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Colt Ward

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Litko Acrylic Bases
« on: 07 February 2019, 22:24:56 »
Got some of these in to try, 3mm thick . . . ordered some of the cheaper wooden ones in that size and the 1.5mm too to test out.  The 1.5mm are too thin I think for mechs but maybe I will use it to base vehicles to give them a look . . . or terrain piece.

But for the acrylic bases . . . how do you prepare them for minis?  I was wondering if I should scratch or groove the base to glue mech's feet.  Some of them that are solid pieces or on the little bases I have thought about drilling through the acrylic and into the base/feet for a better connection.

What do you do?
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Re: Litko Acrylic Bases
« Reply #1 on: 07 February 2019, 22:35:51 »
What glue are you using?

I keep a tube of KwikGrip/Tarzan's Grip/general purpose hardware glue around just for sticking minis to bases. This needs overnight to dry, but bonds well - has never failed me.

If you're using superglue, then yes, I'd recommend scratching for more surface contact area.

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Re: Litko Acrylic Bases
« Reply #2 on: 07 February 2019, 23:11:03 »
I generally use the same thing I use for my minis, Gale Force 9's superglue.  But I am open to getting something specifically for it . . . and if you recommend something b/c of the metal/acrylic bonding, if it is better to score it even with a specialist product I would be doing that when needed.  I have had a few pop off my home made bases.
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Re: Litko Acrylic Bases
« Reply #3 on: 13 February 2019, 12:28:37 »
I use Litko's thick plywood for mechs. But I've done heavy stuff on acrylic, and if you don't need the bases to remain clear and shiny the answer is two steps:
  • Sand surface with coarse grit. If you really want to be sure, drill some holes where they'll be hidden by the mech -- that will create adhesive "keys" that lock it in place. I suppose if you wanted clear bases you could skip the sanding and just go with the holes, but I haven't tested that.
  • Epoxy (2-part, 5-minute). I use epoxy for anything load-bearing anyway, because it's internally stronger than cyanoacrylate (super glue). Fresh (hasn't been sitting on a shelf for a year) thin CA is amazingly strong at joining two flat surfaces, but once you start making it "gap-filling," epoxy wins (if you aren't in a hurry).

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Re: Litko Acrylic Bases
« Reply #4 on: 13 February 2019, 13:00:00 »
Yeah, I was wanting to use it for the Scylla and a few other bases.  I bought the 3mm thick wood ones to experiment with mechs as well though I guess superglue and the Lance Pack mechs would also work for the acrylic bases if I want to cut them off the half hexes.  I have a 2 part epoxy but I am not sure how good it is- I did not have the best result when I tried it before.
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