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Attaching metal to painted turret.
Mortifa
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2016 - 02:02 PM UTC
Hi,

Just getting back into the hobby and started doing a build and changed my mind about the tank, but, now I want to add some wiring which appears to be attached to the turret.

Do I drill holes where the wire begins and ends and just use super glus? Would hot glue be better and I should paint he wire before attaching?

The one I am trying to make looks like the one in my gallery, for some reason I cannot get the image to show.

I do hope I posted this in the right forum?
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2016 - 08:59 PM UTC
I recommend you paint the wire, before gluing it. As far as glue, pva should work fine.
Mortifa
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2016 - 09:12 PM UTC
Thanks for the response, PVA is just white glue?
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 02:40 AM UTC
Yes, pva is white glue.
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 07:23 PM UTC
PVA glue doesn't hold worth a crap. It should only be used to glue clear parts. I would do as you initially thought, drill where the wire goes into the turret and glue with superglue. I would also paint it after gluing since the glue can/will stick better to the wire. Paint just adds another layer to be pulled off as the paint will pull away with the superglue. Paint is a very weak bond.
Mortifa
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 03:05 PM UTC
Thanks, I was still pondering which way to do this, and trying to get some wire to go the way I want.

This is the tank I am trying to model, but I found it after I had already started, lesson learned.



And this image is where I am at now, just waiting for the decals to dry before another layer of clear coat and then start weathering and such.



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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 03:46 PM UTC
So long as it is not supporting anything heavy, pva works great. I use it for small etch assemblies and figures, with excellent results.
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2017 - 09:31 PM UTC
To each their own. I find the bond w/PVA too weak to hold anything for any length of time. For me, the only thing it remotely holds sort of well is paper items like ration boxes.
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2017 - 10:18 PM UTC
Normally, I would go with CA glue as well, but if you drill through the turret and glue from the inside I think PVA would work okay. Gluing from the inside keeps things neater and gives you an unpainted surface to glue to. I would probably prime the wire first and then paint it after installing.

Mortifa
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Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 01:16 AM UTC
Sadly I had already gotten a lot of the model built and painted before I really notices the wire.

So I tried some thing, that did not work.

But where the wire was it left a pretty cool looking chip effect.

On a positive note I did learn a lot this build that I hope to use in future builds, including the research BEFORE I start building. My first armour kit in over twenty some odd years and I think it looks okay.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 03:00 AM UTC
Looks great, Richard!