar



Ah, yes, you do know that they scream awfully when you cut them?
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Posted by Mário on 23 Aug 2016, 13:50

Why don’t you try this?
See http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=721
(Just joking, please don’t take offense)
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Posted by Wiking on 23 Aug 2016, 15:00

Why don’t you try this?
See http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=721
(Just joking, please don’t take offense)

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Posted by stenfalk on 23 Aug 2016, 16:57

The cutting knife should be well suited. I also like the pictured saw but I also cut sculptures from metal often. Otherwise I use a scalpel which is smaller as a cutting knife and you can reach the sections better.

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Posted by Peter on 23 Aug 2016, 17:00

Welcome Ariel! :thumbup:

Here is the topic BB mentioned: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=15865&hilit=how+to+create+cavalry+regiments

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Posted by vellek on 23 Aug 2016, 17:22

I use a single-edge razor blade, the kind that one uses to cut wall paper, etc. They're inexpensive and you get a cleaner edge so both the head and the body are ready to convert.
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Posted by Kekso on 23 Aug 2016, 17:35

I wonder why no one recommended X-acto No.11 blade with handle? :eh:
My personal favorite.

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I also like to use surgical No.11 blade (doesn't fit with X-acto handle). It isn't good for cutting but it is great for removing mould lines.

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Posted by stenfalk on 23 Aug 2016, 18:17

Kekso wrote:I wonder why no one recommended X-acto No.11 blade with handle? :eh:
My personal favorite.


This is what I have described generously as "a scalpel". Ok, X-acto is the variation for rich hobbyists. 8) I am poor and buy my blades at greenstuffworld.com in spain always. :oops:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 23 Aug 2016, 18:24

Be careful with whatever knife you use.
The snap off blade work knife can be more dangerous than most,because the locking section easily moves when cutting and makes the blades extend loose. Another danger is those blades can fly off under pressure of cutting.

i am naturally quite Clumsy! Even more so nowadays. So do not use them.

Use a metal safety ruler with a finger grove on the top,or you could see ,then feel those fingers that just flew off.
Think about others safety too,and especially Pets about the home place.

These craft knives can easily roll off the table when not in use always replace the top.
Or if you are like me,the tops seem always to get lost,so place the craft knife in the grove in the safety ruler or place it in a box or draw. BB
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Posted by santifernandez on 23 Aug 2016, 18:30

a sharp scalpel blade is what I use, but extreme care with your fingers
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Posted by Kekso on 23 Aug 2016, 18:37

stenfalk wrote:I am poor and buy my blades at greenstuffworld.com in spain always. :oops:


I'm not rich either so I buy my x-acto on ebay (China). For few € one can get handle and 5 blades. ;-)
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Posted by stenfalk on 23 Aug 2016, 19:23

Kekso wrote:I buy my x-acto on ebay (China). For few € one can get handle and 5 blades. ;-)


I thank you for the tip. Let´s see if I can save a few cents... :winky: :winky: :winky:
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Posted by J_A_ on 24 Aug 2016, 16:47

thanks for the responses,very helpful
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Posted by Paul on 24 Aug 2016, 17:06

The cheapest blades.
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Even after use the blades are very sharp.
Clean in boiling water then Simply ply the blades out by inserting the tip of a flat screwdriver between the blades and the housing and then Twist.
Being thin you can cut them to any shape you Need, like a fine Point for getting into small spaces.
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Posted by J_A_ on 24 Aug 2016, 18:26

Nice idea,ty for response
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 24 Aug 2016, 19:22

When you go to actually make the cut, try to leave as much of the neck intact as you can, making the around where the adam's apple would be. If you cut both heads the same way, you can balance the new head on the old neck successfully.
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Posted by J_A_ on 24 Aug 2016, 19:46

ty for the tip bluefalchion
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