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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Elastic putty recommendation?
Posted by Bobstamp on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 9:38 PM

I've been using AK Interactive Camouflage Elastic Putty with less than full appreciation.

It's interesting stuff, kind of a liquidy plastic or a plastic-y liquid, but I find that it flows a bit too easily and sometimes theatens to spread into freshly painted surfaces before the paint dries, making it difficult to apply a second coat without removing the putty and re-forming and re-applying a "rope" of it.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a similar product that is slightly less apt to spread and puddle? 

Bob

 

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 3:57 AM

I use regular Silly Putty -- the kind in the plastic egg at the toy store -- for the same purpose. Never had it do what you describe.

Greg

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Posted by Faux fisherman on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 6:18 AM

I use duct seal putty a 1 lb pug is cheap and can be had at most big box home stores.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 6:20 AM

I use Silly Putty as well for masking gear wells and other places with delicate detail that need a crisp edge.  Bought a bag of 6 of the little red eggs from Amazon.  For masking camouflage patterns though, I'm really liking the Tamiya rice paper masking sheets.  Its extremely easy to work with and apply and has a very forgiving adhesive on it so you can reposition it over and over without it losing its ability to stay put.  Also very tough, thin, and flexible so it doesn't tear when you're working with it

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Posted by disastermaster on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 11:48 AM

Don't forget blu-tack (used for posting notes) and play-doh.

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:50 PM

One of the brands is called Patafix - I like to use it

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

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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:33 PM

Further to my complaint about AK Interactive Camouflage Elastic Putty: One of the things I am really good at is accidentally removing panel lines and, because I have so much "sanding enthusiasm," scratching the plastic. Recently, after re-scribing some panel lines on my 1/72 Academy F-86D, I used a "rope" of AK Interactive Camouflage Elastic Putty around the newly scribed area so I could get a feathered edge while repainting. The painting went well, but I neglected to remove the putty for several days, and when I did I found that it had disolved the model's previously sprayed Tamiya aluminum paint, and might even have damaged the plastic. I won't know the extent of the damage until I repaint the whole plane.

I had a similar issue with the hospital ship I'm working on. I had to repaint a section of the hull, using Mr. Color Hull Red Spray, and masked off the rest of the ship with the AK putty, Tamiya tape, and plastic. I pulled the masking putty and tape off the next day, to find that the putty had lightly stained the Hull Red Paint. I can live with it — I doubt anyone would notice on a casual inspection — but it sure is frustrating to have outcomes like that. At the very least, the AK Interactive putty shouldn't stay in place very long. I think I'll try Silly Putty.   

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

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Posted by DooeyPyle67 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:48 PM

Silly Putty or blue poster tack works good. 

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:48 AM

disastermaster

Don't forget blu-tack (used for posting notes) and play-doh.

 

I use it a lot.  Found a cheaper version at Ace Hardware.  I think generically it is called poster tack.

I use it for holding small parts to a toothpick when I handle them.  Also I use them to hold small parts to a piece of wood for spray painting small parts.  I also use it for holding canopies in place for painting fuselage when I intend later to display canopy open.  I mask it first, of course.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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