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Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby harvs73 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:21 pm

A good example of why I both love and hate Photo Etch items. The panel on the left is the kit part with two layers of the Eduard PE, looks great doesn't it?

The part on the right is the frame on the back of the pilots seat, how the hell are you supposed to make a neat bend of those two inner pieces? I can bend them with a pair of flat end pliers I have for PE but they are not THAT wide and it won't be a good bend.
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby hughb » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:38 pm

Maybe with some bent nose tweezers you'll be able to get in there, with the angled end of the tweezers running parallel with the bend line.
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby RODH2 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:54 pm

People see the I.P. but they won't see the seat backs......life is short, enjoy!!
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby twr75 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:00 pm

Try 2 steel rulers clamped either side of the etched part and a wide flat screwdriver to do the bending.

You may have to adjust the rulers to allow for the thickness of the material.
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby PeterRogers » Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:21 pm

I would first anneal the part to soften it. Not too hot or you can actually burn a hole in it over a gas stove. I would use a pair of broad tweezers but they must have a good flat face, pointed ones wont work. Dont try to do it in one go, Bend it up on one side a little bit then the opposite end. Keep the etch on a flat surface as much as possible.I use a small piece of stainless steel sheet to work on. If the bent etch is not straight , use the tweezers and squeeze!. Because you have softened it it is much easier to bend/flatten and looses its 'springiness" to a great degree.
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby admin » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:17 am

I ended up working out how to do it with my PE 'little bug' tool. I will post images tonight of the seat and other PE bending I have been doing for the 1/48 Lancaster I just started.
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby bell209 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:19 pm

I resisted buying one of those PE bending tools for years but caved recently. Now I don't know how I did without it.
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby _BlackHawk_ » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:08 pm

You need a hold and fold or something.
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby Peter Roberts » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:02 am

Apart from a PE Bending tool (which is indispensible) you could lay the PE fret on a flat surface, lay a knife blade over the area you DONT want to fold (with the back to the fold), then use a handle mounted curved blade to work your way along the fold carefully lifting the part you want to fold. Double sided tape, or Tamiya masking tape folded over on itself in a loop, can help here.
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Re: Why I both love and HATE Photo Etch items

Postby erussell » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:47 am

1/48 scale bending bars and claw hammer would have worked fine!

I had a similar piece which I fixed by scoring along the line until it was almost cut through, then cyano gluing the outside angle. There is a danger in this method that you will cut right through but you can just glue it back on.

Incidentally, you can't see it in the cockpit as RODH2 said!
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