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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-13, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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What are some things that you guys have used when "in a pickle", so to speak. I want to know about that time you had no sprue clippers and used a butter knife to cut your sprues!

Earlier on I needed to remove a decent chunk of trogodon neck. I had nothing except kitchen utensils to do it so I went at it with a bread knife! Turned out quite decent, as well.

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I found myself in a similar position. All set to file and sand but no clippers or knives available. So I got to nibbling.

CHOMP CHOMP.

The only other thing I can think of is using packing tape to hold a joint together when I didn't have a pin vise and wire to reinforce the model. That ended up being more of a lesson in the benefits of patience than an effectively cut corner.

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So one time I went to go do some painting only to find out the dog has completly destroyed all my brushes (usually kept in a pile on my desk) well I was upset at first, then I turned on Futurama on Netflix and sat down and painted anyways. What did I use you ask? Well I first tried using my wifes nail polish brushes but those are horrible (and she got disapointed cause she thought I was getting them to paint her toe nails...) then I tried some cotton swab things... bad idea, fluff got everywhere. Then I settled on some cuetips. Not terrible actually. Now you know that in a bind cue tips can be used as paintbrushes as long as you don't mind the quality of the paint joib to look like it was painted by a 5 year old.
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I have used my 10 inch chef knife to cut model parts up for conversions. Another time I lost a set of tracks for rhino. I found some of them but none for the bottom so I melted down some used sprue to the right thickness and then trimmed it to be tracks. I figure no one is going to see the bottom tracks anyway.


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I used a regular kitchen scissor to remove some of my first models from a sprue, and then a big-ass hobby knife to remove the artifacts.

It's a small wonder that they are as nice as they are
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I used my zippo once to try and melt the flash off a Bloodletter... It ended up looking like Nurlges rot

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I once used caulk to put a metal carnosaur together... filled the gaps nicely too, as it turned out.

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