Sunday, October 8, 2017

Video tutorial: How to make weld seams on scale models

As part of my current Sci-Fi scratch build, I've built some hydraulic arms. I wanted these to look suitably industrial and rough, and sloppy raised weld seams were part of that look. So I've documented how I made these raised welding lines, and made a video showing you guys how to do them.

As always, what I love about this process is that it is easy and cheap. Easy and cheap = win/win!

All it requires is some materials which you will already have in your modelling toolbox, and a little patience. It's not a fiddly process like scratch building seat belts, it's ridiculously easy, just slightly time-consuming. And the results speak for themselves:

How to make raised weld seams on scale models
Not bad for some scrap styrene and stretched sprue, eh?

So if you have a tank kit where a manufacturer has left off obvious weld seams, get stuck in and make them yourself! The level of realism that these will add makes it totally worthwhile.

Video is embedded below, but in case it doesn't work here is the link:
How to make weld seams on scale models



P.S. A big thanks to Paul Griffiths for providing the reference pic I used in the video :)

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