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Prof Pate28 Jul 2018 4:38 p.m. PST

Help please with

Best glue for separate arms, fixing heads etc

Is there a 'stiffener' to slow down finish through flexing/handling.


Rich Bliss28 Jul 2018 7:25 p.m. PST

For gluing soft plastic, I usually use a cyanoacrylate gel, but always pin for maximum strength. I don't know of any effective stiffener, but a good flexible primer is a must. I use Liquitex gesso

alan L29 Jul 2018 12:10 a.m. PST

Indeed, always pin.

I have seen a suggestion to use Krylon plastic paint as a primer as ir is flexible, but have yet to use it myself. I probably wii give it a try as I have a lot if Caesar modrrn figures to paint up.

Dexter Ward29 Jul 2018 1:58 a.m. PST

artists acrylic paint straight from the tube makes a great primer for soft plastics -stays flexible and forms a good base for paint

Pauls Bods29 Jul 2018 7:14 a.m. PST

IŽll second what Dexter wrote.
As for attaching heads..drill and pin. Same for arms. cyanoacrylate gel or PVA to fill any gaps.

PaulRPetri29 Jul 2018 5:35 p.m. PST

I use Loctite gel super glue for most soft plastic attaching projects. However for mounting cavalry figures I discovered that DAP Kwik Seal Kitchen & Bath Adhesive caulk works miricales. A glob on the saddle then press figure on let sit 24 hours and he is stuck for life. I aslo attach shields with this stuff. Finally I have used Krylon plastic spray primer in the past it was horrible. I now use Rust-Oleum ultra cover paint primer. Hope this helps.

davbenbak30 Jul 2018 5:37 a.m. PST

A second for Loctite Gel. It gives you a little time and wiggle room to get things just right. I've never gone to the trouble on pinning. I also prime with spray on gesso. I'll have to give the DAP Kwik seal a try.

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

Buy metal.

Prince Lupus08 Aug 2018 11:14 a.m. PST

And two coats of varnish to hold it all together

Tyler32609 Aug 2018 4:26 a.m. PST

Tried plastics but toooooo much work fiddling with the heads
arms , etc. Can always make more $$$ but can't get back the awful amount of time to put them together. I second GROSSMAN… sticking with metal.

Prof Pate11 Aug 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

I have manufactured metals and understand that argument, but the quality of metal available does not match (in 1/72 scale) the finish of the better (eg Zevezda) plastics.

So maybe back to the commissioning plan.
Maybe a material compromise.

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