Acrylic Parts Preparation Guide

Updated: 30-Sep-2008

Some acrylic parts are cut but left on holding tabs within the sheet, it is necessary to remove the parts and left over tabs before assembling acrylic kits.

The tabs and edges of the acrylic can be very sharp! Always wear eye and hand protection when preparing the acrylic.

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Number02 Removing parts from their holding sheet
Number02 Remove One Side of Protective Cover
Number02 Remove The Holding Tabs
Number02 Remaining Tab Filing
Number02 Final CLean Up
   
   
   
   
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Number02 Removing the Parts from their holding sheet

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Acrylic parts will come with a protective layer on both sides, this helps keep the acrylic surface free from scratches during machining and handling.

Remove each part from the sheet, by gently pushing the part through from the side which is furthest from the thickest part of the tab, or remove with a small pair of side cutters. Remember wear eye and hand protection!


Number02 Remove One Side of Protective Cover

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Remove one side of the protective cover closest to the holding tab.

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Here you can clearly see one of the remaining holding tab that needs removing.


Number02 Remove The Holding Tabs

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The quickest way to remove the bulk of the tab is to use a pair of side cutters, I suggest you don't use your best pair!

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Bulk of the tab removed with the side cutters.


Number02 Remaining tab Filing

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Finally remove the remaining portion of tab with a small file.

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Tab removed, repeat for all parts in the kit.


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Remove the remaining plastic cover sheet, and remove any sharp edges by lightly running a steel rule along the edges.

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Repeat these steps for all parts in the kit before assembly.