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As my regular opponents play either DH or CSM, I've recently bought a plasma cannon to (hopefully) make a mess of their terminator units. Unfortunately, I've had to spend the last hour filing it down in order to get the arms to fit together. Am I missing something? Surely GW wouldn't supply models that don't fit properly . . . Has anyone else had similar problems? Solutions other than partially destroying the model would be welcome.
That, unfortunately, does happen, and I wish GW would do something to remedy that.
What you could do is put some extra Green Stuff or modelling putty in the gaps to make the weapon sit better.
I'd move this to the modelling forum, so that you can get the modelling gurus to help you out with your dilemma.
All of the metal Heavy Weapons are this way. If you don't position the right arm just right (which can be almost impossable to do) the left arm will not fit properly.
Here is what I do...this usually gives an ok fit (but not always).
1) glue the backpack on. Make sure it's on as straight as possable.
2) glue the right arm on. make sure the power cables comeing off the backpack line up with the cables leading to the gun. This should give you pretty accurate placement of the right arm.
3) glue in the left arm.
Or, you can glue the right and left arm on together, ensuring they fit, then glue the backpack on, but then the power cables often don't line up.
Here ya go. This is a bit more at home here rather than the Space Marine Forum.
1. The moulds get old and warp and have to be re-cast. If you get a mini from the end of the mould's life then it wont fit as well as a mini cast from a fresh mould. The last obliterator I bought had horrible gaps in it
2. Heavy weapons - when they are the two-handed jobs, then they can be a pain. Using bluetack i fiddle and arrange the pieces until I get them inot the 'best fit' position. I then try glueing them in that position so the remaining gaps are small and easy to fill with green stuff (if necessary).
Diabolus fecit, ut id facerem!
I use GS on most of my metal Models, like my Grey Knights and a Friend's War Walker.
GS + Glue + Pinning (If Possible) = Good
One thing (kinda off topic) is that when you are ready to glue take your hobby knife and make shallow gouges on teh to-be glued areas and it can help make a stronger bond, in my experiance at least.