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I have quite a few metal models, and I cant get them glued together to save my life. Ive tried cheap metal glue, GW glue, super glue, Ive even gone as far as trying Gorilla glue, but none of them seem to work. Ive even consider welding the parts together.
Any advice on how to get them together?
always pin you bits before glueing, it makes them stay together heaps better, I know it's a tiering and boring procces but it'n a neccecity when it comes to metal minis.
Ok, thanks. But how would I go about doing that?
Super glue should work well enough for small pieces.. You need to make sure the two surfaces fit together very well though, and put a tiny bit of GS in the joint to hold it while the glue dries. Make sure you wash metal pieces in warm soapy water and rince them well before gluing them together, because the lube from the mould can definitely stop paint sticking well and potentially mess with glue as well. Try not to handle them too much and wash your hands before working on them too, because grease from your fingers can do the same thing.
To pin models, you need thin wire. This can be pins, actual wire, paper clips, whatever you have. Then you need a small hand drill. You want to drill a hole into one piece in the middle of the joint, then stick the pin in and superglue it in place. Then you need to drill a hole in the other joint in the same place and at the same angle, it helps to put a bit of paint on the end of the pin once its in the first piece then push them together to work as a guide of where you drill. Then put the two pieces together with superglue, making sure you get glue on the pin so it sticks in place too. Very hard to break. Stil the pin in the first piece before cutting it down to size as well, makes it easier to work with and harder to lose. And do a few dry runs on the secone piece after it is drilled, you may need to drill it deeper or cut a bit off the end of the pin to make them fit together properly. There are guides all over the place and on the GW website with pictures, do a bit of a search.
um.......yeah, what stewart said
well for metal minis i use loctite glue, a bit expensive but does the trick for most pesky heavy parts, check the label closly to get the multi purpose one.....don't drop some on the carpet or your pants .. IT BURNS fabric in seconds
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Alright, thanks guys.
Last edited by Malacoda; December 17th, 2008 at 23:57.
JB Kwik. For those parts that just need to stay on, no matter what, this stuff is awesome.
Use it carefully, though - I'm not really sure if they'll ever come apart again!
for general purpose work, pinning and superglue is still the gold standard. You can usually find a pinvise and bits at any good hobby shop, and there's loads of options available online if you can't find one locally. (Here's a nice one from Micro-Mark) Actually, this is one of the few times where the GW version probably isn't a bad option, either.
I have found out that besides the super glue or whatever glue was proposed here GS works wonders in binding pieces together... I know it's a little pricey but you will never be disappointed!
Also one time in a model that gave me the headache I tried all three methods... pinning, glueing and GS...
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Masking tape is really good for holding big metal bits together while the glue dries.
Even super glue takes a little while to dry and form a hard bond.
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