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Advices about HäT soft plastic??

Posted by Greg77 on 14 Jun 2015, 18:37

Greetings guys!
I recently bought a HäT box, full with colonials, made of soft plastic... yes, that rubberish..
I never experienced this type of plastic, and I 'd like to ask advices about it

I planning to make some conversions,
and it will be good to know how they react if I am using the
"put 'em in boiling water, then bend the arm, and put 'em in the cold water" method,
or fixing the twisted heads in the new position ^^
are they react as italery or zvezda plastic??

and one more question; is that kind of plastic glue-able with ordenary cement just as SSM Italeri,
or do I have to use superglue, or something else?

Thank you in advance
Greg
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Posted by PDA on 14 Jun 2015, 19:48

I haven't tried re-setting the position of arms or heads, but isn't any thermosoftening plastic capable of doing that? I usually just cut them off and glue them back on in the new position.

I have used ordinary plastic cement on HaT figures and it works well. Some people who roughly handle their figures suggest using pins to hold things in place, in addition to any glue you might use.

Also, HaT's plastic holds paint really well, much better than any other company's figures.

HTH
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 14 Jun 2015, 19:59

Do you still prime HaT figs before painting them?
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Posted by MABO on 14 Jun 2015, 23:12

Yes, of course.
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Posted by Greg77 on 15 Jun 2015, 17:19

thanks,
I am planned to do so,... priming I mean...
but I dont like the repeated figs in the same scene, so thats why planning the slight conversions
I use the cut, and reposition method too,
but this figures- few of them- has wery slender necks,
so mybe cut, pin, glue will be hard in this case ( for me at least) ;-)
Greg
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Posted by Ochoin on 28 Nov 2015, 12:17

HaT plastics take this glue very well:
http://www.lloydianaspects.co.uk/models/plasticglue.jpg

After using the activating pen & glue, you will not be able to separate the two pieces.

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Posted by C M Dodson on 28 Nov 2015, 15:09

Hello,

I have successfully used 'bond it' High viscosity cyanoacrylate superglue on my Hat figures. If you have a fiddly bit why not use plasticine as a jig to hold the figure in place whilst performing your operation?

Watch out with this glue as you do not want your conversion to become jewellery by accident.

Incidentally I have found that the Hat soft plastic becomes brittle over time and my forces have been severely depleted as a result. muskets and swords are particularly prone, but now limbs etc are victims too.

Happy modelling.

Chris
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Posted by PDA on 28 Nov 2015, 20:11

C M DODSON wrote:...Incidentally I have found that the Hat soft plastic becomes brittle over time...

Not just HaT's plastic, I have quite a few Emhar and Airfix figures that now look like amputees. I think the stubby Strelets figures will never break (maybe because you can't saw them off the sprue :-D ) and I don't have enough Revell and Italeri figures to comment, but I suppose their plastic is not somehow magically immune to "plastic rot".
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