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I've done plenty of Ork conversions for my army, lots of looted tanks and such (mostly from clashing 2 or more plastic kits together) but I'm starting to use plastic card more often and have alot of trouble getting bolts and rivets on there with both green stuff and plastic card. The tiny green stuff blobs are too small for me to work with as well as the plastic card. Any tips?
Yeah you should be able to just take a small bit of cheap caulk or other sticky material (green stuff is expensive for this) and put about a 1/2 thick block on the inside of the plastic card. Then just drill into it when it dries out. Takes a bit of time, and alternatively you can drill through the plastic and push it into the wet caulk, using the caulk as a mold to hold then bolt in place. Other wise, try drilling into the plastic tanks and popping a few bolts in here and there. The plastic will hold lighter weights, you won't have to worry about that.
I'm going to take it from the other end and assume you want to convert something that looks like rivets onto your tanks. For that the easiest thing I've found is to find a long thin plastic cylinder and cut tiny slivers off it to make rivets. Then you just lightly glue them to the hull as needed. Some of the smaller warhammer fantasy spears can work nicely for this, otherwise just find a model shop that sells model trains and they should sell some small plastic tubes.
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I'm still working on this, but a leather hole punch (which you can find at many craft stores) is great for punching holes of all different sizes out of plasticard, leaving plenty of neat, little round bits of plastic for rivets.
If those are too small for you to work with, I've heard some people have had pretty good success using tiny drops of PVA glue.
I've used a hole punch, but I can't find one that is smaller than 1/16 of an inch. That is a little big at times. I've also used thin strips of polystrene cut into squares. I'm going to try the "britta" water filter next. The filter is full of tiny pellets that are the perfect size for the rivets. All you need to do is drill a slight indentation where you want the rivet and glue the pellet in place. One filter should be enough rivets for a lifetime.
I have recently picked up this kit from Gale Force 9. There are a number of very thin and flexible 'sticks' of plasticard. these are very good for rivets I have found. The way I add them is by having a small drop of super glue close by, stab the rivet with something sharp and drip it into the glue, then add to the location you want your rivet in. Works quite well, you can see them used basically in the two images below.
Kuffys idea is better than mine, but i've been using bristles from a washing up brush thingy. It sounds like the idea is the same i.e a strip of thin plastic that you slice up with a hobby knife (i close my eyes when using very sharp knifes to cut tiny thin stripes of plastic with my fingers.) The i just do pretty mucg what kuffy said, i add a tiny drop of super glue and drop the rivet in place.
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I use wires of various sizes and cut them off in small slices.
I have been using square tooth picks. It works pretty good if you want a larger square style bolt.
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