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Let me start by saying that I'm always a fan of a bargain and that secondly, I found one on ebay.
I've recently started collecting a WoC army and found someone selling a job lot of models at a price I couldn't refuse. The problem I now have is that; firstly, the models that are painted haven't been painted very well and the second problem I have is that they have all been completely constructed/glued....badly (at wierd angles or more so, impossible to paint angles).
So, my questions are:
1) What's best to use for stripping paint from plastic minatures?
2) Is there a way of removing appendiges (arms, horses, shields, etc.) without simply cutting them off then and then attempting repair? Can plastic modelling glue be un-done in some way to avoid having to resculpt/poorly re-attatch?
I've used a product called Purple Power that both strips away paint and weakens glue so you can take models apart. Let them soak for 2 days or more and you're golden.
It's an industrial de-greaser so wear gloves. Here it is for reference
Do you think it would be safe to say that any industrial degreaser/cleaner would do a similar job or would most be too harsh?
Simple Green, Castrol Super Clean, Purple Power, Pinesol, etc. should all work.
Plastic modeling glue welds the two pieces of plastic together. Cutting would be required.
I'm a big fan of simple green, though it can take a few days to strip paint off, and generally won't take off some primers.
For breaking arms... Are you sure it was plastic glue? Super glue can just be frozen to made brittle, and then broken apart. Plastic glue, on the other hand, you'll have to take a saw to.
I used alchohol but now i swear by detol.It leaves nothing if you submerge them for a week and scrub them.It doesnt harm plastics too.I got a tactical marine squad out of ebay myself and i cleaned them and repainted them.
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Yes - a soak for a day or two in a simple green (I have even used Windex) along with a quick scrub with an old toothbrush cleans plastic models extremely well.
And, as the honorable Orkbert mentions, try slipping a hobby knife between the joints to see if you can snap it off. It really depends on the glue used. If they used super glue or almost any other glue (besides actual styrene plastic glue) you can usually pop it right off.
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I find Detol and a lot of other heavy duty cleaners work well, and either weakens most glues that are used or straight dissolves the glue and makes limbs and what not fall off. That said everyone else seems to be saying the same thing, the only bit of advice I'll add, which is kind of obvious, is that if you want to strip the models in a sink don't forget to make sure all the models + bits and peices are out of the sink before pulling the plug.