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Old 10-22-2019, 08:27 AM
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very small objects

Thanks for all the cylinder answers on another thread. have one more. My favorite models are the ships And, even the easy kits have some small pieces like making a square vent that is 1/8th inch square. It's like being a clock maker. Any tips on handling those?
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Trust me...1/8" square is NOT small!

Best tool to have is a sharp Craft/Hobby Knife with extra replaceable blades.

And a good magnifying lens.
I like to use "Reader" Glasses of various strengths.
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for me it has been after cutting and scoring.shaping it in your hands
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Old 10-22-2019, 10:44 AM
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Big time, "hand's free magnification", Head Loupe is what I use, can't even do big parts w/out it...
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Thanks for me it has been after cutting and scoring.shaping it in your hands
In addition to magnification and good lighting, I often use two pairs of tweezers when working with very small pieces. One pair to hold the part and another to fold, shape and glue. Also keep in mind that accurate scoring of small parts is essential for a successful outcome. Rather than using a stylus to "score" Ive found that using a blade to cut lightly thru the top half of the sheet works much better. Just be careful to use a light touch or you will end up cutting the whole way thru.
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The tiny pieces is why I'm a bit scared of doing my 1/300 ship models.


It never really occurred to me to use tweezers while cutting, I'll definitely have to try it.


What kind of tweezers / tip do you all use?
I have various kinds but I don't really like most of them. They're either too sharp of a point or too large in general. I would say my tweezers are meant for cosmetics and electronics.
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...I often use two pairs of tweezers when working with very small pieces...
yeah I always have one or two tweezers at hand.
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Holy-moly airdave!, it looks like you have, "all of the bases covered"..
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[QUOTE=Gharbad;687507]The tiny pieces is why I'm a bit scared of doing my 1/300 ship models.

Yes, the small pieces can make an easy shop model become a medium
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I learned this technique from UHU02's web site. Do not cut tiny parts completely free from the paper. Score the part while it is still attached to the paper, cut a border around the tiny part so it is still centered within a larger piece of paper attached to the main body of the paper "sprue" by one edge. Fold the part while it is still part of a larger piece of paper, trim away the excess surrounding paper and glue the part in its final shape and then finally cut it away from the paper sheet.
Folding tiny parts is easy if they are still part of a bigger piece of paper.

This is the paper modeler's equivalent of the pl@st!c modeler's trimming and painting time parts while they are still attached to the sprue.
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