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#26 OFFLINE   Dave7872

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 09:25 AM

Oh right, I thought you may of dealt with him in the past lol.
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:35 AM

For anyone in the future wanting to make their own windscreens or other windows, I use Acetate sheet. Available from most art stores, A4 Acetate clear sheet is flexible, clear with no distortion of clarity and is not affected by superglue or X20 Tamiya thinner, so good for removing stubborn marks before fitting. It can also be polished with Tamiya polishing compound. I use it on all my custom models.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:54 AM

Is an acetate sheet the same as an overhead projector sheet?

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 01:33 PM

View Postferrariforever, on 18 March 2017 - 11:54 AM, said:

Is an acetate sheet the same as a overhead projector sheet?

According to this... it would appear so! :twocents:

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 05:10 PM

Could this stuff be used to make head light covers? ie.... Porsche long tail light covers??? ( future project )
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 05:23 PM

View PostDave7872, on 18 March 2017 - 05:10 PM, said:

Could this stuff be used to make head light covers? ie.... Porsche long tail light covers??? ( future project )

It was suggested to me when I was looking for headlamp covers for my 1/12 250 GTO headlamp covers Dave, because of its thermoplastic properties.... :twocents:

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:46 AM

View Postmairandeddy, on 18 March 2017 - 01:33 PM, said:

View Postferrariforever, on 18 March 2017 - 11:54 AM, said:

Is an acetate sheet the same as a overhead projector sheet?

According to this... it would appear so! :twocents:

Thanks Eddy! I have a lot of those sheets. So basically  I only need a mold, and then by blowing hot air the acetate sheet will be deformed, right?
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:55 AM

I was thinking the same thing, If I were to use a set of my headlight lenses, The gently warm up the acetate sheet, Would it then take the correct shape?

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:36 AM

I have had success with using very hot water to shape acetate.
Use the clear plastic packaging from those model boxes you are throwing away to practice on.
Done properly at the correct temperature you should not see any clouding.
It's also possible (again with practice) to use a 'former' to re-shape the acetate - water at the right temperature will act as a sort of barrier against melting and sticking.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:50 AM

How did you use the hot water to shape it mate?
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:40 AM

View PostDave7872, on 19 March 2017 - 09:50 AM, said:

How did you use the hot water to shape it mate?
I used gloves and dipped the part into a tub of the water (the gloves help with preventing burning and sticking!).
The whole concept is based around working under the water while changing the shape.
It was to make a replacement headlight cover for an Italeri Ferrari Daytona kit which was too thick.
It didn't need a former on that occasion because it was a simple 90 degree angle.
The trick is to have the water hot enough for the plastic to change the shape, but not enough to cause it to shrivel.
It just needs practice - and you may need to experiment to see which clear acetate works best.
There's no way of knowing before hand how things will react.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:36 PM

Thats great info mate, Sorry I dont know your real name.

I have ordered some A4 sheets, Its 250 micron clear, I was not sure on the thickness.
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