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hunter48820
Fireman

USA
6105 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2009 :  9:54:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,
It's been awhile since I have done any modeling. I'm interested to know what you are using these days for body filler for models. Do they still have a shinkage problem when it dries?

Any tips or thoughts of any kind regarding this area of modeling??

Thanks in advance!

Look out for #1, but don't step in #2!

Andy Keeney
Dewitt, MI

kay4pacific
Fireman

USA
4765 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2009 :  10:13:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Andy, I use MMD white putty that i get from Squadron. It works well for me. I'm sure other modelers here have some other products they also use.
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hunter48820
Fireman

USA
6105 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  01:06:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bill, and do you get any shrinkage as it dries?


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Andy Keeney
Dewitt, MI
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TrainClown
Fireman

Canada
1579 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  02:40:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use glazing putty that is sold for auto body work. Comes in a tube and is meant to fill little chips, scratches and dings after a car is primed and before it is painted. Needs no extra primer, sands real nice, no shrinkage, dries quick and you get a large tube for around $7.

Christopher [:-clown]

Clowning around with trains.

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northern6400
Fireman

Canada
3445 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  08:01:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use the glazzing putty as well. The putty I get comes in a tube. No shrinkage. Great stuff works on wood, plastic or metal.Great stuff. In the automotive body repair section of your store they also sell sand papers up to 2000 grit.

Chuck Faist
Burlington, Ontario
Enjoy yourself it is later than you think!
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k9wrangler
Fireman

USA
6700 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  09:12:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dittos on the Auto body glazing putty, same thing in texture and odor as the 'spensive stuff and about 4 times as much in a tube, mine is boxcar red instead of white like squadron's but it is great stuff, and one tube is a lifetime supply.
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hunter48820
Fireman

USA
6105 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  10:18:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great guys!! Thank you much. I'll be visiting my auto supply store very soon!![:-eyebrows]


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Andy Keeney
Dewitt, MI
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George D
Moderator

USA
11302 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  11:20:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is Bondo glazing putty, or something different?

George
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jatravia
Fireman

USA
2687 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  11:35:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How does the glazing putty work with plastic? I a filler one time that would melt styrene and cause it to deform.

Joe <><
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mabloodhound
Fireman

USA
5584 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  2:33:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bondo is NOT glazing putty!
The putty is actually a thick type of paint used in auto work to fill minor nicks and scratches prior to the final painting/primer.

Dave Mason
D&G RR (Dunstead & Granford) in On30
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”~Benjamin Franklin
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AVRR-PA
Fireman

USA
4942 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  2:39:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit AVRR-PA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Some of the aircraft and armor modelers use thick CA as a filler on styrene models. I've only read about it - haven't tried it. They point out that it's important to start sanding as soon as it has reacted - don't wait for it to get rock hard.

FWIW,

Don
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Neil M
Fireman

Australia
2287 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  3:43:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use Milli-put, a two part epoxy filler for making general repairs. It comes in two sticks that are mixed and then you have about half and hour to use it before it goes off. I've never had it shrink, crack or attack plastic and it comes in Normal and Superfine blends for if you need a smoother finish.

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia
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Peterpools
Engineer

USA
12335 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  6:17:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Andy
I've been using Squadron green and white putty filler for about 30 years. It's most likely the standard filter for plastic modeling. Following the rules, it's almost bullet proof. Yes it does shrink.
1. Apply a light coat filling in the seam completely and let dry for 24 HOURS! Sand with wet and dry sandpaper 320 then 400 and lastly 600 grit. Now do it all over again and sometimes I will thin out the putty with a little bit of Testors Liquid Cement. Now lightly prime and be your toughest judge: can you see any trace of a seam; if so, one more redo.
Peter
BCT
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hunter48820
Fireman

USA
6105 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2009 :  08:22:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all your thoughts on this. Very helpful!!

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Andy Keeney
Dewitt, MI
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jatravia
Fireman

USA
2687 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2009 :  11:44:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So do any of these products have an adverse affect on plastic?

Joe <><
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k9wrangler
Fireman

USA
6700 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2009 :  11:46:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jatravia

So do any of these products have an adverse affect on plastic?

Joe <><

In order for them to work they have a solvent base that if over applied might in fact soften surrounding plastic, but care in their use should not be cause of any adversity. Ventilation and fresh air as with any chemical product is of course a wise move.
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