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Ok, so I bought all these models and started putting them together. The plastic ones were cake - trim flash, glue with plastic cement, repeat. Works fine as long as I don't need to change anything (I've tried and it's not easy, that bond is darn strong).
But the metal models... I didn't have superglue, and didn't really think it would hold anyway, but I did have epoxy. Now I know that a normal person would search forums and read about how to assemble the models, but I am not a normal person - I have a bit of arrogance in me and rather than search for other's advice I just jumped right into it and glued everything together with epoxy. It wasn't exactly easy but it ended up working just fine with very little visible mess (not counting the mess on my desk, hands, jeans and the epoxy I got stuck in the hair on my left forearm).
Is it bad that I used 2-part epoxy and no pins? The models look good and they seem quite solid but I don't want them falling apart on me. Note that I didn't glue on any arms yet. What actually prompted the question is my search on the forum to figure out what to use to glue plastic arms to a metal figure so that they can be removed in the future if I want to change weapons. Also, epoxy doesn't stick to plastic very well.
(I used Loctite 5 min set epoxy, and Loctite 6 min set Gel epoxy when that ran out)
super glue is fast, doesn't melt plastic, bonds plastic to metal well but is brittle enough to cleanly seperate peaces latter.
with time (couple of years or so) the bonds will weaken but its only seconds to repair.
as you will find epoxy never dies and the metal is more likely to break unless its a particulaly chunky mod.
so i vote cyanoacrylale it even comes in differing consistancys at my local rc model shop.
ps, use the stuff in a bottle less accidents.
Usually when putting together separate pieces of metal I would recommend pinning the models first. This adds durability to the joints and will lessen the likelyhood of a piece snapping off.
As for the 2 part epoxy - nothing wrong with it. As long as it says it works with metal you should be fine. Usually a superglue or other adhesive (I use Zap-a-gap) works a bit easier as you are not mixing anything.
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I've been using to part epoxy since I started this hobby, its really very strong and my early models after 4 years now seem fine.
Its annoying it takes so long to dry but its worth it for the end result.
I agree to epoxy will hold together really well. It just that its a bit hard to work with, dry long and you have to mix it, it also smell. Not that fun if you have to hold your miniature in your hand in 10 min or so...
So far I've been able to prop it up or clamp it, so the drying time isn't a problem as long as I don't need the piece together immediately.
I always thought epoxy had only a very slight smell, certainly not as bad as superglue.
But... I did finally get some superglue for the plastic-to-metal attachments since epoxy doesn't stick to plastic very well and that seems to be working well too.
Stupid question, but when you mention epoxy, do you mean greenstuff or epoxy resin?
I've put metal models together with unpinned greenstuff, when i've run out of superglue, all i do is add a tiny amount of the plastic cement to it, which melts it slightly and then let it set, and the joints are really firm, and at the same time, with a bit of force, able to break the joints and replace the bits.
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Greenstuff and plastic cement, that's not a bad idea. I'll try that sometime.
As for my original question, I meant the two-part (resin/hardener) epoxy that comes in syringe-like tubes and you can buy in any hardware store. It seems to work well and with the 5-6 minute set time you have enough time to work and only have to wait about 30 minutes to 1 hour before you can safely move the model and glue the next piece.