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Getting old model apart

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Getting old model apart
Posted by Pete57 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:12 PM

Hi, I'm new here so hope this isn't a question that's been asks before. I recently acquired a older model. That I built as a kid, I would like to repaint. But I would also like to take it partially take it apart. So question is does anyone have suggestions on how to get it apart?

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Posted by armor 2.0 on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:30 PM

You can tamiya thin glue and put it on the joins it will losin the part like have also heard of  people putting the model in freezer let it freeze and that will losin glue.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, March 3, 2018 4:03 PM

Pete you want to pose question in general modeling.

This spot is for website technical stuff, only saying so you go where you can get an answer.

I don’t think you can do this and get any reasonable result. Can you find another copy?


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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:49 PM

Older tube glues tend to get brittle with age and many of my oldest surviving builds where I used that stuff tended to come apart at the seams. It all depends upon how much glue was used. And how many years have gone by. Something about the resin carrier of the cement holding the parts together because the solvent evaporated and a good bond was never obtained.


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Posted by GAF on Monday, April 2, 2018 10:13 PM

Regardless of this being in the wrong section ( Smile ), I had good luck with just soaking the model in hot, soapy water which seemed to soften the glue somewhat (old Testors glue).

You might try freezing the model, then dropping it into hot, soapy water.  The shock might crack the seams.


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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 7:27 AM

I've actually had pretty good luck with the 'freezer' method. Even on 'chemically welded' seams, it seems to make everything brittle enough to 'give' a little more easily.


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