Quick fill

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by pluv

This was originally part of an article titled II for I published in the May 2010 edition of the JoeCanuck Newsletter.


Things you'll need:

  • Liquid super glue
  • Baking soda
  • Emory board nail file
Baking powder was used but baking soda dries faster


I wanted to try out something for the first time with this figure that Jin Soatome showed off. He filled the gashes of the bare chested Arctic Assault Storm Shadow using liquid super glue and baking soda. I wanted to use this method to fill in the weapon holes in the set of Cobra Commander legs I'm using.

Normally a job like this requires using a sculpting material. The benefits to using the glue and baking soda method instead are two fold. First, instead of waiting hours or even a full day before I can work on this project again, I'd only have to wait like 30 seconds. Second, the materials are cheaper. Essentially I'd have to mix more Apoxie Sculpt or Green Stuff together than it would take to do the job and at a more expensive per volume rate to boot.

Step 1

I squirted a little super glue into the hole and then quickly covered the glue with a sprinkling of baking soda. I patted the hole down just to be sure it was coating. It did. I waited a couple of minutes just to be sure and then did the same thing to the hole on the other thigh.

Hardened superglue with baking soda coating

Step 2

I used an emery board nail file to sand down the area and maintain the sculpt's folds and wrinkles of the jeans. Rougher brown side first. Then the lighter tan side. I wiped it all down with a wet cloth. After looking at it, I wasn't quite satisfied. The depth of the hole was making it so it wasn't meshing seamlessly with the pants. I decided to add another layer using the same steps (See Step 1 above). This time it looked right and blended in perfectly. You can't tell there was a hole there.

After sanding

Step 3

Once it was painted, and the custom finished, you can't even tell there was ever a hole there.

Finished custom

Be sure to check out Jin's tutorial on this as well as all of his other guides and customs. You can see Jin's tutorial here.

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