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Hopefully this is the right section. It isn't a converstion, nor is it painting, so I figured that this would be the best place to ask.
Has anyone ever had any luck removing a Space Marine's shoulder guard from his arm without snapping the arm into many small pieces? I'm getting annoyed with my models breaking now...
Someone help! Please!
I've tried and failed miserably. I don't think it's really possible unless you just get lucky when trying to pull them off.
Your best bet would probably be to try an pry it off with a modelling knife or something flat and rigid, trying not to damage the soft plastic or the paint job.
Do you want to keep the shoulder guard intact? If not then why not just file away the pad, leaving an unmolested arm.
If you want to keep the guard intact the process becomes a whole lot harder. Super Glue remover can work (if you used superglue in the first place - obviously won't work on plastic glue) but you have to be careful as it tends to ruin paint jobs. One method I have used with some success is to weaken the bond with a knife. This method takes a while and requires some careful cutting but does save both pieces and the paint job:
Basically you need to use the very tip of a scalpel blade to remove to glue form the edge of the bond. Insert the blade in the gap between the two pieces (to about 1-1.5mm depth - deeper if you're brave) and carefully move it back and forth a few times. Repeat this process at intervals around the circumference of the join until you think the bond has been sufficiently weakened. Some gentle-but-firm pressure will then cause the bond to give way, whilst preserving the parts. Care is needed when using the blade in this way as it is very easy to snap it. You need to slowly work it in between the arm and the pad to avoid this - and no side-to-side blade movement, only up and down.
This method works for me, but it does take a fair bit of time
If you used a small amount of thin super glue you might have some luck. I've had tons of luck getting metal armpads off of plastic arms but those don't stick as well. As for you I'd say that if you don't want to damage the arm you're going to have to cut the pads off or somehow get under there with a hobby knife. Just buy a ton of new armpads from bwbits and be done with it. Even I can paint up a batch of armpads pretty fast and I SUCK at painting.
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Haha, well, my reason for removing them is so that I can put my snazzy Flesh Tearer ones on that I finally ordered. I don't care if the current guard is damaged or not. I just need the arm intact.Originally Posted by ScottyDsntKnow
if its plastic glue, i just use a small gauge flat-head screwdriver. just ease it off, dont try to force it too hard
applying the pressure slowly SHOULD make the shoulder pad come off, and neither ruin the inside of the pad or the arm
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Get some really sharp good clippers, like the ones GW sells but for cheaper and then have at it. I personally dont use a lot of glue for these situations. So just go under the pad and press up and it should come off. If you do use a lot of glue then just take chuncks out of it till you get the pure shoulder then file it down so its smooth for the other pad to fit right.
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Originally Posted by Firedrake28
Where'd you get them from? I've got about 50 or 60 of them from a year or two ago out of the classic collector secton. I'll be using for troopers in my eviscerators BA successor army but I was gonna order a few more and did not see them on the GW site anymore.
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