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Removing Flash and mold lines

Posted by Chasseur on 01 Apr 2009, 03:11

For the most part I will use an exacto knife to carve off the mold lines on plastic figs. I saw an article where a fellow heats up a paper clip and melts them off. I tried that technique but is doesn't work very well. Does anyone in this forum have a better way that they could share?

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Posted by Fenton on 01 Apr 2009, 06:26

I use a sharp knife, I also have used the heat method, but I use the flast of the X-acto blade instead of a pin.I only use this to get rif of any nasty bit of scraping marks that might occur
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Posted by Paul on 01 Apr 2009, 07:00

A razor blade, the old style double sided ones. They can be cut to a fine point
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Posted by Michel on 01 Apr 2009, 07:01

I always use a sharp Knife like a Sorgeon use it!
...and change the Knifeblade often!
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Posted by Benno on 01 Apr 2009, 07:25

A sharp razor blade. Martin here has some real good ones (got mine from him too).
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Posted by Maurice on 01 Apr 2009, 08:49

Big pieces with a scalpel, small lines with a piece of thin metal wire that's been kept in a flame for a couple of seconds.
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Posted by Chasseur on 02 Apr 2009, 04:03

Thank-you! all for the tips....Chass
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 02 Apr 2009, 08:01

It´s also a good idea to freeze the figures. So the flash is easier to remove.
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Posted by Paul on 02 Apr 2009, 08:32

Freeze them? :? Would that work with all plastic types, and then with a scalpel or heated metal wire?
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 02 Apr 2009, 19:02

With scalpel. It helps to make the flash harder... Works quite good. I don´t know if all kinds of plastic work with this method....
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Posted by dutchboyinohio on 02 Apr 2009, 19:15

Freezing the figures, what a good idea! I'm assuming then you'll also have a lot less fuzz left over once you're done cutting off the flash. That's always my biggest problem. :eh:
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Posted by ModernKiwi on 02 Apr 2009, 20:02

Of course none of this helps when you are dealing with Redbox's figures... :-D For them I use a kitchen blowtorch to melt them down.
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Posted by Peter on 02 Apr 2009, 20:54

Benno wrote:A sharp razor blade. Martin here has some real good ones (got mine from him too).


Me too (Martins razer blade ;-) )

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Posted by Paul on 03 Apr 2009, 09:13

ModernKiwi wrote:Of course none of this helps when you are dealing with Redbox's figures... :-D For them I use a kitchen blowtorch to melt them down.

It worked with the smurfs (sorry Dacians) from Strelets :-D :-D :-D
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