- Jul 26, 2009
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Can someone tell me how this is done? I've never built transitions and have never used CA. Thanks
Styrene is cheap but cardstock is MUCH cheaper. Plus you can print out the transition pattern onto the cardstock with your printer. I don't believe you can do that with styrene. Cardstock is also easier to glue together. If this sounds like I am down on styrene, don't worry; I'm not. I use it occasionally in my builds and would not want to be without it. I just think that cardstock has a number of advantages over styrene for transitions.OR, you can make them out of thin Styrene like I do and forget the CA for hardening. .010 works great on small projects.
Dark Lord Of The Scratch Builders
BTW, what do you use to bond the styrene? A variety of materials can be used to make shrouds and transitions. Styrene is one of them.Yep, card stock is cheaper, and yes you can print on it, BUT, it ain't no where near as easy to get a good transition from as styrene is.
What I do is print out the transition, tape it to the styrene and cut it out.
Another plus is, NO CA, very little sanding, smoother finish.
BUT, on the other hand card stock is great also. Just not my cup of tea.
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Never thought of that. I'll have to try it next time.I have to differ slightly in the CA application. I've found it also added to the ease of application to use medium CA. I use Zap med CA but most any med should work just as well using a folded paper towel as a mop to spread and even layer all around the transition, into the seams and joints and even slightly onto the BT connection. Once you've got your even application set the part aside to air dry, do not use accelerator. Second and third coats can be added if necessary for strength or smoothing.