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  1. Durrett's Avatar
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    Apr 22, 2011, 12:05 PM - Tamiya cutting mat warping issues #1

    I like the Tamiya cutting mats because of the quick reference measurements, but I have to say I am not very impressed with the heat resistance. I was forming a bit of 2 mil styrene with a MUJI TRAVEL HAIRDRYER, not a heat gun, and it warped my mat beyond all believable bounds. Seriously, it never occurred to Tamiya that a cutting mat for modeling might come into contact with temperatures slightly above room? So Now I am stuck with a (very) expensive for the UK piece of sculpture. I tried re heating it with said hairdryer and piling Argos catalogs on top, but when it cooled it went back to Frito shaped. I am open to any suggestions on how to fix this.
  2. RPF Premium Member noble's Avatar
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    Apr 22, 2011, 12:29 PM - Re: Tamiya cutting mat warping issues #2

    I've never heard of a cutting mat being temp resistant.

    Art stores in my area warn of not leaving them in your car due them getting warped.
  3. division 6's Avatar
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    Apr 22, 2011, 2:38 PM - Re: Tamiya cutting mat warping issues #3

    I've seen a lot of modelers keep their mat's under a sheet of glass.
  4. Rick Hanson's Avatar
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    Apr 22, 2011, 3:29 PM - Re: Tamiya cutting mat warping issues #4

    I inadvertently ruined a perfectly good cutting mat by setting a hot bowl of soup on it. I also tried heating the mat up and setting something on it to flatten out the warped spot, but it was never quite right again. Perhaps I should have shared that little lesson back when it happened.
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    Apr 22, 2011, 3:36 PM - Re: Tamiya cutting mat warping issues #5

    The mat is made for cutting on,nothing else..........
  6. Heatshock's Avatar
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    Apr 22, 2011, 7:33 PM - Re: Tamiya cutting mat warping issues #6

    falcondesigns said: View Post
    The mat is made for cutting on,nothing else..........
    agreed, I left mine in the sun once, and thats uk sunshine, and its warped. Still works for cutting though
  7. Formerly cobalt crimson Wes R's Avatar
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    Apr 22, 2011, 7:38 PM - Re: Tamiya cutting mat warping issues #7

    Glad i saw this before I sat anything on mine. It was only 1.00 but the store doesn't have any more.

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