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TUTORIAL: REMOVING MOLD LINES

TUTORIAL: REMOVING MOLD LINES

I’ve done a lot of scraping lately and at some point (inevitably) asked myself – why won’t I do a Tutorial about it? Many modellers struggle with metal miniatures, and especially their preparation. Some of my friends were even complaining about how thankless the task of scraping mold lines is for them, while in truth I find the process to be both simple and fast. But to be so – one must possess know how first…

I USED:

  • Modelling Knife,
  • Sharp edged File,
  • Round edged File,

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GRIP:

One of the most important things to remember in handling the Modelling Knife is the GRIP. I use a simple technique of holding the knife in the crook of my fingers while leaving the tumb free. The edge is always kept pointed outward (well, not always as I tend to cut my fingers far to often – but the basic rule holds).

Removing Moldlines grip

ANGLE:

We’ve already estabilished that the cutting edge should be pointed outward, but what angle to use? I found that the angle that works the best for me is something around 45 degree. It provides a smooth movement and is capable of removing thin mold lines. Some modellers like to keep their edge at a 90 degree angle as it tends to remove mold lines faster, but I must warn you that it usually ends up damaging the miniature’s surface. The friction is just too strong.

 

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MOVEMENT:

You have a free thumb – why not use it? I like to to hold the miniature with my left hand, moving it around under the knife. I keep the thumb of my right hand on the miniature, applying preassure and using it as the point to which the knife will be moved. This way I have a perfect control over the speed and the angle of the knife.

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FILE:

Some modellers like to use files instead ofa  knife. It surely provides a smoother and more elegant surface, but takes much more time to accomplish, what knife does in merely seconds. I still use files in these two cases:

1  UNEVEN SURFACE

I use Sharp edged file each time an uneven surface like hair, refracted clothes, teeth of a chainblade etc. appears. I use long, smooth moves betwen the lines of the slot – usually one such move does the job of removing mold lines just fine.

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2  SMOOTHING

Once I’m done with the knife and Sharp edged file I use a Round edged file to smooth all the surface. My moves are light and fast, just brushing over the sides of the miniature.

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Here’s a quick video of how I do it:

And the end result (which you can actually see in much better quality in any of my galleries):

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