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Old 07-31-2020, 06:27 AM
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Clear sheet may be cheap, but I have yet to find the right clear sheet that works best for me, or a source to get it.
I think this may be my biggest problem! lol

I tried a similar method using a heat gun to heat plastic which I pulled down over the canopy plug.
I had difficulty holding the plastic and pulling it down evenly.

If I make any more of these (and can't get my vacuformer working) I'll try your suggestion!

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Old 07-31-2020, 11:18 AM
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I have never gotten it to work by pulling hot plastic over a plug, It is pushing the plug down through the hot plastic that works. When crash molding parts out of white plasticard, like cowls or spinners, 20 thou card works and is very thin when finished. So you need a source of fairly thick clear sheet. Check Evergreen

I always support the heated plastic/cut out plates sandwich over a bowl or coffee cup so I can jam the plug down firmly. You have to be quick and not hesitate. Heat it, hair dryer is an excellent idea, slap it on the support and stick the plug down firmly in one smooth motion. You will mess up some, but you will get a usable piece as well. OH yeah, Slightly bevel the edges of the cut out in bottom plate, it helps the hot plastic stretch as you push the plug down

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Old 08-12-2020, 05:01 AM
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Many thanks for the canopy tips. On my list to do on the darker nights. Work and family taking up most of my time at the present. ��
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Old 08-12-2020, 05:32 PM
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In fact, proper vacforming equipment consists of nothing more than a hairdryer (or electronics heat gun for more power), a vacuum cleaner (chances are you have one), and a wooden box. I very much recommend giving it a try, a nice little project on itself.
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