I use two different fillers: "Squadron Green" (US product) and my own
filler, made by putting plastic sprue shavings into MEK (plastic solvent) in
a (glass) typists whiteout bottle. I can vary the thickness of the filler
over time by adding more plastic shavings or MEK.
I do the 'white styrene leftover bits into Testors Cement' trick
myself, but find the resulting 'putty' to be very 'stretchy', leaving
long strings of styrene as I scoop it up and apply to the desired
surface. Also need to let it set for a few days before
carving/sanding. Do you fellows have the same problem?
It takes a couple of days to get the styrene fully dissolved in the MEK so
it will take several days to get the MEK out. The system does work well tho
for filing cracks and so forth.
The Green Squadron Putty tho does dry out a bit faster and most use it. The
stuff is done for the plastic model airplane/car/other stuff like tanks
modelers and they buy a lot of it.
Yeppie, Bush is such an idiot that He usually outwits
everybody else. How dumb!
Yeah, I've learned to let my home-brew filler sit for a few days before
attempting sanding (after a few PITA attempts to sand when it looked
dry). I use this for corners or edges where I will need a sharp,
square edge (since the filler is, in fact, styrene, and so holds it's
edge after it dries out).
I use Squadron Putty (the white putty, which is supposed to be ground
even finer than Squadron green - I am still not convinced, but local
hobby shops only sell the White Putty) for many things: kit freight
cars, buildings, detail parts always seem to need a bit of filler even
if assembled perfectly square (usually to fill molding imperfections,
or cover up for a bit too aggressive carving/sanding session on my
part). I rarely get a good solid edge here, so it's mostly to fill
voids or depressions where it can be sanded smooth to the level of the
surrounding material and provide a nice, flat surface.
MEK also evaporates very quickly with all the advantages and disadvantages
that entails - I'm used to using it. It was considered to be extremely
dangerous 20 years ago as it is absorbed through the skin, but I understand
it's now considered less dangerous but care should be taken with this and
all and any solvents. ie use only in well ventilated places, avoid contact
with the skin and avoid naked flames and don't smoke!
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