Re: Monon #37 w/Archer Surface Details Update


Todd Sullivan
 

Nice work, Bill.  Nothing like close-up photos to put a model under the microscope!

The Archer weld lines are a bit wavy, which you have recognized in previous posts.  Many years ago, Jim Eager taught me an alternate way of doing weld lines when I was reworking the sides of a Robins Rails 50ft PS-1 model (the only 50ft PS-1 on the market at the time).  Jim used a No. 11 Xacto blade to score each weld line on the car side, then went over each weld line with the back of a No. 17 blade.  The secret is that the No. 11 blade creates a shallow groove with small ridges of plastic on both sides of the groove.  The No. 17 blade flattens these ridges and closes them over the groove, resulting in a 'weld' line.  The key to success is knowing how much pressure to apply to each of the blade movements.  Experimenting on a scrap plastic boxcar body before working on your super detailed model is recommended.

Todd Sullivan

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