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martin goddard

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2018, 06:38:40 PM »
Looks groovy. We need to see the figure after the paint job too!!

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2018, 07:59:56 PM »
Mike looking good, you will get quicker the more you do.

Like Martin looking forward to seeing the figures painted.

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2018, 08:56:00 PM »
About to start a head swap on some BEF infantry, and have just received some uhlan heads to use on the old style uhlans.

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2018, 06:43:01 PM »
Today's casualties: 1 x mini drill piece and 2 x figures completely destroyed.
 
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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2018, 11:15:20 PM »
Today's casualties: 1 x mini drill piece and 2 x figures completely destroyed.

Oh dear - that's a heavy toll. Do you still have all your fingers?

And were you using an electric drill, or a pin vice?

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2018, 09:04:53 AM »
Today's casualties: 1 x mini drill piece and 2 x figures completely destroyed.

Oh dear - that's a heavy toll. Do you still have all your fingers?

And were you using an electric drill, or a pin vice?

I was using a pin vice. Everything was going fine until I broke the smallest drill bit I was using. I should have stopped then and waited until I got hold of a replacement. It was also exceptionally hot here yesterday which didn't help my concentration.
 

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2018, 09:27:14 AM »
Let's make that better.

Next time you order Mike, let us know which figures died and we will send replacements.

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2018, 09:44:56 AM »
Let's make that better.

Next time you order Mike, let us know which figures died and we will send replacements.

Thank you very much, Martin.  :)

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2018, 08:25:44 PM »
Excellent service for you Mike, good job it was a figure and not a finger. Martin will take a little longer to make one of those for replacement.

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2018, 08:38:57 PM »
Head swaps do carry a slight risk. To mix things up I ordered some brigadiers from TSS, only to find some of them had Tin helmets, so off with his head for a PP peaked cap. Unfortunately I had started to drill in the iron place so the head looked decidedly strange. Fortunately there was another in the same pose so my second attempt was much more successful.

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2018, 11:19:53 PM »
Wrapping the figure in blutack before you start drilling really helps too. Figure doesn't slip in your grip, plus it is a lot comfier to hold onto (especially if you are drilling a number of figures).

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2018, 04:37:54 AM »
I always find after drilling the hole and dry fitting the head etc. I put a bit of Squadron (green filler) into the hole as it mixes up with super glue quite nicely.  I'am talking a little dab of filler, the very tip of an old knife blade, or the tip of a cocktail stick. Makes the super bond easier as well. Also liquid cement brushed over after fills in the neck area. Its a good way to clean the excess super glue and filler.
Put a very very small tilt to the head as well, it added character to your figure.

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2018, 07:38:11 AM »
Some excellent tips there -thanks.

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2018, 09:50:28 AM »
As I can't find the drill bits I had and have recently purchased a new pin vice to replace the one that also disappeared what size is everyone using when doing head swaps?

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Re: Head Swaps
« Reply #29 on: August 14, 2018, 11:12:09 AM »
The smallest I have - I think it's a 0.8mm.

I also file down the head spigot to a point - helps it go in more easily and allows some "wriggle room" for variation / character.