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I'm not sure where to post this but I'm having a hard time putting together the metal parts of my Crusader. Any tips to help w/ the metal pieces?
I take it you mean the hurricane bolter sponsons?
If so make sure you clean them using dish detergent and use a towel to dry them, and then leave for about 30 mins to air dry. Use superglue as opposed to plastic cement.
What i found when putting mine together was to use the foam inserts from the GW blister packs to rest them on. They help keep the bolters in a stable position and you need to put them somewhere where they are not going to be disturbed for 24 hours.
I know it sucks leaving one aspect of a model that long to dry, but it will be worth it believe me.
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The best thing to use on metal models is Zap-A-Gap and Zip Kicker.
You'll have to go to your local hobby store for these products.
Zap-A-Gap is way better than Citadel glue, and comes in varying thicknesses.
The best I've found to use on metal miniatures is the Zap-A-Gap with the green label.
As for Zip Kicker, basically, its a liquid which you apply over your glue, and it will bond instantly.
These products can also be used on plastic miniatures.
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Being larger metal components they may have warped when they cooled after casting. Make sure parts fit together by either filing surfaces straight or bending them back into alignment.
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You need to use super glue and sometimes it's hard to make it dry. The key to this is moisture. Super glue was designed to bond because of moisture. To make it bond better you need to breathe on it as you're holding it together waiting for the glue to dry. I don't suggest dripping water on it. Breathe closely and slowly not a hard fast blowing puff of air. The idea is to get your breath full of moisture from your mouth and lungs to moisten the glue and make it bond. If you hold your finger close to your mouth for a thirty seconds and then check it out you should be able to feel your finger is now slightly moist because of moisture from your breath. If you do the same thing to your model it will bond quicker. I also suggest for only a second or two breathe lightly on the parts being glued before you press them together. Be quick or the glue will dry before you you press it into place.
Agreed. My Crusader's sponsons didn't fit right at all, all of the little attachment points were off until I set about bending them out to fit right.Originally Posted by CBrate
If you want to be absolutely certain that they'll stay where you put them, you can always try pinning the parts together - it's not the easiest job in the world with the small contact points, but it's definitely doable.
I am currently working on a plastic version (converted, not casted ) of the HB sponsons. Granted, it will take twelve bolters, but, I think that's easily done. My only concern are the ammo belts.
However, for the metal bits, if you are determined to use them (like there's much of a choice, eh?), take the time and pin them.
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