Photo Etched Parts Help

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Watson, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So I bought all three sets of PE parts for the PL Refit I was commissioned to build. I have never used PE parts before and was hoping someone wiser in this area could offer up some advice. Or pictures would be nice as well.

    Namely what is the best way to remove them from the sprue.

    Cleaning them? Is it necessary before painting.

    Attaching them? CA or other glue?

    Then there are the parts that are made to go over the windows to separate the panes. Any ideas on the best way to go about those?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Reactor drone

    Reactor drone Well-Known Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jades Dark Heart @ Apr 28 2006, 02:20 PM) [snapback]1234768[/snapback]</div>

    To remove them from the sprue I usually ude the rearmost part of a modelling knife blade to guillotine the attachment point against a piece of steel.The base has to be solid or you'll end up denting/twisting the parts.If you can get in, a sharp pair of snips can also be used.Needle files can tidy up rough spots but the cuts are usually pretty clean.

    I've never bothered cleaning photo etch parts unless they've corroded,never really had a problem.

    CA is usually recommended but epoxy can be used also.

    For clear parts you can sometimes find non fogging CA,(Tamiya make one) or use epoxy.
  3. Aegis159

    Aegis159 Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jades Dark Heart @ Apr 28 2006, 10:20 AM) [snapback]1234768[/snapback]</div>
    I have a pair of snips that have a perfectly flat side just for trimming things off of the sprues.

    I clean the PE parts with a Q-tip with Alcohol on it, then let them air dry. depending on the paint I'm using, I might also run another Q-tip with water on it over the PE parts to get rid of any other residue.

    CA is the way to go with attaching the parts. As for the parts to go on clear canopies go out and grab a bottle of ZAP-O or something similar.... no fumes so you won't get the crazing on the clear plastic.
  4. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Tamiya makes a pair of scissors specifically designed for nipping photoetched parts from the metal sprue.

    Tamiya also makes a nifty set of "bending pliers" for folding PE parts into any of several typical configurations using angles built right into the pliers.

    You can find both tools here:

    Tamiya Craft Tools

    Items 74068 and 74067, respectively.

  5. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sweet thanks guys
  6. 1138

    1138 Well-Known Member

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    To cut I use a straight edge razorblade on a piece of glass - it gives a nice clean cut without bending the part. All the snips and shears I've tried don't work as well. If cleanup is needed I use a small metal file while holding the part in some flat-nose plyers.

    If alot of bending is necessary, getting one of these will eliminate hours of maddening frustration.

    It's expensive but you can find smaller versions for less $$. It's an indespensible tool - I used my constantly in my armor building days.

    Hope that helps Greg. If you want to borrow my bending plate, shoot me an email.

  7. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks Dan but I think I have it down now. May need to pick one of those up for the future though.


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