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Vacform canopies worth it?
AJ
Posted:-
16 Nov 2009 08:16 PM
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Hey guys, anyone have much experience with vacformed canopies? Always thought about trying them to replace the canopies on the older kits but they seem pretty fiddley.

Sav
Posted:-
17 Nov 2009 02:00 PM
43 posts

I like to use them when I can, mostly because they have a more realistic thickness than supplied canopies. Especially in the smaller scales of older kits where some of the canopies can be 1 scale foot thick.


They're pretty easy to work with too, as long as you take your time cutting them out.


Jays model spit has one...



Posted:-
01 Dec 2009 04:30 PM
3 posts

Yeah I quite like like them but only when I really need to use them. And you usually get a couple in a pack so if you stuff one up you can use the other one.


 


Not that I do that

Sav
Posted:-
01 Dec 2009 04:33 PM
46 posts

Whoops, my pic broke the forum. Somebody ought to fix that.


Posted:-
22 Dec 2009 02:04 PM
4 posts

Im only now coming back to modeling as a hobby. But back in the day, I used to make my own canoies. I used the kit part as master and a small vac-box I hooked to my vacuum cleaner. I got thermoforming plastic and made a small frame from scrap wood.


I heated the whole thing over the stove burner. It worked well, if a lttle crude.


Today I wouldnt mess with it, except in the larger scales.

Sav
Posted:-
22 Dec 2009 08:55 PM
54 posts

I always wanted to try making my own using the stove top and vacuum method. I've got quite a few older kits which have crappy canopies that need to be replaced, but usually I just build them with the canopy close and run with that.



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