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Archer Weld beads over a joint?
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California, United States
Member Since: October 08, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 07:39 AM UTC
Heya, Folks,

Has anyone used the Archer Weld Beads? My question is: if I lay them over two joined pieces (which are supposed to have a weld bead running down the middle), do I need to putty over that joint first or do I not have to bother with that step? Not that the gap would be huge, but I am wondering, since they are applied like decals, if the weld bead would conform to the seam/joint line?

Hope this makes sense, apologies if it doesn't!

Regards and Aloha,

Johnny B.
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 08:21 AM UTC
I haven't used the weld beads but I do use Archer stuff on almost all my models. I have found that they do take up detail well and with care can be snugged up to any detail like a vision port. A little bit of micro-sol or any decal softener can help a great deal. I hope this helps a bit.

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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 11:16 AM UTC
For real looking welds I've used evergreen round stock on the area and soaked it with liquid{not tube} solvent then pressed repetedly to make a weld look. Reapply solvent as needed and rework to suit. Sand any high spots and your good...it does take time, but I like the effect.