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AICUSV12 Jun 2020 9:20 p.m. PST

I recently got involved with building up a couple of armies in 54mm using the Armies in Plastic figures. It started with my grandson wanting some toy soldiers and then der Alt Fritz posting about his efforts with his Sudan project. I decided to build a Red Force (The Red Isles) and a Blue Force (Blauerberg). Red is loosely based upon late 19th century British troops while Blauerberg is based on Germany around the same time.

After receiving the figures I noticed that AiP includes a standard bearer with their Highlanders, but no officer. While, their Line units have an officer but, no standard bearer. So with the help of a hobby knife I solved this.

I no longer can post images directly to this board, so I set this up. Her's hopin it works. link

AICUSV12 Jun 2020 9:26 p.m. PST

ok it worked, you do need to click on the image when it comes up to see it clearly.
I'm doing these as "Toy Soldiers", it surprised me that I was able to get the two half of the figures to stick together. What do you think?

phssthpok12 Jun 2020 10:12 p.m. PST

No it didn't work; came back: error 404

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 4:45 a.m. PST

Ditto. Error msg.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 5:58 a.m. PST

Same here – 404 error.

Jim

AICUSV13 Jun 2020 6:55 a.m. PST

Sorry it is working for me. I'll have to look into it.
Try this
link

paul liddle13 Jun 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

Great job!.
What did you do, did you cut them at the waist?.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 10:15 a.m. PST

Nice job!

AICUSV13 Jun 2020 11:06 a.m. PST

Glad to see it is now working. A least now I'll be able to share items again (my stuff always look better in photos).

I use a new blade in my hobby knife, cutting behind the sword's hilt and the hotter. Then taking shallow cuts at a time, I cut around the belt line. The cutting of this soft plastic is easy. Don't try and cut through the figure in one direction. Cut from the outside into the center of the piece. Move the knife around the circumference.

Someone may have a better method for affixing the pieces together. This type of plastic is ver difficult to bond too. I used "Grene Stuff" as to join the two body halves together.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 11:40 a.m. PST

Much better. Very nice.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 12:49 p.m. PST

thumbs up !

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 4:38 p.m. PST

I got a tip from the late, talented figure converter, Les White: throw your plastic figure into a pot of hot water (it doesn't have to be boiling) for a minute or two and then slice and dice. Be careful, though, with a sharp knife it will cut like butter.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 6:43 p.m. PST

I use a metal pin to put two parts together and use super glue. Sometimes I also use green stuff around the neck for a head swap.

AICUSV13 Jun 2020 7:15 p.m. PST

I've done test using super glue and found it wouldn't hold.
Nick – thanks will try that.

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2020 9:43 p.m. PST

Think some conversion people use a hot knife (wood burning tool) to weld the joint together.

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