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Post  Kal on Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:16 pm

I have:

Knife - Metal X-Acto scalpel knife that works great. Havent replaced the blade since... i owned the Empire army? I really need to but never can find the right size.

Clippers - oddly enough these work great but they are fish hook remover things i found at Walmart super cheap. They are thin which helps get in on Spruce

File - Does anyone else use a file when they model ? I find it a double edged sword as it smooths the big rough stuff but sometimes can mess up an already smooth part of a mini. I stole this off Brian so no clue where he got it.

Glue - LePage Super Glue Ultra Gel, Canadian Tire 5.99 a tube. Love this stuff, and it turns my fingers into armoured shells !

Anything else you guys use? or Don't use?
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Post  Kal on Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:18 pm

Biggest reason for this post was i wanted to know if anyone else uses files or anything to smooth stuff. or knife good enough?
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Post  squalie on Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:00 pm

Kal wrote:Biggest reason for this post was i wanted to know if anyone else uses files or anything to smooth stuff. or knife good enough?

I've never used a file, but I do a lot of other things wrong also.
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Post  Kuyp on Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:16 am

Clippers , hobby knife , various files, green stuff, whatever glue they have at the den when I'm there.

I also have a few other things I use mostly only for greenstuff. These tools have diffrent heads on them , some flat , Dimond shapes, and even just a needle point.

Other then that I have a drill bit I rarely use for pining things, and a hobby saw for conversion work .
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Post  ScottRadom on Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:42 am

I find files essential for metal mini's. I also use 600 grit wet sandpaper and fine steel wool on all my metal mini's.
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Post  nathanr on Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:47 am

I have some old clippers and a gyprock knife. I have also been known to use a miracle blade steak knife. The miracle is that I've never cut myself bad enough to require stitches!

I have some files but they are seldom used. I also have a very small drill for pinning stuff but I almost never pin anything.

My setup is very ghetto.
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Post  Kal on Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:11 am

No offence Nathan but with your no primer or light set up I half expected "I take the spruce outside and smash em off with a rock and then gnaw the nubs off with my teeth haha!"

I have a file but I honestly am finding its doing more harm than good. Much more control with a knife.

I do need some tools to work with greenstuff. I use toothpicks and a shared off beastman standard as a poker stick lol. I also have a couple drills foe pinning but mostly use the really big drill to set base magnets
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Post  Kal on Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:19 pm

ScottRadom wrote:I find files essential for metal mini's.  I also use 600 grit wet sandpaper and fine steel wool on all my metal mini's.

I HATE Metal mini's like literally every metal fig i've purchased is STILL sitting in a box unbuilt because i have a serious hate on for metal. Those gorgeous goblin characters i got off you, still in the bag you gave them to me in. Metal. YUCKER

Do you find the steel wool / sand paper helps with that alot? What glue does everyone use on metal?

The only way i've got metal figs built is i bribe Brian to build them for me... Very Happy
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Post  Kal on Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:22 pm

OMG ....can i Solder the metal figs together?!?!?! Serious question!

I'm going to try this....
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Post  ScottRadom on Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:41 pm

No you can't fucking solder pewter mini's together. Jesus Christ.

Metal is my preferred type of mini. It holds detail well for casting like resin but not as fragile. I do pin my mini's as well.

If I've got a mold line I file it off, then typically use some sandpaper to reduce the scoring lines from the file. I use the steel wool on the entire mini. This helps smooth out the surface which will usually be at least a little bit rough. Then I wash the mini with dish soap and a toothbrush, and I assemble it afterwards.

For glue I use two kinds. Most typically any old hobby gap filling CA. If the join is really perfect and the two parts meet up perfectly I like a super thin CA. My opinion the Super thin bonds better, but can be tricky to use if there are gaps in the join.

On occasion I use the spray on accelerator if it's a goofy join at an odd angle and I don't feel like holding it together for a couple minutes. That shit is a miracle but I think it makes the bond weaker.
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