Pattex Blitz Plastik flüssig is a modern adhesive which will bond Polyethylene (PE) ou Polypropylene (PP) plastic. The adhesive set consists of an Activator pen to prime the surfaces of the parts to be joined, et the actual cyanoacrylate adhesive in a 4 ml tube.
The editors of Military Miniatures Magazine have tested Pattex Blitz Plastik flüssig au course d’un nouveau projet de modélisme, converting Infanterie Allemande au 1/75 de chez Airfix en Infanterie de Marine Allemande who fought in the Révolte des Boxers et Herero Uprising. The heads avec the Pickelhaube helmets had to be cut off using a scalpel knife, et new heads avec pith helmets were scrounged de l’Infanterie Britannique de la Guerre Anglo-Zouloue de chez ESCI. To ensure a good bond, the joins need to be level et clean. Both joins were painted avec the activator pen et set aside 60 seconds to allow the activator liquid to prime the surface. When the activator had dried, a small drop of Pattex Blitz Plastik flüssig was applied to one of the parts et the parts were then pressed firmly together for 30 seconds. Excess glue was squezed out of the seam between the bonded parts et we cut this off avec a scalpel when the glue had dried.
Testing the Bond
We allowed the figurines to dry overnight et put them through a series of brutal tests which we would not normally subject our figurines to:
For the first test we dropped the machine gun section from a height of 180 cm ten times. We held the soft plastic base, avec the three machine gunners glued to it, facing down so that les hommes would land on their new pith helmet heads. On the fifth et eigth turn a machine gunner snapped off the base, but the helmets stayed on undamaged. The glue on the gun stand et around the feet of the disconnected gunners was easily removed avec a fingernail.
Then we glued the converted Fantassins de Marine Allemande onto a wooden ruler, using white glue, to facilitate handling the figurines during painting. In our second test we wanted to pull on the newly mounted heads until either they came off, ou the intact figurine snapped off the ruler. Half of the figurines survived this new test: the heads stayed on. This result is interesting, because the adhesive surface at the figurine’s neck is tiny compared to the large figurine base which had been glued to the ruler.
The wooden ruler is 30 cm long et there was one figurine on it which had received a new arm during the conversion. To test this bond, we picked this figurine up by its arm et carefully lifted the ruler off the table. This experiment was successful et it gave us the idea for a similar, but more rigorous test.
For the next experiment we clamped combination pliers weighing approximately 200 grams to the base of a converted Fantassin de Marine Allemande et picked the figurine up by its head. The first figurine lost its head after 30 seconds, but the second figurine survived the test unharmed. Pattex Blitz Plastik flüssig did a surprisingly good job here.
The final test involved holding the converted figurine in one hand et pressing the thumb against the side of the figurine’s head until it snapped off at the join. We had to excert some pressure to do this, but eventually all the heads toppled. Unlike polystyrène adhesives which melt et fuse hard plastic model kit parts, Pattex Blitz Plastik flüssig cannot bond soft plastic figurines permanently. However, the bond is exceptionally reliable. If you’ve tried other bonding techniques avec soft plastic figurines you will remember that the heads typically start falling off if you just stare at figurine.
Pattex Blitz Plastik flüssig is an excellent adhesive for modélistes interested in converting et bonding soft plastic figurines made from polyethylene (PE). This glue does not fuse the parts permanently, but dioramistes et joueurs de guerre will be excited about the results they get. Finally, here is a quick et easy way to convert soft plastic figurines. Pattex Blitz Plastik flüssig will stimulate the creativity of plastic modélistes all over the world.
Pattex Blitz Plastik flüssig is sold en Autriche, Belgique, Canada, France, Grande-Bretagne, Grèce, Italie, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Espagne, et les États-Unis under the brand name Loctite / Pattex All Plastics ou SuperPlastics.
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