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I realize this is the painting forum, but the only other section I could think to put this in would be the conversion section, and this forum seems to be much more the general modeling and painting section.
So basically, when a model breaks, specifically on a spot that is normally one pieces (i.e, a hand holding a sword breaks off from the arm), how do you repair it in the hopes it'll be a lasting repair? Generally, it's likely to break again once it's broken once, so I was wondering if anyone had some good ideas on how to create a nice strong bond again.
I've tried just super glue (not a very good fix) and then a green stuff + superglue fix (seems to work fairly well). Anyone else tried any other things? Specifically, I'm talking about plastic models, although I suppose fixes for metal models could also work (although in my experience, metal models just generally break at the points where they were glued, so they can be reglued into place).
drill a hole in each end and pin it with a paperclip or other rigid rod. Then use superglue. That should hold it in place.
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Plastic models will always break. I find models breaking where they weren't glued more often then the spots where they were glued. Just keep care of your models. Buy a case, or use a ton of newspaper and dont be throwing the shoebox around. And tips for using a shoebox, either use 2 boxes: 1 for plastics, and 1 for metals or put a piece of cardboard inbetween. If you're constantly breaking the same model...then you're not taking very good care of the model. If you do take care and a model does break, then glue it and dont worry about it breaking again.
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Use plastic glue for repairs on a plastic model, not superglue.
Plastic glue will actually melt the surfaces together and make a bond as strong as the orginal plastic, if not stronger. I prefer Testors liquid cement. Its the alcohol thin stuff in the glass bottle. If you've never used it before, test glue some pieces of sprue together until you can control the amount of glue you apply to the joint.
Pinning and greenstuff. Nuff said.