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Fixing warped major hull components

October 24 2004 at 10:23 AM
Robert Lockie  (no login)
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My Dragon Jagdtigers all have significant warps in the upper and/or lower hulls, a phenomenon I have not encountered before. I am tempted to try the hot water trick to fix them but before I do so, can anyone who has done this successfully offer any tips to avoid bending the wrong parts? I am thinking that partial submersion offers the best chance.

Thanks in advance for all suggestions.

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Vinnie Branigan
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October 24 2004, 11:42 AM 

To be honest I wouldn't try. Very gentle flexing of resin parts yes, but styrene? I've had this problem in the past and would recommend leaving it. Use a very thin super glue when joining upper hull etc. and this should hold the warping straight.


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Ulrich Pfaff
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be careful

October 25 2004, 6:41 AM 

I once had an old Airfix 1/32 Grant with a warped upper hull and tried to bend it on hot water. The result was a completely shrinked front part that will never fit again. So be careful with the hot water trick. Maybe slightly heating with a hairdryer might be succesful.


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Mike Naler
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Try Using K&S Metal

October 25 2004, 1:34 PM 

I have run into this trouble several times. I have used a thick piece of K&S brass or brass tube.

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Robert Lockie
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Thanks everyone

October 26 2004, 5:17 AM 

I had considered the 'hefty length of brass' option but didn't have any to hand and was considering the use of hot water. I was wary of it however, which I why I made the post first!

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