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#27579
New to this: How do I fix broken pieces? 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
Hi All,

I'm brand spanking new to this hobby. Looked at this stuff for years but could only afford it now. I bought some lots off ebay of OOS material as well as the MBS and DOE direct from Dwarven Forge (eagerly awaiting those). I just opened the items I received via ebay and noticed that the t-junction and another wall section were broken. The seller packaged them in paper mostly (bubblewrap on the edges) and during shipping (I assume) they broke. How do you fix? Also what do you use to glue the felt bottoms back on? Just wondering how to best go about fixing my new broken toys!

Thx

P.S. Now I understand why there is a preference given towards buying DF items still in their original packaging!
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#27580
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According to the short thread "Need Suggestions on Repairs", SuperGlue works wonders, and green sculpy is great for filling in any spots where pieces might be missing or too small to work with.

I recommend SuperGlue with the brush-cap applicator, because it's MUCH easier to control how much you put on the pieces and where it goes.
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#27581
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Well, first to repair the pieces go and get some modeling putty (mold-able epoxy and roll it out to a string a little bigger than 3/16" diameter. Put a small amount between the broken pieces and press them together with a good amount of pressure. Cut off the excess putty with a craft knife.

You may want to disguise the break by either painting over the damaged area, or disguising it with flock (fake grass) or a lichen (moss).

The best modeling putty to use for this is "ProCreate Sculpting Putty" from Kraftmark. Here's a link www.kraftmark.biz/ . It's 12 bucks a box but comes in real handy. You'll probably only use 1/8 of the box at the most, leaving the rest for other hobbies or repairs.

The Felt bottoms are best applied with a thin, even layer of white glue. Elmer's craft glue will work but there are other craft glues out there that are good too. Go to a sewing or fabric store and ask the clerk about craft glue...
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#27582
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A straight up break where you have the bits is yes super glue, works wonders, i have only broken about 3 bits in about 4 years and super glue works wonders.
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#27583
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For a Clean Break I use Super Glue. (Has happened 2 times in 8 years)
For a shattered Breat I use the afore mentioned green putty (Has happened 1 time in 8 years)

All my break came from clumsy gamers knocking into the table and I not thinking in advance having to many pieces on the edge waiting to be built out on the board. Now I use a second table! :-)

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#27584
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KingThor;

First of all, welcome to DF gaming!

I'm known around these parts as the DF Butcher (among other, sometimes less ... SAVORY ... applations, so disregard other epithets!
ANYWAY, I would suggest you check the box(es) your broken pieces arrived in for damage, then hunt down the shipper and nail him for shipping damage, if possible.
I can say this because as the Butcher, I can tell you how hard it is to CUT this stuff! DF uses some of the most DURABLE resin I've EVER found; it is the MOST dense, HARD, yet chip-resistant solid polyurethane resin I've ever seen! I've actually DULLED a HACKSAW blade on it! I KILLED a Dremel Scroll Saw blade cutting a T-Passage! I accidentally dropped a 2" Passage section from SHOULDER height onto a concrete floor and @ 1/2 of one wall broke cleanly at an angle; it was a clean break, and glued right back into place with Slow-Zap Super Glue.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, I LOVE this stuff, because it is so easy to work with. I can customize it, paint it (I've been known to slap a clear satin coat on it then use tempera poster colors as temporary paint jobs), chop up extra pieces for custom pieces (as I said, I'm the butcher!), make castings to chop up (because the resin I use is easier to chop up!), and generally give Stefan and Jeff - and a LOT of the guys here on the forum - heart attacks with my philosophy about how to demolish DF in search of "Custom and Extra Pieces"!
But we ALL have fun.
Again, welcome aboard.
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#27585
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For the first time ever, I toasted several pieces (four of my cavern passage 4-ways) by dropping them on concrete. Two I fixed with epoxy glue. The other two are hopeless unless I use my Dremel and pin them together because they broke an entire section off.
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#27586
New to this: How do I fix broken pieces? 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
Hi All,

Thanks for your replies. I want to try and fix them this weekend but I am not the greatest at hands on stuff. So what I plan on doing is dusting the two broken halves to clean it off and then put on some super glue. My questions are how much glue do you use and where do you put it (in the middle, around the side, on the edge)? I really am not "handy" at all, so please give me the full dummies treatment on your reply and I want to make my first attempt perfect! Thanks again!
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#27587
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I would use a brush applicator and put a thin coat in the middle. When you press the pieces together, it will cause the liquid to "flow" between the pieces, so if you use too much it will form beads or a line of glue along the seam between the pieces.

Have a piece of newspaper (or better yet, clean white printer paper) ready to put the piece on to dry. Do not allow wet glue to touch the surface the piece is resting on, or it will be glued to it as well. (One of several reasons not to use too much glue.)

I hope that the other responders above will offer tips on gluing technique, as they are much better qualified than I.
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#27588
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When glueing 2 pieces together I typically clamp the lower piece assuming it is a floor/wall piece to the table, brush the glue on with an applicator, enough to glisten the surface my grandfather taught me with modeling, and then use pliers to handle the pice you are putting together with the glue that way fi you do have glue on your fingers you avoid joining you to the piece.

GOOD LUCK!

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