How to make welding lines

First I want to say that this isn’t the only or best way to do this; I’m simply showing the way I did it.

1.What you’ll need

  • Epoxy putty ( it doesn’t have to be milliput, just make sure it’s the kind that’s a bit like clay since that’s much easier to handle)
  • Hobby knife (or any other flat thin object that you can use to shape the milliput)

2.Mixing and shaping your putty

Take a little bit of each stick and mix them together like the way the instructions tell you to.
When your epoxy is all mixed and ready to use, roll it on a flat and preferably clean surface until it looks like a sausage.

3.Preparing your parts

When you’re applying the weld line on a place where there is normally a panel line, it won’t be a problem, but if you’re trying to get it on a surface that is normally flat, I’d suggest carving a panel line first.

4.Applying the weld line

Take your epoxy sausage, cut off the appropriate length and put it where you want it. If you’re not working on a big scale kit, your sausage will probably be a bit too thick. Use your finger or a satay stick (or a toothpick) to push the epoxy putty in place so that it sticks to the surface.

 

Then take your knife and gently cut off the excess putty until you feel the size is good. Now take your hobby knife and use the blunt side to push in the indents so that it looks like it’s welded on.

Let the epoxy cure and voila, you have a nice looking weld line.

Example from an other kit:

I hope this tutorial was of use to some people.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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How to make rivets

Since I’m making a lot of these for my build I decided to write a little tutorial on how to make these little things.

  • Requirements

1:  Lighter, can also be one of those lighters you light sigarets with, but I couldn’t find another one.

2:  Aluminium plate, or something else that doesn’t melt when heated

3: Knife

4: Electric drill

5: Piece of sprue

  • What to do?

First take your electrical drill and drill a hole in your aluminium plate (this hole will have the same diameter as your rivet)

Second, take your piece of sprue and heat it with your lighter.

Then, when your sprue starts to melt, push it through the hole you made in your aluminium plate.

The other side should look something like this:

(It isn’t that visible in the pic, but if you look really hard you can see the rivet sticking out of the hole.)

Wait for the plastic to cool down and pull your sprue out.

Next step, take your knife and cut off the little rivet.

Last, collect them in some kind of container.

After a while you’ll get enough to actually do something with those lilttle things.

I hope this has been some usefull information to some people 🙂