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#1 team burrito

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Posted 11 April 2023 - 12:21 PM

What's the best way to fix a warped plastic body? I'm working on a hardbody and it is slightly warped. I heard you can use hot water.

 

What temperature do I use - boiling hot, hot, warm? I just got the body where I want iand & don't want to screw it up.


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Posted 11 April 2023 - 12:26 PM

Hi Russ,

 

Maybe this might be of help:

 

 

Ernie


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Posted 11 April 2023 - 02:05 PM

I"ve used a hair dryer with good results.  You DO have to be careful to monitor the temperature of the plastic--But I've straightened the sides and put small wheel well flares with the use of a hair dryer


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Posted 11 April 2023 - 11:34 PM

Yep, hot water works every time ( I would guess around 200f ) . Don't forget to hold where you want it to stay then dunk in cold water to set. Works on clear bodies too.


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Posted 12 April 2023 - 05:29 AM

I can tell you what not to do. Don't put it in a toaster oven.


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Posted 12 April 2023 - 11:31 PM

I can tell you what not to do. Don't put it in a toaster oven.

i made the mistake of putting a freshly painted body in the back of my car at work. when i came back to check on it, the body was melted on the stand. whoops!


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Posted 29 April 2023 - 01:15 PM

I've been building styrene models for ever. The best way is a light bulb, unless you've totally screwed it up. In that case, lighter fluid is a sure fire(lol) way to rectify the situation.
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Posted 29 April 2023 - 01:17 PM

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