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Pro Art Models' Slat Armor
keenan
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Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 03:30 AM UTC



Sebastien Viale reviews Pro Art Models' "Stryker Slat Armor" kit.

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m998a2
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Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009 - 04:21 PM UTC
What will be the best Glue and/or Cement for the PE parts? Please advise.

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M998A2
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009 - 04:48 PM UTC
Since it is metal, superglue, epoxy, or soldering (to other PE, still need glue to attach it to the plastic parts) are about all that work. I just finished up a Stryker w/slat and must have used 4 tubes of superglue. Between gluing the slat and my fingers, it took quite a bit.

If you have never done PE before, a slat armor set is not the one to start on. It is quite laborious and can be a real pain. Get a small update set and work up to it. PE isn't necessarily hard, it just takes some time getting used to and uses different techniques to get it right.
seb43
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Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 06:42 AM UTC
I did use only Super Glue.
Soldering was not possible due to the resin part.

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Seb
m998a2
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Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 10:03 AM UTC
Thank you guys for the tips! I've tried the superglue, but its very fragile when I try to attach the slat armor to the Stryker....
BTW, do you know why most of the upgrade kits are made of resin instead of "plastic" since resin is very fragile and not flexible?

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seb43
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Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 10:53 AM UTC
I dont know what kind of Slat kit you are using but mine is very strong after the super glue has cured.
Why resin ??
Because you dont need to create a injection mold that it is very very very expensive but you dont see it since you will produce thousand of kits with one mold.
With resin you create you master duplicate with silicon RTV and you copy it with PU resin, it is easier for short production less than 100 pieces.
If you compare plastic kit vs resin kit for the same amount produce, resin kit will be cheaper.
You need to amortize the price of the mold that why plastic producer will release more than thousand copies.

Is it clear