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Queen Catherine30 Jan 2017 1:40 p.m. PST

Wondering what glue I can use for repairs and/or head swaps, weapon swaps, etc.

I specifically have Armies in Plastic figs, but I assume one soft plastic is similar to another?


SaltyDog30 Jan 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

Catherine, Soft plastic is a very difficult substance to glue together. Having said that, I have achieved success using either super glue gel or Araldite (a two part epoxy adhesive) But, the parts must be pinned for maximum strength. I have used this on AiP and other brands of soft plastic figures with no failures (so far!)
On another note, have you looked at the Yahoo group "LittleWars"? A good bunch of blokes who will make you feel most welcome and are most helpful. And its all about the One True Scale – 54 mm.

Who asked this joker30 Jan 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

Generally, these are all Polyethylene plastic. I use Lokktie all plastic glue. It works well on soft plastic figures. This stuff here. link

Cyrus the Great30 Jan 2017 2:42 p.m. PST

I always used Borden's contact cement, but any brand would do. I never had a glued piece come unglued.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

Poly-Zap from the makers of Zap-a-Gap!

rmaker30 Jan 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

Wallpaper border adhesive. Kind o white glue on steroids. Among the intended uses is mounting vinyl border on vinyl wallpaper, so works well on plastics.

DColtman30 Jan 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

Pinned with cyanoacrylate superglue – Loctite markets an accelerant/primer that helps bond soft plastic using superglue (Wot "Who asked this joker" said).

Rubber Suit Theatre Inactive Member30 Jan 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

A lot of the old school hobby books from the '70s recommended using a low output soldering iron to weld them together. And pinning. Always pinning.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 9:34 p.m. PST

I have had success with contact cement. Put some on each piece that you plan to put together; let dry for 10 minutes, and then attach.

The glue dries on each piece and it sticks to itself when you put the pieces together. This will work for thin pieces like swords and weapons that you cannot pin. For large pieces definitely pinning is important.

I did some conversions to airfix ancient Britain's in the 1970s and they still are together.

Martin Rapier31 Jan 2017 6:46 a.m. PST

Contact adhesive, two part epoxy work or super strength UHU all OK. On occasion, I use blu tak covered in superglue, and have even resorted to staples for some things (tank tracks).

For my AIP stuff, I pin all conversions and also pin the cavalrymen to their mounts.

The absolute worst plastic to stick is the soft greasy stuff that some HaT offerings are moulded in.

Occasionally I find that my pyrogravure (a low powered soldering iron for plastic I have from many decades ago) is the only answer, but it is very easy to make a horrible mess.

Queen Catherine31 Jan 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

Thanks. I couple of these should be locally available.

UHU [super strength]
Borden's Contact Cement [Put some on each piece that you plan to put together; let dry for 10 minutes, and then attach]
Wallpaper border adhesive

We've some Gorilla Glue super-glue gel around, I could try a quick experiment, also.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2017 5:28 a.m. PST

And once joined, don't forget to coat the soft plastic figures in thinned PVA glue to make them less squishy!, it also reinforces the bonding and acts a little like a filler for small cracks.

Queen Catherine05 Feb 2017 5:17 p.m. PST

good idea!

Yes, I've been working on my initial learning with the big soft plastic dudes. So far it's going well.

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