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How to make recessed verniers


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Some of you (hopefully) noticed that I recently got the book VF Modeling Manual. In there, they give a description on how to do a recessed vernier for your 1/72 kit. As I am building an old Imai Gerwalk now, and trying to pep it up a bit, here's what I did to make the vernier.

Start by getting yourself some 5 mm plastic pipe. I'm using Tamiya. No special reason for it being clear, that's just what the hobby shop happened to have in stock.


Next, take the part you want, and drill a 5 mm hole (obviously, on the Hasegawa kits, just remove the original casted vernier area.


Cut a small piece of the rod. I did around 4 mm long. Then, smooth out the rough edge.



Now, here is where I'm deviating from the Modeling Manual plans, since I've got some extra parts from Jasmine Models lovely VF-1 PE set. I'm using the round pieces in the lower left. Glue the round piece onto one end of the short tube.



Draw a mark on the tube for how far you want to insert it into your kit. You only want to go 2 mm or so. Put it, and glue it.


Once the glue has set, trim off the excess, and sand it flat.


Put on the top piece, and you're finished! (actually, wait to do this until you've primed and painted. much easier to get the inside black with no cover)


Now, if you don't have the PE set, use a small disk of plaplate (5 mm, natch), and a small strip over the top of it. You'll also want to get a circle scribing template (probably around 6 mm) to go around the outside of the hole.

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Working with this, I've noticed a change to the plans. If you're putting these in place while the part is still in half, hold off on putting on the inner disk until after the pipe has been trimmed, puttied, and sanded. Easier to get all the dust junk out if it's an open tube.

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I don't think these are verniers, but I could be wrong.

Anyway nice little tutorial!

vernier/burner, there's been a discussion about which is the proper translation.

So far, things have been working out pretty well. I'm confident enough to try this out on my next VF-1 kit when I get to it.

To be nitpicking, the vernier inside cup should be a round shape :p

Just kiddind. for 1/72, that's very good detail.

I know. My original thought was to drill out the area, put a little lump of epoxy putty on the inside, then form it into a cone shape with a wooden stick. Could probably work that way, but I'll let someone else experiment with that!

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Where the heck can I get a copy of that book? I am very intersted.



I put the ISBN at the start of my review. Take that in to your local bookstore, and see if they can order you a copy.

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