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I do not have access to green stuff, so I need something that can fill seams or cracks just as well.

I have tryed Plumber's putty on a metal figure, but it took longer than 24 hours to dry and was quite oily to the touch. I have even thought of using bondo, but that stuff smells extremely bad.

Any ideas?
 

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Go to a model railroad or hobby shop. They will carry other brands of fillers and putty. You have to decide what you want to use it for. For cracks and joints I use Squadron White or Green (no real difference). It is a single part putty that comes out of a tube like toothpaste. It is no good for sculpting things, but I find it superior to green stuff for filling cracks and joints. Testor's Red is about the same, but cracks when used in large areas. Its still very good for joints and cracks. I also use them to texture bases. Its a lot cheaper than green stuff and much easier to work with.

For sculpting putty you'll have to try and see what you like. You can get self hardening putty in some of the hobby stores, such as Milliput (fine). You can also get some good putties in the hardware store, but you have to know what to look for. As you found out, plumber's putty isn't good, and neither is window putty. Look for two part epoxy putty (not epoxy glue :lol: ). The box will tell you how much work time and cure time a particular mix has. Just about every epoxy putty will work, they just have different characteristics. Sticky-ness, stiffness, cure time, etc.
 

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Thanks, I will have to look for Squadron in a near by craft store, hoping they have it. Mainly I just need it for filling in gaps where mold lines overlap, because I just got tired of filing each one.
 

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What about for actually sculpting, say, a small piece of tube? Would you use Epoxy for that?
 

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For simple geometric shapes, such as tubes, sheets, etc, I would just use a piece of plastic the right shape.

For modifications, robes, fur, extra eyeballs on a stalk, I would use epoxy putty to sculpt them. Green Stuff is epoxy putty, just a particular brand packaged by GW. Its made by Kneadatite (spelling?) from whom you can buy the same putty for less.
 

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Dose Squadron putty sand well, when haredned?
 

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Yes it does. It's a little harder than GW plastic, but softer than metal. It's designed specifically for filling gaps and cracks in models. I use it to texture stuff and occasionally for sculpting surface details as well. Adding hair, fur, or chainmail and such. Since it's about the consistancy of toothpaste when applied, its very easy to wipe smooth with your finger or a toothpick when you apply it. It usually requires very little sanding.
 

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what is the drying time, on Squadron putty?
 

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It depends on how thick you use it. For a medium joint, like the neck of a horse or cold one, it dries to the touch in about 5 minutes, and is hard in an hour or two? Sort of depends alot on humidity, temp, etc. Pretty quick though. If its just a joint, you can sand it and paint over it before its fully hardened. Sometimes I use a lot to texture up a base or fill a slotta base, and that takes a couple of hours.

If its a thin joint I usually wipe it smooth with my finger while the putty is wet, and by the time I get ready to prime it's good to go.
 

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Dose it go out of date like green stuff, or will it last as long?

Sorry for the late reply.
 

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I recommend using modelline, heated up so that it actually melts. After a few hours since the application you can scrub off the excess and re-use it in future.
But you need to find a good type of modelline, best bet would be some non-toxic stuff that contains wax.
 

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That's great, but I already have Squadron putty and green suff(online). I want to know if it last longer than green stuff and is it as easy to work with.
 

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Squadron putty is MUCH easier to work with in the applications it was designed for, mainly filling cracks and gaps and adding thin texture. It is quite impossible to use for sculpting large items, such as cloaks, weapons, etc. So use both; the squadron for filling and green stuff (epoxy putty) for sculpting new pieces.
 

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Yes, I found that it is softer than green stuff and cannot be shaped so easile. Guess I'll have to put it to good use now that I have both.
 
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