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My last MOC purchase in a while...

Postby tigerham » Wed May 02, 2018 12:31 am

Hi all, I thought I would do something special for my last MOC purchase for a while as concentrating on other things.

I got this ESB Power Droid in the hope I could make it right. When I received it the residue/sticker paper was a lot tougher than I had thought but I persisted and slowly but surely it came away. Result.

Then I decided to make a custom flattening press out of MDF pieces I had left from the cabinet with a cut-out the right size for the bubble just so it holds the edge of the bubble down. I did the same for one piece of flat smooth white card to protect the card against the MDF. And now it's good night MOC for a week or two and I'll check the result. :)

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Re: My last purchase in a while...

Postby apack7229 » Wed May 02, 2018 1:01 am

Great looking moc. :) I can’t wait to see how well it comes out.
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Re: My last purchase in a while...

Postby tigerham » Wed May 02, 2018 1:08 am

apack7229 wrote:Great looking moc. :) I can’t wait to see how well it comes out.


Thank you apack. I was pleasantly surprised at how mint and clear the bubble was too. Will keep you updated.

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Postby Cazza » Wed May 02, 2018 7:18 am

Really good idea! I always use towers of books, which work, but are awkward and pretty precarious. Gotta love a PD on ESB card. The colours work really well. Same with the DSD.

Looking forward to seeing the results 8)
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Re: My last purchase in a while...

Postby Pomse2001 » Wed May 02, 2018 7:29 am

good luck, can't wait to see how it looks next week :wink:

I use heavy books on moc when I have bend moc :lol:

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Re: My last purchase in a while...

Postby subzero » Wed May 02, 2018 7:40 am

Interesting stuff, looking forward to seeing how effective it is.

I'm not sure if this can damage the card & colours or not but what about introducing a little moisture to it as well?, iv'e heard giving comic books a little moisture with the steam from an iron can help make it supple again to bring it back to shape while it's being pressed, it's supposed to restructure the paper again, I just don't know if it's good enough for a MOC though.
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Re: My last purchase in a while...

Postby tigerham » Wed May 02, 2018 8:05 am

subzero wrote:Interesting stuff, looking forward to seeing how effective it is.

I'm not sure if this can damage the card & colours or not but what about introducing a little moisture to it as well?, iv'e heard giving comic books a little moisture with the steam from an iron can help make it supple again to bring it back to shape while it's being pressed, it's supposed to restructure the paper again, I just don't know if it's good enough for a MOC though.


Thank you guys.

Yes, I was definitely thinking about steaming the card to a degree but then thought about the bubble. It might have an affect on the glue and therefore may cause some lifting. Otherwise it would have been ideal to press it back to it's original shape.

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Re: My last purchase in a while...

Postby tigerham » Wed May 02, 2018 8:06 am

Cazza wrote:Really good idea! I always use towers of books, which work, but are awkward and pretty precarious. Gotta love a PD on ESB card. The colours work really well. Same with the DSD.

Looking forward to seeing the results 8)


Thanks Cazza. Yes, I think so too. Always like the PD's colours and design. Really stands out.

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Re: My last MOC purchase in a while...

Postby pizzathehutt » Wed May 02, 2018 8:45 am

great job on the sticker removal

looking forward to seeing the flattening result
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Re: My last MOC purchase in a while...

Postby tigerham » Wed May 02, 2018 8:56 am

pizzathehutt wrote:great job on the sticker removal

looking forward to seeing the flattening result


Thank you my friend. I'm not sure how much it will flatten but I will see after a week. Otherwise I will have to think of something else. Ideally, as Richard mentioned, I would want to add a little moisture to the card to help it return to it's original state but I just don't want to chance any damage to the glue on the bubble.

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Re: My last MOC purchase in a while...

Postby pizzathehutt » Wed May 02, 2018 9:02 am

tigerham wrote:
pizzathehutt wrote:great job on the sticker removal

looking forward to seeing the flattening result


Thank you my friend. I'm not sure how much it will flatten but I will see after a week. Otherwise I will have to think of something else. Ideally, as Richard mentioned, I would want to add a little moisture to the card to help it return to it's original state but I just don't want to chance any damage to the glue on the bubble.


its a great looking card! I love the purple glow to it and a nice clear bubble is a bonus

I tried doing a smiliar thing with a steely dan record that was warped, I stuck it between 2 book flat atlas's and piled up yellow pages on top, I left it for a month and it did makes things better but obviously not 100% but that's vinyl and not cardboard.

I reckon you will have some success with this though.
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Re: My last MOC purchase in a while...

Postby tigerham » Wed May 02, 2018 9:11 am

pizzathehutt wrote:its a great looking card! I love the purple glow to it and a nice clear bubble is a bonus

I tried doing a smiliar thing with a steely dan record that was warped, I stuck it between 2 book flat atlas's and piled up yellow pages on top, I left it for a month and it did makes things better but obviously not 100% but that's vinyl and not cardboard.

I reckon you will have some success with this though.


Thank you for that information. There's hope still. :) I may have to leave it for a month then just to be sure.

Yes, it's always been one of my favourite designs because of the colouring. One I wanted to get last time round I was collecting but never got round to it so getting this one and being the last one in a while was something special for sure. Will keep you updated, thanks again.

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Re: My last MOC purchase in a while...

Postby poncho » Wed May 02, 2018 9:47 am

:shock:

great stuff!

look forward to the result

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Re: My last purchase in a while...

Postby subzero » Wed May 02, 2018 10:33 am

tigerham wrote:
subzero wrote:Interesting stuff, looking forward to seeing how effective it is.

I'm not sure if this can damage the card & colours or not but what about introducing a little moisture to it as well?, iv'e heard giving comic books a little moisture with the steam from an iron can help make it supple again to bring it back to shape while it's being pressed, it's supposed to restructure the paper again, I just don't know if it's good enough for a MOC though.


Thank you guys.

Yes, I was definitely thinking about steaming the card to a degree but then thought about the bubble. It might have an affect on the glue and therefore may cause some lifting. Otherwise it would have been ideal to press it back to it's original shape.


Yeah that's the only problem is the risk to the bubble with the glue, maybe even if the pressing method don't work you could always just stick it in a GW case which will straighten it out, and over time after so many years it just may end up flat again. I have one with a badly curled up card but while in the case you'd never know it was curled.
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Re: My last MOC purchase in a while...

Postby edd_jedi » Wed May 02, 2018 11:46 am

Good effort so far. Obviously try this at your own risk but I have had good success using steam to flatten cards. Hold it above a boiling kettle for a few seconds until it goes slightly floppy, and then immediately put it under some weight until it dries. I have significantly flattened 3 MOCs using this technique.


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