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cloudcaptain17 Jul 2022 7:57 a.m. PST

1. Can you drop primed white metal minis back into your melting pot?

2. Do all the Prince August molds come with separate heads?


martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jul 2022 9:34 a.m. PST

You can drop your primed figures in no problem. Do make sure there is a LOT of ventilation though.

If you do this a lot it will make some "scum" on top of the melting pot. Needs scraping off with your ladle.

Good luck.


Kropotkin30317 Jul 2022 11:29 a.m. PST

There will be a scum that needs cleaning off and as Martin says there will be some strong smalls.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2022 11:48 a.m. PST

I used to throw painted soldiers into the melting pop. Just scape the slag off the top.

jsmcc9117 Jul 2022 5:10 p.m. PST

Sometimes you need to put a powder (trying to remember the name) the pot to clean all of the dirt and contamination out. It gathers at the surface and then you ladle it out.

Personal logo Steve Roper Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2022 7:32 p.m. PST

The powder is a fluxing agent. A commercial one that I use is Marvelux.

cloudcaptain17 Jul 2022 7:52 p.m. PST

Roger that guys…thank you! Anyone know about the Prince August molds all having separate heads?

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2022 8:13 p.m. PST

Their 25mm fantasy molds have integrated heads. No experience with their larger scale molds. Cheers!

Master Caster18 Jul 2022 5:01 a.m. PST

Sal amoniac in white crystals. Best stirred in with a carbon rod. Then unass the area as the fumes are intense. This helps burn out impurities and separates good metal trapped in the slag. And at today's alloy prices that's a huge money saver.
You can easily burn off paint, primer, clear coats and glues from figures in the melting pot.

cloudcaptain18 Jul 2022 7:07 a.m. PST

Thanks all…and Sgt Slag for the heads bit.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2022 7:28 p.m. PST

The fantasy molds are true 25mm. The Goblin Rider + Wolf, mold, is good for the wolf, but the riders are hard to get good castings from. I used Caesar 1/72 plastic Goblin Spearmen, cut from their bases -- perfect match, make great Light Wolf Cavalry. The heavy armored Orcs were my favorite mold. Cheers!

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2022 6:03 a.m. PST

The powder for cleaning your pot is called Stanogen Flux. A tiny little pinch will produce a lot of smoke, so use good ventilation.

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