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Making vacuum formed plastic parts for your models using an ordinary vacuum cleaner and a vacuum molding box which you build yourself.
AERO MODELLER #696 Jan 1994 (v.59) pg. 24

Tip on making plastic canopies and cowls from plastic drink bottles and a simple wooden plug (mold) over which to form the heated plastic.
AERO MODELLER #700 May 1994 (v.59) pg. 5

Ten tips for fantastic plastic models.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1990 (v.80#11) pg. 46

Reinforcing vacuum-formed kits with spray urethane foam.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1989 (v.7#3) pg. 30

Preparing plastic parts. Ten hints to make parts fit.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1989 (v.7#3) pg. 48

Tip on applying and sanding putty inside plastic model openings.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1989 (v.7#3) pg. 76

Reinforcing vacuum-formed model control surfaces at hinge lines.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1989 (v.7#4) pg. 75

Casting model parts in dental acrylic resin.
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1989 (v.7#6) pg. 56

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 1. Glues, fillers, and eliminating seams.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1989 (v.7#7) pg. 42

Building a simple vacuum-forming machine. Uses a shop vacuum to form heated sheet styrene over simple patterns.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1990 (v.8#1) pg. 54
Added Info FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1990 (v.8#3) pg. 80

Scratchbuilding a 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina amphibian airplane using unusual techniques. This article focuses on plastic molding and conversion techniques useful in producing parts for any scratchbuilt project.
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1990 (v.8#6) pg. 50

Scribing recessed panel lines on plastic models. A detailed look at the tools and techniques.
FINESCALE MODELER Dec 1991 (v.9#8) pg. 30

The art of stretching sprue. One of the first and most important plastic model detailing techniques to learn.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1992 (v.10#4) pg. 28

Woodcarving 101. Making solid wood airplane models and/or masters for molding plastic models.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1992 (v.10#5) pg. 50

How to build vacuum-formed aircraft models. Part 1. Selecting a kit and cutting out the parts. (A Temco TT-1 Pinto kit is used in the example.)
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1992 (v.10#7) pg. 35

How to build vacuum-formed models. Part 2. Preparing for assembly. Sanding the parts is the most critical operation in building vacuum-formed models.
FINESCALE MODELER Dec 1992 (v.10#8) pg. 42

How to build vacuum-formed models. Part 3. Assembling vacuum-formed parts with gap-filling super glue.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1993 (v.11#1) pg. 36

How to build vacuum-formed models. Part 4. Tackling a bigger project. Building DB Models' RB-57F conversion for the 1/72 scale injection-molded Testor/Italeri B-57B Canberra.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1993 (v.11#2) pg. 46

How to build vacuum-formed models. Part 5. Final assembly, paint and decals (Temco TT-1 Pinto).
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1993 (v.11#3) pg. 70

How to build vacuum-formed models. Part 6. Final assembly, paint and decals (B-57 Canberra).
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1993 (v.11#5) pg. 32

Advanced molding and casting techniques. Making RTV and fiberglass molds to produce a cast-resin and white-metal 1/96-scale of the Australian Collins-class submarine.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1994 (v.12#4) pg. 50

Two casting tips. (1) Using "Mold Builder" liquid latex rubber to make molds and cast simple parts. (2) Spin-casting to force resin to penetrate all parts of the mold.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1994 (v.12#4) pg. 76

Tip on an easy way to open up intake openings (air scoops) on plastic models.
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1994 (v.12#6) pg. 72

Tip on sanding and polishing plastic models in hard-to-reach places.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1994 (v.12#7) pg. 79

Reinforcing a vacuum-formed model with expanding foam.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1995 (v.13#2) pg. 48

Tip on simulating gear teeth.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1995 (v.13#3) pg. 108

Tip on tightening stretched-sprue strands used as aircraft and ship rigging.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1995 (v.13#3) pg. 110

Tip on locating flaws in a filled seam before painting.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1995 (v.13#6) pg. 66c

Tip on making hair-fine antenna wires from stretched sprue.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1996 (v.14#1) pg. 72

Mold making and casting at home. How to make RTV (room-temperature vulcanizing) rubber molds and use them to form polyurethane resin castings. Step-by-step instructions.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1997 (v.15#3) pg. 74

Filler putty. A user test of materials for filling and smoothing joints and seams on plastic models. Includes instructions on using gap-filling super glue.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1998 (v.16#1) pg. 32
Added Info FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1998 (v.16#3) pg. 99
Added Info FINESCALE MODELER May 1998 (v.16#5) pg. 66

Making an inexpensive vacuum-forming machine to form parts from sheet styrene using an ordinary kitchen oven and vacuum cleaner.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1998 (v.16#3) pg. 76

The truth about vacuforms. Advice on building a vacuform kit. Tips on tools, spare parts, kit selection, etc.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL May 1990 (v.2#4) pg. 11

Alignment jig (for plastic aircraft models) facilitates the assembly and squaring up of major components (wings, tail, etc.) prior to gluing them permanently in place.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL May 1990 (v.2#4) pg. 19

Hints and tips on seam and joint filling.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL May 1992 (v.4#4) pg. 24

Modeling materials. Part 1. Filling open access panels and doors on plastic models.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov 1992 (v.5#1) pg. 10

Building Horizon Hobbies' vinyl kits. Some tips.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jan 1994 (v.6#2) pg. 22

Building a cast resin model. Tips on sanding, fitting, flash removal, adhesives, etc.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1996 (v.8#2) pg. 19

Tip on cutting out rounded vacuform parts without breaking off the point of your knife.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1996 (v.8#2) pg. 40

Tip on returning a creased or dented vacuformed plastic part to original shape using a pan of hot water.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1997 (v.9#2) pg. 34

Tip on using a paint pen to determine if plastic model seams are correctly filled in.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1997 (v.9#3) pg. 39

Advice for the beginning plastic modeller on attention to detail. Looks at importance of cleaning up parts, careful use of glue, and paint drying time.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1997 (v.9#3) pg. 61

Tip on using a white glue as putty and gap filler on plastic models.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.10#1) pg. 41

Rivets. Tip on both removing and adding rivet details when modeling aircraft and armor.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.10#1) pg. 42

Tips on fitting, sanding, and filling seams in plastic models.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1998 (v.10#6) pg. 58

Abrasives used in plastic model making. Looks at files, emery boards, sandpaper, polishing sticks and polishing compounds.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1999 (v.11#3) pg. 25

How to do basic bodywork on plastic automobile models. Tips on removing unwanted plastic and using putty to fill depressions and reshape panels.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1999 (v.11#3) pg. 38

Five-step process for increasing the strength of plastic parts when converting lightweight model airplanes to control-line scale models.
MODEL AVIATION Oct 1994 (v.20#10) pg. 107

Tips on repairing a cracked or broken model helicopter's plastic canopy using fiberglass cloth and baking soda combined with cyanoacrylate.
MODEL AVIATION Apr 1996 (v.22#4) pg. 88

Simple jig keeps the plastic hull of a model boat from warping during construction.
MODEL BOATS #527 Jan 1995 (v.45) pg. 48

Making multiple reproductions of model parts by casting whitemetal or resin in rubber molds.
MODEL RAILWAYS [2] Sep 1993 (v.10#9) pg. 21

Tip on forming louvre shapes in plasticard.

Tip on making your own vacuum formed plastic fairings for model aircraft.

Model building with Correx (corrugated plastic sheeting) often used by printers in signboards.

Tip on using drinking straws to add rounded edges to models built using "Correx" (corrugated plastic sheeting).
RADIO CONTROL MODELS & ELECTRONICS Dec 1994 (v.37#12) pg. 78

Folding 3mm rigid PVC sheet after softening with a heat gun. Includes a tip on making a channel-shape for mounting servos.