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Fixing your figure from a small lean to a shattered disasterFixing your figure from a small lean to a shattered disaster

mimi_himemimi_hime8 months agoTutorial
Fixing the broken T^T
a broken or warped figure is never fun and sometimes you cant get a new one so you have to make do with what you have and here are some trick and ideas ive all personally used ,so lets start off with the minor things

Leaning figures
if your figure is leaning a little too much then it was meant too or maybe and arm that was holding something warped a little out of shape dont worry this is how you can fix your lil friend!

take a blow dryer or a heat gun and blast the area of the figure thats bent once it's heated up enough you can bend it back into place easily then while your still holding it in place dunk it in ice cold water or run it under tap for a few minutes,dry it off and boom your figures back to how it was the same can be done with accessories or caste off cloths

Oily figures
so the thing with older figure is that after some time the materiel will let off a weird moister that makes the figure look oily,theres nothing you can do to prevent this but there is a way to clean it and keep it at bay. so no mater how many times yo clean it it will come back it's just because of the old material but i find that is you wash it with a mild detergent it will keep the oilyness away for 2-3 weeks before it comes back

so in luke warm water pour a bit of mild detergent in till the water is cloudy and put a bit on the figure it's self, give it a good rub down in the water then rinse clean and dry then that figure should be good for a few weeks

Snapped pieces
sometimes in this hobby things will break but that doesnt mean they're done for

when a pieces snaps off it's an easy fix, using crazy glue stick it back on till the crack marks are flush, now 1 thing though is keep in mind how heavy the piece is! normally crazy glue is more then enough but 1/4th scale up i recommend the 2 part epoxy glue that you can buy in tubes at the dollar store, once the piece is glued back you want to lay it down or rest it on something till it's fully dry before displaying again or the fixed piece might warp

Cracks/chips
normally with crack you can put epoxy in the crack and using pressure on each side to keep the crack closed till it dries BUT if the crack is to big or it's been chipped your best course of action would be getting sculpting putty it's the best matching texture,fill in the crack or chip let it dry and then matching the paint airbrush it, if you dont have an airbrush just paint using a brush but the outcome may not be as smooth and seamless

Shattered!!
sometimes a figure will just shatter into a bunch of pieces and you think it's time to mark it as trash BUT with some patience you can fix it again!when the piece is shattered it's no longer a matter of fixing but more like reconstruction, i have the 1/2 scale sonico and her legs and arms smashed but so far this way of fixing is working great!

so first thing is gather all the pieces and using what ever adhesive you choose glues all the pieces back together and let it dry

next using putty fill in all the cracks and any missing gaps,at this point if you find the piece needs more support cut a piece of wire and add it in covering it with putty then let it all dry

next you sand the piece till it's flush with the bigger portion of the figure that hasnt shattered,once it's sanded and smooth it should be whole again

then you pain with painting your gonna want to use an airbrush or the new paint just wont blend in with the original old paint. if you have faith in mixing your colours then do your best to color match BUT if you cant then take a chip of the figure and you can send it to a company to colour match it for you they'll custom mix a paint and send it to you thats what i did with sonico

once painted use a matte sealer of what ever finish they used on the rest of the figure just try to match let dry and your good to go your figures back!


TIPS AND TRICK FOR FIXING
1.epoxy and putty are easily blended flat using a little bit of water on your fingers to hide the seams

2.there are figure sites and garage kit sites that sell decals so if your figure was shattered on the face you can re buy the eye decals as water slides

3.use painters tape to hold pieces in place,its sticky enough to hold but no too sticky to where it will pull paint off

I HOPE THIS HELPS GOOD LUCK
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1pt
Why did so many people vote this as uninteresting? I don’t understand what they found uninteresting about it. Why didn’t they comment what they found so boring so that you can improve? I find that pretty stupid if I’m honest
4 months ago
1pt
The sticky figure one never worked for me...
8 months ago
3pt
I do want to add one very helpful tip I have is the “paper-clip/drill” method. Normally when you have a breakage one part might be too heavy to just glue on and leave. This is where this method comes in. You’ll need some model clippers, glue, a small hand drill, and of course a paper clip. First thing to do is using your hand drill pick a drill size that’s sligtly larger than your paper clip and drill into both the figure and the broken part. Next, you’ll need to use your clippers to cut a piece of the paper clip. If it’s too big that’s OK, trim it until you get a just right size.

Now, apply glue to both the broken part and the figure, put the paper clip into the whole, and put the two pieces together and hold them until they dry. This method provides more support for the part that snapped off and ensures it won’t snap anytime soon.

Granted for much bigger figures (1/4 and above) you’ll want to make multiple incisions and use multiple paper clips or just get some heavy duty paper clips or the like.
8 months ago
1pt
mimi_hime (8 months ago) #45704823i'll actually be posting a full progress post on it in a few weeks when it's done it's not completely done im on the painting stage atm but im waiting for my new airbrush nozzle to come in
Cool! That will be interesting to see.
8 months ago
1pt
Okeno (8 months ago) #45704593The ideas are interesting, like for a shattered figure, but I think some pics would be nice to see how it evolved (again, particularly the shattered one - I'm very curious to see that).
i'll actually be posting a full progress post on it in a few weeks when it's done it's not completely done im on the painting stage atm but im waiting for my new airbrush nozzle to come in
8 months ago
2pt
The ideas are interesting, like for a shattered figure, but I think some pics would be nice to see how it evolved (again, particularly the shattered one - I'm very curious to see that).
8 months ago
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