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I have a Skaledale Double Engine Shed (R8637) which has a deformity. At the front and rear there is a slender column between the two arches and on mine these "legs" are not vertical as they should be. They have a slight lean to one side but quite a noticeable bend inwards.ie rather than being on the same plane as the front/rear of the building they bend in towards the interior of the shed.

Does anyone have any ideas regarding bending this resin material. I was thinking of using some heat to soften it ( boiling water perhaps?) just enough to bend it a little. I'm a bit reluctant to do anything too rash in case I b***er it up.

Anyone have any ideas.

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Glenn.
 

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we have several (ie lots) of this range.......are the slender pillars just leaning the wrong way, or ar they in fact 'bent' as in 'curved?'
If the former, careful cutting with a razor saw or disc, then glueing back together with a bit of filler material to fill the wedge-shaped cut will surfice......superglue does work well.

This is a common thing I have noticed with Scaledale....I wonder if in fact it is a ''deliberate'' policy on the part of Hornby, to create 'ready-built' structires that more closely resemble the humble efforts they feel most of us modellers achieve if we scratch build structures?
 

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Bent as in curved. I definately don't want to cut anything, if I can't bend it into position I'll just leave it the way it is. I'm not sure what Hornby's policy is but if I want a dodgy looking structure I'll build one from scratch.
 

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QUOTE (Dadd @ 1 Apr 2007, 08:46) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Bent as in curved. I definately don't want to cut anything, if I can't bend it into position I'll just leave it the way it is. I'm not sure what Hornby's policy is but if I want a dodgy looking structure I'll build one from scratch.

I don't think the resin material is the sort to respond to heat......not in that way, anyroad.

[sorry about the rubbish spelling too]

as I said, perhaps Hornby had the idea of saving us all our precious time by flogging us ready-dodgy structures?

do we REALLY need 'perfect?'
 

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Skaledale is resin cast it's quite difficult to cut, and I get the impression on thin sections such as those you describe relatively brittle. If you cut the section out using a Dremel or similar and a cut off wheel I'm certain you can straighten the section up and then reattach using a two part epoxy style glue, Devcon do one in Tubes which is very handy for small quantities.
 

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QUOTE This is a common thing I have noticed with Scaledale....I wonder if in fact it is a ''deliberate'' policy on the part of Hornby, to create 'ready-built' structires that more closely resemble the humble efforts they feel most of us modellers achieve if we scratch build structures?

I wondered that too. Maybe it's to give it that "cottage industry" look.
 

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Why not get a replacement. Let Hornby know as well, as they'll be only too pleased to sort it out, if their past record is anything to go by.
 

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Well it took me ages to get around to it but I fixed the problem by streaming some boiling water over the distorted parts which softened the resin allowing me to easily manipulate the "legs" back to their proper position. When it cools down the resin once again goes quite hard.
Thanks to everyone who replied - I didn't want to return the item because as usual I couldn't find my receipt and the supplier is a three hour trip away.
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QUOTE (Dadd @ 1 May 2007, 07:16) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Well it took me ages to get around to it but I fixed the problem by streaming some boiling water over the distorted parts which softened the resin allowing me to easily manipulate the "legs" back to their proper position. When it cools down the resin once again goes quite hard.
Thanks to everyone who replied - I didn't want to return the item because as usual I couldn't find my receipt and the supplier is a three hour trip away.
Glenn

thank you for the tip, Glenn.....as usual it takes one brave soul to 'suck it & see?'

so there we have it....hot water softens Scaledale resin.

Now I wonder if I can straighten the deliberately wonky window in our station building?

what about a hot air paint stripper?

or would that be a case of 'station building' one minute, and 'platelayer's hut' the next?
 

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QUOTE (alastairq @ 1 May 2007, 13:58) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>straighten the deliberately wonky window in our station building?

what about a hot air paint stripper?

or would that be a case of 'station building' one minute, and 'platelayer's hut' the next?

Or quite possibly a resin puddle!!

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John
 
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