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Arizona, United States
Joined: September 20, 2017
KitMaker: 274 posts
Historicus Forma: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 02:48 AM UTC
Hello gents,

I have been looking over tons of build threads and love the PE work y'all do. I can't wait to get my feet wet, but I have a question: What do you guys think is the most effective way to get rid of the premolded parts? For example, anchor chains. I see them cast into the plastic on almost every model and yet, they seem to disappear in the next picture. How do you guys get rid of them so cleanly?
Western Australia, Australia
Joined: May 05, 2006
KitMaker: 874 posts
Historicus Forma: 40 posts
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 05:52 AM UTC
I used to simply scrape them off with sharp blade and try and clean up as best as I could.

Lately however I am using a set of miniature hobby chisels I got from micro mark, which are superb for removing items from flat surfaces.

Their narrow profile also means they can often be used to get into tighter spaces than a knife blade, and with careful use can remove details with very minimal cleanup.
Curved surfaces need a bit more attention but they are still useful.
Arkansas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2009
KitMaker: 11,568 posts
Historicus Forma: 13 posts
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 06:52 PM UTC
I purchased a cheap, mini-grinder from Harbor Freight. I used it to sharpen flat-head screwdrivers. Cheap screwdrivers make great chisels.