We used Rai-Ro green wax to fill the hairline gap between the bonnet et fighting compartment of this automitrailleuse Lanchester. Minor inclusions in armour plates et stowage boxes were filled as well. The fillings can be seen as black lines et green patches. Notice that the wax has not spilled out of the filled crack on the bonnet, it can be painted without further sanding ou modelling. The green patches on the stowage boxes need to be scraped avec a modelling tool to remove excess wax, et the waxed areas are then brushed avec silicone remover to prepare them for painting.
Tools & Accessories
- Rai-Ro ZEP-70 Wachsspachtelgerät
- Rai-Ro Filler Wax (green)
- Hylin Engraving Tool
- Soft Toothbrush
- Silicone Remover
A small bar of green filler wax is supplied avec the ZEP-70, enough to get started filling small cracks in plastic ou metal miniatures. The process is surprisingly easy. Dip the heated spatula into the wax to pick up a small amount of filler wax. Draw the curved tip of the spatula along the crack in the model and notice how the wax flows into it. Capillary action pulls the liquid wax into the seems. Metal models tend to be relatively cold, et the wax may harden near the surface of the crack. If this happens, draw the spatula over the crack once ou twice to ensure that the molten wax flows into it nicely.
Filler wax works like magic, it beats regular fillers by a long shot. Chances are, you will never want to use another filler again:
- Filler wax is quick et easy to apply, it flows directly into the crack without covering adjacent areas. Regular fillers need to be worked into cracks carefully, to ensure that no air pockets are left.
- Filler wax hardens immediately. Regular fillers can take many hours to harden before they may be sculpted et sanded again.
- Filler wax does not shrink. Regular fillers shrink et crack as they dry, especially if large holes et cracks are filled.
- Capillary action confines the liquid wax to the crack being filled. Excess wax forms a semi-round dam above the crack, et this built-up may be scraped off easily avec a modelling tool. Regular fillers are often smeared over other parts of the model, covering ou dissolving the detail there.
- Filler wax may be sanded avec de toison abrasive which does not destroy surface detail surrounding the filled area. Regular fillers form a needlessly hard surface, et they require vigorous sanding. Loss of important surface detail is standard operating procedure, et modélistes spend an enormous amount of time reconstructing the damaged areas.
- Filler wax is not hot enough to destroy surface detail. Regular fillers may contain solvents which attack plastic surfaces, causing serious damage.
At the time of writing, Rai-Ro green wax is the fastest et most effective filler for hairline cracks, small gaps et holes in scale models.
Pour plus d'informations, veuillez contacter les éditeurs de la revue Military Miniatures Magazine au Miniatures Forum.