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I want to take apart some plastic models and was wondering if there was something that will weaken the glue bonds at all? The minis I have in mind range from some space marines to potentially a land raider (doubt that is possible) so any advice is appreciated.
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If you used plastic cement to assemble the model, it actually melts the plastic so it bonds. So much you can say it isn't two pieces glued together; but instead it is one piece now.
So in that way, you can't say there's any way.
I use the sides of my modelling knife to pry arms apart. You have to refile them down, and you run the risk of breaking the arm, but it works most of the time.
You also run the risk of driving the knife into your thumb, hard and fast, if you aren't careful. I speak from experience.Originally Posted by Captain Strong
But yeah, it works.
So...what's a little pain, eh?
I got a batch of molested Imperial Guardsmen that needed serious disassembling. I used force to pry the bonded areas apart. This worked reasonably well except where modelling cement had been used and chunks came off in the wrong places.
If this happens, declare the model KIA and use it in terrain (dead guardsmen...EVERYWHERE )Remember kids, always cut away from your body and rest whatever you are cutting on a solid stable surface. Like when prying away arms, place the model on the table (with something underneath so you don't go through and into the table) and place the blade in the joint. Now apply force, pushing the blade down.You also run the risk of driving the knife into your thumb, hard and fast, if you aren't careful. I speak from experience.
Usually it comes right off, a little scrape and file later and Voila! neat arm.
I also soak the models beforehand in some brakefluid...the paint slips right off, might also weaken the glue bonds.
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yeah usually after a session of painting/building models, my hands are full of gouges, cuts, scrapes, and covered in paint and superglue. yummy!
Yeah they've been soaking in simple green to get the paint off, didn't seem to effect the plastic glue though. Super glue came apart really easily though.
I wanted to make sure there wasn't some easier way than brute force, but it looks like I've got some cutting ahead of me.
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I have a hobby knife and a larger xacto blade... i use the knife for detail cuts, and just gently saw back and forth, and the xacto for waists and larger bonded areas... the gentle sawing works pretty well.
if you start to get frustrated because it's taking too long, stomp on one to relieve anger... just make sure you wear decent shoes... :-\
Superglue can be broken apart (carefully), and the Cement can be broken depending on how much was used to glue it. My friend has ripped apart a whole bunch of Space Marines and re-assembled them. Here my motto for stuff like this: "Easily broken, easily fixed."
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The weld created by plastic cement will fail sooner than surrounding plastic if the parts are heated. I have disassembled models by dunking them in boiling water for short periods.
Now, you have to be careful or else you can ruin the entire model by it melting (or being disfigured if you are using tongs - I would keep one section above the water, held by cloth wrapped pliers or something). It can also depend on how much plastic cement was used to create the "weld." If a lot was used, this will probably be unsuccessful.