So...umm...I actually have to glue all these parts together?

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So...umm...I actually have to glue all these parts together?

Postby ruleroftheuniverse » Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:35 am

I'm new to miniatures gaming.

I just got a shipment of Brigade miniatures and a lot of them are in pieces. Very small pieces, in fact. So small that I can barely hold onto them. They don't seem to snap together so I guess I really have to glue them, don't I? I mainly wanted to game with them not spend a lot of time glueing things and painting things.

I'm just asking if it's true that I have to buy a tiny bottle of glue and tweezers and glue it all together each ship. Sorry this must sound stupid to y'all.

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Postby Brigadier Tony » Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:48 pm

Hi Dave

Which ships are you having trouble with ?
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Postby ruleroftheuniverse » Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:39 pm

Brigadier Tony wrote:Hi Dave

Which ships are you having trouble with ?


Having trouble with the wings of the New Jersey and Baltimore. Trouble with the guns of the Pittsburg. All of it, really. I'm not actually a modeler, just a gamer.
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Postby Brigadier Tony » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:03 am

None of the Starmada models should need anything complicated like pinning, they should all hold together with a drop of superglue. The very biggest models can benefit from epoxy glues for extra strength but this isn't necessary. Unfortunately snap-together models are impossible in metal :?

The Baltimore wings fit on a small tab at the side of the hull - a small dab of gel superglue in the recess on the inside of the wing should be enough to hold them together.

The New Jersey wings are all unique - the left and right ones have a small 'L' and 'R' on the underside so the centre (top) wing is the one left over ! The ends of the lower wings are bevelled to keep them to the correct angle and they should fit snugly in the recesses at the bottom of the hull. The centre wing fits easily in the socket on top of the hull.

One tip is to used a gel-type Superglue which should have enough tack to hold the parts in place until it dries. You can use a blob of putty (eg Blu-tak) to keep everything stable while the glue sets too.

Nice as it would be to make all of our models one piece, that would limit the designs we could create (although the new South African fleet are all one piece models :) ). We have taken great strides in reducing the number of components lately, the Oriskany carrier for example used to have 17 parts and is now down to 9.
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Postby ruleroftheuniverse » Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:20 pm

Brigadier Tony wrote:None of the Starmada models should need anything complicated like pinning, they should all hold together with a drop of superglue. The very biggest models can benefit from epoxy glues for extra strength but this isn't necessary. Unfortunately snap-together models are impossible in metal :?

The Baltimore wings fit on a small tab at the side of the hull - a small dab of gel superglue in the recess on the inside of the wing should be enough to hold them together.

The New Jersey wings are all unique - the left and right ones have a small 'L' and 'R' on the underside so the centre (top) wing is the one left over ! The ends of the lower wings are bevelled to keep them to the correct angle and they should fit snugly in the recesses at the bottom of the hull. The centre wing fits easily in the socket on top of the hull.

One tip is to used a gel-type Superglue which should have enough tack to hold the parts in place until it dries. You can use a blob of putty (eg Blu-tak) to keep everything stable while the glue sets too.

Nice as it would be to make all of our models one piece, that would limit the designs we could create (although the new South African fleet are all one piece models :) ). We have taken great strides in reducing the number of components lately, the Oriskany carrier for example used to have 17 parts and is now down to 9.


Thank you for your responses, Tony.
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Postby Brigadier Tony » Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:43 pm

No problem - let us know how you get on.

Maybe we need to include some assembly tips on the website
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Postby javelin98 » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:51 pm

I've had the best luck with gel-type superglue. The nice thing about the gel is that it makes a bead, instead of the glue running off the area you're trying to weld.

http://www.supergluecorp.com/super-glue ... r-glue-gel

http://www.loctiteproducts.com/products ... 4&plid=195

If you have a Dollar Tree in your area, you can sometimes find superglue gel 3-packs for a buck. I stock up on those whenever they have them!

If you're having trouble holding things long enough for them to weld, try using rubber bands or making a Lego frame to support those pieces while they dry.
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