I’ve been on a bit of an assembly craze lately. When the weather gets nicer, my Wife thinks it’s a perfect time for a vacation. I on the other hand immediately think “I should get some miniatures primed!”. Being in the midst of the Apocalypse, my hobby manages to win this time. But I needed to snip, trim, glue, clean, *before* I can prime minis. This hobby sure sounds like fun, huh?!
In the midst of glueing, I came across the age old problem.
Pic 2: The Damned Witch Blade Thumb Bit
How to get those damned teeny tiny bits glued onto the mini!
Umm, nope. Learned long ago, that doesn’t work. IF I don’t drop it, chances are at best I will glue my fingers to the mini before gluing the bit in place.
I stumbled upon these locking tweezers at some point. Problem solved!
Nope. Though they can be handy on some pieces and the spring lock is great for holding things in place…most of these tiny bits are odd rounded shapes. As you can surmise, rounded pieces do not hold well in flat tipped metal tweezers. Often I would finally get the bit gripped in the tweezers, lift it up and SPRING!, the bit goes flying across the room into the carpet somewhere, NEVER to be seen again. 😦
My next goto was Sticky Tac (or whatever you want to call it). I have tons of it around, since I use it hold minis in place while painting. So why not use that to pick up a part and glue it in place?! Done!
Nope. Although Sticky Tac will usually stick better than tweezers…I find you have to apply some gentle pressure to the bit in order to get it to glue most of the time. With Sticky Tac, applying pressure just pushes the bit farther into the sticky tac, and soon you have sticky tac touching the mini and glue.
SO…(finally) the other day, I have those horribly tiny pieces to glue and my little brain is wondering “How do I hold something small but still apply pressure?”. At first I thought about putting something inside the Sticky Tac to make it more firm and while I was looking around my desk for stuff, I saw a Cuticle stick (yea, my Wife asked how come I have these and why do I need so many!). Oh, the hobby!
Enter The Sticky Stick!
With a little Sticky Tac on the the flatter side of the cuticle stick, you get an object that should hold the smallest of bits in place long enough to glue and allow you to apply some pressure.
Is it perfect? Nah, not really. But I’ve had more success with this method than others so far. Sometimes the sticky tack gives way as I’m applying a bit and it lops over. One time I had too much sticky tac on, and it touched the mini/glue. Sticky tac doesn’t really mix well with glue though, so it’s usually easy to separate the two.
I also tried, tweezers and sticky tac afterwards, but found it didn’t work as well.
Springing bits isn’t as much of a factor, but the bit would slide back into the tweezers if I had to apply pressure. And then you end up getting glue on the tweezers, which isn’t a great thing.
Oh yea, I’ve tried alligator clips in the past too. Same problem as the tweezers. Browsing online, it looks like there are rubber tipped tweezers out there, which might be a better bet. Or perhaps a little rubber cement applied to the tip of some tweezers?
Back to Glue
Sometimes when joining a mini you get seams that show up. In this case it’s in the trousers.
Now I’ve heard that you could apply a thin bead of glue to the outside and it will weld the plastic and/or get rid of the seam. As usual, I was a bit skeptical.
But I found that it does appear to work pretty well. Modellers everywhere “Duh!”.
After applying some Revell Contact Glue over the seam of one mini, I couldn’t even see the seam on the shoulder pad pictured above. A pretty apparent gap was completely gone. Same for most of the trousers. Though I didn’t find that sometimes the glue just leaves a thin layer of glue over the top of the mini. Sealing the gap underneath, which is fine. But hopefully won’t show up when I go to prime/paint alter. I did apply the Revell after I had already glued the parts together using Bob Smith’s glue (and let it dry). So that might be a factor in the thin glue layer showing up.
One note, the Revell Contact Glue has strong fumes. I’m not too crazy about that part, and much prefer the Bob Smith glue for most of my gluing.
Do you have a favorite glue to use? Or a secret mystical solution for getting those little bitty parts glued on? Would love to hear it!
Ciao for now!