Quick Tips Thread, A sticky problem in Modelling; I see from your posts that most of you seem to paint and then add bits, (e.g. undercarriage doors). How ...
A sticky problem
I see from your posts that most of you seem to paint and then add bits, (e.g. undercarriage doors). How do you get the little sods to stick?
I've tried most adhesives (liquid poly, plasweld, Gators, superglue thick and thin) with little success. Do I need to take those tiny areas down to plastic again to get it to stick?
If I can get this sorted I'll be able to get on with the complicated undercarriage door systems on my Polikarpov I16 which should have been included in the Eastern Front GB.
Thanks in advance for tolerating a silly question!
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Not a silly question at all.
The order and method of conctruction varies from person to person but the bottom line is that you won't get two pieces of plastic to join properly if one or both of them are painted.
Solvent type glues like liquid poly and plasweld dissolve the paint and make a mess in what should be the join and superglues may do the same or,at best, glue the two layers of paint together which is not what you want.
I tend to make little sub-assemblies as far as I reasonably can and then paint these. To stick these together,or add something like an undercarriage door or antenna, I remove the paint from the areas that will be glued. I use acrylic paint and this can often be done with my built in paint scraper....a fingernail. If not the back of a blade will do the trick.This often means that some kind of touch up of the paint will be required once the parts have been successfully glued in place. It's boring to break out the airbrush to spray a couple of tiny touch ups colour but it's the only way I know!
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