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securing 1/72 figures during painting
Ontario, Canada
Joined: January 03, 2007
KitMaker: 1,505 posts
Historicus Forma: 8 posts
Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 04:17 AM UTC
Hi there, I have 14 figures to do for a ship im working on, and plan to use oils to paint them. Can anyone suggest the best method of securing them while painting? They are not on a sprue, as many have been altered from thier original state
Texas, United States
Joined: May 28, 2006
KitMaker: 59 posts
Historicus Forma: 54 posts
Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 04:55 AM UTC
Hi. I'd like to share my ideas with you. I've worked with a lot of 1/72 figures, both with and without bases. If your figures come attached to bases, carefully poke a hole in the base near the middle, then stick a toothpick through. That should be satisfactory to hold for painting, and you can either pull the toothpick out and be done or cut the figure from the base. If the figures have no base (I've worked with a German brand named Preiser like this) you can use a very small pin vise to make a hole in one of the feet. Use a sharp toothpick for the hole and you should be good to go. I find the toothpick pushes in good enough to not require gluing, so when I'm done I just pull it back out. Hope this helps, and good luck with your project.
Aarhus, Denmark
Joined: July 18, 2003
KitMaker: 3,377 posts
Historicus Forma: 66 posts
Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 09:34 AM UTC
if its styrene figures I glue em on a stick with superglue

Resin figures I just leave on their castingblocks.

Quebec, Canada
Joined: January 01, 2004
KitMaker: 7,600 posts
Historicus Forma: 431 posts
Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012 - 04:16 AM UTC
I save the plastic tops from milk cartons, pop bottles, etc, for individual bases for figures; and they're resusable.