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Filling in seam lines on crew figures using Vallejo putty

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Filling in seam lines on crew figures using Vallejo putty
Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Friday, June 11, 2021 2:52 AM

Hello all. I've tried using Vallejo putty (water/marble based stuff) to fill in the joint seam lines on one of my Tamiya Pershing 1/35 crewmen (where the arms and head meet the torso piece), but I'm finding that the putty tends to crumble and break off when I try to sand it down. Is there a better substance/putty for filling in seam lines on figures? Or maybe my technique is just lacking? Thanks for any suggestions.

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Friday, June 11, 2021 6:42 AM

Apoxie Clay.  Mix up a little ball of that according to the instructions (a 50/50 ratio), work it into the seam, then gently smooth out the putty with a damp q-tip.  Wait 24 hours for it to harden, then primer and paint.  No sanding needed usually, since it is water soluble until it hardens.  Also, unlike some other water-soluble putties, this stuff forms a strong epoxy bond with the plastic and will absolutely not come loose from the part except in the places you deliberately remove it.  Milliput was my go-to before, but I like Apoxie Clay better because it comes in two wide-mouth plastic jars that make it much easier to work with and much easier to store.

I recently used the stuff to fill a 1/4" hole for a switch that is being permanently deleted from a 1:1 aircraft yoke switch housing.  Even filling a void that large was no problem for it.  No cracks, and the old switch hole is totally invisible.  I have also used it on model plane leading edges and model car chassis in situations where I had accidentally removed too much plastic while trimming away flash.  Even with such little surface area for it to hold onto...still stays put and doesn't come loose.

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Posted by jgeratic on Friday, June 11, 2021 7:31 AM

Another two part product is Green Stuff, an epoxy putty you knead together and apply.   Working time is two hours, and fully cured 24 hours.  Easy to smooth out with a wet fingertip, such that very little or no sanding is required.

 

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Jack

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, June 11, 2021 7:52 AM

Eaglecash mentioned Apoxie Clay, and I'll recommend another product from Aves, Apoxie Sculpt. It's also a 2-part epoxy.  It's easy to work with, mixes easily, can be smoothed with a wet fingertip, cures rock-hard but sands well enough.  I use it on figures metal, styrene, or resin.

Like Eaglecash, too, I used to use Miliput.  I have no complaints with it, I just tried Apoxie Sculpt because other figure painters and sculptors I know use it.  Apoxie Sculpt is a bit more finely grained than Miliput's regular formula, but Miliput does make a super-fine grade, too.

Here's Aves' website:  https://avesstudio.com/

You order online, though it's also available in many art supply stores (like Richard Biick's).

Another product that would work is Sculpey, but it has a challenge, in that it's heat-cured.  The instructions recommend a low heat setting, and many who use it, use an oven to cure it.  That makes it impractical for styrene, especially.  But a friend of mine uses it with styrene, resin, and metal, and he uses a hair dryer to cure it.  So it can be done.

Hope that helps!

Best regards,

Brad

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Friday, June 11, 2021 1:43 PM

I generally use the Perfect Plastic Putty, and smooth it with a wet cotton bud or fingertip, or a dampened paintbrush.  I'm very careful about sanding it, for the same reason you have discovered!  Assuming the Vallejo stuff to be similar, use very fine grade sandpaper/sticks, and go gently. 

I also use Milliput - the very fine white stuff - but normally for larger jobs, as I find mixing very small amounts to the correct ratio a bit tricky, and mixing larger amounts for very small jobs is wasteful (and I'm a skinflint!Big Smile)

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Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Saturday, June 12, 2021 5:18 AM

OK, folks- thanks for the tips about other putties that work better (and the detailed instructions about how to use some of them:). I appreciate the information from you all. It's just a matter of my buying one or more of these products and trying them out now. I suspect that like about everything else hobby-wise, it takes practice to get better at (to turn out more realistic looking finished figures. Fortunately, I have no shortage of unassembled 1/35th scale figures to experiement with (I have several left from relatively crude early tank models I have built). Again, thanks for pointing me in the right direction on this.

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Posted by the Baron on Saturday, June 12, 2021 9:47 PM

Hutch6390

... I find mixing very small amounts to the correct ratio a bit tricky, and mixing larger amounts for very small jobs is wasteful... 

I use leftover amounts of putty to make 54mm loaves of bread in various shapes for my toy soldiers Wink

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