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Vacform canopies worth it?
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.

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...

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

01 Dec 2009 04:33 PM
46 posts

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

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.

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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