Ok, are you ready? Or even vaguely interested?....No? Well fuck it! Here goes anyway....
I received these Ork Nobz in the mail a few weeks ago (I know, I know, I'm not supposed to be buying minis anymore), but their slotta tabs were missing and I had to fix them. So I thought that while I was at it I might as well do a little bit of a tutorial, showing you all how I go about fixing'em.
Step 1: Find some minis with broken tabs.
|Get some shitty old bases, no point in using clean skins.|
|Drill up through the soles of their feet up into their legs.|
|Pin the bastards! But don't glue them in place yet!!!|
|Put the mini on the base in the position you'd like and|
push it down firmly while rocking it back & forth.
Your trying to leave an impression in the base.
|Here's those impressions that I just mentioned.|
|Now drill through the base at those two points and|
insert the mini.
|Using a pair of pliers I bent the pins over. It will|
require a bit of force, so make sure you've had a hearty
breakfast before you begin this task.
|Look at those bends! Stellar work there...perfect :)|
|Grab the little bugger by his noggin with a clothes peg....or something. Rest him upside|
down on a slight angle. You'll see why in a jiffy.
|Now, here's the magic ingredients that you'll need. You could use any other glue |
if you wanted to, but this is what I used. Basically it's Super glue & Filler powder.
|This is what you should be aiming for at this stage.|
|Remove the mini.|
|Then slam him back down onto the base again, but |
this time glue him in place permanently.
|Then you can go to town on the underside of the base.|
Just do it in increments though, as this powder glue
dries rock solid almost instantly. If your not patient
you may end up with a glue mountain!
|These sexy beasts are now ready to be painted......probably in my next lifetime :P|
Ok, job done.
Some of you may be wondering why I just didn't glue the whole thing together in one go. The reason is that if I glued the pins into the legs, then inserted it into the base and bent the pins over, I'd run the risk of breaking the bond in the legs. This way, doing it in a few stages allows me to glue it "properly" at each step of the process.
You could do this with any other glue (as I already mentioned) like Areldite or straight Super glue, but the former takes an age to cure. While the latter runs all over the place (including my fingers) and if you don't use it sparingly it too takes an age to cure! Whereas, the powder & Super glue combo dries instantly and it's as tough as fuck!. Hence, why I chose to use it for this application :)
Hope this was somewhat helpful to some of you out there. Maybe not, maybe yes? It's hard to tell from over here :)
Anyway, cheerio everyone.