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Best Glue for Plastic Minis?


Liberty's Edge

I'm going to try my hand (for the first time) at modifying a D&D plastic mini and I need to know what glue I should use.

I will be taking a mini - (emerald claw soldier) and putting him on a griffon mini (Deathknell Griffon) so that the figure is riding the griffon

My plan is to either cut the base off the emerald claw soldier mini, try the boiling water / ice bath method to get his legs bent like he's riding and then glue him on the griffon OR I might just cut off his legs and clue his torso onto the griffon's back so that the wings hide the fact that he doesn't have legs.

Anyway, what is the best glue for this kind of thing? I want something that is going to give me a strong bond and will keep the figure attached for a long time, despite typical on the table bumps and jostles.

So, what do I use? Thanks!!!

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For a D&D type mini, I think you're safe with superglue, just use VERY SPARINGLY. I would apply to specific places with a toothpick, so the glue doesn't mess up the prepaint job.

There are "plastic glues" which are a polystyrene that bonds plastic in particular together, but they tend to be very sticky--a real pain in the butt to use. Especially if you've already got superglue just stick with that.

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DeathQuaker wrote:
... just use VERY SPARINGLY. I would apply to specific places with a toothpick, so the glue doesn't mess up the prepaint job.

I use superglue but what DeathQuaker says is very important. The superglue can discolor the mini if it flows over it too much. Also the superglue holds and shows fingerprints real well.

Liberty's Edge

Superglue, interesting.

OK, does any particular type of Superglue work best?

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I like the gel super glues. While they dry slower, I find the run off issue is much less. But if I am just rebasing then the cheep stuff is good enough.

Liberty's Edge

danielc wrote:

I like the gel super glues. While they dry slower, I find the run off issue is much less. But if I am just rebasing then the cheep stuff is good enough.

Interesting ... can you point me toward a specific example (maybe a link?)


RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

Marc, anything that is labeled CA+ (cyanoacrylate) is what we're talking about. Most superglues, to my knowledge, are CA+.

This is but one example (it's the one I use, so I remember the name of it to look it up, but it is not necessarily better or worse than other super glues)

Here is an example of a gel

You can find superglue in any hobby, craft, or carpentry store, it's really not very hard to find nor is there any special fancy miniature only glue that you need to be aware of. Plain old bog standard superglue is, in my experience (of nearly 10 years) the default glue the majority of miniature hobbyists use for most kinds of minis. Again the only other glues that might be used are plastic craft glues, but my personal experience with them has been that they are more trouble than they are worth, and worth using only with particularly flimsy/delicate plastics, which prepainted minis are not. Well, and white glue for terrain/bases, but that's a different thing.


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Loctite is one I hear batted around a lot (notice that link is for a 6 pack).... I'm not sure if that version is the one most people use or not, they have a couple different consistencies

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Zap Gel is the gel I use. As for normal super glue, I have used Zap but my favorite right now is Gorilla Super Glue.

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When it comes to plastic minis you have 3 options (option 2 + 3 works just as well for metal minis too):
1) Plastic glue (actually melts the two pieces together)
2) Superglue (cyanoacrylate)
3) Superglue + green stuff

1: Plastic glue only works on some types of plastic (polystyrene, e.g. Games Workshop plastic minis). The clear leader here is Revell Contacta Professional. However I'm uncertain whether it's available in the US (although you can probably find eBay stores or other stores willing to send it to the US).
If your model isn't a polystyrene model (which the softer D&D minis are not, neither are the Reaper Bones minis), then this glue won't work properly.
These products are also sometimes called Plastic Cement.
2: Any superglue should work. My go to glue is Loctite Super Attak - Super Attak might be a European name for one of the brands sold in the US. Cpt_kirstov links to home depot where you can find all the various brands.
3: This combo can serve two things. It forms a very strong bond + it can function as a gap filler on figures where it's needed. You simply place a small ball of green stuff on one part of the mini and then a drop of superglue on the other half. You could also put a small drop of superglue on both halves and then quickly put the ball on one side and push the two sides together.
The superglue will cause the green stuff to harden much faster and form a strong bond.

Liberty's Edge

Ok, I just picked up some Gorilla Super Glue - I'll let you know how it goes

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Marc Radle wrote:
Ok, I just picked up some Gorilla Super Glue - I'll let you know how it goes

Good Luck Marc. :-)

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