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I can't remember if Strelets has ever produced multi-part figures, but other manufacturers have. I know such figures are not universally popular but I'm willing to put up with the fiddly nature of such figures if they are a quality production.
Hence, I'm slowly working through a pile of the Zvesda Fred. The G.'s SYW grenadiers.
My method is to "dry" fit the part. Then, always invariably, enlargen the hole & trim the peg: both with a scalpel.
I then super glue the parts, wash & dry the figures as per usual. There are always gaps: some small, some bigger. My method to fill them is to use the sharpened end of a paper clip to push White glue (PVA or Wood glue) into the gap. Excess glue is wiped off, leaving the join flush. Occasionally this has to be repeated after drying for bigger gaps.
I then prime & paint as per normal.
Does anyone have other methods?
While I enjoy putting together 28mm multi part plastic figures, I'm not a big fan of 1/72 multi part ones. I do have some sets from Zvezda though, which were OK.
For filling the larger gaps I use different products, depending on the size of the gap and it's complexity. My go to are the Milliput, Green Stuff and Vallejo Plastic Putty.
For smaller gaps, covering it with Matt Varnish does the trick for me most of the time. It's also handy, because you can use a brush for the application.
I don't have many multipart figures, a few Zvezda dragoons and some alternative arms. But I do sometimes change figure poses and change unmounted figures to mounted ones by partially cutting through joints and repositioning limbs.
This sometimes leaves quite large gaps to fill. I used to use putty or melted plastic (not recommended) but now I really like this stuff:
Glue that cures under U.V. light. It doesn't really work as a glue for most of what we do but I think it's really handy as a filler.
One end of the tube is the glue applicator and the other end is the U.V. light for curing the glue.
I find it really easy to use, as long as I'm not looking at the job through a camera viewfinder, there wouldn't normally be that overflow over the reins. I find it mostly goes where I want it to but if you do get too much on the cured product trims easily with an exacto knife. And it's paintable. $14 from the Post Office shop.
Here's one I made earlier when putting my Strelets Soult to horse, the horses head needs to be moved so it doesn't completely obscure the figure:
Well, well, well. You bait a hook and sometimes catch a fish.
Now this looks like a product I will want. Where did you purchase it, Graeme? Australia Post?
Yes, Australia Post. I did once see something that looked very similar, just a different coloured tube, for $4 in one of the cheap shops but it's not there now so I didn't get to try it.
Paint dog, I recommend searching "google . com" and click on "images" then enter "5 second fix." All sorts of sellers will show up including Amazon and ebay. I use this strategy for finding all sorts of hard to find items except the figurines themselves. Amazon, ebay and Walmart all have excellent and liberal return policies. You've got to be careful buying glue and products that have a short shelf-life. Gasoline to drive to a store could cost the same as the tube itself.
I recommend starting with Amazon and look for "Free Shipping" and check out the Sellers Feedback ratings. Hope this helps. GC