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Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member02 Jul 2016 4:25 p.m. PST

I know it's possible, and perhaps even recommended to use superglue to tack the treads, and/or other pieces in place, while the epoxy glue sets.

However, not sure I want to run out and buy superglue just for that, especially since every time I've used it lately, it just seems to go bad in the bottle after the first use.

The local Dollar Store sells mini tubes of the stuff, if I do need to go that route, which being so cheap, and conveniently located, might be worth considering. Anyone used their superglues?

Want to make sure the pieces stay in the proper position, and at the proper angle.

So, any other tips for holding the treads, and/or wheels in place, while assembling Minifigs Cold War armor?

Looking to get started on this project finally, since I've got some free time this weekend, and have been putting it off for far too long.

Need some APCs, IFVs, and Scout vehicles to make the games interesting, in addition to the tanks that are ready for battle.

John Armatys02 Jul 2016 4:32 p.m. PST

I've found that cheap (in the UK "pound shop") superglues are a bad buy.

I've not done any Minifigs armour, but my normal technique for resin and metal tank kits is to use thick superglue and then reinforce bigger joints (like tracks to hull) with Uhu.

Cold Steel02 Jul 2016 5:13 p.m. PST

Don't bother with the regular super glue, no matter the brand. I use super glue gel and glue the vehicles to bases with white glue and never had a problem.

steamingdave4703 Jul 2016 1:53 a.m. PST

I use exactly the same technique as Cold Steel. Never had a problem and my Matildas, Vickers, A13s etc have stood up to a fair amount of handling.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2016 4:58 a.m. PST

I use super glue (both thick and thin) with an accellerator. I applied the glue on one side, mate the pieces together, then spritz it with the spray accellerator. About 5 seconds later, voila…a strong bond.

Don't use too much of either or else the bond will not "kick".

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jul 2016 7:57 a.m. PST

I use Gorilla brand "thick" super glue. Never had it dry out.

Pythagoras03 Jul 2016 2:13 p.m. PST

I used to get the 4 regular size tubes for a dollar at the dollar tree. They work fine. I use it for everything. It seems they have ran out of them and only offer the 2 tubes for a dollar. The horror!

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member04 Jul 2016 3:47 p.m. PST

Thanks for the tips.

Will give them a try.

Don't intend to base the vehicles, which is why I want to use an epoxy for the treads.

Went to the Dollar Store, and they had 4 packs, 2 packs, and 2 packs with gel, so bought one pack each of the 1st and 3rd options, and will see how those work.

Probably gonna try the gel stuff first.

Can't go wrong with 25 cents to $1 USD I suspect, even if it doesn't work.

Beats $6 USD – $10 USD bottles of the stuff by a long shot, and I don't have to drive to the far off hobby shop to get it either.

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