Flattening chemically-warped plastic
I picked up a few hopper cars (Bowser 100T types) from a hobby shop's "consignment" shelf. While I definitely need the car type for my operations, the problem with these cars is that a previous owner used some kind of chemical to glue in the otherwise press-fit weight retainers. (Probably Testor's cement. Heck, I used to use that stuff for everything myself! SPARINGLY, in my case; not so much with these hoppers...)
Anyways, does anybody have any tips for flattening these things out? I've tried using hot water, with minimal success. Am I doing something wrong? Did the cement just do enough of a number that it's pretty much irrepairable?
Or, would I be better off trying to get some replacement parts from Bowser? FWIW, these (as well as some others that I picked up used and already assembled) are also missing the inside braces. Anybody have any luck getting parts like these from Bowser?
\ Fuzzy /
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