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    richsh
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    I’m planning on basing everything Stargrave on clear acryllic to maximise the mats I have to represent different planets etc. I’ve never done this before and I wondered if anyone could suggest from experience what is the best type of glue to use? Any old super glue or a particular brand?

    #1634795

    blinky465
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    Superglue causes “frosting” on acrylic. You might get away with it on clear, but if you must, use a gel type so it doesn’t spread too far out from under the feet.

    #1634797

    dawfydd
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    I got a recommendation a few months back for Hobbyking Super-gold Odorless – haven’t had a chance to try to on any clear bases yet, but it’s a weird experience at first using a glue that’s so fluid and doesn’t give off fumes….

    #1634798

    sundancer
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    I would suggest UV curing glue. I have never tried it but there shouldn’t be any fumes fogging the clear parts and you can directly use the UV lamp through the base.

    #1634799

    scribbs
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    What does @warzan use for his acrylic punched bases?

    #1635060

    richsh
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    Many thanks for the above advice. My fear is frosting. I’m going to pick up both types of glue and experiment. I might even put it up as project.

    #1635074

    sundancer
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    Oh I totally forgot. There is a “new” glue in town called “MiniatureAid SuperGlue” and I’ve seen a test on a German YouTube channel (I know that guy in person) and it seems to be a good alternative. But I don’t know if it’s available outside Germany.

    https://miniatureaid.com/

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by  sundancer.
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    I use modelling canopy glue for my clear bases wherever I can (it’s slow drying, like PVA, so the model needs to stand upright or be supported, but it dries clear and has no fumes).
    If it’s a running pose or something where I need the glue to set quickly while I hold it, I use a very small amount of superglue. Any frosting can be cleaned up with a cotton bud, it’s only powder on the surface, not the plastic itself clouding.

    #1635648

    onlyonepinman
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    I use a gel superglue with an accelerant spray.  I apply the superglue to the feet or bottom surface of the miniature and spray the accelerant onto the base.  I get little spreading of the glue and no frosting.

    I have done all of these from Star Saga in that exact way.  Bases are from Laserforge Miniatures & Games

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    #1635711

    ced1106
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    I also did some pinning. Drill a hole into the miniature as usual. Start a seed hole in the acrylic with a pushpin or pen engraver. I then used superglue, but will try glues others are suggesting. Pretty much all of the time, the foot blocks seeing the pin. Do a search on using acrylic bases and Dakka has an article. Post your pics when you’re done!

    EDIT: Oops — I’ve only based metal miniatures to acrylic bases. I assume Stargrave will have both plastics and metals, like Frostgrave had?

    #1635782

    onlyonepinman
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    @ced1106 pinning is definitely recommended for anything metal.  Plastic, resin and PVC tend to be ok with just glue.

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