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Wanderer

Zvezda Clear Parts issues

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Hi All,

I recently tried to remove a flaw from the canopy of a Zvezda 1/72 mig-29.

Unlike most other manufacturer's clear parts, the canopy seems to be made of a softer, more flexible clear substance.

I guess the thinking would be that it's less prone to cracking. However, this makes polishing it up nearly impossible. I've tried a few techniques that work on other manufacturers parts, but with no success. The canopy just stays a milky white colour. The best I can think of describing this is to imagine trying to polish a piece of hard nougat to a mirror like finish.

I had a look at another Zezda kit I bought, the Mi-24, and the parts seem to be of the same rubbery material, and holding them up to sunlight they reveals less than impressive levels of clarity. :(

 

Has anyone else had any issues with Zvezda clear parts?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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How old is the kit? I have a few zvezda kits in the stash, and the clear parts seem to be made of the normal plastic most companies use. 

I think I know the type of bendy plastic you mean, I've only encountered it once, and it was on a cheap copy of the chopper from blue thunder. Horrible stuff, flexible and floppy, less than clear, and doesn't polish up at all. 

 

Matt

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On 01/11/2017 at 01:28, Wanderer said:

Has anyone else had any issues with Zvezda clear parts?

 

I'm not aware of any - have you tried using these chaps to buff the canopy up to a high gloss?  I've got a set in for review, but I've used their like before and they're great for such jobs.  Remember to buff perpendicular to the last grade when polishing too, making sure you remove all the scratches that go across your current grit when doing so.  You have to be patient, as there's no shortcut.  Speaking of shortcut, have you tried dipping your canopy into Klear/Future to see whether that hides the clouding?  Might be an idea to let it soak for a while too :)

 

If you still can't fix it, I'd have a word with Zvezda's spares department.  Their importer is usually the best place to start.

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On ‎18‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 00:45, S5 modeller said:

How old is the kit? I have a few zvezda kits in the stash, and the clear parts seem to be made of the normal plastic most companies use. 

I think I know the type of bendy plastic you mean, I've only encountered it once, and it was on a cheap copy of the chopper from blue thunder. Horrible stuff, flexible and floppy, less than clear, and doesn't polish up at all. 

 

Matt

Hi Matt,
My apologies. I didn't realise somebody had replied to my post.
The kits aren't very old. It's fairly new releases all 3 of them. I've since put the kits on hold.
The local hobby shop told me it can take up to 6 months to get replacement parts, if at all.

 

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On ‎18‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 02:31, Mike said:

 

I'm not aware of any - have you tried using these chaps to buff the canopy up to a high gloss?  I've got a set in for review, but I've used their like before and they're great for such jobs.  Remember to buff perpendicular to the last grade when polishing too, making sure you remove all the scratches that go across your current grit when doing so.  You have to be patient, as there's no shortcut.  Speaking of shortcut, have you tried dipping your canopy into Klear/Future to see whether that hides the clouding?  Might be an idea to let it soak for a while too :)

 

If you still can't fix it, I'd have a word with Zvezda's spares department.  Their importer is usually the best place to start.

Hi Mike,

 

Thanks for the reply. I haven't tried that specific product, but have used similar ones with great success.

I've been modelling for a while, and I've removed countless seams & scratches before, without any problems.

I've also used the Future dipping technique before too, but it's not really helpful when you have to remove a seam.

 

Thinking about it again, the best way to describe it is by imagining a mix between a glue gun stick and the usual stuff clear parts are made of.

When you bend the sprue it won't break, it will bend. For example if I hold the sprue for Zvezda's Mi-24v clear parts by one end, they are floppy and not rigid.

I will try and get some pics tonight and upload.

I've had this with 3 of their kits, so I doubt it's a bad batch.

I've spoken to the LHS owner, and says he can try to get replacements, but it can take up to 6 months.

 

I doubt I will find a solution, but I was more interested to see if anybody else has had the same problem.
 

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