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Tutorial: Melting GunPla Runner Pieces for Detailing!

Melting your gunpla runner pieces to add up more details to your gunpla is pretty simple and amazing! Follow the images below for your reference.

NOTE: PLACE THE FINISHED PRODUCT IN A SAFE PLACE TO KEEP CHILDREN FROM REACHING IT.

What you actually need for this tutorial is any plastic substance that would melt easily in plastic cement.

Of course your left over GunPla runner is there already to provide the first item for you, duh!


images above from YUTAKA



Here's the runner they used for this tutorial.


Place the cut pieces of the runner in a glass container.



Soak the pieces with plastic cement, and give it time to melt.



Once the plastics melts, the finish product should look like this


The glow effect is provided by a black light. 


TUTORIAL CREDITS TO YS_HONTEN

8 comments:

  1. This is useful. I was thinking of how to melt my runners to do other thing like small dot here and there for my kitbash.

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  2. once you have it melted, do you just shape it and it dries into a hard form? and can you use this to cast parts using diy molds?

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  3. What kind of plastic runner works? i happen to try using tamiya runner soaked in mr hobby cement for three days but its not melting at all..

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    1. i think you need something with more stronger acid, like a bit of hardware thinner?

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    2. No acid in hobby cement. You want plastic solvent.
      Hobby cement has a weak solvent, so that it only affects a small area and doesn't melt everything.
      Acetone is a great solvent for many plastics.
      Just don't mix plastic types. The runner will usually say what type.
      "ABS", "PS", "PE", "PP".
      Label any jars that you do this in so you know what type of plastic it is.
      Also wear rubber gloves and eye protection. Acentone is nasty stuff.

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  4. Would this work to repair a broken articulation?
    The dreaded shoulder of the RG Sazabi broke and wanted to glue the broken part in a fixed position, while the remaining parts keep their mobility?

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