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PLAYMOBIL Surgery -- Best Material

Hi All,

A few of our PLAYMOBIL figures received some canine customization. What - if any - material used in figure build could be use to fill dents, reshape noggins, and serve as prosthetic limbs? We can drill into limbs for armatures. Other repairs would require the material to stick to the plastic. The material would have to dry hard and withstand the occassional train wreck / pirate raid / Legio X assault / etc.

Thanks in advance!

Eric

Eric;
If I’m not mistaken; most “Plastic” figures, and other plastic parts used for Playmobile products are “Syrene”…except possibly the more flexible parts or the gear boxes.
So, you can use lacquer thinner, MEC, Ascetone, or the more expensive small bottles of clear liquid plastic cement…which will “Weld” the parts together. Some types of plastic filler can be used like putty to fill holes in the plastic .
If you have hobby stores that cater to the plastic model aeroplane gang…they will probably have stuff that you can use.
Others; please feel free to correct me on this.
AND…please warn your gang of repairers of the dangers of those “Liquids”…they should be handled with GREAT CARE.
FJM

Seems to be normal styrene. When I kitbashed the ore car, I treated it like any other styrene piece.



Happy fixing, David Meashey

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Not rolling stock …I believe …

Depending on the damage, I’d say just some Bondo spot putty. Easily available and cheap at your local auto parts store ( $5?). Hardens nice and takes paint.

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I agree with Craig.

Also, if you want to do manual sculpting, Magic Sculpt is also a 2-part epoxy, but it can be worked with water for smoothing. Ain’t cheap though.

https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Sculpt-Lb-Epoxy-Clay/dp/B003AL71FI

As for ideas, I don’t have any, but this woman sure seems to take her Playmobil mods very seriously!

And this guy…

And this dude…

I guess it’s a thing!

for “welding” plastik i use the stuff, that plumbers use for welding fittings to pipes. (much cheaper and more concentrated)

i use any brand of two-part epoxy for replacing or adding bodyparts or clothing.
best seem to be either the “greenstuff” and/or “milliput”
look the test pieces below. the skirt-mending and the piece of luggage to the right are from another epoxy, than the other luggage and the arms.

here the “greenstuff” used in reusable molds out of “whitestuff”

Thanks, Fred, in this case we are talking about repairing figurines whose sundry body parts have made a one way trip through the dogs’ alimentary canals. We can certainly try the plastic filler, which we have on hand, to fill some of the bite marks on the less mauled figurines.

Eric

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Craig,

Also on hand. It works wonders on minor termite damage!

Eric

Thanks, everyone. There are a number of options here that are either on hand or readily available. We have some end-of-school-year projects to finish, and then we’ll turn to!

Have a great weekend!

Eric

thinking about that, it might be an idea, to totally disasemble the damaged figures and let the parts soak in soapwater for some days before repairing.
these figures have enough hollow parts, that otherwise the re-animated figures might be shitty at best.

And what do we have here young Mueller. “Teacher my dad made us follow the dog around and gather up his poop so he could analyze it for any evidence of the people he ate!”

I am late to this party. But three thoughts come to mind: bondo, two part epoxy plumbers putty (comes in a tube and you knead it to mix), and thre are all sorts of epoxy clays for sculpting.

But here is a fun idea, what about actual prosthetics. A hook, a peg leg, or maybe a high tech thingy like them springs runners use. Ad some diversity to the clan.

Actually, the signifer for Legio X has a hook from his battle with the dogs. Cave canem, indeed!

Eric

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Getting back to this…

I had tried two part modeling epoxy…

…and that failed miserably, though it has gone to several different projects and repairs, so no loss. For the life of me, I couldn’t find putty locally. With the boys into rocketry, however, I found a brand I ordered via a supply source that rocket folks use to mount fins and such and blend them into their models.

!
Rockets made from salvaged parts taken from the hobby shop’s grab bin being a free way to test this stuff, I tried it out:

Not bad! I then selected an injured fireman…

…smoothed the stuff into the teeth marks, sculpted a hairpiece, and had Kid-zilla stick a fireman’s helmet on to make sure it fit.

Our fireman now looks like this:

The stuff stuck to the plastic, which means our first responder only needs a little paint. I will train the boys on how to use this stuff, and we should get “everyone” back in action in short order.

Thanks for the tips!

Aloha,
Eric

P.S. You may have noted Gustav in the background. The postal service broke his snowplow at some point. We are in the tropics, so who cares, but, as it turns out, the screw that holds the plow in place also holds the steam chest closed! This putty actually fixed the broken stem, allowing us to put the old boy back in action. Except my throttle broke :frowning: New project…

Eric;

I wish I had a current source for PlayMobil. (Mine went out of business!) Because they are toys, most large scalers ignore them. They can be refurbished into credible models. Example below.



Best, David Meashey