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Agree with the above advice. Definately better results using ice cold water to cool rather than ambient temperature water. Though I did not have much success with correcting the plastic used for Caesar figures for some reason - they just seemed to go right back into their bent shape after cooling! Zvezda and some Imex figures are made from inherently brittle plastic to begin so I would be cautious with them. I have a few other sets of Linear-A figures and their plastic is different to those other manufacturers. So please let us know how it worked for you Jan.
I concur with the already given answers. I use boiling water for the best results and use tongs to dip the figures in water - for 1/72 scale figures I do this work while still on sprue - easier on the fingers. I do the adjusting with either my fingers (guitar playing gives me some callouses on my finger tips) - though tweezers isn't a bad idea. I also suggest ice water for a better hold.
Also, as has been said, plastics differ so it's a trial and error thing. I've found the stiffer the plastic the less success I've had with this method and some of the really soft rubbery plastic it takes a couple tries, but even if there's no need for modification or correction a couple dips in the hot/cold water tends to stiffen the plastic somewhat. Again plastics and results differ.
Ive used hot and cold water on several Strelets figures with no problem (there's one on my avatar), I haven't tried it with Linear A yet but it should be OK.
I Boil a kettle, pour the boiled water into a cup and dip the figure in the just boiled water. I usually leave a section of sprue attached to the figure to use as a handle. For small amounts of movement I only leave the figure in the water just long enough to heat the plastic, less than half a minute I suppose. After bending I just run the figure under the cold tap to set the plastic but if the other guys say ice water works better so be it. If you're ever really worried about using heat and cold, or anything else on plastic, test on a piece of sprue first.
For your purpose I would suggest that you have the elephant handy. Heat the figure in the hot water, bend as necessary, then fit the figure while still warm onto the elephant in the position you want it, cool the figure with the cold water while it's sitting on the elephant and you should have a good fit.
Thank you kindly for all your excellent suggestions. Such a wealth of combined bee hive knowledge is impressive and saves me from spoiling my newly acquired treasures. :relaxed:
Those Linear-A previews of the phalangite sets look amazing so far as well.