Heat shrink tubing
Heat Shrink Tubing; for customizing by 2DARK2C
WARNING! fire or boiling water can be dangerous. Kids, please ask an adult before using either!
Link for heat shrink tubing
Here is a link to the exact heat shrink I use
I was asked to explain my technique for quick and dirty parts fitment,so i'll do my best! i actually had some heat shrink in my tool bag from doing electrical work years ago. the proper way to apply it is with a heat gun. also you can use a hair dryer, hot water ,or my favorite fire! i started doing this method slowly,akwardly, and with some reservations. but soon i found an aplication that really worked well, saved time , and involved fire!
it is a solution to a simple problem. when peg A is too small for hole B. used to i would mix up some 2 part sculpting epoxy and partially fill the hole, then jam the peg in to shape the hole, removing it slowly praying the epoxy stayed put.
now i clip off an appropriate length of heat shrink tubing, apply it over the peg/ball, heat it to shape, and see how it fits. if still loose you can repeat the process. i'm not sure how many times, but probably infinite or until you reach a size where tubing is no longer made, which you shouldn't in this hobby. i have some that is about 2" diameter that shrinks to 1.25" that i've tried using with varied success.
here i will be using the cheapest set i could find. it's from harbor freight tools in the electrical isle. it has 3 sizes that are perfect for our hobby. i will try and post pictures of three different pieces i have mocked up just for this tutorial. two heads and a forearm.
What you need to get started
- A spare figure to test fitting
- Heat shrink tubing
Red Skull head hole 1
I went this route because I had it almost done and lost it with a careless cutting.
Slip the cut piece over the peg and apply heat.
Here it is shrunk tight.
At this point I checked fitment and it was still way too loose.
Here is another cut piece slipped over the first.
Here it is after heating.
Once again, I checked fitment. The second layer tightened it up a lot, but I like my figures to hold a pose through rough handling.
This time I grabbed the red tubing.
Cut and slipped over.
Then heat was applied. I lost this shot somehow, but it went just as before.
Wow tight fit!
Since I'm using the same base for my next example I removed the heat shrink and stuffed it in the head for future use. You could dab super glue on for a permanent modification if you wish.
Clone trooper head hole 2
My next victim. Since the head hole is so much larger I started off with 2 white layers and a red, not shown.
Clipped another piece and added it
After heating. Still some way to go!
Here I jumped up to the largest tubing in the set.
Nice fit. Here you could trim the visible heat shrink with an X-acto, but it doesn't bother me.
I will also just leave the heat shrink in this head for future use. Again, you could glue it in the head if desired.
I actually damaged the neck ball on this figure, probably due to too much heating without letting it cool. I add this as a visual warning that you can damage your figure. I don't think I have before, but it would be hidden under the heat shrink.
Tubing for hands
My last example is an arm peg, not sure where it might be applicable, but it might be.
Same way starting with white.
Now red tubing x 2.
I am metal hand!