Friday, May 9, 2014

Resin Model Repair

So I have been working on a few ForgeWorld or possibly FW knockoffs in an attempt to catch up on my backlog of unassembled models.
Eldar Lynx partially assembled












Repair needed
Here you can see the white area just lower and left of the cockpit.











There was a small break here and I did not have the piece that broke off.  I used a very thin piece of plastic card (from a yardsale sign) I glued it to the underside and trimmed it to fit the old curve of the piece.

I then dropped a few drops of superglue onto the piece, followed up with sprinkling baking soda on the glue.  The baking soda makes the glue cure almost instantly, and when it dries you can sand it.  It it much harder than GreenStuff.  Making it ideal for this fix.

Other fixes needed too.
3 different areas needed repairs here.












1 The engine cover got snapped off, I reinforced it from below with thin plasticard.
2 The engine cover and stabilizer seen far right had broken in transit.  I rebuilt the cowl using thin plasticard from underneath and using ProCreate grey putty on the visible side of the model.
3 The white half of the stabilizer mount is thick plasticard cut and sanded to fit the original missing piece.

Warpage
The barrel of the gun was significantly warped.

I glues a magnet to the mounting end and hung it from my work bench.  Then I used the heat gun to soften the resin and bend it back into shape.  Because it was hanging gravity helped keep it straight while the resin cooled.


3 comments:

  1. These are great tips. I had no idea you could use baking soda to do that!

    I assume you purchased off ebay, which is why you aren't sure of the models original source? Just wondering, as I have purchased a few "FW" items off ebay and encountered similar issues.

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  2. No, Greg I purchased that one direct from China. I am sure its a recast. Generally I get better quality from the recaster than I don on FW originals. This one took a beating in transit though. Which is very unusual.

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  3. Oh? Do you have a recommended link or seller name? I'd like to give them a try!

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