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Sirbon

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Hi All
I have recently known that Sanger has released the Short Sunderland in 1/48, a vacuum form moulding.
Does anybody know anything about this kit?
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use this link:

Images for Short Sunderland in 1/48, a vacuum form ...


each picture you click on in the image page will appear in the center of the page. to the right there will be a button that is labeled, "view page"
if you click on that button, it takes you to the page where the picture came from. I find LOTS of info that way. takes a while but it is usually worth it.
best wishes!


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pinterest pg. of scale models/dioramas:
http://www.pinterest.com/intrstinpintrst/awesome-scale-models/


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Thank you Ted
Very helpful
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Another "flying boat" !! Looks VERY IMPRESSIVE but in this stage I wouldn't dare "tackling" such a project  ... what  I mean in fact  is, and please excuse my ignorance ...what's "vacuum form molding"  [biggrin] ?  As I said before ...I'm "reentering the modeling" scene and come from "an age" where we used "baking powder as a substitute for snow ... [wink] !
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Another "flying boat" !! Looks VERY IMPRESSIVE but in this stage I wouldn't dare "tackling" such a project  ... what  I mean in fact  is, and please excuse my ignorance ...what's "vacuum form molding"  [biggrin] ?  As I said before ...I'm "reentering the modeling" scene and come from "an age" where we used "baking powder as a substitute for snow ... [wink] !


No such thing as ignorance here--just things to learn. this hobby has so much info and diverse techniques, its almost impossible that any one person would know everything. I returned after 40+ years and I felt like I had been under a giant rock.

1. here is a link to vacuform images: vacuform images - Google Search
2. on occasion,a builder needs a part that is not available in a kit, or a part that was lost or      broken.sometimes they want "extra's" of a part. the technique is to come up with a "blank" of the part. it may be carved wood or metal, etc. one example that I saw years ago was a wooden replica of an airplane canopy. the "blank" [original] is placed on a platen [board with lots of holes drilled in it--like pegboard?]. your plastic sheet is placed between two flat frames and clamped tightly. the plastic can be heated with a heat gun [like used for removing old wall paper or paint]. I have seen a toaster used as the heater. once the plastic is soft enough to "droop", it is placed over the blank and platen. under the platen is usually a shop vac that sucks the plastic down tightly over the blank, creating a "replica" of the blank
in styrene, but only one side. if you need a two side object, you have to have a blank of the opposite side. once the plastic cools it hardens in the shape of the blank. the frame is opened and you take the vacuformed part out, trim the unneeded edges of the styrene away, sand it smooth, and use the part.

some individuals have made a business out of complete vacuform kits although it is often limited as to the number of parts. individuals may also vacuform individual parts that kit manufacturers and  aftermarket companies have no interest in producing. the vacuform "system" can be bought or self built. the raw materials are small, and the type of blanks are only limited to the builders ability to create them effectively. much of vacuform work has been replaced by resin molds which can produce 3D objects with high detail. here now and expected to replace both methods is 3D printing. relatively expensive now, as it gains popularity and quantity of sales increase, the price should come down. besides, home use 3D printers have started to become affordable for some individuals.

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pinterest pg. of scale models/dioramas:
http://www.pinterest.com/intrstinpintrst/awesome-scale-models/


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