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Hi, I recently opened a box of metal chaos raptors only to find that two of them were broken. One had the sword completely off, and the other has the flame beneath his leg broken... the piece that supports the rest of the model. I did call GW and they are replacing these models for me, but I do get to keep them so my question is... what is the best way to fix these such that the models, specifically the supporting piece, are sound?
I've tried epoxy and a little greenstuff but when I apply it to the models it seems to be too much and takes away from the detail. Plus neither of them has really worked to create a strong bond... of course that may mean that I don't have the model properly cleaned.
At any rate, is pinning a possibility here? Like I said I don't want to lose a lot of detail and if anyone is familiar with the raptor models you'll know what I mean when I say that they are resting on the flame and since that is my favorite part of the piece, I don't want to lose it.
Do you think that I may be better off just cutting it off and making it a static model? I'm really knew to this whole converting business... so I would appreciate any veteran advice!
Well without seeing the state of them it's difficult to really understand what you are trying to achieve.One had the sword completely off, and the other has the flame beneath his leg broken... the piece that supports the rest of the model. I did call GW and they are replacing these models for me, but I do get to keep them so my question is... what is the best way to fix these such that the models, specifically the supporting piece, are sound?Where along it's length has the sword broken? Is it a clean break? I assume it is where the chainsword joins the hand as this is the weak point of the design. In theory can't see why this can't be carefully pinned?
As for the foot, this should be some thing that you can drill and pin and then cover up with green stuff. I always weight the bases of my raptors to make them balance better. Greenstuffing lead fishing shot is good way to achieve some ballast if you can find it, but I have also found that 10p coins also fit perfectly under the base (raising it by about 2.5mm). I'd just run a wire from the base up into the leg as part of the base.
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