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    November, 2015
Resin Ammo Belt
Posted by OldJimbo on Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:25 PM

I need suggestions for bending a belt of resin ammo.  Have a minigun I want to connect to it's ammo drum.  Any Idea?

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:37 PM

Resin just can't be bent. Can you cut it up and glue the pieces back together in a different shape?

You might have a little luck with a heat gun. The stuff has a way of returning to it's original shape when it cools.

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    August, 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:59 PM

Resin CAN be bent, perhaps not to small radii.   

Heat a pot of water to boiling.  Remove from the fire and wait a minute or two.  Immerse the part in the water for a short time Until the resin softens. Don’t allow it to get gooey.   Caution,  thin pieces soften quickly due to small thermal mass.  Bend part to desired shape.  Some cool water will set the shape

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, June 22, 2018 1:36 AM

Hello!

Like Ed wrote, resin CAN be bent relly well. You just have to heat it a little, boiling water is the best way. This way you can make tank tracks really conveniently, many resin kits do it this way: They give you a couple of straight runs and you heat them and bend them, you can even make a nice sag that is then set.

For your application it would be important to have the place prepared where the ammo belt goes, to act as a jig. After you heat your ammo belt you have a short moment (seconds) wher you can bend it, as it is really soft. You do the bending best by pressing the belt into the place it is supposed to go. You don't really have to cool it with water, light parts cool down on themselves quickly enough.

Hope it helps, have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    November, 2015
Posted by OldJimbo on Friday, June 22, 2018 5:16 AM
Thanks. I tried hot water but not boiling. Will try boiling next. Will practice on some thin resin sprue first.
  • Member since
    November, 2015
Posted by OldJimbo on Friday, June 22, 2018 5:18 AM
Thanks. I tried hot water but not boiling. Will try boiling next. Will practice on some thin resin sprue first. I'll let you know how it comes out. I'm working on a gun truck from Viet Nam with twin miniguns. Will post a picture when I get it done.
  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, June 22, 2018 5:54 AM

A Vietnam guntruck! I sure would love to see that!

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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