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 Posted: Fri Nov 2nd, 2007 09:51 pm
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For those of you who have yet to dirty your hands in the muddy waters of scratchbuilding in plastikard, I thought some little tips might be useful.

1. Never try to cut all the way through sheet plastikard in one pass. Make several light cuts, then carefully snap the material apart along the cut.

2. To cut a piece of plastikard accurately, mark your measurements with the point of a craft knife; not a pencil. A pencil mark is far too thick for accuracy. Also, when a tiny mark has been made with a knife you will be able to 'feel' when the point of the blade is located in the mark and you can slide your steel ruler gently up to it without it skating off line.

3. Always try to keep your steel ruler on the 'good' side of the line. That way if the blade does wander away from the straight edge, it will do so onto the waste piece and not into the part you want to keep.

4. The old, old adage: measure (at least) twice and cut once! It will save you time, temper and money. :D

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 Posted: Fri Nov 2nd, 2007 10:04 pm
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Nice one Perry. Apart from snapping the material all your remarks apply eaqually to cutting card. The only thing I would add is that whatever you do please make sure you are using a sharp blade.



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Another tip I was given a long time ago is to always end up with at least 3 layers of Plasticard on your building, to save warping with age.
It doesn't have to be 3 layers all over, but make sure that at least some parts are.
If you study Perry's scratchbuilding projects closely, you will see (or be able to work out) that quite a bit of the model follows this rule.

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One more tip i would give is, mind your fingers and put your knife's safely away when finished :D
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All good advice and well noted :)



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Gwent Rail wrote:Another tip I was given a long time ago is to always end up with at least 3 layers of Plasticard on your building, to save warping with age.
It doesn't have to be 3 layers all over, but make sure that at least some parts are.
If you study Perry's scratchbuilding projects closely, you will see (or be able to work out) that quite a bit of the model follows this rule.


Blimey! I never realised my work was scrutinised THAT closely! I'd better bear it mind for the future. :shock:

Interesting tip though, Jeff. I have never actually come across it before, but it certainly makes sense.

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