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At Reapercon, I realized that a lot of people aren't aware of this trick, so I thought I'd share it here.


When assembling a bones mini, you can get a perfectly seamless fit that has no need for gap filling.  The way you do this is to boil some water, and stick the end of one of the pieces in.  Then press it into the other one while it is still hot.


I discovered this while assembling a Cinder where warping made it so that the wings and arms couldn't go on the mini at all.  After boiling, they fit on perfectly- and there was no need to pull out green stuff.  In one instance, this worked as a "dry fit" and in another, I dried the still warm end and glued them together while still warm.


I've only done this a few times now, so I'd love to hear what other people's experiences are.  But I'm really excited to never gap fill a bones mini again.

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This is also my technique, but using a hair dryer on a high setting -- for both dry fit and gluing.  I heat the pieces, then quickly put the CA glue on the tab and hold it tight into the slot until it cools and binds.  I then wipe away any excess,


This method sets faster than gluing at room temperature, and almost always makes a seamless bind.  The only issue is that CA glue makes more fumes when put on a heated piece.

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38 minutes ago, Hyjynx said:

After tearing my hair out trying to remove the little fuzzy bits left after trying to clean the mold seams,  do you think boiling it or hitting it with a hot hairdryer could melt or minimize those?

Probably not? 

I've noticed with a hot air supply you can make beads of what I assume are plasticizer appear on the surface of Bones (big assumption just from what I've gleaned from other's attempts to leech plasticizer from Bones material). That may change the properties enough to make mold line removal behave differently. I can't say that it would behave better, but it might make it do different things. That's with a heat gun though, I don't know if a hair dryer would get hot enough?

Honestly though, mold line cleanup has been easier from the second Kickstarter on-wards. The mold line issues I had with the initial Bones offerings are almost non-existent with the last Kickstarter.

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32 minutes ago, Hyjynx said:

After tearing my hair out trying to remove the little fuzzy bits left after trying to clean the mold seams,  do you think boiling it or hitting it with a hot hairdryer could melt or minimize those?


Not really.  Try a stiff-bristled toothbrush to scrub them off.  Sharp-pointed tweezers also help in getting stragglers.

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22 hours ago, Hyjynx said:

After tearing my hair out trying to remove the little fuzzy bits left after trying to clean the mold seams,  do you think boiling it or hitting it with a hot hairdryer could melt or minimize those?


Use a fresh xacto knife. I was getting those too, until I switched blades. Then you'll get a clean cut. 

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