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Warped hulls

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Warped hulls
Posted by KyleBragger on Sunday, June 03, 2018 8:52 PM

Are warped one-piece hulls pretty common for armor kits? I'm just dipping my toes into 1/35 and picked up an ICM and Academy T-34 both in 1/35 scale. Both hulls were warped. 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:28 PM
No,never had one,maybe the manufacturer or where they were stored.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 04, 2018 7:24 AM

Have you tried using a hair dryer to heat it and then gingerly bending it back to normal and holding it that way until it cools? Not sure if it will work but it's worth a shot before trying something more extreme. 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, June 04, 2018 9:09 AM

I have never had one either.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, June 04, 2018 9:11 AM

Fairly common on lesser quality kits, especially ones from Eastern European companies that use several flat panels to assemble the hull (left, right, bottom are separate pieces as opposed to Tamiya style kits that use a one piece lower hull "tub").

ICM, Eastern Express, Zvezda, Maquette, have had issues as have very older kits by Revell, Lindberg, etc.

Some solutions are to clamp the warped part to a board and try to use hot tap water (not boiling) to allow the part to go back to its intended form. Boiling water may cause it to melt even worse.

Sometimes contacting the manufacturer online, like in Revell's case, they will replace the warped part. I've not heard of Academy ever having issues, but I would contact the importer. They often will replace the part.


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