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General Discussions / Re: Have you changed your plastic?
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:58:13 AM »
Have to say that I have experienced exactly the same. I built several Rubicon kits last year with Revell cement, and had no problems.

This year (still same bottle) when I assembled my Christmas bounty, the plastic seems to be more polish and stiff, and the cement works considerably worse. While the stuff holds, it snaps off easily, showing no trace of solvention on the plastic.
The cement still works perfectly with all other plastics (WG, GB), so its not changed on that side.

I can work around this, but when I have to decide which kit to buy this IS a point against Rubicon.

My experience exactly. Glad it’s not just me.
I wasn’t asking for advice on which glue to use, because previously, this glue had worked perfectly.
I was asking what had changed, because clearly something had. As Rubicon say they haven’t changed their plastic, I must assume, as UVS suggests, that over time the active agent in the glue deteriorates. That will have to do for an answer I guess. Thanks for all the suggestions  :)

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Yes we do. And I appreciate the poetry of your last sentence or two as well. May you shine forever indeed  :)

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General Discussions / Re: Have you changed your plastic?
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:25:25 AM »
Lordy Lordy... again, thanks for the advice on other glues. But my point seems to be getting lost somewhere along the line. Revell Contacta worked fine on the first several Rubicon kits I made. Behaved as it was supposed to. But is not behaving the same on the CMP truck kit. Meaning either the plastic has changed, or something has changed in the glue (or I’m going potty!)

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Yes, still waiting on the ‘Rubiconed’ reworked French AFVs ans Citroen. The Otter would be a very nice addition.

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General Discussions / Re: Have you changed your plastic?
« on: January 09, 2018, 12:29:17 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions.
My point though, was that on the previous 4 or 5 Rubicon kits I have made, the Revell Contacta liquid poly cement has worked absolutely fine. This time, for some unaccountable reason, it’s failing to dissolve the plastic surface. Hence ‘have you changed your plastic?’ - because the only other explanation I suppose is that the glue has somehow gone off... which I guess is possible, but seems somewhat unlikely... ah well, it’s a mystery...  ::)

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General Discussions / Have you changed your plastic?
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:23:21 AM »
I’ve been building my Rubicon CMP truck, using the Revell Contacta liquid poly cement I’ve used for many hundreds of hard plastic figures and several plastic kits, including from Rubicon.

But to my slight consternation, the glue is behaving differently on this kit. Usually, as intended, the effect of the liquid poly cement is to rapidly dissolve the two surfaces to be bonded, and then fuse them together to create a new bond.

On this kit however, the cement is failing to dissolve the plastic. It’s just sitting on the surface of the plastic. It’s like the plastic is harder, shinier, somehow impervious to the intentionally corrosive properties of the glue. Half a dozen times, components which I thought were firmly stuck, have just come apart under the slightest pressure - revealing that the liquid poly cement has not behaved in its customary way. It’s just dried as a film on the surface of the plastic...

I haven’t experienced this with any other plastic kits, which leads me to question if something has changed in the composition of the material the kit is being produced in.

It’s pretty annoying  :(

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Work In Progress / Re: The Carro Armato P43(Bis) in resin
« on: December 25, 2017, 06:03:43 AM »
But what has become of the promised French resin kits (ex-Neucraft)?

They will also be available shortly  ;)

Great news. Thank you  8)

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Work In Progress / Re: The Carro Armato P43(Bis) in resin
« on: December 24, 2017, 04:08:55 PM »
Interesting releases.
But what has become of the promised French resin kits (ex-Neucraft)?

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Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - PzKpfw 38H 735(f) 170906
« on: October 28, 2017, 03:37:05 AM »
Merci Lou.

Very interesting to see on the photographs of the FTs that they still wore their very bold and distinctive camouflage scheme, even in the middle east.

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Work In Progress / Re: Production Schedule - Updated 171019
« on: October 21, 2017, 04:56:47 AM »
When will the French (ex Neucraft) resin kits be released? Can't see them on the schedule, but knowing that the decals and instructions are all done, I had expected to see them in the next release?

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Great stuff - I'm in for the French, and need at least a couple of 15 CWT trucks  :)

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General Discussions / Re: A Change of Colour!
« on: September 07, 2017, 12:58:12 AM »
Yep. Much easier to see  :)

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Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - PzKpfw 38H 735(f) 170906
« on: September 06, 2017, 03:37:24 AM »
Very nice. When do you expect these reworked resin kits to be available?

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Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - Painted Test Samples 170827
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:41:06 AM »
Interesting stuff, thank you Pinky.

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Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - Painted Test Samples 170827
« on: August 28, 2017, 03:50:31 PM »
Thank you Johan :)
I have now done some Wikipedia-ing, and it seems there was indeed a regiment of R35's in Syria that fought for Vichy, and another in Morocco, although that didn't see action until Operation Torch in 1942.
There were a few of the H39 tanks sent to 'the colonies' although their disposition doesn't seem quite so certain.
However, it seems as though I would have reasonable grounds to include one or two of each type in a small Vichy force to add to my WW2 North Africa collection...  ;D

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