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#1 blackandwhite

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:34 AM

I went to a hobby/toy show today and picked up a mustang bomb for 3 bucks. I see that purple power will strip the paint, but is there anything that will 'eat' at the glue and have the parts come apart easier?

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:51 AM

I've heard freezing the model for 20 min will allow you to snap parts free sometimes. Any idea what kind of glue it is?

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:53 AM

not really. I'm recovering a glue bomb myself. It take a sharp knife and a lot of patience and care. You might soak it in a little water and throw it in the freezer. That helped me break loose several of the bonds. Good Luck!

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:17 AM

not a clue. its clear and imho seems to be a thinner glue.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

Any of the 'toxic' plastic glues are solvents that dissolve the plastic and actually weld the two parts together, so anything that would "dissolve" the glue would most likely dissolve the plastic the model was made of too. The 'non-toxic' glues may very well respond to the freezer treatment, though I haven't tried it and won't recommend something I have no first-hand knowledge of. The freezer treatment may also work on a model built with liquid glue, as the joint is weaker than the surrounding plastic and freezing the whole thing will make it ALL more brittle, so the already weak joints MAY snap more readily if very cold.

I rebuild MANY gluebombs and I typically gently force the joints apart with the tip of an X-acto or a small screwdriver. Depending on how much glue was used, that usually works. It also works to score the joint with an X-acto blade to weaken it first. Still, damage to the surrounding plastic is almost inevitable.

I've had some models that were so incredibly gluey that I've had to take a Dremel to them to get them separated. There was no way to get this mess apart without grinding the attaching flanges off of the backs of the parts.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:43 AM

Soak it in water. Put it in a ziplock bag all nice and wet. Stick it in the freezer at least overnight. Should be easier to pop apart after it's good and frozen.