There are probably a gazillion online tutorials on how to pin a model like this, but in these waning days of GW metal models (and I should also, joyfully declare, Finecast) I don't know how many of these kind of tips are out there anymore, and since I don't think I've ever truly done one, I figured I would make this post about getting a metal/plastic hybrid miniature up to at least base-coated standard (my way).
The first thing I do when I get a model like this it to seek out the obvious flash, remove it and file it back. This is my least favorite part of the entire hobby to be honest with you, especially as I seem to pour a lot of time and effort into it only to take a pic of the model when it's finished to see a mold-line running across a surface that I somehow missed. It's frustrating but it is a necessary evil.
When it comes to assembly I quickly recognize which areas will require pinning. Normally in the case of an arm like this, it's two flat surfaces that will be bound together, which is great because superglue loves flat surfaces! Next, pick out the spot you want to put the hole, grab your pin-vice and start screwing away! (No giggles from the peanut gallery please, this next bit is serious...) When working with some metal models I would caution you to be mindful of the shavings as they could be, or contain, lead! Next, add a dot of superglue to the hole once you're satisfied with the depth, and insert whatever you're using as a wire or rod, and clip it down to size ...but not too short.
|Rod has been trimmed!|
On the next piece drill a corresponding hole. I will test the depth periodically as I go.
|Both pieces are ready.|
|Armed and dangerous!|
|Taped and full of glue!|
|Also a cheep way to make ice I guess...|
|Based coated and ready for more!|
Now, hopefully by the next post I will get a bit more painting done, but my other, income-related, pursuits have been sucking up my hobby time.