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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-19, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, I'm planning on taking the blades (bayonett?) off my Necron Warriors Gauss Flayers.



It's mostly an aesthetic thing (plus to me having a blade on a gun doesn't seem very futuristic)



What I'd like to know is, what's the best way to go about getting a smooth finish to make it seemless as if the thing was never there? I want to get rid of the blade and the circular part smoothed down so that's gone too.



Am I better using a file or sandpaper? I've seen people mention both for bigger stuff but this is so small that I'm not sure which is best or if theres a better way.



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For the quick version, you can probably just use the very same tools you need to get the miniature parts from the sprue. Clip the blade off and then fix the details with a good knife. If you want sandpaper or a file, you're going to need particularly fine and seriously fine-grained tools - In this case, I'd recommed a file because you're aiming for flat surfaces.

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A really good sharp hobby knife is the best way to get a smooth finish (and dissected finger tip if you're not careful). File or sand paper can leave a textured finish. Clip it off as close as possible to the body of the weapon, then shave down where the join was.

I know good quality hobby tools can be damn expensive if you buy from the likes of GW, but very good alternatives are available at a hardware store for a fraction of the price. They are well worth the investment, and will last you years.
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For removing some parts of plastic model hobby knife/ scalpel should be sufficient. For extra smooth surface I sometimes use steel wool with fine gradient. Cheap and easy to use, only drawback is that steel particles will be everywhere.
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