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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 3:04 pm 
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What can I do to make the nose tips that you have to roll in your palm with a lot of glue. mine allways look ragged because the sections roll on top of each other. I've tried play do and just keep apply ing glue in coats. but I'ved built about 40 and I'am still not satisafied. THere must be something else to use to smooth them out.

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 3:49 pm 
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You mean the petal type things like the Radome on the Phantom, Corsair II etc. They give me kittens too. I generally roll them against the ends of the tips of my fingers then stuff them with kleenex and colour them with a felt tipped pen.

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 11:52 pm 
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I think he means the propellor spinners. I usually dip it into a little glue and roll it in the cupped palm of my hand until it forms the shape I want. Or until I get frustrated, throw it away and decide the model didn't need it anyway.


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 8:08 am 
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I cheat with a plastic spinner from a plastic kit. Make a paste of tissue and white glue. Use the spinner as a mold. Let the casting really dry out and it will pop right out of the spinner ready to be sanded smooth. Insert as a backing for the paper petals and burnish the whole thing smooth with a fingernail...


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 1:09 pm 
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Curve the part twice. Frist time, use your tool to curl the petals in toward the center. Next use your tool to get the part to curve into a cylinder. When you make your cylinder, the petals will naturally curl almost into place. A bit of tacky glue on the inside will stick the stuff together with a bit of gentle persuasion. If you're impatient--a drop of thick CA works, too. For a curving tool--I use a bamboo skewer. I place the part in the palm of my hand, and rub the part with the skewer to get it to the appropriate shape. I also found a brass dapping die in the metal working section of my local Harbor Freight Tool store that has semi-spherical depressions, ranging from about an inch, on down to an eighth or so. Helps to get perfect rounds. It came with a set of dapping punches, as well. Cost--under ten bucks.

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 1:12 pm 
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Curve the part twice...Doh!!! I completely forgot about that trick.

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