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Hey guys just wondering
1)Does plastic glue melt the plastic and how do they actually stick the plastic figures together??
2)Can ou use other types of glues on sticking plastic together and why when I use super glue (uhu) it doesnt melt the plastic together??
Yes plastic glue does melt the plastic together, and I don't know how it does it. Probably some sort of polymer based infusion. *shrugs* Anyways, super-glue does not because it's merely an adhesive. Like tape. It just makes it stick together. But, if you want to make sure you can still take your models apart and modify them, I'd use magnets. You can buy powerful earth magnets from most hobby stores. Hope this helps!
Polycement has something weird in it that physically melts the two bits of plastic together so it's more likely to break on the rest of the model than it is on the joint itself Superglue is just very strong glue and it doesn't really work with plastic very well because you can just break it off very easily and they have a tendency to just come apart whenever. I suggest getting some very powerful magnets - I use these: http://www.amazon.com/Magcraft-NSN05...0671295&sr=8-5 - and then you will be able to take them apart and reposition them as you want. It works especially well with vehicles when you want to switch the weapons around.
I use magnets on larger models where I want to change their wargear. With the normal troops, I use plastic cement because of the stronger bond. I used to use superglue-but it's very brittle and many of the models built using super glue have fallen apart. Now superglue is only used to attach metal to metal or metal to plastic.
My dad used to make plastic glue by using old plastic and thinners. It was darned good glue too. But I imagine plastic glue has something similar to thinners in it to make it melt the plastic.
GW plastic glue is made from Methyl ethyl ketone, a common plastic cement found in use for plumbers. You can buy 500ml pots for about $20. You do the math.
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Do you use magnets for all of your models, even the normal foot soldiers? Does that not take ages? Also, do you join every joint, because then wouldn't you just end up using loads of money?
mr.darkness, a mod is about to jump on you for resurrecting an old thread which should have been in Modelling, not Supplements anyway. Back on topic, I personally dont magnetise anything. I prefer to get another model and build it to include whatever changes I want. Saves time, I dont have to worry where all the spare option are, and I build up a larger overall army.
Jager bombs. Very efficient at wiping out friend or foe.
If it's something like a tank with multiple options, I'll magnetise it. Otherwise I do a praxis and just make a new model (or even just proxy it). One of my regular opponents magnetised the arms on his CSM Lord but they have a habit of slipping down and looking silly.
The MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) in the GW glue is a solvent, not adhesive. It is a fairly aggressive solvent and as such is able to emulsify the plastic to a very small degree before it evaporates and the plastic hardens again.
But there is also adhesive in it... which helps to set the bond as well.
The solvent in super glue is acetone (finger nail polish remover), far less aggressive than the MEK. Any MEK based model glue should have the same effect on your plastic models.
The old Testors model glue is a good example, it was hot enough to melt pieces together.
MEK is nasty stuff, and not something you want to get on your skin or breathe the vapor in any quantity.