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cigamnogard
02-18-2010, 09:41 AM
My son bought a bunch of 'Mechwarrior Dark Age figures. Two 'Mechs have become seperated from their bases, one 'Mech has a broken arm off, and a tank has a gun blown off.
So:

What glue should I use?
Could I pin them? If so - how?
Could I put a magnet in? If so - how?

ckd
02-18-2010, 10:50 AM
1. zap a gap
2. Haven't done pinning in a while, can't really answer
3. Probably, one of my friends used to drill into his 40k models+put magnets on them so he could move/swap out different arms on his carnifex. General gist is buy the little cylindrical magnets, drill a hole wide/deep enough on the body/arm for the magnet to fit in, then pop it in with some glue. There should be some guides if you google magnetic mounting 40k or something like that

cigamnogard
02-18-2010, 11:50 AM
Zap a gap?
What's that?
Oh...
http://shop.ebay.ca/i.html?_nkw=zap+a+gap&_armrs=1&_dmd=2&_from=&_ipg=

Hmmm - where do I get it?

ckd
02-18-2010, 12:58 PM
I'm able to buy from local hobby shop at home/at university (which are several hundred miles apart), so I'd assume its a popular enough brand to find at those types of places. Well, even if your local shop doesn't carry it, I would assume they'd have some nice suggestions/alternatives for super glue [zap-a-gap is just my glue of choice]

A lot of miniature/war-gaming sites should also carry it, google is great for finding some

heres an amazon link
http://www.amazon.com/Zap-Gap-Ca-Hobby-Glue/dp/B000O5GXY8/ref=pd_sbs_sg_1

cigamnogard
02-18-2010, 04:27 PM
Thanks as I knew crazy glue wouldn't hold the plastic figs.

Richard Littles
02-18-2010, 05:05 PM
My son bought a bunch of 'Mechwarrior Dark Age figures. Two 'Mechs have become seperated from their bases, one 'Mech has a broken arm off, and a tank has a gun blown off.
So:

What glue should I use?
Could I pin them? If so - how?
Could I put a magnet in? If so - how?



1. Zap a gap is pretty good for holding the mechs to the bases. It wouldn't work so well with the other pieces that broke off. Pinning works best.

2. I would recommend pinning the arm and the tank gun if it's the main barrel. Pinning requires taking a very small drill bit, usually less than an eighth of an inch, and drilling a hole into the spot where the two pieces meet on both pieces. In this case, it would be the shoulder on the arm and on the mech. You take a paperclip and cut off a small piece no longer than an eighth of an inch and glue it into one of the holes you've drilled (I recommend the shoulder on the mech's main body). Let the pin set overnight then glue the arm by putting the pin into the hole on the arm. Let it set overnight to ensure best curing.

Gale Force Nine makes a pinning set (http://www.gf9.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=37&products_id=261)and sells for $14.99. Instead of the paperclip use the brass rods that comes with the kit.

As an added bonus here's a video (http://revver.com/video/763394/miniature-pinning/) that shows how to pin miniatures.

3. I don't have any experience with magnets, sorry.

cigamnogard
02-19-2010, 02:20 PM
Most appreciated - off to the model shop tonight or tomorrow!

cigamnogard
02-23-2010, 06:21 PM
Fixed!
-thanks again!

Richard Littles
02-23-2010, 06:40 PM
You're most welcome. :)

Skunkape
02-24-2010, 07:59 AM
My son bought a bunch of 'Mechwarrior Dark Age figures. Two 'Mechs have become seperated from their bases, one 'Mech has a broken arm off, and a tank has a gun blown off.
So:

What glue should I use?
Could I pin them? If so - how?
Could I put a magnet in? If so - how?



Magnets are fairly easy to use, but you either need 2 magnets or a magnet and a piece of the right kind of metal, steel works best. I'm still experimenting with magnet strength, but rare earth magnets tend to be what most people choose.

There is a problem with using 2 magnets, you have to make sure that the poles are in proper alignment, otherwise, they'll repel and there is a minimum size that you have to worry about when working with magnets.

As far as magnet to metal, you have to make sure the metal you're using will attract the magnets. I bought a sheet of metal at Home Depot and didn't check it was going to use it as a jig, for constructing buildings using magnets, but the sheet metal was aluminum, no attraction there, so I have to take it back and exchange it!

So when you go to buy metal, if you're going to go the metal to magnet route, make sure it the right kind.

Couple of places that sell rare earth magnets...

MAGCRAFT (http://www.rare-earth-magnets.com/)
Amazing Magnets (http://www.amazingmagnets.com/)

cigamnogard
02-24-2010, 05:56 PM
Cool - thanks.