So, they are the same steel we all know and love, only X-Acto decided to coat them with zirconium nitride. I suspect this is similar to the coatings on some of our favorite drill bits and end mills (among other cutting tools for metals and other materials), and the coating increases the hardness of the cutting edge extending service life to some extent. We shall see...Such robust looking models!! They will endure the eventual paper kerfuffle.
By the way, What are coated X-Acto blades?
Hang in there, keep doing what you can! Sometimes you just have to improvise on tools with alternate techniques. When I was growing up, I used to make my precious few No. 11 blades last for just about forever... I cut everything with those... No punches, nothing. I did occasionally wrap the paper around pencils and markers though, as I didn't have ratchets or drill bits... Sometimes the art it much more satisfying when you get it done with fewer tools, because you overcame that and got it done regardless.Glad to see you back sudsy, hope we see more of your models more often. i stopped doing papercraft too (stupid depression and other bad stuff) i wanted to continue doing my papercrafts. but when you lack not having the proper tools to do other good stuff (like that puncher, the roller and some good quality blades you have) it really makes you to stop sadly for me getting those tools is really hard
I do not beleve ther is much to prevent bending as glue adds moisture go the card. Clear coat spray helped reduce it to some extent prior to cutting. To solve that issue on that photo, I put the part under some weight like a stack of books, binders, or clamp as it dried.@Sudsy nice updates but the photos where uploaded in reverse i'm seeing the final part rather than the beginning but above all that nice work and nice painting. only have one question is there a way to avoid to certain parts to bend when you put glue on them? take for example the 3 photo on the post #25
Step 1. When you print the template, use clear flat or satin finish spray paint/coating. Then cut and build.