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Old 12-22-2016, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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To those of you who have done diecast 1/200 customs what is the easiest way to get the model 'broken" apart (wings, tail, landing gear, etc.) and also stripped of paint? Thanks in advance for your tips and suggestions.
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Old 01-07-2017, 05:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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To those of you who have done diecast 1/200 customs what is the easiest way to get the model 'broken" apart (wings, tail, landing gear, etc.) and also stripped of paint? Thanks in advance for your tips and suggestions.
I'd also be interested in knowing this. I have a Qantas 747 with cracked paint I have been repairing, but would be interested to see if there's a better solution.
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To those of you who have done diecast 1/200 customs what is the easiest way to get the model 'broken" apart (wings, tail, landing gear, etc.) and also stripped of paint? Thanks in advance for your tips and suggestions.
Removing the wings and tail surfaces can be very tricky. The larger models are tougher than the smaller regionals or commuters. I've found that the best way to loosen up and break the glue, is by jolt. I use a wooden cutting board and tap the wing or tail on it until it starts to move. I've tried brute force trying to remove them, but most of the time the glue doesn't budge.

As far as stripping paint, it depends on if you are just removing old liveries, or wanting to go all the way down to the metal. For most of mine I am trying to preserve the base paint, so a combo of very lightly scraping off old markings with an exacto knife, followed by testors paint thinner works well for me.
If you are totally removing paint, sandpaper (wet/dry) or scraping off with said knife and some time is the best way.
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Hold the model over steam until the metal is almost too hot to touch. This will cause the metal to expand but the glue will not, meaning the glue will generally detach when a moderate force is applied.

I've done this many times, it works better on small aircraft. One time I did it with a 737 to remove the V-stab, it was so effective that while handling the model (pulling the V-stab out) both H-stabs and a wing came loose as well. The only time it even harmed the paint was a little dis-coloration which occured on a matt-silver coloured belly.
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