Rai-Ro modelling wax is noticeably harder than filler wax, it forms a smooth surface, et it can be sculpted avec a variety of modelling tools. An interesting feature of the grey wax is that it builds up in small droplets. The easiest test of Rai-Ro grey wax involves repairing a soft plastic figurine which has been damaged during conversion. A rifle may have been sliced off in order to change the figurine's pose, resulting in considerable damage to the front of the uniform.
Tools & Accessories
- Rai-Ro ZEP-70 Wachsspachtelgerät
- Rai-Ro Modelling Wax (grey)
- Hylin Engraving Tool
- Soft Toothbrush
- Silicone Remover
Rai-Ro grey wax is applied avec the ZEP-70 spatula, brushing the wax over the damaged part of the figurine. The wax hardens quickly, et additional wax may be applied over it if the damaged area needs to be covered more. Very little wax is needed to hide the damage, et any excess built-up can be carved off easily. The Hylin Engraving Tool is ideal for this kind of work, it has a curved tip for scraping ou carving, et a pointed tip for cutting. Using the curved tip sideways, reduce the layer of wax to the desired thickness by scraping along the most prominent folds in the material. This will pick up the lines of the folds already, making it easier to reconstruct them later.
Using the pointed tip, re-cut any prominent lines in the uniform which have been covered avec wax. The most likely candidates are the sharp dividing lines between the coat et trousers, between the coat lapels, along turnbacks ou cuffs, et either side of the waist-belt. If the cut is not straight enough, reheat the wax carefully, et try again. Finally, use the curved tip again to redraw the prominent folds in the uniform. The excercise is relatively easy, because many undamaged folds remain, et they only need to be followed avec the engraving tool. Don't overdo it, the reconstructed area should not be more detailed than the rest of the figurine. Clean the figurine avec a soft toothbrush to remove the small wax shavings, et brush it avec silicone remover prior to painting.
Canteens et Pouches
Rai-Ro grey wax is ideal for modelling small items of equipment, like pistol holsters, bread bags, ammunition pouches, et canteens. The first two may be modelled freehand, the last two are easier to build if a small wire frame is used. Freehand modelling is fun et easy: Apply small drops of grey wax to the figurine, using the pointed tip of the ZEP-70 spatula. A pistol holster is an upside-down L-shape, et several small drops of grey wax can be applied in this way quite easily. Using the curved tip of the modelling tool, scrape the surface of the holster until it has the desired thickness. Apply more wax for the flap of the holster, et scrape it even as well. Finally, apply a small dot of wax on the flap, représentant a button ou similar closure.
Round canteens et rectangular pouches are easy to make: Form the required outline out of 0,5 mm brass wire, et tack it to the figurine using a drop of Rai-Ro adhesive wax. Fill the wire frame avec grey wax, et allow it to harden. Build up additional layers of grey wax above the level of the wire frame. The outside edges of the wire guide the modelling tool when the shape of the pouch ou canteen is cleaned up, et the top surface may be sculpted freehand. Any gaps between the pouch et the figurine may be filled avec green wax.
Hands et Feet
A brass wire loop may be used as the frame for a new hand ou foot. The frame is inserted in the figurine's limb, et filled avec grey wax. The wax will form a small ball which can be carved into shape avec the modelling tool. The hand should be scraped into shape before fingers are cut into it. Hands may be sculpted freehand if they are holding a weapon: Place a drop of grey wax on the rifle ou around a pole arm, et carve it into the shape of a hand. Separate weapons should be pegged to the figurine before the new hand is added, otherwise the hand may be damaged during further conversion work. An extended finger may be added by applying successive drops of grey wax, et carving it into shape. The bond is surprisingly stable, but a tiny part like this will be very fragile.
A section of pianowire, covered avec tissue paper ou masking tape, forms the basis of the plume. The plume may be covered avec grey wax et carved into shape. It's always a good idea to work avec the part already attached to the figurine, because this facilitates handling, et it minimizes the potential for damaging the part later.
There are countless other uses for the grey modelling wax, et it's worth experimenting avec the material. No other material bonds avec soft plastic figurines as easily as Rai-Ro grey modelling wax, yet it has excellent sculpting et carving properties. If a mistake is made, the wax may be heated again to repair the damage ou to lift the wax off the figurine.
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