spaceshiprepairman Posted December 30, 2014 Share Posted December 30, 2014 I've been putting together a model of the SNCAO-Niuport ACA-5, a little resin kit in 1/72 that I bought from Unicraft. While most of the model has been something of a challenge, mostly due to some mistakes I've been making with trying to cut some of the parts off the sprue and trying to shape them just right(in particular the fins, which I ended up crafting from card stock after copying the instruction sheet, which had a 3 view the same size as the model, so I had something with which I can compare outlines when trying to sand off excess on a part, such as happens with flash), something happened with the canopy as I was trying to trim it to fit. Apparently, I was holding it with a bit too much pressure between thumb and forefinger, and it snapped out into orbit(out of sight). This was a very tiny piece of clear plastic, seemed a bit thick for scale, and very springy. I have a couple packs of .005 clear styrene sheet. So, my thought is to try to make a push mold and heat form this. My problem is I don't have experience with trying to heat mold plastic that thin. On the full size ACA, if it actually existed, had a one-piece blown plexiglas canopy that completed the curve of the fuselage down the nose, so it isn't a matter of a single curve, It has a slight but noticeable downward curve, If it had a frame, that'd be easy. Somewhat tedious, but easy. So, would I be able to get away with making a male more, putting a square of the plastic in the over, or hold it over a burner until it sag, then pushing the male mold through the plasticv, into the female form? Or is the plastic too thin to use? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now