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Old 29-12-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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I acquired a Planet-X 2001 Moonbus kit over the holidays. It's nicely cast in hard resin and the detail is crisp.

But -- the main portion of the fuselage is warped upward. I've heard that it is possible to heat resin in water and to then bend it back, but no luck so far. I certainly don't want to break it.

Suggestions?
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Old 29-12-2006, 09:07 PM   #2
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Try your oven at about 250ish.

It'll stink, so if you have an oven outdoors, like most of us do, you should be ok?



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Old 29-12-2006, 10:19 PM   #3
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I straighten out armor modeling resin parts using the water trick. It could work here as well.

I use a baby thermometer, and heat a pot of water large enough to immerse the part into to - to 107 degrees. This is hot enough to soften the resin in a couple of seconds - but not scald you or melt it away. If you've got air bubbles in any of the areas you're heating up, be careful not to poke into them. If still firm, just dip for a second or two more at a time until it softens.

I don't slosh the part around in the water, and only immerse for a few seconds at a time. When you pull it out, you can tell if it is soft enough to reshape. If not, just dip again, until ready. When ready to straighten out, lay on a flat surface, like the kitchen counter and hold in position for a few seconds. Some resin items have a funny kind of "memory" and will return back to their warped condition unless coaxed to stay in the new one.

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Old 31-12-2006, 03:49 PM   #4
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Okay -- thanks for the tips. Will let you know how it goes....
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