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Mold Lines and chain mail
Scouteyes
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New York, United States
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 01:02 AM UTC
Can anyone provide a tip for clearing molding lines from a figure with Chain Mail? I have the 1/32 Emhar Vikings, which are great figures, but I see only two solutions at the moment; clean up the rest of the figure and leave the seams on the chain mail, or clean the seams in the chain mail too, and create an even bigger mess.
endrju007
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Wojewodztwo Podkarpackie, Poland
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 01:36 AM UTC
There's no one solution for me. Depends on the mold lines. If they're huge I use sharp and pointed knife to actually resculpt the line area. Sometimes edged pile does the job. For small lines I use very hard brush or simply leave it not to damage the rest of chainmail.
Scouteyes
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 02:03 AM UTC
Thanks, resculpting is another option, one I was hoping to avoid, lol. Sorry, but what is "Edged pile?" I'm not sure if you meant "edged file," or a piece of steel wool. True, sometimes you just have to leave the lines, so you don't ruin the rest of the mail.
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 03:57 AM UTC
Sorry, I was thinking about FILE (one letter made such a difference)
I was thinking about file with sharp edges able to precisely clean very narrow areas to actually resculpt the mold line by filing areas between the chainmail's rings... I don't know how to describe it any better.
mongo_mel
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 05:55 AM UTC
If you can find some bracelet chain at a local craft store that looks suitable, you could try replacing it all on the piece.
I did that on a large scale bust a few years ago and it worked out well.
I just ground off what was there with my Dremel and went a little deeper.
Then I placed a layer of epoxy putty on the area, cut the chain into segments taht fit best and pushed in (lightly) into the putty.
Time consuming but it was worth it to me.
Scouteyes
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 09:48 AM UTC
I'll just have to be real careful, and use new blades.Unfortunately the plastic is a little soft on those Emhar figures. Thanks guys!