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01-25-2003, 01:19 PM
has anyone ever used something clay or some other kind of stuff for a base for their models? for custom bumpers and such.... i have styrene, but wouldn't it be easier to do it like this...

1. Styrene layout.
2. cover with clay/REAL epoxy putty(unsandable)
3. a thin layer of tamiya/squadron puttty
4. Sand....

Wouldn't that save the use of putty? or does it not work???

01-25-2003, 01:43 PM
do u mean clay, like for pottery?

01-25-2003, 06:52 PM
The general idea is to use as little clay or putty as possible, because they shrink over time. It may not be immediately apparent, but 6 months after you've painted and polished your car, you'll notice shrinkage in these areas and your finish won't be smooth anymore.

I use styrene plate for most modifications. For filler, you can cut styrene into chips and melt it with cement. It doesn't shrink as much as putty or clay.

01-25-2003, 07:04 PM
I taught of that idea a while ago, won't work, clay is too brittle, that's why we have putty.

01-25-2003, 07:08 PM
We used clay in art class last week. Dont know if it will work with plastic since you have to go thru different procedures to dry the clay.

01-25-2003, 09:33 PM
Those japanese clays like La Doll have bits of oyster shells mixed in and don't crack easily.. but I agree with the above.. go with epoxy putty. It's cheap enough.

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