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Vacuum Former idea

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  • Vacuum Former idea

    This little guy looks just the ticket for some projects.

    see https://www.mayku.me/

    A bit pricey at $690 but interesting concept.
    Stop messing about - just get a Sub-driver!

  • #2
    I think I picked up a little vac former from MicroMark for something like $80, but I can't remember. Their site looks like it's down right now or I'd check. The platform was only something like 6"x6", but more than adequate for what I use it for...

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    • #3
      I made my own, mostly from material I had around the shop.

      https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...Vacuum-forming

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      • #4
        Like all model making techniques, vacuforming has its applications. The trick is to employ the correct technique for the job. Here are some jobs where vacuforming or heat-forming was the right choice:

        A job I did for IBM. It was on display at the air and space museum (Smithsonian) for about a year.















        Improving the Trumpeter 1/144 KILO kits with a well for the messenger buoy





        David




        "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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        • #5
          I enhanced the Williams 1/12 KAIRYU kit with this vacuformed deadlight 'funnel', and hatch well.













          And some SF stuff just form me.









          David
          "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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          • #6
            Can we expect enough mechanical resistance with this technic to realise a missile deck (about 1 meter lengt) and a sail of a submarine?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bourdonnais View Post
              Can we expect enough mechanical resistance with this technic to realise a missile deck (about 1 meter lengt) and a sail of a submarine?
              Ah . what?

              David
              "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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              • #8
                I think he is asking if vacuum forming will be tough enough for a 3 foot long missile deck with sail for a model submarine.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Subculture View Post
                  I think he is asking if vacuum forming will be tough enough for a 3 foot long missile deck with sail for a model submarine.
                  Yes indeed, sry for my english

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bourdonnais View Post

                    Yes indeed, sry for my english
                    Now I understand you. And thanks to the Boss-man for clearing that up.

                    To answer: Entire hulls have been vacuformed from polystyrene and ABS and have been found to be most suitable as hull and sub-structure elements. A (now defunct) French outfit once offered a big vacuformed TYPHOON. And the classic 32nd Parallel, 1/32 Type-23 kit was mostly vacuformed, as was the old SubTech 1/60 ALBACORE and 1/32(?) MARLIN. I've had practical experience with the last three and found the structures to be sound. Good stuff.





                    Once, I even made the entire structure of the TOS ENTERPRISE from vacuformed pieces:








                    As to your missile deck: Sure. Why not?


                    David
                    Last edited by He Who Shall Not Be Named; 08-22-2018, 03:20 PM.
                    "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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