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De-Seaming 1/72 Infantry

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De-Seaming 1/72 Infantry
Posted by Hardtack on Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:50 PM

I'm brand spanking new to modeling and had a question pertaining to removing seams from 1/72 German infantry. Since the figures are so small to begin with is it counterproductive to sand seams? (Of course I'll be removing an obvious spurs.) I'm worried about removing important small details. I was looking for a consensus on what others think?

 

Thanks!

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, April 8, 2019 9:48 AM
It's always a pain to remove figure seams but if you want realism it must be done. I carefully use a combination of Xacto blades ,needle files and my trusty Flex-I-file sanding tool .

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BarrettDuke on Monday, April 8, 2019 10:33 AM

Hello, HT, It's entirely up to you. If you want to show your figures in some sort of competition or the like, then you'll definitely want to clean them up as much as possible. If you're just modeling for your own enjoyment, then just do as much as you're comfortable with and don't worry about it. There are ways to remove every little flaw and preserve all the detail. It just takes a LOT of patience and very close work. Modeling should be enjoyable. When it becomes a chore and a burden, then it has lost its purpose. Focus on what you'll like in the finished product and don't worry about what someone else might do. Some folks can't get enough realism or detail and that's part of the fun for them. For others, too much detail is just plain tedious. Figure out what you're happy with and enjoy. Barrett

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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 8:29 AM
Well said Barretduke

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 8:54 AM

I scrape the seams with an X-acto knife.  Scraping is where you hold the blade just under 90 degrees to the surface and pull along the surface. Scraping dulls the blade rapidly, so I keep a handle just for scraping, and put the old blades from my regular knife in it.  A blade can be somewhat dull but still effective for scraping.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 8:57 AM

It depends on what the material is that the figure is cast from.

Styrene or pouring metal can be carefully carved or scaped. Other plastics like Airfix used in their otherwise great figure sets is much harder to deal with.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Hardtack on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:38 PM

I appreciate all the kind advice. Jay Jay, of the tools you mentioned, which gives you the most versatility on a budget? I already have the blades covered. The Flexi products look good, or should I get a file set first? I know I'm going to need a loop. The models are way too small for my eyes!

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Posted by Hardtack on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:41 PM
Thank you! Good points to consider. I'm gonna try and not let my OCD get in the way of relaxation.
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Posted by Hardtack on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:41 PM
Thanks for tip Don! Best wishes.
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Posted by Hardtack on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:44 PM
Yeah, the figures I'm working on are harder plastic I believe. German Fallschirmjager, they're from Pegasus Hobbies.
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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:40 PM

I bought my needle file set from Harbor frieght pretty cheap. I get the most use out of these and the Xacto knife above all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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