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Fire-at-Will
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Recoilless Rifles

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These are from the Strelets US AT Teams and although I shared a pack I didn't expect to get 4 recoilless rifles.
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In retrospect I should have only painted a pair and kept the other two for Vietnam.
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Richard B.
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Very nice will
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CarlL
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Well done Will. Good paint job. And your basing adds a touch of class.

My only despair with plastic is the bending of long gun barrels that can occur in the production process and which I have never found a way to undo, despite (in theory) that plastic can be bent back into shape in warm / hot water.

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CarlL wrote: 16 Feb 2021, 19:44
My only despair with plastic is the bending of long gun barrels.

CarlL
Carl, have you thought about cutting the barrel off and using a similar length & diameter of tube instead? Cheap way is to snip off the cotton ends from a cotton bud, (used or unused bud...your choice), add a small nail, (head snipped off), super-glued into cotton bud end, then when set, push nail head into soft plastic gun breech block...bit like doing a head swop on soft plastic figures...worth a try mate ;)

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CarlL
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Thanks Grant for description of the barrel swop.

I must be missing out on some basic skills as never done head swop with nail !!

I think I did some torso and rider leg swops back in 1970s on Airfix figures, using headless pins!!
Pin through US Cavalry horse, so it acted like a skewer, then legs of US Cavalry rider, then into torso & head off a Robin Hood archer, skewer complete. Then add milliput fur cloak, cardboard bow case, and milliput headgear to make a Hun. I did 17 in all before running out of patience or figures to chop!! It took some "heave ho" even with heated pins and pliers gripping pins to get the pins through those three layers!!

These days I just stick the bits together with slow drying PVA !! (I have played with plastic cement and super glue but usually with tragic consequences for fingers!) Made couple of Chinese archers that way the other day as I was short on numbers for a unit!!

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CarlL wrote: 17 Feb 2021, 22:22
I must be missing out on some basic skills as never done head swop with nail !!

I think I did some torso and rider leg swops back in 1970s on Airfix figures, using headless pins!!
Carl,

When lock down gets lifted (eventually), browse you local D.I.Y. or hardware stores and check out the variety of small nails, tacking pins, etc, that you can buy these days. They are of a larger diameter than dress makers pins, etc, (that are good for figures), and are more robust for larger diameter 'upgrades' like gun barrels.

Grant
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