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    how do you glue the pewter parts?

    I have these chaos flamers and horrors and i have tried couple types of glue-liquid and gel and the arms keep falling off of the small socket. I am thinking playing with them armless till someone complains. Is there a really good glue to get them together? i really hate pewter...


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    First off, I feel your pain. Metal models are not my favorite thing either.

    As to your problem, here are a few solutions:

    1) I use Krazy Glue. Works like a charm.

    2) Less is more. The more glue you put on them, ironically, the LESS likely they are to stay put.

    3) Some glue accelerator agents work well, though I've never tried them myself, and can't vouch for them. Many come in a spray bottle. Spray the surface, apply glue, and stick. Bonded in seconds.

    4) Reinforce. How good are you with green stuff? You might find that filling gaps after gluing will help keep the model together.

    5) Scoring. Using a file, gently scrape along both parts where they are supposed to meet. The rough surfaces this creates will help the pieces "grab" each other.

    6) Pinning, pinning, pinning. Probably the best advice of all. Pick up a pin vise (that little hand-held mini-drill you've probably seen on sale at your local hobby store. Ask around if you don't know what I'm talking about), some sharp wire cutters, and some brass rod in different diameters or a bunch of old paper clips straightened out. Drill holes in both model parts, making sure the holes line up. Next, clip some rod/paper clip into little tiny stems, then put one into both holes as you glue the parts together. The pin will hold the metal parts together nicely. I can't recommend this technique enough. Works like a charm.
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    Krazy Glue is what I've been using for metals lately. It works well. When I'm out of it, regular hobby glue for plastics (I use HobbyTown USA brand) with accelerator works pretty well.

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    two part 5-minute epoxy. All you need to do is mix with a toothpick, or something to that effect, wait about 3.5 minutes, apply, wait until it dries, and it'll stay there FOREVER! No coming aart in 10 years like super glue, no glueing your fingers together either.
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    What I do might seem extreme but it works great and tends to kill two birds with one stone. No matter what glue you use on a metal model you are most likely going to have to use green stuff to fill the gaps.

    The trick is glue sticks to the green stuff better than it does to the metal. I say put the glue in the spots where you would put it if you were going to glue normally. Then put some green stuff on one of the pieces you are going to glue. Then smush the now glued green stuff between the two pieces and carve off the excess stuff with some kind of tool that will work.

    With this method you fill gaps and solve your glueing problem at the same time. Just don;t use to big a gob of green stuff. All you need is enough to fill your gap and the initial models glued surface. It works great. Thats my two cents.

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    Pinning and a good adhesive have worked for me, after years of frustration particularly with multi part metal models.

    I use Araldite Rapid, its a two part resin adhesive- you mix the resin with the hardener, wait for a minute or so, apply to the mini and after a couple of minutes its good to go. An hour after application its stuck tight.

    Also I found patience helps- if the piece has got more than 2 parts do it in stages, wait until the first bits are stuck solid and then do the rest.
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    what is this "green stuff"? are you talking about the stuff for terrain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaselai View Post
    what is this "green stuff"? are you talking about the stuff for terrain?
    It's GW's name for the modelling putty that they sell. It comes in two parts which you mix together, then you can sculpt things in it and it hardens off after a few hours.

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    Plastic glue with zip kicker usually works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canew View Post
    3) Some glue accelerator agents work well, though I've never tried them myself, and can't vouch for them. Many come in a spray bottle. Spray the surface, apply glue, and stick. Bonded in seconds.

    5) Scoring. Using a file, gently scrape along both parts where they are supposed to meet. The rough surfaces this creates will help the pieces "grab" each other.

    6) Pinning, pinning, pinning. Probably the best advice of all. Pick up a pin vise (that little hand-held mini-drill you've probably seen on sale at your local hobby store. Ask around if you don't know what I'm talking about), some sharp wire cutters, and some brass rod in different diameters or a bunch of old paper clips straightened out. Drill holes in both model parts, making sure the holes line up. Next, clip some rod/paper clip into little tiny stems, then put one into both holes as you glue the parts together. The pin will hold the metal parts together nicely. I can't recommend this technique enough. Works like a charm.
    I picked up some generic super glue accelerator from a local hobby shop and it works magically. The bond is a little more brittle, but it sets instantly. I don't really recommend it for metals, but plastics are quite nice for it.

    Scoring works every time, as will a pin drill.


    Quote Originally Posted by spacemarinejunkie View Post
    What I do might seem extreme but it works great and tends to kill two birds with one stone. No matter what glue you use on a metal model you are most likely going to have to use green stuff to fill the gaps.

    The trick is glue sticks to the green stuff better than it does to the metal. I say put the glue in the spots where you would put it if you were going to glue normally. Then put some green stuff on one of the pieces you are going to glue. Then smush the now glued green stuff between the two pieces and carve off the excess stuff with some kind of tool that will work.

    With this method you fill gaps and solve your glueing problem at the same time. Just don;t use to big a gob of green stuff. All you need is enough to fill your gap and the initial models glued surface. It works great. Thats my two cents.
    I'd have to say this is probably my favorite method. I usually will combine this with pinning just to make sure that the parts I want to stay together are going to stay together. I built a biker with this method and if I were inclined could throw this thing across the room and it'd hold together.

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