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As I mentioned in my other thread, I just found a bunch of ASL stuff I bought in early 2000. At the time, I simply punched all of the counters out of the Paratrooper boxed set, and sorted them into bags.
In going back and looking at them, I noticed that there are a lot of sprue nubs on the center of each side (because I punched them rather than using an Xacto knife, or researching beforehand).
I have read several threads about clipping corners, but I haven't found anything that specifically discusses the best way to remove sprue nubs from the side of counters after they have already been punched.
Does anyone have any advice, or links they can point me to? My initial test attemps with an Xacto didn't really work as well as I had hoped.
A nail clipper is what I used on the old ASL counters.
This has come up a number of times including that grand thread on counter-clipping.
There doesn't seem to be a consensus on how to deal with the side-nubs. Different people mention different approaches, for example nail clippers, but no solution seems to really get the job done.
I tried sanding but that doesn't work at all. It ruins the counter.
I think a chief problem is that it's sort of not 100% solvable. The side nubs are small areas that are not initially punched by the die. So, that part of the edge is not curved over like the rest of the edge of the counter. So, no matter how closely one shaves the side nub down, it still looks like there is a nub.
This is different from nubs on the corners because in rounding (clipping) the corners, the problem area is removed altogether.
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Very good scissors work well too.
I have found that a steady hand and a razor blade work very well.
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Convex nail clippers.
Left side of image.