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Embarassed to ask.
Posted by armornut on Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:11 PM

I have modeled for years, PE is something I like but really ain't sure how to fold it. The PE have a definite "crease" where the fold is supposed to be. Does that line fold to the inside or out? PE is expensive and I think the pre thinned seam should go in but....I hope this question makes sense, if not I will try to clarify tomorrow.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:38 PM

Like a kerf cut when you bend wood, it goes in.

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Posted by Nathan T on Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:33 PM

Depends on what side the detail is printed on and what side is supposed to be visible. I know Eduard's instructions are usually pretty good at making it obvious. 

 

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:58 PM

The best (cheapest) way to fold PE is by using a slightly dulled single edged razor (so you don't cut yourself) and a 6" machinist ruler. They cost a couple of bucks at a local hardware store. The ruler acts as a straight edge and the blade helps make an even bend. There are also folding devices by Small Shop etch mate and the hold n fold.

The groove is normally on the inside to make sure the fold is sharp.

https://www.zoro.com/westcott-ruler-6-inch-stainless-steel-10414/i/G3708144/?gclid=CKqoiPKhm9ICFZAjgQodrTEDQA&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:46 AM

I some times get confused with it, even with Eduard instructions. Most of the time they go on the inside but tehre are exceptions. If i am not sure, i will fold the whole piece without gluing. If its wrong, then it usually can be folded back, but any more folding than that and it risks breaking.

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, February 19, 2017 9:29 AM

Thanks folks, your info is very helpful. My thought was the crease went in so thank you for clarifying. Eduard does have fantastic instructions with thier sets but other in kit offerings sometimes aren't so clear. All y'all are great. Thank you

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Posted by waynec on Saturday, May 13, 2017 11:37 AM

a friend showed me this technique for confusing bends or multiple bends. sketch out the part on a 3x5 card, cut it out and practice folding until you understand the direction and sequence of bending.  i have had instances where i made and destroyed 3 paper ones before getting it correct.

PS my first PE bending experince was the ammo box racks for the 1/35 MAS torpedo boat 20mm. after destroying 3 of the 6 i ended up making a jig and building all 6 from styrene.

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