I am thinking it may. I'm finding that as you heat up some flatten or twist as well. I am using a 100 watt Weller soldering iron to bend mine and seems to work. There is a point that they go from hard to soft and no time in between. I also think they will be easier to paint in place as a unit when assembled.Yes sir mgovey, I shall watch your progress with much interest as my next build will be the Billings WASA 490 (Purchased 2020). I think this kit is from 2007 but not real sure.
I have the plastic figures as well and will need to heat them up a little to bend them to position. I was wanting to paint them first while still on the molding frame but do not think this possible as heating and bending would probably destroy the paint work??
The worse part is this ship was mainly put together in the early 90s when I was younger and very little was available on this ship that I am now fighting with some of the mistakes I made in my youth lol.She looks fantastic! I appreciate how well you have executed the bulwarks - this is a shortcoming for my rendition.