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Title: Using a heat gun for scratchbuilding
Post by: sandlegs on September 11, 2006, 07:59:33 AM
I searched the forum for this topic and it is probably there somewhere, but i couldn't find it.

Is a heat gun of good use when scratchbuilding?  I would think it would be when you are in need of rounded parts for a model.  You could make a mould out of clay, and wrap the styrene around the mould using the heat gun to soften it.  There would also be great control because you can control how far away the gun is to the piece.  Just thought i would pass this along, but i'm sure someone has thought of this before...right?
Title: Using a heat gun for scratchbuilding
Post by: fulcy on September 11, 2006, 08:22:16 AM
Well, I would caution against using a clay mold - if you heat the clay too much, it will soften and deform and you wouldn't get a good final part.  But, the technique you describe is very similar to vacuum forming, just without the vacuum - would be a great way to make tubes out of sheet styrene...