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i heard from a friend of a friend that there was a better way to fill most gaps by taking shavings of plastic spru and adding super glue letting it sit over night in some sort of sealed container and then applying it by brush to the model
myth or real?
CA glue (super glue) hardens as it dries out so it wouldnt matter if you left it in a container over night or if you put it on right after you mixed it
that much i know for sure
but as far as going through the trouble of putting shavings in it.. it seems ridiculous
you can get some thicker liquid glues you can use as a filler or you use green stuff. not to mention depending on the gap, the CA glue you're using for putting the models together would usually work fine as a filler by itself
I could see it work with plastic shavings and plastic glue, as the glue would dissolve (for lack of a better term, not native english speaker, sorry) the shavings. I'm not sure it'll work, as you'd either need a very small container, or a lot of glue in order to prevent your filler drying out in the container. But if you let the glue work on the plastic shavings for a few minutes, it might work.
I used to glue little wedges of sprue into gaps and then trim them back with a knife.
If you could figure out a solvent that evaporates quickly and disolves spru plastic then you might be able to make a paste with shavings and a few drops of solvent. be careful though if you dont get the right volume of plastic to solvent you will just end up disolving your models and then you will think gee a 36" roll of green stuff is heaps cheaper than having to replace the regiment box set i just melted.
I think the important thing to remember is that the people who make glue, putty and fillers are mostly chemists and/or have a better idea about what happens when you add ab to xy.
Throwing caution aside try this link. Dude reccons EMA Plasweld is the business and will disolve the plastic chips.
It also seems to mentions it will soften the surface of greenstuff to remove prints, might be a miracle product with 1001 uses.
all of this just seems like way to many complicated steps for something you could do so much more simply
I've tried the whole poly cement and scrap sprue trick, and it never really worked all that well.
A much more effective way is to mix a few drops of superglue with a pile of unscented Talc to make a paste (try it out and adjust your ratios accordingly), then just work it in and wait a minute or two for it to harden. All the adhesion and hardness of Superglue, with bulk and volume from the talc. It files and carves wonderfully, and doesn't shrink as it dries. Great stuff.
I'm going to say no it won't work. And if it does, it won't work well.
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